citycouncilmeeting goldMADISONVILLE, Ky. (5/6/14) — The Madisonville Police Department will be getting several sets of new “wheels” as the department purchases new vehicles and more bicycles.

The department will be getting four new 2015 Ford Interceptor Sedans after the low bid was awarded to a local dealership during Monday night's regular Madisonville City Council meeting.

Funding for the vehicles is allocated in MPD's budget, Chief Wade Williams had told the council at the April 21 meeting, when the request to advertise for bids was approved. The lowest bidder was Madisonville Ford Nissan with a bid of $24,884 per unit.

“That price is still under state contract price,” said Williams. “It's good to see a local business get the bid.”

Williams' request to declare a 2001 Harley-Davidson motorcycle as surplus and offer it for sale via was also approved. Money from the sale will be used to purchase more bicycles for MPD officers to use on routine patrols, he said.

City Engineer Bill Jackson requested a bid from Brown Service for $210,975 be accepted as the low bid for of eight highway and railroad crossings for water and sewer mains. There were only two bids for the contract upon the second bidding attempt. No bids resulted from the first time the contract was advertised, said Jackson.

In other business, the council approved a resolution authorizing the mayor to make application for and possibly enter an agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice to apply for the Bulletproof Vest Partnership Program. The council also voted to authorize the mayor to apply for competitive grants through the Commercial Mobile Radio Service Emergency Telecommunications Board for the E911 office.

Williams explained that the grant would be used to get new telecommunications established at the new Hopkins County Emergency Dispatch Center.

The council also approved a request from Daron Jordan for closing East Center Street from Main to Franklin streets and Union Street from Court to Center streets at 2:30 p.m. June 13, July 11 and August 8; and, to close Court Street from Main to Union streets at 3 p.m. on those same dates for the 14th Annual Friday Night Live series.

Mayor David Jackson read several proclamations during the council meeting. May 9 was proclaimed Crime Stoppers Day, May 11-17 as Salvation Army Week; the month of May as Building Safety Month; declared May 10 as Farm Pride Day and encouraged citizens to participate in the Farm Pride Tour the same day beginning at 9 a.m. at the Hopkins County Extension Agency.

Awards were presented to Lt. Bobby Carter for his efforts in saving the life of a suicidal person, and to Madisonville Municipal Utilities Superintendent Jim Asbury for earning the American Public Power Association's Safety Award of Excellence for safe operating practices in 2013.

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