City Commission Meeting Highlights, May 8, 2018

Strategic Plan Development

During the past two City Commission meetings, the Board of Commissioners discussed the draft strategic plan for the City of Paducah.  Mayor Brandi Harless created the draft plan using information from the City Strategic Planning Session held in November 2017 and from the community meetings she held January through March.  At this meeting, the Board approved a municipal order adopting the Vision Statement and the eight Key Performance Areas and Objectives.  The City Manager and staff will work over the next approximately four months to complete the Mission Statement and the Organizational Values in addition to the development of Action Plans for each of the objectives.

The adopted Vision Statement for the City of Paducah is Paducah is a city where people strive to reach their full potential through lifelong learning, creativity, culture, and compassion for one another.

The Key Performance Areas are

  • Maintain high level of safety for all
  • Develop healthy and sustainable neighborhoods
  • Maintain thoughtful and modern infrastructure
  • Provide open, smart, and engaged government
  • Enhance arts and culture
  • Empower upward economic mobility for all
  • Provide excellent recreation experiences for all ages and abilities
  • Celebrate a diverse community.


2018 Dogwood Trail Winners

Members of the Paducah Civic Beautification Board recognized the 2018 Dogwood Trail winners.

Todd and Bethany Jones - 351 Wallace Lane
Carl and Polly LeBuhn - 644 Woodland Drive
Brian and Mary Katz - 4615 Quail Hollow Drive
Jan and Neal Scott - 2216 Jefferson Street
Charles and Gail Ransler - 2830 Broadway
Stan and Missy Eckenberg - 4240 Pines Road
Jim Landry and Hillary Chambers - 2974 Jefferson Street
Chuck Tate - 3940 Court Avenue
Susan and Max Sacharnoski - 3260 Jefferson Street
Mary and Jarvis Madlin - 4710 Buckner Lane
Randall and Sherry Channell - 298 Alben Barkley Drive
Terra Bryan - 205 Minerva Place
Hal and Debe Sullivan - 3905 Alben Barkley Drive

The winners of the Dogwood Art & Photography contest also were announced.  The winners of the Art contest are as follows:

1st Place:  Debra K. Talbert, Cornus Virgiana, mixed media
2nd Place:  Carol Tribou, Dogwood in Blossum, watercolor
3rd Place:  Barbara Harris, Dogwood Designed, ink jet print

Below are the winners of the Photography contest.

1st Place:  Stephanie Young, Let’s Dance
2nd Place:  Phyllis Russell, Twist and Shout
3rd Place:  Cindy Jones, Spring Backwards


Quick Highlights

  • Mayor Harless presented a proclamation to Bill Ford that proclaimed May 7 as Beaux Tie Day in honor of his contributions to the community.  Ford, an interior designer and artist whose birthday is May 7, also is known for his contributions to charity.  Mayor Harless encouraged the community to donate to their favorite non-profit in Ford’s honor.
  • Mayor Harless presented a proclamation to Ashley Valentine-Hall that proclaims June 2 as National Gun Violence Awareness Day to promote responsible gun ownership.
  • Municipal order approved for the grant request in the amount of $15,000 from the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation.  If awarded, the funds would be used to purchase public education materials to be used by the Paducah Fire Department.  No local match is required for this grant request.
  • Municipal order approved authorizing the declaration and sale of city-owned surplus property located at 1320 Oscar Cross Avenue.  Michael Taylor submitted a bid for $326 for the property and plans to construct a home on the lot.
  • Municipal order approved accepting the bid from Minter Roofing in the total amount of $144,070 for the replacement of the roof at the Robert Cherry Civic Center and at the Probation & Parole building.
  • Ordinance introduced (vote later in May) to reclassify the positions of City Clerk and Chief Building Inspector from Civil Service to Non-Civil Service.  The current employees in these two positions will retain their Civil Service status.
  • Ordinance introduced (vote later in May) to amend the professional engineer services agreement with HDR Engineering, Inc. due to additional design work on the Floodwall Pump Station #2 project and an expansion in the scope of work for the project’s construction administration.  The Corps of Engineers is requiring a third party inspection requirement for the project which will lead to HDR’s expertise on site more than initially required.
  • Ordinance introduced (vote later in May) to approve the bid with unit prices from Jim Smith Contracting Company, LLC for the 2018-2019 Street Resurfacing Program.