Paducah City Commission Met Tuesday
By WestKyStar Staff
PADUCAH, KY - The Paducah City Commission introduced two ordinances regarding the sale of property along Sheehan Bridge Road at its meeting Tuesday night.
A contract was signed in April with Chris Colson Auction and Realty Company to sale city-owned property at 1105 Sheehan Bridge Road. The property sold on June 4 in two tracks. The first ordinance introduced is for the Deed of Conveyance from the city to Todd and Deborah Teas. The couple purchased the home and approximately two-acres for $185,120.10.
City Manager Jeff Pederson says, "In addition to the sale price, the City has received nearly $27,000 in rental income," through a farming contract. He says the income from the sale will be used toward the Riverfront Redevelopment Project. The Commission approved buying the nearly 167-acre properly in December 2009 for $900,000, with plans to construct a sports complex with private fundraising also supporting the site. The property is now being declared as surplus, not a sports park.
In addition, the Commission approved an ordinance that changes the zoning for property along Hinkleville Road from the low density residential zone and mixes use zone to a highway business district. The included addresses are 5178, 5184 and 5186 Hinkleville Road, the locations for Concord United Methodist Church, Concord Elementary School and Olivet Baptist Church. The zoning change comes with the support of the property owners.
Changing the zoning to a highway business district allows for the building or parking expansions to occur without the need for a Conditional Use Permit. The process can be lengthy but is a requirement in an R-1 zone for churches and schools. The Planning Commission held a public hearing regarding the proposed zone change on June 17, 2013 and made a positive recommendation to the City Commission. The City’s Comprehensive Plan agrees with the proposed zone change as it shows the area in a future land use map zoned as commercial.
The Mayor and Commissioners approved an ordinance to pay Jones Excavation $21,000 for the emergency remediation work to stabilize 318-324 Broadway otherwise known as the Kresge Building. The Paducah Fire Prevention Division hired Jones Excavation to remove the debris and ceilings from the northeast corner of the building and shore up the windows. Work began June 3 and has been completed. Fire prevention initiated the work due to public safety concerns since the northeast corner is the location of a partial roof collapse. The remediation removed much of the debris and eliminated the danger of additional debris falling toward Broadway which could spill out onto the sidewalk or street. The front wall of the building was reinforced with cables as instructed by a structural engineer. The City continues to work with the property owner on the building’s future.
The City Manager reported that on June 12, the Mayor, Commissioners, City Manager, and Directors participated in a workshop to review Paducah’s results from the National Citizen Survey. At the end of the workshop the group began making Action Plans for the three priority areas determined at the workshop: the city’s role in economic development, neighborhood revitalization, and community engagement. The further development of Action Plans is continuing with director teams creating committees for each of the three priority areas. Each committee also will have one or two Commissioners participating.
The City staff members are refining a plan for a roof stabilization program. The plan is expected to be before the Commission later this month.
The City Manager also reported one of the findings of the Renaissance Area Master Plan was to improve signage and wayfinding in downtown and LowerTown. The initial step will be a traffic study to look at Broadway and Jefferson Streets to study one-way and two-way traffic patterns. City Manager Pederson says, “Whether or not to consider direction changes on streets, we think that’s a logical start.” The City’s budget has $150,000 set aside for wayfinding.
An ordinance was approved amending Chapter 18 of the Paducah Code of Ordinances regarding buildings and building regulations. The State has asked all cities to amend their local ordinances to align with the Kentucky Building Code and the Kentucky Residential Code.
The Commission introduced an ordinance, scheduled to vote on July 9, to accept the Law Enforcement Service Fee Grant in the amount of $8985 from the Kentucky Justice Cabinet to be used to operate the Police Department’s DUI Enforcement Program. The grant will cover 151 overtime hours and 1500 miles at $0.45 per mile. Assistant Police Chief Stacey Grimes says each year the Paducah Police Department averages 350-400 DUI arrests.
An Ordinance was also introduced, scheduled to be voted on July 9, to accept the $21,500 grant award from the Kentucky Division of Waste Management Kentucky Pride Recycling Grant program. The funds will be used to purchase equipment for the Greater Paducah. Sustainability Recycle-Now center located on North 8th Street. The grant requires a match of $3584 each from the City of Paducah and McCracken County.