Pick Your Community: | Hopkins | Muhlenberg | Daviess | Christian | Henderson | Lakes | McCracken | Webster

Mayor Jackson Delivers Minority Address

 

David Jackson 260x300MADISONVILLE, KY (1/26/12) – Yesterday evening, January 26th, Madisonville Mayor David Jackson addressed an area group known as the 'Concerned Citizens Society' and also delivered his 'Minority Report.' 
 
Jackson has made an attempt to address minority concerns in the past, but it was clear from the meeting that those in attendance wanted to see more results from the City of Madisonville.

Bill McReynolds is president of the aforementioned group/society and introduced the mayor, as well as several from the group of approximately 22 people in attendance. Madisonville City Councilman Raymond Marion was the only other city official joining the mayor.  

Jackson explained that, "What affects one of us, affects all of us...we cannot move forward as a city unless we all move forward.”

The mayor pointed out that the city had significant budget cuts last year and had met the cuts without layoffs. In spite of the budget cuts he felt that the city had improved customer service with the 'Go Madisonville' program.  The program is the first of its kind in Kentucky. Governor Beshear has sent representatives to Madisonville twice to study the program. Over 700 requests have been made through Go Madisonville.

The City of Madisonville is looking to expand the Fourth of July celebration building on the success of last year. 

“We want to build it into a week-long event,” Jackson said, with the hopes of giving Madisonville a signature event like Owensboro’s annual BBQ Festival.

Jackson pointed out the improvements in the Carney Center and redirecting the focus from recreation to education. Jackson thanked those who had volunteered in tutoring programs for students.

Mayor Jackson said that he was working diligently to get the Minority Economic Development Council approved as a 501C3, non-profit organization. The Internal Revenue Service must approve the application and the process has not easy.  Jackson envisions that the organization will be able to create opportunities in the minority community and be able to help minority owned business with the bid process, not only city business but state, federal, and larger contractors that need minority suppliers.  Jackson remains committed to create opportunity for all citizens including the minority community.  

Bill McReyonlds 300x189Jackson said that over the next few years many city employees will retire. It is the best opportunity for the City to be proactive in hiring from the minority community and encourages people to prepare to take advantage of the opportunity.

In closing his prepared remarks, Jackson said that “Our best days are ahead of us.”

For the next hour and fifteen minutes Jackson heard comments and took questions.  Primary among those questions were concerns about abandoned property, water problems and employment opportunities.  

Jackson said that nuisance properties must go through “due process” so that all parties are treated fairly.  He acknowledged that he had slowed the process down slightly if he felt the owner had not been given a fair opportunity to take action with the nuisance property.  

Ron Sanders
SurfKY News

© Copyright 2014 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story by using one of the social media links below.

3/12 - 718 switched from reg 2 to hopkins only
3/13 - 16

Stock Report

1 DOW 17,067.56
-30.89 (-0.18%)    
2 S&P 2,002.28
-1.09 (-0.05%)    
3 NASDAQ 4,598.19
+17.92 (0.39%)    
3/12 - 718 switched from reg 2 to hopkins only
3/13 - 16
3/12 - 718 switched from reg 2 to hopkins only
3/13 - 16

In Other News...

BMS Students Recognized for Academic Achievement

BENTON, Ky. (9/2/14) — Every month, Benton Middle School celebrates academic achievement in academics with the CAP… Read More

Christian County Traffic Advisory

CHRISTIAN COUNTY, Ky. (9/2/14) — The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet plans to close Substation Road in Christian County… Read More
3/12 - 718 switched from reg 2 to hopkins only
3/13 - 16

Most Read This Week (Site-Wide)

August 29, 2014 8627

Luke's Flea Market Vendors' Home Away…

in News by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
August 30, 2014 8342

One Hospitalized After Officer-Involved…

in Top Stories by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
August 31, 2014 6355

Passenger in Officer-Involved Shooting…

in Top Stories by Rita Dukes Smith, SurfKY News Director
August 29, 2014 4305

Business Spotlight - Magical Memories…

in Top Stories by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
August 30, 2014 3305

Ponderosa Madisonville to Donate 10…

in Top Stories by Rita Dukes Smith, SurfKY News Director

Most Read Stories from Hopkins County

August 30, 2014 3305

Ponderosa Madisonville to Donate 10…

in Top Stories by Rita Dukes Smith, SurfKY News Director
September 01, 2014 1939

Hopkins County Misdemeanor Indictments

in Top Stories by Karen McKnight
August 30, 2014 1476

City of Madisonville Says 'Goodbye' to…

in Top Stories by Amber Averitt, SurfKY News
August 29, 2014 978

MCC Announces New Board Members

in Top Stories by Joyce Riggs
September 02, 2014 899

Dawson Springs Woman Arrested for…

in Top Stories by Madisonville Police Department

Most Read Stories from Owensboro

August 29, 2014 3003

Daviess County Sheriff’s Office Activity…

in News by Dennis Beard, SurfKY News
August 29, 2014 2838

Owensboro Police Department Activity…

in News by Dennis Beard, SurfKY News
August 30, 2014 2149

Owensboro Traffic Advisory

in News by Keith Todd
August 29, 2014 1137

Woman Charged in Assault of 3-Year-Old…

in Top Stories by Dennis Beard, SurfKY News
August 30, 2014 516

Smith, Hamilton honored at Distinguished…

in Top Stories by Dennis Beard, SurfKY News

Most Read Stories from Muhlenberg County

August 29, 2014 4305

Business Spotlight - Magical Memories…

in Top Stories by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
August 30, 2014 2553

Skateboarders Enjoy Own Style of Cruise In

in Top Stories by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
August 29, 2014 2507

School System Facing $5M Shortfall;…

in Top Stories by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
August 29, 2014 2394

No College = Low Wages : A Muhlenberg…

in Top Stories by Ken Robinson

SurfKY News Group, Inc. Central Office & Printing Division
1125 Nebo Rd.  •  Madisonville, KY 42431  •  270.452.2249 (fax)
Main Number: 270.452.2727 (phone)  •  Printing Division Direct Line: 270.821.8600 (phone)

SurfKY Owensboro News Bureau
920 Frederica St. / Suite 210  •  Owensboro, KY 42301  •  270.683-8060 (phone)


Contact a member of our staff: www.surfky.com/contact
Copyright © 2014 SurfKY News Group, Inc.  •  Terms of Use  •  Site Map

social 03social 04social 22social 21social 06