City Commission Meeting Highlights, August 23, 2016

Note:  Commissioners Richard Abraham and Carol Gault were unable to attend this meeting.

Approve Contract with HDR Engineering, Inc. for Broadway/Jefferson Project (vote September 6)

The Paducah Board of Commissioners introduced an ordinance to execute a contract with HDR Engineering, Inc. in the amount of $63,000 for engineering design services related to the Broadway/Jefferson Project.  The design services will study the conversion of those streets back to two-way from Fountain Avenue to Water Street and the addition of bike lanes on sections of Broadway and Jefferson.  Also, HDR will prepare a signing and marking plan for bidding in addition to signal warrant studies.  The warrant studies will look at specific intersections to see if they can be converted to four-way stop intersections.  Furthermore, there will be a study of 3rd and Jefferson to determine if that intersection needs a signal.  HDR also will assist the City in the preparation of a Transportation Alternative Grant.

Amend Alcoholic Beverage Ordinance (vote September 6)

The Paducah Board of Commissioners introduced an ordinance to amend sections of Paducah’s Alcohol and Beverage Control Ordinance (chapter 6) as a result of the passing of Senate Bill 11 into law during the 2016 legislative session.  One of the changes will allow alcohol to be sold by the drink on Sundays from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. for hotels, motels, and restaurants with a non-quota 2 license.  Currently, the hours are 1 until 10 p.m.  It also makes Sunday sales by the drink permissible for quota retail drink licenses that are considered to be athletic facilities and for distilleries that hold a non-quota 3 license.  Another change is to permit licensed distilleries to sell souvenir packages of distilled spirits produced by that distillery on Sundays from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m.  Regarding training for servers to sell alcoholic beverages by the drink, the employee must complete the training within 30 days after beginning employment.  This is a change from the current 60 days.

Contract with HDR Engineering, Inc. for Services for Floodwall Pump Stations #2 and #9

The Paducah Board of Commissioners approved an ordinance for a contract with HDR Engineering, Inc. for engineering design and inspection services for floodwall pump stations #2 and #9.  The total fee is an amount not to exceed $132,500.  Currently the U.S. Corps of Engineers has been working on the preconstruction engineering and design services for the rehabilitation of Paducah’s floodwall pump stations.  Due to the need to rehabilitate and reconstruction pump stations #2 and #9, HDR will finalize those project plans and assist the City with the bidding process.  HDR also will provide construction administration and inspection services.  Last week, the Board approved Memorandums of Understanding so that Paducah will receive credit from the Corps for the expenses incurred for the work related to those pump stations. 

Agreement for 911 Services with Hendron and Lone Oak Fire Protection Districts (vote September 6)

The Paducah Board of Commissioners introduced ordinances for contracts for services between the City of Paducah 911 Communications Services Department and Hendron and Lone Oak Fire Protection Districts.  The dispatching services began August 1.  Each contract has a term of 18 months with an additional 18 month renewal clause.  Agreements with Concord, Reidland-Farley, and West McCracken were approved in July in addition to an agreement with McCracken County. 

Quick Highlights

  • Mayor Kaler presented a proclamation to Gianna Bathory proclaiming August as Suicide Awareness Month.
  • Mayor Kaler presented a Duchess of Paducah to Carolyn Stratton for her work to recognize the contributions of Dr. Stuart Nelson.  Mayor Kaler also presented a Duke of Paducah to Peter “Wolf” Toth for his work over the past month to rehabilitate his Noble Park sculpture, Wacinton.
  • National Quilt Museum Chief Executive Officer Frank Bennett provided an update on the museum’s attendance.  He says this past fiscal year was the fifth consecutive year of increased attendance.  In 2015, people from 48 countries and all 50 states visited the museum.
  • Paducah-McCracken County Joint Sewer Agency (JSA) Executive Director John Hodges explained the surcharge policies for industrial users.
  • Boards and Commissions:  Reappointed Bob Wade to the Paducah Planning Commission.
  • Municipal order approved for a partnership with Market House Theatre to apply for the National Endowment for the Arts Our Town grant.  The grant request is for $150,000 which if funded would be used for The Next Stage campaign in the development of design plans for proposed renovations to nine historic buildings adjacent to Market House.  The total architectural/costs are estimated to be $750,000.  There is a match which would be funded by Market House.
  • Municipal order approved to renew the casualty insurance for the property at 510-514 Broadway which includes the Columbia Theatre.  As part of the 2014 agreement to convey the property to The Columbia Club, Inc., the City agreed to continue to insure the property.
  • Ordinance approved for the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Accountability Grant award in the amount of $11,963.  The funds will be used to in the purchase four mobile radios for the Paducah Police Department.  No local match is required.
  • Ordinance approved extending the employment contract between the City and City Manager Jeff Pederson through July 26, 2019 with an automatic renewal option for three additional years.