Morning Cram
9:28 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

Paducah City Commissioners Discuss Duck Island Preservation

The Paducah Mayor and City Commissioners support efforts to preserve 
Noble Park’s duck house and island. Commissioners and the Mayor discussed ways to preserve the small island during Tuesday's commission meeting after many residents opposed the city’s previous decision to remove the island due to its state of disrepair. Commissioner Gayle Kaler says people voiced their concern not only through emails and phone calls but through Facebook, as well. As of Tuesday night, the group, “Save Duck Island”, had more than 3,500 members. Kaler said she approves of such enthusiasm.

“Well, I just think it’s great that people want to be a part of this project, and I think we need to give them that opportunity to be part of it because it’s ownership, in a way, of their community.”

During the meeting, Parks Services Director Mark Thompson presented several options for preserving the island, including the installation of a riprap retaining wall or a vinyl sea wall. He also recommended the mayor and commissioners challenge the public to raise a portion of the $20,000 to $30,000 needed for the island's restoration.