City Council 2 20 Park copyMADISONVILLE, Ky. (2/21/17) — Skateboarding enthusiasts will soon skim across a new park in Madisonville that will be twice the size as originally planned.

Madisonville City Council unanimously approved $114,000 in additional restaurant tax funds to include Phase II at a meeting held Monday night at city hall.

“Everyone realized it wouldn’t be adequate, and we were able to negotiate the original bid,” Councilman Barry McGaw said.

The city, which initially appropriated $100,000 in restaurant tax funds for the 2,000 square-foot concrete bowl design expanded the project to include an extra 2,275 feet of space.

The council previously consulted with area skateboarders and designers on whether the city would save money in the long run to build both phases.

City officials project the park will open in May.

“I’m whole-heartedly in support of this,” Councilman Mark Lee said. “I think it will be a great addition to the downtown area.”

Lee agreed the original plan would not have allowed as many participants to skate at the same time.

Gridline Skateparks, based in Seattle, Washington was awarded the bid last year to design and construct the park, situated behind West Broadway Elementary along Sugg and Railroad streets.

City Administrator Chuck Shocklee said workers have already relocated crepe myrtle plant life to other park areas and are preparing the ground so that construction can begin next month as weather permits.

In other business, the city approved requests to advertise bids for the previously budgeted Madison Square sewer improvement project and pest control services.

A sole bid of $39,998 was awarded to Parker Hannifin Corp. for a trihalomethane analyzer to be used by the wastewater filter department.

The council also approved to surplus and sell old equipment at public works and a business sign placement at Hopkins County Genealogical Society.

The council heard reports from Economic Development Corp. President Ray Hagerman along with project coordinators representing the local Community Improvement Foundation.

Hagerman said 64 new jobs were added in the county since July 1, mainly in the industrial trade. He expects Hopkins to reach the goal of 250 new jobs this fiscal year, while maintaining a focus on developing efforts in having a strong workforce.

Community Improvement Foundation leader Tim Thomas said the area nonprofit is continuing its efforts to encourage involvement in projects like the Veterans Memorial site, America in Bloom, sculpture art, playground development, green space and other endeavors.

City council approved the appointments of Jason Hawkins and Deborah Cox to serve on the ethics board through spring 2019, and the reappointments of Mike Ladd, Rich Hane, Mark Metcalfe, Paula Milligan and Chris Oeschlager to three years on the tree board.

City Council 2 20Mayor David Jackson recognized Shane Gordon for serving 10 years at the filter department, James Creekmur and Harlan Gipson for 15 years at the light department in addition to Chris Melton for 25 years.

Doreen Dennis
SurfKY News Reporter
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