Commissioners Discuss City Hall Renovation, E-911
By Adam Morton
PADUCAH, KY - Paducah City Commissioners discussed upcoming projects at their meeting on Tuesday.
City Manager Jeff Pederson spoke about some of the city's biggest projects planned for the coming year. A ranked list of projects city officials put together at a January workshop was presented at the meeting, and updates to the city's E-911 system and the first phase of City Hall renovations made the top of the list.
The first phase of renovations to City Hall is projected to cost nearly $4.9 million, according to Pederson. Funds have been identified for the project using a combination of historic tax credits, remaining funds from the City Hall visioning and design project with RATIO, and reserve funds from the General Fund and Solid Waste Fund. The first phase would address City Hall’s roof, canopy, furnace and air conditioning systems. "The way to preserve [City Hall] is to start reinvesting in it." Pederson said.
The first phase of the E-911 project is estimated to cost $3.9 million, and would include the replacement of the telephone systems. The City has $900,000 set aside for the first phase, with the remaining funds to be satisfied through a bond issue.
"The specifications are being developed right now that wold put us in a position to go out and bid for a telephone and CAD system in early summer" Pederson said.
It should be noted that Tuesday's meeting was just a pre-budget workshop. The Commission can make changes to any of these items, and the final budget will not be approved until June.
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