Note: Commissioner Richard Abraham was unable to attend this meeting.
The Paducah Board of Commissioners approved an ordinance adopting the Fiscal Year 2018-2019 City of Paducah Budget, a balanced budget. The City’s fiscal year runs from July 1, 2018, through June 30, 2019. In addition to meetings among the City Manager, Department Directors, and the Finance Department, the Paducah Board of Commissioners participated in budget workshops on May 14 and May 23.
The majority of the operating expenses for the City of Paducah are funded through the General Fund which is outlined to have $35,343,845 in expenditures during the upcoming fiscal year. This is a 2.5 percent increase as compared to Fiscal Year 2017-2018’s General Fund expenditures of $34,464,168. The General Fund has four major sources of revenue: 1) Payroll tax; 2) Property tax; 3) Insurance premium tax; and 4) Business licenses.
The Fiscal Year 2018-2019 Budget Book will be placed on the City of Paducah website before the end of this month. To view the current year’s budget and budget information dating back to 2005, visit http://paducahky.gov/city-budget.
City Engineer & Public Works Director Rick Murphy and Assistant Public Works Director Chris Yarber discussed with the Board of Commissioners the changes that have occurred over the past few months regarding brush and yard waste collection. In the past, the City collected brush only on Mondays. However, with curbside recycling collection on Mondays, the City has moved to a call-in system (270-444-8511) to request brush and yard waste collection with crews collecting throughout the week. The collection location also has moved for some residents. Brush needs to be placed streetside or curbside and not in the alleys for collection. Furthermore, if a resident has a couple of bags of yard waste or a small amount of brush, it should be placed in the trash rollout for collection along with the weekly trash.
Earlier this year when the amount of yard debris was lower, crews were able to respond to a request for brush and yard waste collection on a street and on the same day, collect all of the yard waste put out by neighbors even if those neighbors had not requested a collection. However, with the summer growing season in full swing, crews are collecting the debris at locations that have requested a collection first. This means yard waste at addresses on the same street that have not called the Engineering-Public Works Department may not be collected. Therefore, please call the Engineering-Public Works Department at 270-444-8511 to request the collection of brush and yard waste at your address.
The Engineering-Public Works Department continues to review this collection process in an effort to make it as efficient and reliable as possible.
The Paducah Board of Commissioners introduced an ordinance for an intent to annex several properties. The properties total nearly 70 acres and have five different property owners. Planner Josh Sommer says, “It’s [the annexation area] on the west side of Paducah where we have had a lot of growth over the past few years.” Commissioner Sandra Wilson says, “It’s going to be a great asset to the city.” Three property owners have requested the annexation of their properties:
To facilitate growth, the City also intends to annex Tract 5 (19.95 acres owned by Menard, Inc.) and Tract 6 (8.0 acres owned by Harriett Reed, Trustee of Walter Reed Trust) as shown on the annexation plat. Plats showing all of the properties can be found in the meeting packet at http://paducahky.gov/2018-city-commission.
The Paducah Board of Commissioners introduced an ordinance for Change Order No. 1 for the City Hall Phase I project. The Change Order reduces the City’s contract with A&K Construction by $206,381. This reduction is due the Kentucky Heritage Council’s (KHC) recent decision to approve a window supplier that is less expensive. Since Paducah’s City Hall is on the National Register of Historic Places, the project team must submit key components of the rehabilitation project to the KHC for approval. This reduction will bring the total contract with A&K to $4,087,400.
A contract with A&K to rehabilitate City Hall was approved by the Paducah Board of Commissioners on January 23 of this year. The contractor began working March 4. The first phase of the City Hall 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. Currently, the building has a screen around it as crews have been removing layers of paint and debris from the exterior. The screen helps keep the debris on the concrete podium area for containment and removal.
The Paducah Board of Commissioners introduced an ordinance for the recodification of the Paducah Code of Ordinances. KRS 83A.060(11) requires cities to review and revise their Code of Ordinances for internal consistency and State law compliance every five years. The City entered into a contract in 2017 with Municipal Code Corporation for the recodification process. Over the past several months, the City Clerk’s office, department staff, and the Municipal Code Corporation along with the assistance of Denton Law Firm have been working to eliminate redundant, obsolete, and invalid provisions. Assistant City Clerk Lindsay Parish said this process updated approximately 125 sections across 20 chapters of Paducah’s code. A few of the noteworthy changes include degenderizing the majority of the code, updating the Board of Commissioners meeting dates and order of business to reflect current practices, and updating sections for compliance with the American’s with Disabilities Act. Once the online version is updated, links will be provided to sections that reference State law. Furthermore, the begging ordinance was updated to comply with the Kentucky Supreme Court Decision on panhandling. Once adopted, the online version of the updated Code of Ordinances will be available later in July.
The Paducah Board of Commissioners approved an ordinance regarding two upcoming bonds, General Obligation Bond (GOB) Series 2018A and Series 2018B. The sale date for these bonds is July 9, 2018. The proceeds from GOB 2018A will be $2.91 million which will be applied to the following projects: $1.1 million for the riverfront project and $1.7 million for E911 equipment. The proceeds from GOB 2018B will be used to refinance two existing bonds, KLC GOB 2015A1 and 2016A1. Both of those bonds currently have variable interest rates. By refinancing the bonds, the City of Paducah will be able to lock in a fixed rate of interest.