City Commission Meeting Highlights, February 7, 2017

Note:  Commissioner Richard Abraham was unable to attend this meeting. 

Appointments and Reappointments to Various Boards and Commissions

  • Commissioner Allan Rhodes is reappointed as the ex-officio member along with the reappointment of Eddie Barker to the Commissioners of Water Works.
  • Adolphus Jones Jr. is reappointed to the Electric Plant Board.
  • Zachary Hosman is reappointed to the Paducah Area Transit Authority.
  • Commissioner Sarah Stewart Holland and Susan Phelps Carr are appointed to the Paducah-McCracken County Joint Sewer Agency
  • Jonathan Perkins, Bruce Brockenborough, George Sirk, Edward Musselman, Carla Berry, and Commissioner Sandra Wilson (as ex-officio member) are appointed to the Paducah Riverfront Development Advisory Board. 

Amend Ordinance for Artist Setup Area (vote February 14)

The Paducah Board of Commissioners introduced an ordinance to amend Chapter 98, Article VIII-Artist Setup Area in the Paducah Code of Ordinances.  The amendments in this chapter will streamline the application and administration process for areas where artists can set-up to sell or demonstrate their artwork.  The areas that artists can use are the downtown gazebo at 2nd and Broadway and the Texaco Station Information Center at the corner of North 7th and Madison Streets.  This ordinance also outlines the fees and the regulations for a guest permit and an artist permit.  Artists will be filing their applications through the Planning Department.   Mayor Brandi Harless says, “The art-a-la-carte program has been an important part of getting more art downtown.”  Paducah Main Street Director Melinda Winchester says, “[The art and artists] add so much to our street life.”

Quick Highlights

  • Municipal order approved to apply for a Certified Local Government Grant.  The grant request is for $6,219.84 which would require a $4,146.56 match from the City.  If awarded, the grant funds would be used to send five members of the Historic & Architectural Review Commission (HARC) to the Past Forward Conference which will be November 14-17 in Chicago.  The conference, hosted by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, would allow the HARC members to meet State requirements for professional training.
  • Municipal order approved to apply for a Kentucky Office of Homeland Security Grant in the amount of $104,500 to purchase portable radios for the Paducah Fire Department.  No local match is needed.
  • The bid opening for Phase II of the Noble Park Lake Bank Stabilization Project is tomorrow.