PADUCAH, Ky. (5/15/13) – The following are the highlights of Paducah City Commission meeting held on Tuesday, May 14, 2013.
Brooks Stadium Commission Chairman Dr. Frank Hideg and Paducah Convention & Visitors Bureau Sales Director Fowler Black provided a preview of the upcoming National Club Baseball Association World Series which will be at Brooks Stadium, May 16-22. Eight college teams will be attending. Black says, “It’s the City’s asset of Brooks Stadium that got the attention of the National Club Baseball. Paducah is geographically centered. It works well for them.” Black says the local economic impact of the 250 baseball players, not including their friends or families, is approximately $117,000.
The Commissioners introduced an ordinance for all the documents necessary for the acquisition of 0.27 acres of right-of-way and 0.21 acres of permanent public utility easement for property located at 5315 Stanley Cemetery Road in the amount of $57,500. McCracken County negotiated the acquisition cost. The City will submit the acquisition costs to the State for reimbursement with all or a portion of the acquisition amount expect to be reimbursed. The right-of-way and easement is necessary for the next phase of the Olivet Church Road Improvement Project. The property address is on Stanley Cemetery Road; however, the right-of-way and easement parallel Olivet Church Road. The City of Paducah, McCracken County, and the State of Kentucky are working together to make major improvements along Olivet Church Road (KY 998). Increased traffic and new developments have created the need for road improvements and access along and near the busy roadway. The existing Olivet Church Road near the intersection with U.S. Highway 60 to James-Sanders Boulevard will be widened to three lanes with improved curbs and gutters. Also, near the intersection of Olivet Church Road and James-Sanders, a proposed new stretch of road will head southeast toward Kentucky Oaks Mall. This new five lane road would tie into the intersection at Hinkleville Road and the existing New Holt Road.
The Commissioners introduced a change order with Ray Black & Son, Inc. for the contract to preserve and renovate the Market House and River Discovery Center. The change order adds $3748 to the contract amount and is due to the replacement of gable ends on the Market House facility and the replacement of glass. All of the work will be completed by the end of this month. In December 2012, the Mayor and Commissioners approved a contract in the amount of $215,927 with Ray Black & Son, Inc. for the project to renovate both of the historic city-owned facilities. The work includes the repairing and cleaning of masonry, sealing joints, gutter repairs, repair of wood trim, painting, and the replacement of existing bird control devices.
• Mayor Pro Tem Sandra Wilson presented a proclamation to City Engineer-Public Works Director Rick Murphy proclaiming May 19-25 as National Public Works Week. Murphy thanked his employees and introduced several supervisors and superintendents who attended the meeting.
• Human Resources Director Cindy Medford, an organizer of the Lourdes Paducah Iron Mom Half Marathon, thanked everyone who volunteered to make the 2013 event a success. Medford says, “I’m proud to work for the city that rose to the call and supported the event.” For this third installment, more than 970 runners registered to take part in either the half marathon or the relay, a 20% increase over last year’s turnout. Proceeds benefit the Family Service Society.
• Boards and Commissions: Lincoln Hardy and Robert Terrence Cross appointed to the Paducah Human Rights Commission; Paul King and Louis Lovera reappointed to the Historical & Architectural Review Commission.
• Municipal order approved to apply for a Kentucky Office of Homeland Security Law Enforcement Protection Program grant in the amount of $4400. If awarded, the funds would be used to purchase eight sets of body armor for the Paducah Police Department. This grant does not require a match.
• Municipal order approved to apply for a grant in the amount of $10,020 through the U.S. Department of Justice Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant Program. If approved this grant would require a local match of $10,020. If awarded, the Paducah Police Department would use the funds to purchase 15 vests for the SWAT team.
• Ordinance introduced (vote May 28) to amend the contract from FEMA regarding the City’s 2012 award of $75,120 through the Hazardous Mitigation Program to purchase and install a generator at Fire Station #1. The City’s grant award has not changed; however, the State’s contract amount has changed requiring an amendment to the City’s ordinance.
• Ordinance introduced (vote May 28) to purchase 80 60-gallon trash containers to be used at Noble Park. Using the State contract, the City will purchase the containers from Toter, Inc. for $25,663.82.
• Ordinance introduced (vote May 28) to pay AES Environmental, LLC $21,156.60 for their services in collecting household hazardous waste at this year’s Spring Clean Up day held in April. A Kentucky Division of Waste Management grant helps fund Spring Clean Up Day.
• Ordinance introduced (vote May 28) for a contract with the Paducah Convention & Visitors Bureau in the amount of $25,000 on behalf of the American Quilter’s Society to be used for marketing and promoting of events related to the 2013 AQS QuiltWeek. The funds provide a local match for a State Tourism grant.
• Mayor Pro Tem Sandra Wilson reminded everyone of the LowerTown Arts & Music Festival which will be this Friday through Sunday. Also on Friday at 7 p.m. at the Carson Center, the Paducah Human Rights Commission will host the Evening of Performance which is free for the public to attend.
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