Dr. A.J. Hashmi Is Guest Speaker at Greater Paris Rotary Club
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Written By: Vicki Ballard
Today, February 11th, at the Greater Paris Rotary Club, the Guest speaker was Dr. A.J. Hashmi. Dr. Hashmki spoke in his capacity as the Honorable Mayor of our city. His enthusiasm for our city, along with his respect for the pro-active city council was readily apparent to all who attended the meeting. Dr. Hashmi reviewed some of the successes the city council of Paris has had over the past year and a half. Among others were: new capital fire equipment, new city manager, the growth of the Paris Lamar County Health Department and the procurement of their new building. As well as beautification of our city, which includes the trees around the loop, the removal of dilapidated buildings, along with the sell of said properties, and returning the properties to the tax rolls. The highlight of the meeting was the discussion of the bond issue to replace the water and sewer lines of our city. He was asked if the replacement of the W/S lines was necessary, which he yes, and was also asked if the city could afford it without raising rates or taxes, to which he replied yes; and will the replacement be accomplished in a professional and cost effective manner, which the answer was also yes. Dr. Hashmi’s passion and compassion for our city and its residents was very evident in his presentation.