Assistant City Manager Michelle Smolen provided the Paducah Board of Commissioners an overview of the engagement initiatives that are being launched this week for the Strategic Plan also known as Our Paducah. The website was made visible today which provides updates on the plan’s objectives and outlines how each objective can be categorized into one of four vision statements: Our Growth; Our Community: Our Engagement; and Our Culture. Also, a full copy of the strategic plan book can be downloaded from the website. Smolen will be distributing the plan book and posters around the community. Also included in the launch is a welcome message from the Paducah Board of Commissioners and City Manager Jim Arndt.
Smolen also invited the community to attend the Our Paducah 101 presentation that she and City Manager Jim Arndt will be presenting Thursday at 7 p.m. at the McCracken County Public Library. This is a free event as part of the Library’s 101 series.
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 1 Chief District Engineer Kyle Poat presented the Paducah Board of Commissioners the findings from the Small Urban Area Study for the Paducah area, a study that was requested by the City of Paducah since the previous transportation study was completed in 2002. This study of highway and multimodal transportation issues was initiated more than a year ago in April 2018 and funded with Federal Statewide Planning and Research funds. The goal of the study was to identify and examine safety and congestion issues in Paducah and the immediate surrounding area. The project team developed 25 improvement concepts based on a combination of a review of the existing conditions, traffic analyses, field reconnaissance, and input from the Advisory Committee. Cost estimates were prepared for each improvement
concept, and each concept was given a priority ranking of high, medium, or low. View the entire study and an executive summary listing the roadways by visiting the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet website at https://transportation.ky.gov/Planning/Pages/Planning-Studies-and-Reports.aspx.
Bill Evans who serves the community as the general manager of WPSD Local 6 and publisher at the Paducah Sun presented to the Paducah Board of Commissioners an overview of a new event being planned for the community to celebrate Veterans Day. Over the past few months, representatives from several organizations have been meeting to plan the event, American Hero Veterans Day Celebration. The organizations include WPSD, Paducah Sun, City of Paducah, McCracken County, Paducah-McCracken County Convention & Expo Center, 101st Airborne Sustainable Brigade, Milner & Orr, DAV, VVA, DAR, VFW. Evans said, “We are wanting to capture again the sense of pride in Paducah, McCracken County, and the surrounding areas following when the Wall that Heals came to Paducah.”
The group has determined several goals for the event:
Activities being discussed include a sunrise service, a breakfast for veterans, awards ceremony, annual Veterans Day Parade, programming for middle and high school students, and a concert. Most of the events will be held at the Expo Center. Evans also explained that many ideas are being explored including a thank you card station, singing from school choir groups, a keepsake section to be included in the Paducah Sun, flags for all attendees, and a Wall of Names for families to post names of veterans in their families.