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City seeks to stabilize park lake

BY CARRIE DILLARD cdillard@paducahsun.com

Planning to strengthen the eroding shoreline of Noble Park Lake has begun, and city officials have not forgotten to include Duck Island.

The Paducah City Commission introduced an ordinance during its regular meeting Tuesday authorizing a contract for phase 1 in the Noble Park Lake Bank Stabilization Project.

The city received four bids for the project, with two options for construction materials, including both vinyl and metal sheet piling.

The project consists of selective demolition of structures, clearing, the construction of concrete walks, and the construction of a retaining wall to stabilize a portion of the lake shoreline. 

Upon recommendation by Parks Director Mark Thompson and City Engineer Rick Murphy, the commission agreed to accept the bid by YEC Inc. of Mayfield of $192,414.

The metal system, which was the cheaper option, will be used to stabilize the shoreline, which continues to erode and presents a safety concern. The part of the lake in the most danger is the southern end, Thompson said, where dirt is openly sliding into the water.

"If we don't do this, it will continue to erode," said Commissioner Sandra Wilson.

The commission previously allotted $140,000 for the project in this fiscal year, and a portion was used for conceptual design drawings for the entire project. With the first reading of the ordinance, the commission agreed to provide an additional $110,000 next year.

In the coming years, the commission could allocate more funding to complete the project.

Commissioner Richard Abraham expressed concern about the fate of the duck house.

Murphy said because of construction around the southern end of the lake, Duck Island initially will need to be removed. However, both he and Thompson are reviewing plans for a floating structure to replace the island, and an Eagle Scout has volunteered to rebuild the duck house, which is now in storage.

The second reading of the ordinance will be next Tuesday.

Contact Carrie Dillard, a Paducah Sun staff writer, at 270-575-8657.

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