City Commission Meeting Highlights for November 15, 2016

Accept Bid for First Phase of Health Park Construction

The Paducah Board of Commissioners approved an ordinance for a contract with Wilkins Construction Company for the construction of Phase I of the Health Park located at 421 North 13th Street.  Three bids were received for the project with Wilkins providing the lowest, responsive bid of $619,169.36.  This phase of the project includes safety surfacing for the Paducah Rotary Playground which was constructed by Rotary members and volunteers this past summer.  In addition to the grading, drainage, irrigation of the great lawn in the center of the park, this phase also includes the 1/3 mile walking trail, lighting, an expansion of the Community Garden, and a fitness area.  Once Wilkins receives the notice to proceed, this is a 180 consecutive calendar-day project.

The Health Park is city-owned property bordered by Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive, 13th Street, Madison Street, and 14th Street.  It’s currently an open lot with the Community Garden and the Paducah Rotary Playground.  Future elements for the park include restrooms, a spray pad, and an outdoor performance area.  For this park, the City of Paducah has partnered with United Way, Lourdes Hospital, Baptist Health, Paducah Rotary Club, Purchase District Health Department, Purchase Area Connections for Health, and the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky.  The City has received grants and donations totaling more than $668,000 for this project. 

Presentation of Paducah Civic Beautification Board’s Annual Business Awards

Mary Hammond with the Paducah Civic Beautification Board presented the Board’s 2016 Annual Business Awards to the following businesses and organizations:

  • City of Paducah Parks Department - Stuart Nelson Park
  • Dairy Queen of Paducah - 1031 Joe Clifton Dr.
  • The 1857 Hotel - 210 Kentucky Ave.
  • The English Apartments - 1640 Jefferson
  • The Freight House - 330 S. 3Rd St.
  • Innovative Ophthalmology: Barbara Bowers, MD - 1130 Lone Oak Rd.
  • O’So Beautiful Salon - 220 Broadway
  • Paducah Running and Cycling Company - 102 S 31st St.
  • Paducah School of Art & Design - 905 Harrison St.
  • Soirees Events - 2069 Irvin Cobb Dr.
  • Strawberry Hill Pharmacy - 2700 New Holt Rd. #D


Quick Highlights

  • Mayor Gayle Kaler presented the Mayor’s Award of Merit, the highest honor from the Mayor’s office, to BA and Frances Hamilton for their years of service to the community. 
  • Municipal order approved for the city’s acceptance of the properties located at 900 and 904 North 10 Street (Enoch Chapel Cumberland Presbyterian Church) for $1.  The building is in disrepair and a safety hazard.  This transfer will prevent the city from paying a foreclosure cost.  The property will be turned over to the Planning Department for future redevelopment opportunities.
  • Municipal order approved for the declaration and sale of the city-owned surplus property at 2400 Spruce Street to Jenny Hari-Keeling and Seth Keeling for $50 plus recording fees.  They plan to maintain the yard and build a single-family home on the property. 
  • Ordinance approved accepting a $220,000 Community Development Block Grant on behalf of Four Rivers Behavioral Health to be used for salaries at CenterPoint Recovery Center.  Local matching funds are not required.  An administration fee of $10,500 will be paid to the City of Paducah out of the grant funds.
  • Ordinance approved authorizing the payment of $30,476.60 to P&L Rescue Services, LLC for the purchase of various rescue equipment to be used by the Paducah Fire Department.
  • Ordinance introduced (vote at next meeting) for the purchase of services in the amount of $22,634.35 from I5 Design for the Police Department Annex Project.
  • Ordinance introduced (vote at next meeting) for the purchase of fencing in the amount of $24,390 from Morris Fencing for the Police Department Annex Project.
  • Police Chief Brandon Barnhill announced that the Police Department Annex Grand Opening will be November 29 at 11 a.m.
  • City Manager Jeff Pederson commended City Engineer-Public Works Director Rick Murphy for his years of management and guidance on the City’s floodwall and his relationship with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on the floodwall’s rehabilitation and restoration.  The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Louisville District recently presented Murphy with a Certificate of Appreciation for helping to facilitate the Pre-Command Course Phase II in October.  The certificate states:  Your shared experience and knowledge will help shape the leadership of nearly half of the U.S. army Corps of Engineers for years to come.   Murphy served on a panel of experts who shared their floodwall and levee knowledge with student commanders.