Louise Hagood

Louise Hagood stands November 2014 at the downtown plaza next to the clock she donated in her husband’s memory.

Paris City Council recognized long time resident Louise Hagood for her service to the city at Monday’s meeting and gave staff the go ahead to enter the Belford Apartments in the next sheriff’s sale.

“I was absolutely stunned when I saw in the paper you were going to do this,” Hagood said after Mayor Steve Clifford read a proclamation in her honor. “I am very humbled, and I appreciate it so much.”

Hagood has served on several city boards and commissions as well as the Lamar County Appraisal District Board and was a member of a committee that rewrote the city charter in 2007.

Also during the meeting, City Attorney Stephanie Harris asked for guidance in regard to the Belford Apartments, 260 S. Main St., which received no bids at an April 2 sheriff’s sale at the Lamar County Courthouse.

“I am prepared to enter the property in a May 7 sale, the first Tuesday of the month, if that is what you want me to do,” Harris said.

Clifford said to enter it at the same minimum bid of $50,000, and other council members nodded in agreement.

Councilors Renae Stone and Clayton Pilgrim were not in attendance.

At its April 25 meeting, the council voted to forgive more than $2 million in penalties if the new owner demolishes or stabilizes the structure within 18 months and then rehabilitates the building within five years.

Along with penalty forgiveness, a rehabilitated structure would earn an additional $50,000 in city economic development incentives once it receives a certificate of occupancy. Within six months of purchase, the new owner also must clean up the grounds of all rubbish, debris, trash and overgrown vegetation.

Foreclosure proceedings against Boomer Trends Magazine began in February 2018 after the property had accumulated penalties. On Aug. 8, 2018, the 6th District Court of Lamar County entered a final judgment in the amount of $2,071,000. To satisfy the judgment, the city issued the order to sell the property in a sheriff’s sale.

In other business, the council voted to renew the city’s drought contingency water plan, a move Utilities Director Doug Harris said is required every five years. Council also approved an award not to exceed $1.6 million with RBIS General Contractor of Texarkana for the completion of drainage work in Johnson Woods.

Councilors met behind closed doors to evaluate the work performance of City Manager John Godwin, City Attorney Harris and Municipal Judge Thomas Hunt III.

Mary Madewell is a staff writer for The Paris News. She can be reached at 903-785-6976 or at mary.madewell@theparisnews.com.

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