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JSA explains sewer project

BY CORIANNE EGAN and KATHLEEN FOX news@paducahsun.com

The public will get one more chance to weigh in on a nearly $4 million sewer project set for the Wallace Park neighborhood.

The installation of retention pipes under Independence Park last summer was just the first step in the larger venture, Joint Sewer Agency executive director John Hodges told the Paducah City Commission on Tuesday night. One last public informational meeting on the project is set for 5:30 p.m. March 20, with the site to be determined. Hodges emphasized that the agency has reached out to neighborhood residents through letters and meetings since 2012.

Wallace Park lies near the intersection of Alben Barkley Drive and Jackson Street, with work to begin at the intersection of Lone Oak Road and Forest Circle. The work will affect about 80 homes. The $3.8 million phased project was placed out to bid and API Contractors, of Calvert City received the contract. JSA hopes to begin work in April, he said.

The majority of sewers in Paducah are combined - meaning both storm water and waste water flow through the same pipe - but sewer work will separate those pipes under the Wallace Park neighborhood. The new lines will carry waste water. Most of the work will involve digging a 3-foot wide trench to replace and add piping. The trench will run through anywhere between 50 and 80 yards.

In other business Tuesday, commission members voted 4-1 for a change order for $17,139, which is a 0.66 percent increase to the contract, to the city's new Ohio River Boat Launch.

The order will pay for finalized material costs including reconciliation and tabulation of construction items, which ends the contract with Jim Smith Contracting Co., totaling just more than $2.6 million.

Commissioner Allan Rhodes voted against the ordinance.

"I'm just being consistent in my belief that if we have to scale it back, then scale it back," he said. "It's the philosophical stance I've maintained the whole time."

Construction on the 82-space parking lot and five-to-six-lane boat ramp near Sixth and Burnett streets began last May and has been completed, for the most part, since early December. The city still has to install lighting, three security cameras and signs.

The commissioners also heard the first read of an ordinance that transfers part of a 60,000-square building on Commerce Drive in the I-24 Logistics Park to city and county ownership. The land is currently owned by the Industrial Development Authority and will be the site of the MACCO Organiques facility.

The company announced last March it would expand to a manufacturing and distribution facility in Paducah that will bring 40 jobs. The property is currently owned half by IDA and leased half to MACCO.

Paducah and McCracken County will both contribute $1.25 million toward renovations and construction, while retaining ownership. MACCO would be responsible for any funds exceeding $2.5 million. The city will not incur any additional costs associated with the property transfer, according to City Manager Jeff Pederson.

A related ordinance involved the inter-local agreement among the city, county and Greater Paducah Economic Development Council (GPEDC). The language designates GPEDC as the project manager over construction and renovations to the building. An invitation to bid for the construction project was placed beginning Sunday and will continue until 2 p.m. April 10. Bids should be submitted at the GPEDC office on Third Street.

The Fiscal Court approved changes to the joint inter-local agreement, a deed of conveyance and assignment agreement during its meeting Monday.

Contact Corianne Egan, a Paducah Sun staff writer, at 270-575-8652 or follow @CoriEgan on Twitter. Contact Kathleen Fox, a Paducah Sun staff writer, at 270-575-8651 or follow @kathleendfox on Twitter.

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