During a regularly scheduled city council meeting, and with a unanimous vote, Dr. Steve Clifford holds his seat as mayor and Paula Portugal takes mayor pro tem.

Clifford said he is honored to be re-elected as mayor and is “especially pleased to be serving on the council with such excellent council members.

“Each member adds a different perspective and a different strength, and the city of Paris is fortunate to have such a talented and committed group working together for the betterment of the community,” said Clifford. “I especially look forward to continuing to work with Ms. Paula Portugal, the newly elected mayor pro tem as we seek to accomplish our goals.”

Clifford said this year, the council plans to continue downtown Paris’ revitalization, along with the beautification of the city through improved code enforcement. Plus, Clifford said, they plan to look into needed improvements to the aging wastewater treatment plant.

“As always, we want to enact policies that encourage economic development,” said Clifford. “We all want to make this town that we call home the best that it can possibly be for all the citizens of Paris.”

Portugal said she is humbled by the council’s support shown to her during Monday’s meeting by naming her mayor pro tem.

“I believe the prospect of the downtown renovation has contributed to the spark we are seeing in building revitalization, new businesses and optimism about the future,” said Portugal.

She said property on Loop 286, which has been vacant for years, is selling and believes the new industrial park on Southwest Loop 286 will revitalize and help grow and prosper the area.

“I look forward to being part of a council that has worked well together over the past year to continue the progress Paris is making,” said Portugal. “There is exciting growth taking place all over Paris. It is an exciting time for Paris, and we as a council are looking forward to the year ahead.”


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