citycouncilmeeting rustMADISONVILLE, Ky. (6/17/14) — The Madisonville City Council agreed to amend its 2013-2014 budget during its regular meeting Monday, June 16.

The good news was that Mayor David Jackson said the amendment was needed not because of a shortage in funds but because of some happy excesses.

“This the first time in my nearly four years that an amendment was necessary,” said Jackson. “We take the budgeting process very seriously and are making this budget amendment in the interest of the continued growth and fiscal well being of the city of Madisonville.”

Jackson said the amendment included transferring an additional $1 million from the light fund made up of $400,000 received from outstanding FEMA funds from the 2009 ice storm; $250,000 in CEPA funds received, which is a hydroelectric cooperative to which the city belongs and which performed better than expected; $273,431 in tax revenue, which represented an increase from the tax base that performed better than budgeted; $205,269 in grant funds for the fire department to purchase air packs; to allocate $120,000 to the Festus Claybon Spray Park from coal severance funds and community donations.

Jackson said money was used to purchase two new fire trucks paying cash for both, moved $65,000 in capital purchases from next year's budget into this year's to even out cash requirements; took $450,000 off the books in previous transfers from the general fund to the airport.

“Our auditors had been recommending this cleaning up of the books for a few years and since we were taking the airport in as a city department in fiscal year 2015,” said Jackson.

In other business, Jackson read an executive order appointing Tim Thomas to the Hopkins County Joint Planning Commission for the next four years; and, an executive order to appoint Chris Findley to the Hopkins County Board of Property Tax Appeals for the next three years.

Madisonville Parks Superintendent Chris Taylor addressed the council and introduced Marlin Phillips and Roger Cunningham of the Bike Club for work voluntarily performed at Grapevine Lake.

The council approved a resolution allowing the mayor to make application to the U.S. Department of Justice for funding for a school resource officer to work in collaboration with the Madisonville Police Department and Hopkins County Schools.

Bids were award to Akins Construction for a canopy project for the Madisonville Electric Department, with the low bid at $44,900; to W.W. Buildings for a storage building project for Madisonville Electric Department with the low bid of $11,400; to M. Bowling, Inc. for the Westside WWTP Sludge Dewatering Improvements project with the low bid of $838,900; and, the sole bidder for asphalt and gravel went to Road Builders, LLC, with prices based on unit tons, when needed.

An ordinance was adopted regarding committees of the Madisonville City Council establishing 10 committees — airport, annexation and zoning, budget and finance, economic development, electric, parks and recreation, property and risk management, public safety, transportation/sanitation and water/wastewater/storm water/engineering.

There will be a special called meeting of the Madisonville City Council at 3 p.m. Wednesday, June 18 in the city hall mayor's conference room at 67 North Main St., for the second reading of the budget amendment ordinance and to listen to a presentation from Murray State University on the construction of a post-secondary education building on the campus of Madisonville Community College.

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