Roof Stabilization Assistance Program
The Mayor and Commissioners approved an ordinance establishing a Roof Stabilization Program to assist property owners within a defined area of historic downtown Paducah. Planning Director Steve Ervin says he has talked with three property owners interested in the program. Plus, a pre-qualification application is posted for contractors to be pre-qualified for the program. The program area stretches in general from Water Street to 7th Street and Jefferson Street to Kentucky Avenue. The purpose of the ordinance is to protect the historic structures, reduce the deterioration of the buildings, and prevent greater expenditures by the City of Paducah by hopefully preventing the need for demolition. Property owners will be eligible to apply for financial assistance in replacing or repairing the roof of their buildings with financial assistance not exceeding 50 percent of the construction costs or 50 percent of the stabilization funds allotted by the City for the fiscal year. Also, third party construction estimates are required. Annual applications for assistance would be accepted for a specified period of time once a public notice is issued. The ordinance outlines an applicant’s eligibility based upon the urgency of the roof stabilization, the contribution of the structure on the National Register of Historic Places, the structure’s relationship to adjacent structures, and the capital commitment of the property owner to rehabilitate the structure. The funds will not be available to the property owner until the rehabilitation work has been completed. The City of Paducah Planning Department will oversee the program with the Urban Renewal & Community Development Agency (URCDA) given the authority to oversee the allocation of funds up to $50,000. The ordinance also defines procedures for emergency roof repair with the City Commission reviewing all emergency roof repair requests more than $20,000. The first year of the Roof Stabilization Program will have $135,000 available based on a $50,000 budget appropriation and the transferring of $85,000 from a façade loan program.
Letter of Intent for Marketing and Sale of Dome Pavilion
The Mayor and Commissioners approved a municipal order approving the letter of intent between the City of Paducah and Arizon Structures for the marketing and sale of the dome pavilion. Parks Services Director Mark Thompson says, “Arizon is the manufacturer, and they also sell some used ones. This is the best place to go with our structure.” In December 2009, the City approved the purchase of a 37,800 square foot dome pavilion from Arizon. Since that time the structure has been inflated for a few months each year on the city-owned piece of property located on North 4th Street adjacent to the Julian Carroll Convention Center. The structure was purchased to replace the space available in the former Executive Inn hotel which was demolished after the City purchased it in 2009. Negotiations are underway for a new hotel to be situated on the property used for the pavilion. The pavilion, therefore, is being declared as a surplus item.
Riverfront Redevelopment Project Change Order (vote August 27)
The Mayor and Commissioners introduced an ordinance for Change Order #1 with MAC Construction and Excavating, Inc. for the Riverfront Redevelopment Project. This change order is a substitution of materials which will not increase or decrease the contract amount. The City has a $4.49 million contract with MAC for the installation of the 316,000 tons of rock for the mass fill project to create the bump-out or breakwater and the installation of the 12 guide structures/pilings to support a future gangway. In this change order, MAC will use the concrete slab from the former Executive Inn as fill material. It is estimated that the slab contains 1460 tons of concrete. The use of the concrete from the slab prepares the former Executive Inn site for the future since any future use would require the removal of the slab. Plus, the use of the slab reduces the amount of rock needed for the project. Once the fill is in place, it will need to settle for nine to 12 months before further work can commence. The majority of this phase of the riverfront project is funded by a $2.97 million Neighborhood Initiative Project Grant by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. For more information about the Riverfront Redevelopment Project, visit www.paducahky.gov.
Purchase of Trommel Portable Screening Plant (vote August 27)
The Mayor and Commissioners introduced an ordinance for the purchase of a trommel portable screening plant in the amount of $172,850 from Ohio Machinery Company. One bid was received for this project. The bid was much lower than the budgeted amount of $300,000. The trommel screening plant will allow the Compost Facility on North 8th Street to produce more of the premium compost which is often requested due to its fine-grained texture. Engineering-Public Works Director Rick Murphy says, “This machine is a screening machine that takes wood compost and turns it into a finer mix.” This machine also is much more efficient than the City’s current piece of equipment. It can produce the compost mixture eight times faster. Murphy also says that the City has been approached by a buyer for the mixture to be used in a bio-engineered soil that would be used on coal mine reclamation sites.