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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.

Commission Adopts Hazard Mitigation Plan

Oct 10, 2012

Paducah City Commissioners adopted a new hazard mitigation plan Tuesday in order to receive funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The Commissioners and Mayor Pro Tem Gayle Kaler approved a municipal order for parts of the Purchase Region Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan applying to McCracken County. Jurisdictions covered by the plan must adopt it in order to receive FEMA funding.  The plan identifies potential hazards for our region such as tornados, severe thunderstorms, flooding and winter weather.

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The McCracken County Fiscal Court and Paducah’s City Commission met jointly Tuesday to discuss land transactions as well as improvements to Olivet Church Road.  The Court and Commission held an executive session to talk about the sale or acquisition of certain real estate.  In open session, they passed a joint resolution to widen Olivet Church and improve its curbs and gutters.  City Commissioner Gayle Kaler said the project would increase access to one of the city’s major hubs.

Paducah keeps tax rates from 2011

Sep 12, 2012

Paducahresidents will see their real estate and personal property tax rate remain the same for the 2012 fiscal year.  Last night, Mayor Bill Paxton and city commissioners introduced an ordinance keeping the current tax of 25 cents per 100 dollars of assessed value.  The city has maintained this rate for the last five years.  Commissioner Carol Gault says the city has tried to streamline spending to balance its budget without collecting more revenue.  LowerTownArts and Music Festival organizers also presented a report last night.  They told commissioners almost 16,000 people attended this ye

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From Kentucky: Paducah Mayor Bill Paxton tangles with a USEC workers' comp advocate.


An argument erupted last night at Paducah's city commission meeting between Mayor Bill Paxton and an advocate for nuclear plant workers dealing with rejected workers’ compensation claims.  Gary Vander Boegh represents several former Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant employees and often attends commission meetings with his clients. Vander Boegh has them tell their stories at the end of each meeting during the public comment portion. Last night, Paxton told Vander Boegh the city had little power to help the workers receive their claims.

The Paducah City Commission last night introduced an ordinance creating a commercial construction financial assistance program aimed at improving the city’s Fountain Avenue Neighborhood. The program provides incentives to property owners spending a minimum of $100,000 constructing new commercial buildings. Property owners can receive a five-year, forgivable loan for as much as $20,000. However, the commission limits the program’s total budget to only $40,000.

Paducah’s Henry Clay Park is getting a new name.  City commissioners voted last night to rename the park in honor of former Mayor Albert Jones who served from 1996 until 2000.  

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The Paducah City Commission decided at their meeting last night to allow the owner’s of the Ethan Allen Carriage House to demolish the building.