Public Information Officer Pam Spencer presented the Mayor and Commissioners an update on the process made by two of the three committees working on priorities determined by the Paducah Board of Commissioners and staff at a post-citizen survey workshop last June.
At that meeting last June, the elected officials and staff selected three priorities for the City to strengthen:
City’s Role in Economic Development: The Economic Development committee continues to meet. At this meeting, the strategies and tactics recommended by the other two committees were presented. Each committee is led by a director-team in addition to one or two elected officials, city staff, and community members. The two committees discussed at this meeting held meetings last September, October, and November.
Community Engagement: To begin the process last September, the Community Engagement committee first reviewed existing methods of informing and engaging the community. One recommendation is to name and promote an engagement initiative to help citizens know about the various ways to find information and be involved. The three strategies discussed by the committee are:
Some of the tactics recommended by the committee include increasing the traffic to the City of Paducah website, answering citizen-submitted questions at meetings and through written methods, visiting with citizens in their neighborhoods and locations such as coffee shops, and reviewing a 311 informational system that would allow citizens to report information and/or problems.
Neighborhood Revitalization: The Neighborhood Revitalization committee narrowed their recommendations to two strategies:
Regarding the first strategy, some of the recommended tactics include increasing inspections to rid alleys and properties of rubbish, reviewing and possibly increasing the demolition budget, providing house plans at no charge as an incentive for infill development on city-owned property and property in low to moderate census tracts, continuing neighborhood revitalization efforts modeled after the Fountain Avenue Neighborhood plan, and selecting the next neighborhood to be revitalized. Under the second strategy, tactics include applying for grants including the Safe Routes to Schools grant, educating bicyclists and motorists, and holding a public forum to seek out the best routes for Share the Road signage.
The strategies and tactics identified by the committees are being directed to the applicable department(s) for administrative review and consideration.
The tactics range in scope from those requiring only minor enhancements to programs/procedures already in place, to those requiring significant research, funding, and policy development. It is expected that some tactics will be brought forward in the decision-making process associated with the upcoming budget development and adoption.
Paducah’s Citizen Survey was conducted by the National Research Center in 2013 with 1200 surveys mailed to randomly selected addresses.
The Mayor and Commissioners approved two ordinances for contracts between the City and the International Association of Fire Fighters Local 168 and between the City and the Fraternal Order of Police.
Each current contract expires June 30, 2014. The new contracts are three-year contracts which will be in effect from July 1, 2014 until June 30, 2017.
Negotiations between the City and both unions were held in January with both memberships voting to approve the contracts. Both contracts include proposed annual wage increases of 1.0%, 1.5%, and 2.0% in 2014, 2015, and 2016.
The FOP contract was signed by FOP President Detective Anthony Copeland and Mayor Kaler. IAFF President Barry Carter along with Mayor Kaler signed the IAFF contract.
Paducah Civic Beautification Board member Dabney Haugh outlined the events scheduled for the 50th anniversary of the Paducah Dogwood Trail, a lighted trail that covers approximately 10 miles in which residents light their dogwoods, flowering shrubs, and lawns.
To commemorate the event, CBB board member Carol Vanderboegh has created 400 dogwood pins.
The pins will be on sale on Saturday, March 8 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Grace Episcopal Church located at 820 Broadway.
Proceeds will benefit the Children's Memorial at Noble Park. The pins come in either shades of pink or shades of white. Pins with center embellishments are $15 while those without center embellishments are $10.
The CBB also is bringing back the Dogwood Art & Photography Contest with the winning entries to be displayed at City Hall, April through June, as part of the Mayor’s Art Club.
This year the Dogwood Tree sale will be 10 a.m-2 p.m. Saturday, April 12 at six local nurseries:
One dollar from the sale of each tree will go toward purchasing dogwoods for the Children’s Memorial Garden.
The Dogwood Trail Bike Ride organized by BikeWorld will be April 13 at 2:30 p.m.
For more information about the Dogwood Trail including a map, trail history, information about the art and photography contest, and a link to videos about the trail, visit http://www.paducahky.gov/paducah/dogwood-trail.
Information provided by Pam Spencer City of Paducah
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