Note: Due to the COVID-19 situation and the need to maintain social distancing, all members of the Paducah Board of Commissioners participated by video and/or audio conferencing. To view the entire meeting, visit https://youtu.be/tx6-J4jnFwI.
Commissioner David Guess was unable to attend this meeting.
Mayor George Bray opened the meeting with a moment of silence in memory of the 100 Paducah-McCracken County citizens who have lost their lives during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mayor Bray announced that in March City Commission meetings will be held in the Chambers at City Hall. For March, the meetings will be limited to elected officials, a few City staff, and media. The public will be able to view the meeting on Government 11 and on the Youtube live stream in addition to the virtual comment card process for public comments.
Mayor Bray announced that Southside Paducah residents and business owners are invited to provide input about their neighborhood at public meetings on March 4 and March 11. Each meeting will be from 5 until 6:30 p.m. at Soirées Events & Catering (2069 Irvin Cobb Drive). Please wear a facial covering. These meetings will help the City develop a plan for Southside’s growth and beautification.
The Board discussed the 12 priority action items for the 2021 Strategic Plan. The Board reviewed each item’s objective, key team member(s), and expectations. The final Strategic Plan document will be adopted at an upcoming meeting. The Board met February 5 and 6 and selected the following priority items listed below in no particular order:
The Board approved applying for the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant. This competitive grant provides funding to fire departments to assist in increasing the number of firefighters. The Paducah Fire Department is requesting nearly $836,000 to cover the salary for three new firefighters over a three-year period.
In the latest review of the City of Paducah’s stormwater permit through the Kentucky Division of Water, the Division noted that Paducah needs to amend a section of its Code (Chapter 50, Article III) to include additional water quality treatment standards to protect the environment. This ordinance introduction includes requirements for projects to manage the quality of the storm water runoff once construction is completed. The overall goal is to maintain pre-development runoff conditions.