The Paducah Board of Commissioners approved Change Order # 1 with Huffman Construction for the Floodwall Pump Station # 2 Project. This change order reduces the contract amount by $25,000 resulting in a new contract amount of $4.922 million. The change order resulted due to a change in how three of the pumps were removed from the facility. The original plan was to dismantle them for removal. However, they were able to be lifted out through the skylights resulting in a contract decrease.
The Board approved the contract with Huffman Construction in April to rehabilitate Floodwall Pump Station #2 located at 1416 North 6th Street. The project includes the replacement of discharge pipes, the rehabilitation of various mechanical components of all seven pumps and motors not previously repaired, and the replacement of the sluice gate. Pump Station #2 has the largest pumping capacity of 313,000 gallons per minute. Since it’s the first station to be activated at a local river stage of 27.5 feet, it receives the most wear-and-tear.
The City has $1.4 million in grant funds for the project which includes a $1 million Community Development Block Grant and $400,000 from Delta Regional Authority. To fund the rest of the project, the City has received a low interest loan through the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) through the Kentucky Energy & Environment Cabinet and Kentucky Infrastructure Authority.
The Paducah Board of Commissioners introduced an ordinance to repeal Section 66-93 of the Paducah Code of Ordinances regarding the use of profane, offensive, or indecent language in public places. The ordinance was enacted in 1967; however, in February 2017, the Supreme Court of Kentucky addressed ordinances regulating speech. Paducah has since received an attorney opinion stating that Section 66-93 of Paducah’s Code is believed now to be unconstitutional.