The Paducah Board of Commissioners and the McCracken County Fiscal Court held a joint meeting to hear the latest on the completion of the Parks & Recreation Master Plan. Both elected bodies met in April and June to discuss the plan’s preliminary results. At this meeting, Pat Hoagland with Brandstetter/Carroll, Inc. provided a summary of the process and final results. The 11-month process has included input from a Steering Committee and about 2600 contacts with city and county citizens ranging from mailed surveys to face-to-face input. Regarding the Steering Committee’s input, the top 10 priorities are
Hoagland said, “Think of this as the most positive service you provide for your citizens, parks and recreation, which helps people to enjoy their lives, which helps businesses want to come to Paducah-McCracken County. It helps people stay healthy. It gives them lifelong skills in sportsmanship, teamwork - all the things that help you in your entire life.”
The Paducah Parks & Recreation Department presented trophies to the 2019 Christmas Parade winners. The winners are as follows:
Themed Float Division:
1st Place Dippin Dots
2nd Place Highland Cumberland Pres. Church
3rd Place Paducah Power
4th Place BFW Engineering
5th Place Cub Scout Pack 2018
Religious Float Division:
1st Place Broadway Church of Christ
2nd Place West KY Christian Alliance
3rd Place Trinity United Methodist
1st Place MelRhea Balloons
2nd Place AMPA
3rd Place Goodwin Farms
School Float Division: 1st Place McNabb
Drill Team Division:
1st Place SAB
2nd Place Center Stage
3rd Place Paducah Quick Step Cloggers
1st Place MCHS
2nd Place PTHS
2019 Community Spirit Award goes to Ingram Barge Company. This is a new award given a parade entry that best portrays community spirit.
The Paducah Board of Commissioners approved an ordinance to establish the Paducah Creative & Cultural Council as part of Chapter 2 of the Paducah Code of Ordinances. This is one of the What’s Important Now (WIN) initiatives in the City’s Strategic Plan for enhancing arts and culture in Paducah. This ordinance creates the Council which will be composed of five Paducah citizens appointed by the Mayor with the consent of the Board. In addition to the five citizens, the Planning Director, Neighborhood Project Planner, and the Grants Administrator will serve on the Council. The ordinance says the Council will meet no less than quarterly. The roles and functions of the Council will be as follows:
If you are a Paducah citizen interested in serving on the Creative & Cultural Council, submit an application and a resume or biography. The application can be found at http://paducahky.gov/boards-and-commissions or contact the City Clerk’s office at 270-444-8506 for more information.
Municipal order approved for a contract for services with Midtown Alliance of Neighbors with the City providing $140,000. The contract is through June 30, 2020. The funds will be used by Midtown to hire a full-time construction manager and a full-time staff person to handle records and financial management as Midtown works to renovate and construct safe and affordable housing. Midtown is working to meet the eligibility requirements to become a Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO) as designated by the State. Midtown Alliance of Neighbors is a 501(c)(3) organization that was founded in 2008. Between July 1, 2018, and June 30 of this year, the organization provided safety, security, accessibility, maintenance, or weatherization repairs to 27 low-income families. Plus during that one-year timeframe, the organization completed emergency repairs for 14 disabled, elderly, and/or low-income households. If Midtown is successful in becoming a CHDO, it will allow the organization to more easily secure state funding as it works to increase and improve affordable housing in Paducah.
The Paducah Board of Commissioners approved an ordinance amending Chapter 42 of Paducah’s Code of Ordinances related to abandoned, junk, and inoperable vehicles. The goals are to eliminate damaged and inoperable vehicles that may be damaging the environment through the leaking of fluids and to beautify the City by removing vehicles causing blight. The amendments include clear definitions for apparently abandoned, apparently inoperable, and junk vehicles. The amendments also include a section about vehicle owners who comply with the removal of a junk vehicle within the specified timeframe. It also outlines the circumstances and procedure in which a junk motor vehicle would be towed at the owner’s expense. If a junk vehicle is removed within 30 days of a violation notice, it is considered to be in compliance with the ordinance with no fine. If the junk vehicle is not removed within 30 days, the owner will receive a $100 fine. After 60 days, the vehicle is subject to being towed at the owner’s expense.