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Renovations coming up for park shoreline

BY CORIANNE EGAN cegan@paducahsun.com

The rehabilitation of Noble Park's shoreline will include a retaining wall and, down the line, the return of Duck Island.

Conceptual drawings of the design work to repair erosion on the banks of Noble Park's lake were introduced Tuesday night at the Paducah City Commission meeting. Design work is being completed and will include the entire lake, but Parks Services Department director Mark Thompson said the $140,000 allocated to the project will likely be spent on one portion.

The part of the lake in most danger is the southern end, Thompson said, where dirt is openly sliding into the water. The southern bowl is a safety concern, Thompson said, and is the most deteriorated part of the bank. In coming years, the city could allocate more funding to the bank rehabilitation to complete the project, which would include a floating mechanism to replace Duck Island, featuring both the structure and the windmill.

City Manager Jeff Pederson also updated commission members and the public on the search for a new building for the Greater Paducah Sustainability Project. Pederson said the city has searched exhaustively but has not found anything suitable for GPSP's needs. The non-profit, the only drop off for recycling in the city, needs to be out of its current building by the end of March.

Commissioner Allan Rhodes said he will ask Paducah Water Works for another extension on GPSP's lease of its North Eighth Street building.

Pederson said he will explore more options with CWI and its transfer station, which could be used to collect and transfer recyclables. Commissioners asked for more information on the options available and will meet again to discuss ideas.

In other business, the commission heard the introduction of collective bargaining agreements, one involving the Fraternal Order of Police and the second with the International Association of Fire Fighters Local 168. Both contracts are up for a vote at the next meeting of the commission, but human resources director Cindy Medford said the police contract will cost the city $434,000 while the firefighters' will cost $378,000.

Contact Corianne Egan, a Paducah Sun staff writer, at 270-575-8652 or follow @CoriEgan on Twitter.

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