City Commission Meeting Highlights, July 25, 2017

Accept Kentucky 911 Services Board Grant Award for Paducah 911 Center Equipment

The Paducah Board of Commissioners approved a municipal order accepting the Kentucky 911 Services Board grant in the amount of $175,000.  The grant does not require a local match.  The funds will be used to help fund the replacement of the telephony equipment used by the 911 Communications Services Department.  The current equipment is in critical need of replacing and upgrading.



The Paducah Board of Commissioners approved two municipal orders regarding the placement of monuments in City of Paducah parks.  For each monument, the proposed monument was reviewed by the Paducah Monument Committee.  The two monuments are as follows:

  • The Paducah NAACP Chapter would like to place a monument honoring Clarence “Big House” Gaines in Robert Coleman Park at the corner of 9th Street and Husbands Street.  There will be an unveiling of the monument at noon on Monday, August 7.  In 2015, South 7th Street was renamed to honor Gaines.  An unveiling of the street sign will be on Monday, August 7 at 1 p.m. at Burks Chapel A.M.E. Church with a reception to follow at The Hotel Metropolitan.  Contact the NAACP for information about a banquet that evening at 6:30 at the Civic Center. 
  • Members of the Operation Enduring Freedom Fund would like to place a Global War on Terrorism monument on the Clark Street side of Dolly McNutt Memorial Plaza


Delta Creative Placemaking Pilot Initiative Grant Applications

The Paducah Board of Commissions approved municipal orders to apply for Fiscal Year 2017 Delta Creative Placemaking Pilot Initiative (DCPI) grants.  Each DCPI grant requires one local government partner and one local arts/culture non-profit partner.  The City of Paducah will be submitting applications for the following two programs:

  • A $30,000 request for the Market House Theatre’s Next Stage Campaign.   This campaign involves the purchase and restoration of several historic downtown buildings in order to expand the Theatre’s programming.  If awarded, Market House would supply the required $30,000 match.
  • A $30,000 request for funds that would be used to provide art for the proposed pocket park at 432 Broadway.  The demolition of a dilapidated structure on that site in 2015 led to a vacant parcel that could be turned into a small park.  Yeiser Art Center (YAC) is the grant partner.  YAC is coordinating a community art project that involves the painting of small squares.  The squares will be assembled to reveal a large-scale mural at the park.  The match for the grant will be satisfied by the City’s commitment of $70,000 toward the park’s construction.  Furthermore, the City has commitments from Paducah Bank ($7500), the Potting Shed Garden Club ($1500), and the local Realtors Association ($5000).


Quick Highlights

  • John Shadle reappointed to the Municipal Housing Commission.
  • Municipal order approved for the transfer of property at 125 North 11th Street owned by John Alexander to the City of Paducah.  The property will be turned over to the Planning Department for future redevelopment.
  • Municipal order approved for a contract for services with Paxton Park Municipal Golf Course.  The City will provide Paxton Park $75,000 for golf course operations.
  • Ordinance introduced (vote August 8) to close Flournoy Street between 1250 and 1408 North 8th Street.  This area is adjacent to the Joint Sewer Agency (JSA) and will be used by JSA.
  • Ordinance introduced (vote August 8) to approve the second amendment to the lease agreement with the Cremation Society of Paducah.
  • Ordinance introduced (vote August 8) to expand the Paducah Main Street Board of Director to a board consisting of seven to nine members.  Currently, the board consists of a maximum of five members.
  • Congratulations to the Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce in receiving the Chamber of the Year award from the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives.
  • The public is invited to attend the Informed & Involved event hosted by Mayor Brandi Harless next Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall to share ideas.  The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Paducah Board of Commissioners will be August 8.
  • Welcome to all of the folks who are here in Paducah for the Kentucky Association of Chiefs of Police conference.  The conference is hosted by Paducah Police Chief Brandon Barnhill.