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The Paducah Board of Commissioners took no action at this meeting regarding the appointment of a Commissioner. Mayor George Bray explained that Commissioner Guess’ attorney has filed legal action, a temporary injunction. A hearing is set for Wednesday, February 1 in McCracken Circuit Court. Based upon the results of the hearing, the Paducah Board of Commissioners will then decide how to move forward. On January 17, with a unanimous vote, the Board approved the removal of Commissioner Guess as permitted by KRS 83A.040.
City Manager Daron Jordan led the Board through a discussion regarding the outdoor sports complex under design for the former Bluegrass Downs horse track complex and a portion of Stuart Nelson Park. City Manager Jordan and Parks & Recreation Department Director Amie Clark are the City’s appointments to the facility’s Project Working Group. The Working Group’s goal is to finalize the design in the next few weeks. The project will affect the current location of the Dog Park at Stuart Nelson Park, and this week the project architect submitted a letter to the City and County recommending the Dog Park to be moved to Noble Park. Clark said a possible relocation site at Noble Park is Anna Baumer Field. This is the large field behind the amphitheater near the Greenway Trail. Jordan also said dog relief areas are included in the outdoor sports complex’s design. The Dog Park relocation must be approved by the City, County, and McCracken County Sports Tourism Commission since the cost to relocate the park is included in the overall cost of the complex.
The Board approved an ordinance to amend Section 2-145 related to public comments at City Commission Meetings. Specifically, the ordinance no longer limits public comments at regular City Commission meetings only to items listed on the agenda. This ordinance also authorizes the Presiding Officer to moderate, allow, disallow, extend or limit public comments in accordance with the following specific provisions:
The Board of Commissioners introduced an ordinance to repeal and replace Chapter 98 in the Paducah Code of Ordinances related to permitting for special events including parades and assemblies. City Clerk/Customer Experience Department Director Lindsay Parish explained that the special event permitting process moved from the Parks & Recreation Department to the Customer Experience Department in January 2022. During 2022, 107 special event permits were issued.
The new ordinance language includes an updated definition of special events which allows the City to require a permit for large events that occur on private or county property if the events require a city road closure, have a direct impact on traffic, or would appreciably impact the need for Police, Fire, or other public safety and emergency services. The ordinance also includes language for the liability insurance requirement with coverage of at least $1,000,000 with the City of Paducah named as an additional insured. The City may require higher insurance levels based upon an event’s risk factors. Additional changes include the creation of an administrative policy which will outline specific details and fees including an expedited processing fee of $150 if the permit request is not submitted within the outlined timeframe. There is no fee to apply for a special event permit. The policy also would include the requirement that event organizers notify event neighbors and the use of preapproved parade and 5K routes.
The Board approved a municipal order to disband the 911 Communication Services Oversight Committee. This committee held its first meeting January 10, 2022, with the goals of making formal recommendations regarding the needed 911 system upgrades, funding options, and governing structure. Committee members were City Commissioner Carol Gault, County Commissioner Eddie Jones, Kevin Kauffeld, Jewel Jones, and Dr. Irvin Smith. This committee, led by Kauffeld as chairman, met 18 times during 2022 and completed its goals. A request for proposals (RFP) for the radio communications system has been issued with a due date of March 2. The Paducah Board of Commissioners thanked this committee for its dedication to the project. Mayor Bray said a small group of city and county representatives will review the responses to the RFP.