COTY 2MADISONVILLE, Ky. (10/8/19) — Kentucky League of Cities Deputy Director J.D. Chaney traveled to Madisonville Monday to deliver an award to Mayor Kevin Cotton, who accepted it on behalf of city workers and residents.

“League of Cities is all about serving those who serve,” Chaney said, following the bi-monthly city council meeting held at Ballard Convention Center, adding elected officials and other professionals call upon KLC for advice. “Our mission is your mission,” in keeping residents safe.

Annually, a city is singled out to receive the honor of being named “KLC 2019 City Government of the Year,” which was Madisonville, out of 416 across the commonwealth.

“That honor goes to the city of Madisonville, Kentucky. That is a big accomplishment,” Chaney said, with credit going to those among audience and the community. Cities were judged based on applications received and winners selected by an independent panel.

Chaney explained the reason Madisonville was selected was due to its vision over the past year to break down barriers in creating a unified system of support, quality of life, parks/recreation availability/upgrades and Friday Night Live events.

The Hometown Heroes FNL honoring local veterans particularly stood out, Chaney noted, which drew 5,000 people downtown that involved a lot of support from city workers and the community.

The mayor was overjoyed, saying he is honored to be mayor, not because of the award, but the team of workers that make events possible, parks beautified and enhancement of infrastructure.

“You are the reason we have been selected to be City Government of the Year,” Cotton said. “You have made this happen.”

Refreshments were served following the ceremony.

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