Note: Mayor Gayle Kaler was unable to attend this meeting.
National Club Baseball World Series at Brooks Stadium
Brooks Stadium Commission Chairman Dr. Frank Hideg and Paducah Convention & Visitors Bureau Sales Director Fowler Black provided a preview of the upcoming National Club Baseball Association World Series which will be at Brooks Stadium, May 16-22. Eight college teams will be attending. Black says, “It’s the City’s asset of Brooks Stadium that got the attention of the National Club Baseball. Paducah is geographically centered. It works well for them.” Black says the local economic impact of the 250 baseball players, not including their friends or families, is approximately $117,000.
Right-of-Way and Easement Acquisition for Olivet Church Road Project (vote May 28)
The Commissioners introduced an ordinance for all the documents necessary for the acquisition of 0.27 acres of right-of-way and 0.21 acres of permanent public utility easement for property located at 5315 Stanley Cemetery Road in the amount of $57,500. McCracken County negotiated the acquisition cost. The City will submit the acquisition costs to the State for reimbursement with all or a portion of the acquisition amount expect to be reimbursed. The right-of-way and easement is necessary for the next phase of the Olivet Church Road Improvement Project. The property address is on Stanley Cemetery Road; however, the right-of-way and easement parallel Olivet Church Road. The City of Paducah, McCracken County, and the State of Kentucky are working together to make major improvements along Olivet Church Road (KY 998). Increased traffic and new developments have created the need for road improvements and access along and near the busy roadway. The existing Olivet Church Road near the intersection with U.S. Highway 60 to James-Sanders Boulevard will be widened to three lanes with improved curbs and gutters. Also, near the intersection of Olivet Church Road and James-Sanders, a proposed new stretch of road will head southeast toward Kentucky Oaks Mall. This new five lane road would tie into the intersection at Hinkleville Road and the existing New Holt Road.
Preservation and Renovation of Market House and River Discovery Center (vote May 28)
The Commissioners introduced a change order with Ray Black & Son, Inc. for the contract to preserve and renovate the Market House and River Discovery Center. The change order adds $3748 to the contract amount and is due to the replacement of gable ends on the Market House facility and the replacement of glass. All of the work will be completed by the end of this month. In December 2012, the Mayor and Commissioners approved a contract in the amount of $215,927 with Ray Black & Son, Inc. for the project to renovate both of the historic city-owned facilities. The work includes the repairing and cleaning of masonry, sealing joints, gutter repairs, repair of wood trim, painting, and the replacement of existing bird control devices.