City Commission Approves Artist Setup Changes
By WestKyStar & Pam Spencer, City of Paducah
PADUCAH, KY - During its regular meeting on Tuesday, the Paducah Board of Commissioners approved an ordinance to amend city codes that will streamline the application and administration process for areas where artists can set up to sell or demonstrate their artwork. 

The areas that artists can use are the downtown gazebo at 2nd and Broadway, and the Texaco Station Information Center at the corner of North 7th and Madison Streets. 

The ordinance also outlines the fees and the regulations for a guest permit and an artist permit.  Artists will be filing their applications through the Planning Department.  

Mayor Brandi Harless said, “The art-a-la-carte program has been an important part of getting more art downtown.” 

Paducah Main Street Director Melinda Winchester said, “The art and artists add so much to our street life.”

Additional actions taken during the meeting included:

Andrew Wiggins was appointed to the Paducah Human Rights Commission.
Roger Truitt was reappointed to the Commissioners of Water Works board.
Eri Gjergji was appointed to the Paducah Board of Adjustment.

Ordinances Related to Annexation of 2901 and 2905 Lone Oak Road and 2825 Maryland Street will be voted on February 21.

A municipal order was approved for an encroachment agreement with Musselman Properties, LLC allowing the use of a pre-existing concrete platform and the construction of new stairs encroaching on the eastern right-of-way of Labelle Avenue. This encroachment is adjacent to the property owned by Musselman Properties located at 3121 Broadway, which is the former Coke plant.

Ordinances for contracts were introduced for vote on February 21:
Agreement with Federal Materials for concrete ready-mix to be used for various construction and street repair projects for 2017-2018.
Agreement with Brehm Striping Company for the 2017-2018 pavement marking contract.
Agreement with Danny Cope & Sons for the 2017-2018 equipment rental contract.

City Manager Jeff Pederson explained that the proposed contracts for the Storm Water Master Plan and Phase II of the Noble Park Lake Bank Stabilization Project will be coming before the Board later this month.  He also explained that the list of capital improvement projects is being generated with the internal rating process to begin soon.  Staff is working to identify a first phase of improvements for City Hall and a first phase of equipment upgrades for the 911 Center.

Published 07:30 PM, Tuesday Feb. 14, 2017
Updated 09:45 PM, Tuesday Feb. 14, 2017

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