City Commission Meeting Highlights, January 22, 2019

Note:  Mayor Brandi Harless was unable to attend this meeting due to her economic development trip to China with Ballard County Judge-Executive Todd Cooper and representatives of Global Win. 


Veterans Day Parade Resolution

Mayor Pro Tem Richard Abraham made a motion to repeal the resolution adopted May 16, 2017, by the Paducah Board of Commissioners regarding the Veterans Day Parade.  Before making the motion, more than a dozen people addressed the Board in support of keeping the resolution intact.  Upon a call for a vote, the motion to repeal the resolution failed with a 1-3 vote.  Mayor Pro Tem Abraham was the only member of the Board who voted to repeal the resolution.


Approve Change Order No. 5 Which Reduces Total Cost for City Hall Renovation Project Phase I

The Paducah Board of Commissioners approved a Municipal Order for Change Order No. 5 for the City Hall Phase I project.  This change order adds 30 days to the project schedule with A&K Construction.  With this change order, the City is looking forward to a substantial project completion date of February 15.  The Change Order also reduces the total contract.  The reduction primarily is due to a decision to replace only the deteriorated sections of concrete on the podium (exterior porch area) rather than all of the podium’s concrete.  This Change Order reduces the contract with A&K by $156,998 leading to a current contract of $4,165,285. 

The contract with A&K to rehabilitate City Hall was approved by the Paducah Board of Commissioners on January 23, 2018.  The contractor began working March 4, 2018.  This project includes the rehabilitating and improving of City Hall’s roofing membrane, concrete overhang (canopy) through steel beam stabilization of roof cantilevers, façade, heating and cooling systems, skylights, windows, and exterior doors. 


FY2018 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report Presentation

Finance Director Jonathan Perkins and David Hampton of Kemper CPA Group, LLP provided an overview of the City’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) which includes the City audit.  The audit is required by State law; however, the CAFR is a voluntary document that the City prepares to provide additional information and transparency to the public.  The report is for the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2018.  Paducah is one of the few cities in Kentucky that prepares a CAFR.  For 27 consecutive years, Paducah has been awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA).  The entire CAFR report and previous audits dating back to 2001 can be found on the City’s website,


Quick Highlights

  • McCracken County Family Court Judge Deanna Wise Henschel conducted the swearing-in for Police Officers Logan Barrow, Pedro Loredo, and Jeremy Teague.
  • Mayor Pro Tem Richard Abraham presented a Duke of Paducah award to former Police Chief Brandon Barnhill who officially retired from the Paducah Police Department on December 31, 2018.
  • Mayor Pro Tem Richard Abraham presented a proclamation to students and representatives of the St. Mary School System proclaiming January 27 through February 2 as Catholic Schools Week.
  • Boards and Commissions:
    • Allan Rhodes, Jr. appointed to the Nuisance Code Enforcement Board.
    • Hardy Roberts reappointed to the Electric Plant Board.
    • David Ury, Paul King, Jimmy Evans, Jason Hickey, Rick Windhorst, Greg Croft, and Chad Beyer appointed to the Building, Electrical, and Fire Code Appeals Board.
    • Jonathan Perkins reappointed to the Paducah Riverfront Development Advisory Board.
    • Corbin Snardon appointed to the Board of Ethics.
    • Deborah Edmonds reappointed to the Commissioners of Water Works.
  • Municipal Order approved accepting the bid of and authorizing a contract with Gall’s Inc. for police uniforms in an amount not to exceed $80,000 per calendar year for 2019 and 2020.
  • Municipal Order approved for the Highway Safety grant application to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet requesting $30,888 in funding for overtime pay for officers and associated fuel costs for the enforcement of traffic-related items including DUI, speeding, seat belt violations, and child restraint violations.
  • Municipal Order approved accepting the bid from Data Records Management Services in the amount of $23,974 for the digitization of felony investigation records.  The City also approved a Municipal Order for a grant award in the amount of $23,974 from the Kentucky Department for Libraries & Archives covering the cost of the digitization.
  • Municipal Order approved to transfer funds totaling $15,000 from the Commission Reserve Account to the Travel & Training Accounts for the City Manager and the Board of Commissioners to cover travel and professional development training.
  • Ordinance introduced (vote Feb. 12) to close the unnamed right-of-way between Buckner Lane and Exall Lane as requested by the adjacent property owners.
  • Ordinance introduced (vote Feb. 12) to execute the final plat of subdivision and the escrow agreement for Townhomes of LaBarri Farms Subdivision.  This property is located at 1720 and 1740 New Holt Road.