Like most Paducah residents, I have been following the analysis and decision making process concerning Paducah City Hall. I have discussed this issue with a number of residents and city leaders. Recently I attended the public meeting hosted by Ratio Architects. As you probably know, Ratio Architects is an Indianapolis based architectural firm who has been hired to help the city analyze whether to build a new city hall or to renovate the existing city hall. The projected cost of both options is approximately $18.5 million.
I have a strong preference for a third option which follows a path of progressively repairing, maintaining and renovating the present city hall. It seems apparent to me that the first items of repair should include the outside roof canopy. It is my hope that the mission of Ratio Architects can be clarified and/or modified to ultimately provide the City with firm plans consistent with Option 3. In other words, we don’t want to get to the end of the Ratio Architects work and find out we need more architectural work to pursue Option 3.