City Commission Meeting Highlights - February 9, 2021

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/b_mc3SusQE8

 

Resolution Requesting Adequate Funding of Transportation in Kentucky

The Paducah Board of Commissioners approved a resolution urging lawmakers to modernize Kentucky's transportation funding to generate necessary revenue especially for road and bridge maintenance and construction projects.  Since 2015, due to falling gas prices and reduced fuel tax revenues, state transportation funding has dropped nearly $200 million per year.  McCracken County Fiscal Court approved a similar resolution late in 2020.

Actions Related to Final Approval for Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District

The City of Paducah has been working to develop a Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District downtown with the goals of revitalizing the downtown area, capturing state dollars and reinvesting local dollars, and helping developers with public infrastructure costs.  In August 2019, the City received preliminary approval from the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority (KEDFA) to establish the TIF.  Since then, a third-party consultant as required by the State has conducted an independent analysis, and now we are anxiously awaiting final approval by KEDFA.  The final step by the City was approved at this meeting – the approval of the administrative fee as required by KEDFA.  The Board also introduced an ordinance for an agreement with Commonwealth Economics for their continued assistance to Paducah in the creation of the TIF District including the accounts and reports. 

Tax increment financing is an economic development tool that permits local governments to capture future increases in property and other taxes generated by new development within a geographic area.  It’s not a new tax – it’s reinvestment in the district based on growth.   In Kentucky, taxes collected by the State also are eligible to be directed back to the city - a completely new revenue source for the city.  For more information, visit http://paducahky.gov/downtown-redevelopment.

Discussion of Paducah’s Stormwater Permit through Kentucky Division of Water

City Engineer Rick Murphy along with John Lyons of Strand Associates, Inc. provided an overview of the City’s stormwater permit through the Kentucky Division of Water as required by the federal Clean Water Act.  The main goals of this permit are to reduce pollution and protect water quality.  Paducah is responsible for regulating its Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) which includes the various storm water drainage systems such as streets, catch basins, storm inlets, and other mechanisms.  The latest review of Paducah’s MS4 permit by the Kentucky Division of Water notes that the City needs to amend a section of its Code of Ordinances to include a stormwater runoff quality treatment standard. 

Additional Meeting Information

  • Reappointment of Corbin Snardon to the Board of Ethics.
  • Municipal order approved for the sale of the city-owned vacant lot at 2028 Clay Street to the adjacent property owner.
  • Municipal order approved to apply for the Assistance to Firefighters Grant.  If awarded, the city would purchase a mobile air supply system that provides air to the breathing systems used by firefighters on the scene of a fire.
  • Ordinance introduced to enter into a contract with Harper Construction to provide concrete work including sidewalks, curbs and gutters, storm inlets, and concrete entrances.

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