Madisonville airport logoMADISONVILLE, Ky. (8/7/18) — Madisonville City Council awarded a $546,975 bid to Do-All Construction based in Caneyville to get the groundwork ready for new T-hangars at Madisonville Municipal Airport. The bid was accepted at a meeting held Monday at City Hall.

City Administrator Greg Brasher explained the property will be rerouted to comply with FAA safety standards. The runway strip will stay the same.

City Engineer Bill Jackson said the project is 90-percent federally funded. The state will provide 7.5 percent of the construction costs, while the city is responsible for 2.5 percent.

Scotty’s Contracting submitted a slightly higher bid listed at $552,652.

“When you look at the 2.5 percent that the city puts in, it’s a tremendous bargain for the community,” Mayor David Jackson said. “General aviation is the lifeblood of economic development. Personnel, parts and equipment are flown in on a regular basis, which keeps our industries running.”

The mayor said the additional T-hangars will free up space in a larger hanger and the airport can continue welcoming planes into Madisonville Regional Airport.

In other business, the city heard first reading of an ordinance to allow mobile food vendors to operate in the city under specific guidelines. The ordinance supports employment opportunities and promotes growth of start-up businesses, which are subject to regulations and licensing.

The city approved a request to accept bids to pave the walking trail at Madisonville City Park and for playground equipment at Mahr Park. The city also renewed its contract with Aquila International to restock Pee Wee and Grapevine lakes with paddlefish. The fish, which grow up to 70 pounds, benefit the health of the lake water. Per the agreement, Aquila International pays the city 20 percent of the profits related to caviar harvested from the fish.

City Pool Lifeguard Logan Taylor was recognized for aiding a child with disabilities at the facility recently. A group of local Boy Scouts witnessed the lifeguard take time in making the child’s experience memorable, the mayor said.

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