City Commission Meeting Highlights - October 12, 2021

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Note:  Mayor George Bray and Commissioner Carol Gault were unable to attend this meeting.

National Arts and Humanities Month Proclamation

Mayor Pro Tem Sandra Wilson presented a proclamation for National Arts and Humanities Month to Cindy Ragland with the Creative & Cultural Council and Mary Hammond with the Paducah Convention & Visitors Bureau.  Below are a few points outlined in the proclamation:

  • The coronavirus has had a devastating impact on America’s arts sector with 99% of producing and presenting organizations having canceled events and artists being severely affected.
  • The arts and humanities have led us through pandemic by lifting our spirits, unifying communities, and jumpstarting the economy.
  • The nation is full of art, culture, and creativity with 120,000 nonprofit arts organizations, the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the nation’s 4,500 local arts agencies, and the arts and humanities councils of the 50 states and the six U.S. jurisdictions.
  • The nation’s arts and culture sector is nearly a $920 billion industry that supports 5.2 million jobs.
  • Every attendee to an arts event spends on average $31.47 per person, per event, beyond the cost of admission on items such as meals, parking, and lodging—a vital income source for local businesses.
  • The arts and humanities are a cornerstone of cultural tourism and quality of life in Paducah, Kentucky — a UNESCO Creative City.

McCracken County Emergency Operations Plan Presentation

McCracken County Emergency Management Director Rob Estes provided an overview of the County’s Emergency Operations Plan.  Estes explained that his department is tasked with the prevention, protection, response, recovery, and mitigation for all disasters in Paducah and McCracken County.  The plan, which is updated annually, provides the structure and processes that would be used in disaster response and recovery. 

Additional Meeting Information

  • Municipal orders approved for the following purchases for the Public Works Department: a knuckleboom truck for the collection of solid waste; a windrow turner for the Compost Facility; and solid waste rollouts, lids, and parts.
  • Municipal order approved for a contract with Routeware, Inc. to purchase GPS hardware and software for the Public Works Department.  The GPS system will be used to improve the routing and efficiency of solid waste collection.
  • Ordinance approved for a new lease agreement between the City of Paducah and Seaman’s Church Institute of New York and New Jersey.  The City leases the property at 129 Water Street to Seaman’s Church Institute.
  • Ordinance approved for a contract modification with HDR, Inc. for the Floodwall Pump Station No. 2 project.
  • Ordinance introduced authorizing Paducah Water to begin the condemnation process to acquire the necessary easements from ProRealEstate, LLC in order to construct a 16-inch water main that will run along Cairo Road from the pump station to the elevated storage tank.  This property is the final easement necessary for the water line project.