Shoppers headed to Paducah might soon have one more way to access the Kentucky Oaks Mall. Paducah City Manager Jeff Pederson presented a plan to purchase 2.16 acres needed to connect Olivet Church Road, through the mall, to New Holt Road and Highway 60 on Tuesday at City Hall. The land and home to be acquired will cost the city $500,000.
A new Paducah hotel that would connect to the Julian Carroll Convention Center downtown is one small step closer to coming to fruition.
The City Commission met with City Attorney David Denton in closed session this morning to review a loan offer for the project. A local bank gave the developer that offer this week. City spokesperson Pam Spencer says the plans are not final yet.
The Paducah Renaissance Alliance wants to expand its advisory board from nine to 15 members. Executive Director Lisa Thompson and Chairperson Darlene Mazzone lobbied for the increase at the Paducah City Commission meeting Tuesday, saying the move would bring more diversity to the board. Commissioner Sandra Wilson agreed.
“The PRA board would have more people to give them ideas, more people to submit suggestions about what could be done, so I think it’s a great idea to expand it,” Wilson said.
Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Bill Cunningham will swear-in Paducah's newly elected City Commissioners and Mayor Gayle Kaler this afternoon at city hall. This is Mayor Kaler's first term along with returning commissioners Richard Abraham, Carol Gualt and new commissioners Allan Rhodes, and Sandra Wilson. The ceremony starts at 5 pm with a commission meeting to follow at 6.
The heads of two of the Paducah groups working together to restore and reopen the downtown Columbia Theatre as a multipurpose facility updated Mayor Bill Paxton and city commissioners last night on their progress. The Paducah Renaissance Alliance and Maiden Alley Cinema have combined efforts to revitalize the historic building. PRA Executive Director Lisa Thompson says they hope to turn it into a space for local events such as performances, music, dance recitals, film showings and more.
Paducah city commissioners introduced ordinances for two major renovation projects at their Tuesday night meeting. One continues the second phase of the Noble Park swimming pool renovation. It will include gutter and drain replacement, filtration, disinfection, pumping and other repairs. Bidding for the third phase starts in early 2013. The other authorizes the start of renovation on the Market House building and the River Discovery Center. Commissioner Gayle Kaler says she worked with the city manager and the city engineer-public works director for two years to get the buildings repaired.
Mercy Regional Emergency Medical Service will house displaced firefighters for the next month while Paducah’s Fire Station 3 undergoes renovations. Fire Chief Steve Kyle told the Paducah City Commission that Mercy Regional volunteered to house the firefighters and the fire truck to prevent an increased response time to the western side of the city.
A group of Paducah citizens are telling city officials they don’t want a homeless resource center in their neighborhood. Resident Bob Kelley presented Mayor Bill Paxton and City Commissioners yesterday with more than 250 signatures on a petition asking for an ordinance banning homeless shelters in residential neighborhoods. Tent City Resource Center will open soon on Bridge Street near Kelley’s home.
The Paducah City Commission heard a preview last night for the city’s health insurance plan for next year and approved an increase in premiums. Participants in the city’s health insurance plan can expect a rise of 5.3 percent on their premiums next year. The city’s allocation to employees is also going up 1.5 percent. The commissioners will vote Oct. 23 to hire Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield to provide stop loss insurance and administrative services for the health insurance plan.