Harless Drafts 'Strategic Plan' for City
By West Kentucky Star Staff
PADUCAH, KY - While the new smoking ordinance got most of the attention, the Paducah City Commission meeting had several other items that were discussed and voted on.

Mayor Brandi Harless introduced to the board a draft strategic plan for the City of Paducah that includes updated vision, mission and values statements.  The proposed vision statement is as follows:  Paducah is a city where people strive to reach their full potential through lifelong learning, creativity, culture, and compassion for one another. 

Harless also provided an overview of eight "key performance" areas.  The areas are:

1. Maintain high level of safety for all
2. Develop healthy and sustainable neighborhoods
3. Maintain thoughtful and modern infrastructure
4. Provide open, smart, and engaged government
5. Enhance arts, culture, and tourism
6. Empower upward economic mobility for all
7. Provide excellent recreation experiences for all ages and abilities
8. Celebrate a diverse community.

Numerous draft objectives are listed under each key performance area. 

The discussion on the strategic plan will continue at an upcoming Commission meeting.  If you would like to see the draft plan, click the link below or visit the the City’s web page for the city commission and find documents for the April 10 meeting. 

An ordinance was approved authorizing a contract with Huffman Construction in the amount of $4.947 million for the rehabilitation of Floodwall Pump Station #2.  Bids were opened February 23 with two bids received; Huffman provided the lowest evaluated bid.  This bid amount was more than $400,000 lower than the engineer’s construction estimate.

Floodwall Pump Station #2 located at 1416 North 6th Street is in critical need of rehabilitation. The rehabilitation of Pump Station #2 includes the replacement of discharge pipes, the rehabilitation of various mechanical components of all seven pumps and motors not previously repaired, and the replacement of the sluice gate.  Pump Station #2 has the largest pumping capacity of 313,000 gallons per minute.  Since it’s the first station to be activated at a local river stage of 27.5 feet, it receives the most wear-and-tear. 

Regarding funding for this project, the city has $1.4 million in grant funds which includes a $1 million Community Development Block Grant and $400,000 from Delta Regional Authority.  To fund the rest of the project, the city has applied for a Clean Water State Revolving Fund loan through the Kentucky Energy & Environment Cabinet and Kentucky Infrastructure Authority.   The loan has a low interest rate.

The rehabilitation of Pump Station #2 also is part of the larger Floodwall Rehabilitation project currently underway with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.  The Floodwall Rehabilitation project includes rehabilitation of all pump stations, flap gates, seal closures, gate wells, I-walls, toe drains, I-wall investigation, and a new Pump Station #14.

Three ordinances were approved related to the significant upgrade of the capabilities and equipment used by the E911 Communications Services Department. 

1. Contract with Tyler Technologies/New World for the purchase and installation of a Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) system in the amount of $916,282.  This upgrade project will take 12 to 18 months.

2. Contract with Equature for the purchase and installation of a Logging Recorder system in the amount of $261,699.  This is the hardware and software component of 911 that records all the communications center telephone conversations and radio transmissions.

3. Contract with Xybix for the purchase and installation of dispatch workstation furniture in the amount of $69,018.30.
The Board also introduced a fourth ordinance (vote April 24) to amend the original consulting agreement with Federal Engineering.  The original agreement was approved in August 2016 to provide professional consulting for the 911 upgrade project.  This ordinance is to approve amendments to the contract since 2016 and to approve additional funds to Federal Engineering for implementation support through the 12 to 18 month installation period for the new computer aided dispatch system, logging recorder, and records management system. 

The Paducah Board of Commissioners heard the third presentation in a series of presentations regarding the opioid crisis.  At this meeting, Dr. Sean McDonald with the IMAC Regeneration Center, explained that IMAC focuses on regenerative rehabilitation to repair damage and disease without the use of opioids.  This process uses stem cells and platelets in combination with physical therapy and chiropractic techniques.
At the March 13 meeting, Phillip Chang, M.D., chief medical officer at University of Kentucky HealthCare, talked about an opioid stewardship program aimed at reducing inappropriate prescriptions for opioids.  At the March 27 meeting,   President/Chief Executive Officer Terry Hudspeth of Four Rivers Behavioral Health and Elizabeth Fleming from the Center for Specialized Addiction Services discussed substance abuse services at Four Rivers including the COR-12 program which is an opiate-specific, medically assisted treatment program. 

The Board approved the application through the Kentucky Department of Local Government for a federally funded Recreation Trails grant.  The grant request is for funds to purchase and install a pedestrian bridge over Perkins Creek that would connect the City’s Greenway Trail to the McCracken County trail adjacent to the soccer complex.  Signage also would be included in this project.

This proposed bridge would be approximately 110 feet long and 10 feet wide and would cross the creek just northwest of the Stuart Nelson ball fields.  The proposed bridge and approach would follow an old, abandoned rail bed of the Chicago, St. Louis, and New Orleans Railroad Company.  The proposed bridge would look similar to the bridge currently on the Greenway Trail near the disk golf course at Stuart Nelson Park.
The City will serve as the grant applicant and enter into an interlocal agreement with McCracken County Fiscal Court. The grant request is for $100,000.  The City and County propose to provide an additional $30,000 each.  Furthermore, Four Rivers Nuclear Partnership (FRNP) has committed to donating $40,000 toward the bridge project.   Of that $40,000, two of FRNP’s subcontractors, Veolia and Geosyntec, are providing a total of $5,000 each.

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Published 11:50 PM, Tuesday Apr. 10, 2018
Updated 03:47 PM, Wednesday Apr. 11, 2018

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