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Madisonville to Receive $1 Million Federal Grant

Madisonville Seal 01 300MADISONVILLE, Ky. (8/6/14) — The Madisonville City Council gave first reading to an ordinance relating to the sale of alcohol and authorized the acceptance of $1 million in federal grant money during its regularly bi-monthly meeting Monday night.

The amendment to the alcohol ordinance 118.30 would change the required number of sleeping units for a hotel, motel or inn to not less than 50 with dining facilities to accommodate not less than 50 or restaurants open to the general public having dining facilities for not less than 50 people. The ordinance had read that dining facilities and restaurants accommodate not less than 100.

The council approved a contract with Rivercrest Engineering, Hickory, Ky. For design services relative to the state Transportation Cabinet improvements to College Drive.

Also approved was a request to close E. Lake Street from South Scott to South Kentucky from 4 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30 and Sunday, Aug. 31 for the sixth annual E. Lake Neighborhood Block Party.

Mayor David Jackson read his executive order appointing Andy Bachman to the Madisonville Airport Board.

Daron Jordan, Madisonville Community Development Director, asked for permission to accept $1 million for a 100' ladder truck for the fire department. The grant will have a 10 percent match. The new ladder truck will replace a 24-year-old unit, said Fire Chief Steve Stolz. Permission to accept the grant was unanimously approved.

The council once again heard about road salt bids from City Engineer Bill Jackson with only two bidders participating. During a previous meeting, only one bidder participated.

The lowest bid per ton was North American for $103.54 with a stipulation that the city commit to buying at least 99,000 tons, which gave several council members cause for concern as the city's salt stores cannot hold that much in reserve if it's a mild winter.

Mayor Jackson asked the council if they wanted to “table the salt?” which was met with a round of laughter along by motions and approval to postpone the decision until a later meeting.

Rita Dukes Smith
SurfKY News Director

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