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
SurfKY News

© Copyright 2015 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.

3/13 - 16
1 DOW 17,164.95
-251.90 (-1.45%)    
2 S&P 1,994.99
-26.26 (-1.30%)    
3 NASDAQ 4,635.24
-48.17 (-1.03%)    

In Other News...

Central City Crave Movement Makes Impact in Louisville

CENTRAL CITY, Ky. (1/30/15) — Little more than a year ago, Crave Central was a dream of several young people in Central… Read More

UPDATED GAME STORY: Muhlenberg Mustangs Trample Visiting Apollo Eagles

MUHLENBERG COUNTY, Ky. (1/31/15) — After facing a deficit at the conclusion of each of the first two quarters, host… Read More
3/13 - 16

Most Read This Week

January 28, 2015 17912

UPDATED: Several Involved in Two-Vehicle Accident

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
January 26, 2015 8809

KSP Arrests Two on Child Porn Charges; MPD…

in Top News For All Sites Touching Hopkins by Trooper Stu Recke
January 25, 2015 8396

Dean’s List Announced

in Top News For All Sites Touching Hopkins by Joyce Riggs
January 28, 2015 7103

Nortonville Man Accused of Meth Possession,…

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Madisonville Police Department/Hopkins County Detention Center
January 26, 2015 6448

School Board Votes 3-2 for Utility Tax

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
January 25, 2015 6116

Juvenile Hit by Vehicle at McDonald's

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by GPD Officer Wes Miller
January 29, 2015 6103

Man Charged with Sexual Abuse of Child

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
January 28, 2015 6027

Tax Recall Committee Formed Day After School…

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News

Most Read This Month

January 08, 2015 23326

Woman Claiming to be 'Lady Gaga' Tours Town in…

in Top News For All Sites by Madisonville Police Department
January 15, 2015 22940

UPDATE: Fatality Victim's Name Officially Released

in Top News For All Sites by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News

Stories Trending Today

January 30, 2015 5315

More Than 800 Gather to Encircle HCCHS

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
January 31, 2015 5269

24-Year-Old Killed in One-Vehicle Collision

in Top News For All Sites Touching Hopkins by Rita Dukes Smith, SurfKY News Director
January 30, 2015 4954

Woman Arrested for Allegedly Attacking Police…

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Madisonville Police Department/Hopkins County Detention Center
January 30, 2015 1999

Madisonville Police Arrest Reports - Jan. 30, 2015

in Hopkins News by Madisonville Police Department
January 30, 2015 1994

Hopkins County Sheriff's Arrest Reports - Jan.…

in Hopkins News by Hopkins County Sheriff's Office
January 30, 2015 1977

No One Left Behind: The Story of 'Sarge'

in General News For All Sites by Lisa Aug
January 29, 2015 1942

Lt. Gov. Luallen, Housing, Veterans Officials…

in General News For All Sites by Office of the Governor
January 30, 2015 1829

Central City Crave Movement Makes Impact in…

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Paul McRee, SurfKY News
January 30, 2015 1767

WKWIB, GRADD, Owensboro's RAE Get Workforce Grants

in General News For All Sites by Kim Brannock
January 30, 2015 1668

Whitfield Works for Protection of U.S. Waters…

in General News For All Sites by Marty Irby
January 30, 2015 1588

Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter SAR Honors Former…

in General News For All Sites by Geoff Baggett
January 30, 2015 1391

Madisonville Fire Reports – Jan. 30, 2015

in Hopkins News by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News