Commission begins debate over flood wall mural maintenance

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Reporter - Elizabeth Fields
Photojournalist - Mason Watkins

PADUCAH, Ky. - Paducah City Commissioners have a decision to make about the maintenance of the flood wall murals.

Monday an ordinance was introduced for a contract in the amount of $24,800 with artist Herb Roe to do the repair work on the wall art. Roe worked with Robert Dafford, the murals original artist, and according to Park Services Director Mark Thompson, has authorization from Dafford to perform the maintenance work.

"Nobody except someone who trained with Robert as long as I have really understands the technique and the way they should look," Roe said.

A local artist, Teresa Perry has assisted Roe for 8 years on 25 murals and proposed maintenance work at a lower rate. 

"I thought this would be a chance for money spent to repair these murals to be spent here locally and to support the local artists," she said.

The Mayor and Commissioners agreed that there needs to be a talk with Roe and Dafford about a long-term plan to train someone locally to perform the maintenance.

Roe said his work on the murals should start July 1.

The Commission will vote on the contract July 25.

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