City commissioners authorize lease payment for emergency pumps at Paducah floodwall

A floodwall pump station in Paducah will soon operate at full capacity to protect your home from flooding.

Paducah commissioners Tuesday night agreed to lease two emergency pumps for about $33,000. The city leased the pumps December through May of last year when the Ohio River was at higher levels.

Leaders say they need them again, because Pump No. 2 doesn’t work. That pump will be fixed after commissioners approved a budget Tuesday night for the next fiscal year, which starts July 1.

Commissioners say they project the city’s general fund revenue to increase by nearly $800,000. 

That money can go towards fixing the pump, the second phase of the noble park bank stabilization project, and preparing a comprehensive storm water master plan. 

City Manager Jeff Pederson says a request of qualifications for the storm water master plan has been issued with six companies responding. A committee plans to conduct interviews over the next few weeks.

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