Note: Mayor Brandi Harless was unable to attend this meeting.
The Paducah Board of Commissioners adopted a municipal order amending some of the solid waste fees. Among the changes is the addition of the fees for the voluntary, residential, single-stream curbside recycling program that is under development. The Board approved a monthly fee of $3 per 96-gallon recycling rollout container. Additional containers are $3 each per month. Regarding the curbside recycling program, residents will be able to begin signing up for the program within the next few days. Stay tuned for more details.
The fee amendment also increases the collection fee for commercial cardboard dumpsters. The monthly fee is increasing from $56 to $75. An additional amendment updates the fee schedule for products at the Compost Facility. Wood chips are available for $10 per load with compost available for $20 per load. A load is an amount not to exceed a 2 ½ yard bucket.
The Paducah Board of Commissioners approved a resolution in support of UACJ Whitehall Automotive Industries. Whitehall, an automotive parts manufacturer located on Commerce Drive in Paducah, announced plans earlier this year to expand its existing Paducah operations and add 56,000 square feet to its facility. This more than $3.3 million investment led to the creation of 50 new full-time positions. In order to assist the project, the City will provide economic incentives by granting a 1 percent payroll tax rebate for up to five years on eligible positions. This is in conjunction with the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority program.
The Paducah Board of Commissioners approved a resolution in support of Credit Bureau Systems, Inc. Credit Bureau Systems is a healthcare revenue management firm headquartered in Paducah in Information Age Park (also known as Paducah Commerce Park). The company announced plans in 2016 to expand its existing operations in Paducah and add a 10,000 square foot facility on its property. This more than $1.6 million investment created 40 new full-time positions. In order to assist the project, the City will provide economic incentives by granting a 1 percent payroll tax rebate for up to five years on eligible positions. This is in conjunction with the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority program.
The Paducah Board of Commissioners approved an ordinance amending Section 2-327 of the Code of Ordinances. This amendment gives the Director of the 911 Communications Services Department the authority, with City Manager approval, to retain an independent, certified public accountant to audit any private commercial telephone service or system that provides local and 911 emergency service to subscribers. The audit would verify the accuracy of the collection, receipts and disbursement of fees in addition to the accuracy of the number of 911 subscribers. The City of Paducah suspects that some landline phone carriers are not accurately charging city customers the $2.50 per line fee and/or not accurately reporting the number of landlines in the city. The amendment also provides a penalty clause to those found in violation.