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Mayor Bray praised the tenacity and community contributions of former Mayor Gerry Montgomery. Mayor Montgomery served two terms as Mayor and then served two terms as City Commissioner. She passed away on November 17.
Mayor Bray presented to Paducah Main Street Director Katie Axt a proclamation proclaiming November 27 as Small Business Saturday. The proclamation urges everyone to support small businesses on Small Business Saturday and throughout the year. Susan Edwards, Owner of Wildhair Studios’ Rock Shop, talked about the importance of investing in downtown and small businesses and how her business has fared during the pandemic.
The proclamation included the following points:
The Board approved amending Section 2-258 of the City’s Code of Ordinances regarding the Creative and Cultural Council. The amendments increase the board from eight to nine members. The number of citizens on the board is increasing from five to seven while the number of City staff is reducing from three to two. The reduction in city staff on the board allows for greater public participation and representation from the community. The amendment revises the terms so that each member serves a three-year term and may not serve more than two three-year terms. The Creative and Cultural Council was established in 2019. For more information, visit http://paducahky.gov/creative-cultural-council.
The Board approved a municipal order for the City of Paducah to opt-in to the settlement agreements regarding the sale, distribution, and marketing of opioid drugs. Mayor Bray recused himself from the vote since he was previously employed by Amerisource Bergen. In 2017, the City engaged Bryant Law Center for legal representation in pursuit of damages against companies responsible for the manufacture and marketing of opioids. In July, Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron announced a $26 billion agreement with Cardinal, McKesson, and Amerisource Bergen – the nation’s three major pharmaceutical distributors – and Johnson & Johnson (Janssen). Kentucky may receive $460 million of that settlement over an 18-year period. Kentucky cities have until January 2 to opt-in to the settlement agreement. At this time, Paducah does not know the amount of funding it could receive or a timeline for receiving the funds for opioid abatement projects.
The Board approved an ordinance for a multi-year contract with Bacon Farmer Workman Engineering & Testing to perform pavement inspections on City streets using the PAVER software program. The City began using PAVER in 2018. The program is used to prioritize the streets and determine the budget for the annual paving plan. The inspections and the PAVER program are beneficial since they identify problems in early stages when they are easier and less costly to correct.