City Commission Meeting Highlights - July 26, 2022

To view the entire meeting, visit https://youtu.be/AsIlVZZmaQM.

Note:  Mayor Pro Tem Sandra Wilson and Commissioner Raynarldo Henderson were unable to attend this meeting.

 

Mayor George Bray’s Opening Remarks

Mayor Bray emphasized that he is encouraged by the forward progress underway on two priority projects:  911 radio infrastructure upgrades and the outdoor sports complex.  In 2021, the City and County signed memorandums of understanding to partner on these projects.  Regarding the outdoor sports complex, City Manager Daron Jordan and Deputy Judge Executive Steve Doolittle have been meeting to finalize details in the interlocal agreement that will be approved by both government bodies.  For the 911 project, the 911 Communication Oversight Committee met yesterday and expects to receive a draft request for proposals from the consultant, Federal Engineering, in August with the goal of having the radio/tower infrastructure project initiated along with decisions on governance and funding structure by the end of this year.  The Oversight Committee also heard from Kentucky State Police about its current 911 project underway across the State and learned that KSP is not ready at this time to incorporate Paducah-McCracken County into its system.

 

Fire Department Feasibility Study

The Paducah Board of Commissioners authorized the Paducah Fire Department to issue a Request for Qualifications from companies to perform a feasibility study for the department. The study’s goals are reviewing current fire station locations, facilities, and equipment deployment in addition to providing long-term recommendations for fire station facilities and infrastructure.  

 

Pickleball Courts at Noble Park

The Board authorized a contract with Bacon, Farmer, Workman Engineering & Testing for design and construction administrative services for the development of eight pickleball courts in Noble Park and bid alternates to light the pickleball courts and upgrade the lighting at the existing tennis courts.

 

311 Portal and App Update

City Clerk/Customer Experience Department Director Lindsay Parish updated the Board on Paducah 311, a new way for citizens to request city services.  The app and online portal were launched January 26.  Users can either create an account or report anonymously on various services including

  • Abandoned Vehicle
  • Brush Pickup
  • City Employment
  • Code Enforcement
  • Dead Animal Reports
  • General Finance Request
  • General Information Request
  • General Parks Service Request
  • General Police Request
  • Right-of-Way Obstructions
  • Potholes
  • Program & Event Inquiries
  • Property Maintenance

In the past six months, the City has received 582 total requests from 320 unique users. Parish said the usage of Paducah 311 has been growing each month with brush collection as the top service requested.  The app has been downloaded 429 times.  Parish listed the various promotional avenues used to inform citizens about the app and online portal with additional promotions and a user survey to gather feedback in the works.

 

Grant Applications

  • Authorized the application for the 2022-2023 Edward Byrne Justice Assistance Grant requesting $12,284 to purchase body armor.
  • Authorized the application for a $200,000 Community Development Block Grant for CenterPoint Recovery Center.
  • Authorized on behalf of the Senior Center of Paducah-McCracken County a Community Development Block Grant application requesting $1.5 million. The Senior Center has identified land to build a new facility.  In addition to the activities and transportation services, the Center provides meals for approximately 450 seniors through the meals-on-wheels program.  The Center also serves lunch on-site to an average of 40 to 60 seniors each day during the week.

 

Contracts for Services for Funding Support

The Paducah Board of Commissioners approved contracts for services between the City and the following agencies:

  • Paxton Park Golf Board – City is providing $85,000 to support the municipal golf course.
  • Paducah Alliance of Neighbors – City is providing $30,000.

 

Additional Meeting Information

  • The Board was introduced to Greg Shelton who was recently promoted to Parks Maintenance Supervisor.
  • Municipal order approved accepting the bid of Data Records Management Service to scan and index investigation files for the Police Department.  This project is funded by a KDLA Local Records grant.
  • Municipal order approved to provide incentives for the recently annexed property at 1630 North Friendship Road.
  • Municipal order approved for a fleet maintenance service agreement between Paducah’s Fleet Division and West Marshall Fire Department.  The City will provide maintenance services for West Marshall’s vehicles at hourly rates.
  • Municipal order approved for the purchase of six police pursuit rated SUVs.
  • Municipal order approved for a contract with DWA Recreation for the installation of rubber surfacing at the Langstaff Park playground.  A portion of this project is funded by a Kentucky Department of Environmental Protection Crumb Rubber Grant.
  • Municipal order approved for a revision to the 2022 Annual Plan and Administrative Plan for the Section 8 program.
  • Municipal order approved to adopt the McCracken County Area Solid Waste Management Plan for 2023-2027.
  • Municipal order approved authorizing the City Manager to conduct contract negotiations and an agreement for consulting services for preservation assessments of historic sites and neighborhoods.
  • Municipal orders approved amending the Position and Pay Schedule and Job Grade Schedule for city employees.
  • Ordinance approved for the consensual annexation of 3520 Olivet Church Road.
  • Ordinance introduced to repeal and replace Chapter 108 "Telecommunications" of the Code of Ordinances. Chapter 108 was originally adopted in 1998.  Since then, there have been changes in law and advances in telecommunication services. The City of Paducah has been approached by several telecommunication companies interested in providing services using the City’s rights-of-way.  The City is required to publicly bid all franchises for the use of its rights-of-way. Using feedback from telecommunications stakeholders, this ordinance governs the process and requirements for bidding and entering into non-exclusive franchises with interested telecommunication companies.
  • City Clerk Parish updated the Board on the recodification options for the City’s code of ordinances. The City is required by KRS 83A.060 to recodify its code every five years to eliminate redundant, obsolete, inconsistent, and invalid information.  Options include a legal review or a full recodification.

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