Note: Commissioner Gerald Watkins was unable to attend this meeting.
The Paducah Board of Commissioners approved a municipal order for a professional services agreement with Lose Design for the design and construction management services for a new indoor aquatic and recreation center. Lose is a Nashville, Tennessee company that has been in operation for 37 years. Lose will be working with Bacon Farmer Workman Engineering and Testing (BFW), Marcum Engineering, Sports Facilities Advisory (SFA), and Water Technology, Inc. (WTI). The base fee for the agreement is $1,120,800.
Lose Design President and CEO Chris Camp attended the meeting. Camp explained that the design team will be in Paducah on Wednesday, September 4 to start the initial design process. Camp said, “We have an aggressive schedule in order to get construction started in the next fiscal year.”
In July, the City of Paducah receive proposals from seven project teams interested in providing services for the design of a new indoor aquatic and recreation center. After an evaluation to narrow the field and then an on-site interview process, Lose Design was selected. The project will include four phases: predesign; survey and geotechnical testing; construction documents and permitting; and bidding and construction administration.
The development of an indoor aquatic and recreation facility is tied to Our Community and the Performance Area, Recreation, as outlined in Paducah’s Strategic Plan. It’s also one of the What’s Important Now (WIN) initiatives. The outcome for Action Item R-1 is to research, plan, design, and construct a sports plex and recreation aquatic facility. Learn more about the Strategic Plan at www.ourpaducah.us.
The Paducah Board of Commissioners introduced an ordinance to amend Section 2-145 of the Paducah Code of Ordinances regarding the procedures for City Commission meetings. To facilitate the decision-making related to City business, this ordinance amends the process for the general public to speak at a meeting. The amendments allow the public to be heard regarding business items on that meeting’s agenda including resolutions, consent agenda items, and ordinances. If a member of the public would like to discuss a topic that is not on the meeting agenda, there are several ways to connect with the City including email, online forms, social media, telephone, and face-to-face meetings.
The Paducah Board of Commissioners approved an ordinance to amend Paducah Code of Ordinances Section 2-315 regarding firefighter training and qualifications. This amendment lowers the minimum hiring age from 21 to 19 years of age. The goal is to attract additional applicants who would like to pursue careers as firefighters. Paducah Fire Chief Steve Kyle hopes that this change will help in recruiting efforts.