911 dispatch 300MADISONVILLE, Ky. (9/17/13) – Madisonville said, "Yes," and Hopkins County said, "Likely," to an interlocal agreement — a measure that would put both entities on the same page for pursuing grant monies toward technology for a new 1,200-square-foot central dispatch office.

Madisonville's Central Dispatch handles calls for the entire county except Dawson Springs from its 300-square-foot office at the Madisonville Municipal Building. Plans are to relocate it to the Hopkins County Courthouse ground floor. Earlington received a grant for upgrades for dispatching, but Central Dispatch cannot accommodate any new equipment.

Madisonville Mayor David Jackson was authorized to sign an interlocal agreement between Madisonville and Dawson Springs toward getting the entire county under the same umbrella for dispatch services during the Madisonville City Council meeting Monday, Sept. 16.

Dawson Springs mans its own dispatch but would join the county system when a new office is completed. When it does, the city of Dawson Springs has offered to pay $15,000 toward the salary of a part-time person to add to the dispatch roster.

During a Hopkins County Fiscal Court Building and Grounds Committee meeting Tuesday, Sept. 17 prior to the regularly-scheduled fiscal court meeting, the interlocal agreement was discussed amongst committee members.

Madisonville Police Chief Wade Williams, who is chairman of the Madisonville 911 Advisory Council, brought the matter before the committee to advance it to the next level.

"There was one of the grants that we wrote for the (Commercial Mobile Radio Service) board," said Williams. "That's why we were placed as a Category 4. We need to show that all entities are supporting this. Now, we're just stalled."

Magistrate Larry Wilson said he believes that renovation plans for the new facility in the Hopkins County Courthouse should proceed and that the court could vote on an interlocal agreement at its next meeting.

The interlocal agreement was not on Tuesday's fiscal court agenda.

During the fiscal court meeting, Magistrate Chris Toney moved that the interlocal agreement should be studied before being put to a vote.

"We decided that there needs to be further discussion regarding the interlocal agreement itself," said Toney. "But we feel comfortable in moving to begin the renovation portion."

Toney made the motion to proceed with the renovation portion of the new 911 Central Dispatch project with expenses to be limited to $150,000, which has been set aside from the 911 building fund. It was approved.

In other business, the county's tax rate was approved on second reading.
The rate for real property was set at 14.40 cents per hundred dollar assessment; motor vehicles and watercraft was approved for 10.03; and 22.48 for tangible property.

Fiscal court also approved appointing Jenny Sewell to the Pennyrile Area Community Services board and Bob Dampier to the Economic Development Board.

Rita Dukes Smith
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