The City of Paducah is launching an informational and awareness campaign called Considerate & Kind Paducah. This campaign includes social media posts, informational news releases, and advertising to bring awareness to various city ordinances and to encourage ways to build a community that is considerate of each other.
Communications Manager Pam Spencer said, “Working in city government, the elected officials and staff receive numerous comments, ideas, and complaints from the public on a variety of quality of life topics ranging from excessive noise to picking up after pets. In researching other communities and organizations that have worked to address similar quality of life elements, I found that the public relations initiative focused on awareness and encouraged being kind and considerate. It almost sounds too simple, but that’s the beauty of it. If we are being considerate, then many issues disappear.”
The first month of the Considerate & Kind Paducah campaign is focusing on stormwater drainage and water quality, leaf collection and Paducah 311, litter, and picking up after pets.
Mayor George Bray said, “Paducah is a river city uniquely situated at the confluence of the Ohio and Tennessee rivers. But this unique location also means that we need to be good stewards of the water that flows into these bodies of water. By joining together to reduce litter, pick up after our pets, and eliminate debris in the gutters and drainage systems, the community will benefit with enhanced stormwater flow, a reduction in contaminants in the drainage system, and an aesthetically pleasing environment. Being a more Considerate & Kind Paducah will bring all of us a sense of satisfaction, but more than that, it will help us become a more beautiful and environmentally healthy city.”
Paducah has approximately 6600 storm inlets and more than 170 miles of sewer systems that accept stormwater flow.
Sweeping of Litter into Gutters (Paducah Code of Ordinances 42-47(h)(1)) The code is as follows: (h)Sweeping litter into gutters. (1)No person shall sweep into or deposit in any gutter, street or other public place within the City the accumulation of litter from any building or lot or from any public or private sidewalk or driveway. Persons owning or occupying property shall keep the sidewalk in front of their premises free of litter.
Throwing Litter from Vehicles (Paducah Code of Ordinances 42-47(i)) The code is as follows: (i)Throwing litter from vehicle. No person, while a driver or passenger in a vehicle, shall throw or deposit litter upon any street or other public place within the City, or upon private property.
Sanitary Disposal of Dog Feces (Paducah Code of Ordinances 14-35) The code is as follows: (a)It shall be unlawful for the owner or person in charge of a dog to permit such animal to excrete feces on school grounds, city parks, sidewalks or other public property, or on any private property other than that of the owner or person in charge or control of the dog without the permission of the owner of said property unless the owner or person in control of the dog immediately removes all feces deposited by the dog and disposes of same in a sanitary manner. (b)It shall be unlawful for any person to place animal feces in storm sewers or upon the property of another or to dispose of such feces in any manner except by depositing it in a toilet or a covered, fly-tight container normally used for garbage.