City Commission Meeting Highlights, June 26, 2018

Note:  Commissioner Richard Abraham was unable to attend this meeting.

City of Paducah Fiscal Year 2018-2019 Budget

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


Discussion about Brush and Yard Waste Collection

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. 


Approve Intent to Annex Properties on Hinkleville Road, Harris Road, and Olivet Church Road (vote July 10)

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:

  • In a letter dated May 2, 2018, Ms. Nancy Bergfield requested the annexation of 5201 Hinkleville Road.
  • In a letter dated March 16, 2018, Ms. Alberta Davis requested the annexation of 5310 Harris Road and 5325 Hinkleville Road.
  • In a letter dated May 2, 2018, Falconite Real Estate Holdings, LLC requested the annexation of Tracts 2 and 3 on an annexation plat in addition to 2705 Olivet Church Road.

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


Approve Change Order No. 1 for the City Hall Phase I Project (vote July 10)

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.


Adopt Recodified Code of Ordinances (vote July 10)

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.


Approve General Obligation Bond Issues (GOB 2018A and GOB 2018B)

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. 


Quick Highlights

  • Family Court Judge Deanna Henschel conducted the swearing-in ceremony for new Paducah Police officers Cameron Thomason, Brandon Jones, and Benjamin Anthony.
  • Boards and Commissions:
    • Billy Poindexter, Jr. appointed to the Paducah-McCracken County Riverport Authority.
    • Linnea Baumgardner reappointed and Vickie Brantley, Fay Kimmins and Stewart Tom Shoulta appointed to the Paducah-McCracken County Senior Citizens Board.
    • James Tidwell and Bruce Brockenborough reappointed to the Forest Hills Village Board.
    • Susan Phelps Carr reappointed to the Paducah-McCracken County Joint Sewer Agency.
  • Municipal orders approved authorizing amendments to the Position and Pay Schedule and the Pay Grade Schedule including the following wage adjustments:  a 1.75 percent increase for FOP, IAFF, and non-bargaining employees and a 1.5 percent increase for AFSCME employees.
  • Municipal orders approved authorizing employment agreements and the promotions of the following employees:
  • Michelle Smolen from Assistant to the City Manager to Assistant City Manager.
  • Stephen Chino from Interim Information Technology Director to Information Technology Director.
  • Lindsay Parish from Assistant City Clerk to City Clerk.
  • Municipal order approved accepting the proposed premiums from the Kentucky League of Cities for Workers’ Compensation, Liability, and Property Insurance coverage.  The total cost of all premiums is $1,168,312.73.  The Convention Center Corporation will reimburse the City $39,165.20 for property coverage of the Convention Centers.   The Health Department will reimburse the City $3,014.88, and Paxton Park Golf Course will reimburse the City $4,747.78.
  • Municipal order approved authorizing an annual service agreement in the amount of $28,080 between the City of Paducah and Jackson Purchase 2-Way Radio for the support of the City’s radio equipment.
  • Ordinance approved authorizing the sale and transfer of an approximately 60-acre piece of property located near the intersection of Old Mayfield and Houser Roads.  Paducah Water acquired the property in 2012 through the merger with Hendron Water District.  Paducah Water does not need the property and held a public auction.  This ordinance approves the transfer of the property to the highest bidder, Howerton Properties, LLC in the amount of $190,732.30.