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Mayor George Bray discussed the emergency safety work that began today on a section of the Katterjohn building located at 1501 Broadway. The City coordinated with a contractor to have the work completed through an Emergency Demolition Order.
The privately-owned building, which been vacant for more than 20 years, has significantly deteriorated with sections of the building posing a public safety threat. Over the past several months, the building’s owner has been cited repeatedly for nuisance violations including graffiti and high grass. Furthermore, multiple calls from neighbors indicated that individuals were seen entering the buildings. The City has had to secure the buildings several times to prevent entry in order to protect the public.
During this time, the City observed numerous structural deficiencies and decided to secure a structural engineer to review the facility. The engineer determined that, although the entire building is not yet an imminent danger, it is only marginally safe and multiple aspects of the property require immediate demolition to prevent loss of life. The engineer’s life-safety recommendations include removing the single-story section at the back of the building, the brick smoke stack adjacent to a secondary structure at the back of the property, and the front porch structure.
Illinois Central Railroad constructed the facility in the late 1800s to serve as a hospital. After a fire in 1917, the building was rebuilt and eventually was purchased by George Katterjohn in the 1950s to be used as leased office space. Building ownership has transferred several times since then.
The Paducah Board of Commissioners held a discussion regarding operational procedures related to refuse collection. In July, the Public Works Department notified 300 residents that their garbage collection would be moving from the alley to curbside. Mayor Bray explained several of the reasons for the ongoing process to move the collection location out of the alleys which include a reduction in damage and injury claims and a reduction in alley maintenance costs. Mayor Bray also explained that the City’s ordinance does not permit the leaving of rollouts in the alley or along the edge of the street. They are to be pulled back in a timely manner after garbage is collected.
Mayor Bray led a discussion of Paducah Code of Ordinances Section 2-145 regarding the order of business and procedures for City Commission meetings. Currently, those in attendance at a Commission Meeting who have signed up to speak during the public comment section are given an opportunity to speak about items included on the agenda for, as a general rule, no longer than three minutes. At this meeting, the Board supported amending the ordinance to provide the public the opportunity to respectfully speak also on topics that are not listed on the agenda.
The Board approved a municipal order authorizing City Manager Daron Jordan to issue a request for proposals from qualified companies for the opportunity to purchase and develop the city-owned vacant property at 318 Broadway. The City acquired the property in 2018 through a foreclosure process following the condemnation of the deteriorated building (former Kresge Building) on the site. The building was demolished in 2019 which cleared space for development. The site is 17,250 square feet (0.39 acres) with 98.75 feet of available storefront facing Broadway.
Benefits Advisor DJ Story with Peel & Holland provided an overview of the City of Paducah’s 2023 health insurance plan through Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield as the City’s third-party administrator. Those who participate in the City’s health plan will have NO change to their health insurance premiums for 2023. The City has maintained the same health insurance premium rates consecutively for eleven years which is quite unusual and an indication of the good management of the health plan and the City’s dedication to employee wellness. Dental premiums are increasing 2 percent while vision premiums are increasing 6 percent as compared to this current year. The City of Paducah has a self-insured health insurance plan which means the premiums paid into the plan by the employees are used to pay the claims.
Actions taken by the Paducah Board of Commissioners regarding health insurance are as follows:
The Board approved a municipal order naming the City Manager and the Parks & Recreation Department Director as the City of Paducah’s appointments to the Project Working Group for the Outdoor Sports Complex project. The interlocal cooperation agreement among the City, County, and Sports Tourism Commission that was signed by all parties on September 7 authorizes the development of this working group.