city council Meeting1 300MADISONVILLE, Ky. (11/19/13) – The Madisonville City Council approved the presented plan for phase one of Grapevine Lake improvements during its regularly scheduled meeting Monday, Nov. 18.

The council heard from the Hopkins County Leadership committee regarding its recommendations for city improvement.

“We as a leadership group, looked at many different things we could do that we felt would benefit the community,” said Lee Lingo, president of the Madisonville-Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce. “We drove around our assigned quadrant, and we were looking, and one thing we kept coming back to was Grapevine Lake.”

Lingo described Grapevine Lake as an under-utilized resource for the community. The leadership group did further research and found out that people have been coming from all over western Kentucky to ride mountain bikes and hike the trails.

“The day we went out there, there must have been seven or eight cars,” said Lingo. “These people drove from past the Land Between the Lakes to get here, and what that said to us was that this was a really valuable resource for us economically. So, we started looking at things that we could to improve the park.”

Currently the lake would need new easier access to the lake, traffic flow, parking, signage and the ability to be safe from all the fallen debris from the storms that have occurred over time.

“There are things as a group that we think we have the faculty and the skill to handle,” Lingo said. “We currently have access to the (jail's) workforce and they have come up with ideas as well as one of our member's husband, who knows what to cut and what to keep that will enhance the resources to this particular park and to enable more people to use it and make it a safer place.”

According to Lingo, the first phase of improvements would include cleaning up all the fallen trees and making it safe for visitors then the second phase would be to broaden the road, make better parking, changing the signage and easier access to the waterfront. He also explained to the council when making these decisions he talked to those who currently use and visit the lake the things they would like to see improved and what they would want to stay.

“I had the privilege of meeting your group out there and on the behalf of all of us, I thank you for your interest of Grapevine Lake,” said Mark Lee, city councilman. “It is a gem. It is under-used and under-developed at this point, so this kind of collaborative effort is great.”

Lingo also believes that Grapevine Lake should be cleaned up before winter time.

In other business, Madisonville Police Chief Wade Williams accepted the award for the Madisonville Police Department appreciation for the food drive that was held at Walmart for the Hopkins County Food Bank.

“His men stayed six hours out there,” said City Councilman Bill Smith. “I heard nothing but good and we are living in a time now that our policemen are getting bashed. But I am standing up here before them because they did an excellent job.”

Also, the council approved a bid award for a ram hoe, which would be shared equipment for $17, 926. The council also approved the bid price for a 1991 Grumman Fire Engine to the Grapevine Community Fire Department for $8, 500.

The City Council’s next scheduled meeting will be held at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 2.

Amber Averitt
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