The riverside lot in Paducah next to the Julian Carroll Convention Center is the site of a proposed $18 million hotel project. Mayor Bill Paxton says Nashville based Senate Hospitality and two Louisville developers plan to break ground on the project next year.
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.
Paducah City Commissioners got an overview of the projected budget for the next fiscal year at last night’s meeting. City Manager Jeff Pederson says the coming year will be challenging because revenues will likely be flat. The city is seeing a slight increase due a rise in the payroll tax, but those gains are offset by declines in the insurance premium tax. Pederson says he expects General Fund revenue gains to only be about 1 percent over last year. However, several expenditures are also expected to rise. They include employee wage increases, fuel and insurance costs, and mandated con