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City seeks views on City Hall image

Staff report

Over the next few weeks, the city of Paducah is requesting public comments on the City Hall project.

On Aug. 5, the Paducah City Commission and department directors held a workshop to begin providing input on five project values. One of the values is image.

Over the next week, the city would like the public to either email their thoughts about image to cityhallproject@paducahky.gov or post comments on the Paducah City Hall Project Facebook page (www.facebook.com/PaducahCityHallProject).

"Regarding image, we want the public to think about answering the question, 'What kind of message should a city hall building in Paducah communicate?' Some city halls portray a message of efficiency, others are architecturally grand and showcase the city, while other city halls are simple and functional, no frills," said Public Information Officer Pam Spencer.

"We want to know what Paducah's citizens feel is the appropriate image for a city hall in Paducah."

Each week through mid-September, the city will be requesting input on one of the other four values: customer experience, functional buildings and work spaces, siting impacts, and sustainability.

Responses from the public will be combined with notes from commissioners and directors to develop guiding principles for the project which will help steer the work of the City Hall Working Group, once it is organized. 

One of the first decisions to be made is whether to renovate the existing City Hall or design a new facility.

The existing, 61,000-square-foot-building, which opened in 1964, is showing significant deterioration in its concrete roof canopy and with many of its electrical and mechanical systems.

To protect the safety of employees and citizens, access to the building is limited to the Fifth Street entrance. Also, barricades have been placed around the building limiting access under the concrete roof canopy, which is deflecting or sagging nearly a foot at its corners.

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