City Commission Meeting Highlights, February 14, 2017

Note:  Commissioner Allan Rhodes was unable to attend this meeting. 

Appointments and Reappointments to Various Boards and Commissions

  • Andrew Wiggins is appointed to the Paducah Human Rights Commission.
  • Roger Truitt is reappointed to the Commissioners of Water Works board.
  • Eri Gjergji is appointed to the Paducah Board of Adjustment.

Amend Ordinance for Artist Setup Area

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.”

Ordinances Related to Annexation of 2901 and 2905 Lone Oak Road and 2825 Maryland Street (vote Feb. 21)

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.

Quick Highlights

  • Municipal order approved for an encroachment agreement with Musselman Properties, LLC allowing the use of a pre-existing concrete platform and the construction of new stairs encroaching on the eastern right-of-way of Labelle Avenue.  This encroachment is adjacent to the property owned by Musselman Properties located at 3121 Broadway (former Coke plant).
  • Ordinances introduced (vote Feb. 21) for the following contracts:
    • Agreement with Federal Materials for concrete ready-mix to be used for various construction and street repair projects for 2017-2018.
    • Agreement with Brehm Striping Company for the 2017-2018 pavement marking contract.
    • Agreement with Danny Cope & Sons for the 2017-2018 equipment rental contract.
  • City Manager Jeff Pederson explained that the proposed contracts for the Storm Water Master Plan and Phase II of the Noble Park Lake Bank Stabilization Project will be coming before the Board later this month.  He also explained that the list of capital improvement projects is being generated with the internal rating process to begin soon.  Staff is working to identify a first phase of improvements for City Hall and a first phase of equipment upgrades for the 911 Center.