Note: Commissioner Allan Rhodes was unable to attend this meeting.
The Paducah Board of Commissioners approved an ordinance to amend Chapter 98, Article VIII-Artist Setup Area in the Paducah Code of Ordinances. The amendments in this chapter will streamline the application and administration process for areas where artists can set-up to sell or demonstrate their artwork. The areas that artists can use are the downtown gazebo at 2nd and Broadway and the Texaco Station Information Center at the corner of North 7th and Madison Streets. This ordinance also outlines the fees and the regulations for a guest permit and an artist permit. Artists will be filing their applications through the Planning Department. Mayor Brandi Harless says, “The art-a-la-carte program has been an important part of getting more art downtown.” Paducah Main Street Director Melinda Winchester says, “[The art and artists] add so much to our street life.”
The Paducah Board of Commissioners introduced two ordinances related to the annexation of the property located at 2901 and 2905 Lone Oak Road and 2825 Maryland Street. This property which is owned by Tri-State Construction Company is just south of Banks Market. The owner plans to construct a 13,550 square foot retail strip center. Last November, the City received a request for annexation from Tri-State. At its January 24 meeting, the Board approved the intent to annex the property which is 1.922 acres. At this meeting, the Board introduced the final annexation ordinance and introduced the ordinance to change the zoning to Highway Business District (HBD). When property is annexed into the City, it receives an automatic Low Density Residential (R-1) zoning. Changing its zoning to the HBD zone would be a continuation of the zoning of the adjacent parcels.