Bill Smith

Hopkins County-Madisonville Public Library, Facebook

  Hopkins County Attorney Todd P'Pool said the Madisonville Public Library board didn't follow procedures when hiring contractors to renovate a library building, but board members acted in good faith.

Library Foundation members are criticizing the renovation and associated costs and using the violation to force the resignation of board member Bill Smith.  State code outlines that a publicly funded entity must publicly solicit competitive bidding for projects with components that exceed $20,000. The library broad didn't solicit bids for the projects. P’Pool said the problems are technical in nature rather than criminal.

Hopkins County-Madisonville Public Library, Facebook

The future of a new Madisonville-Hopkins County Library is still uncertain as negotiations continue between the Library Board and the Library Foundation. The board’s working to renovate a building to move out of its current location in the Parkway Plaza Mall. Last week the foundation sent a letter to the board saying it would not co-sign a bank loan for $250,000 unless certain conditions were met. One of those conditions asks for finance committee chair Bill Smith to step down from his position. The board responded to the foundation’s letter with a counteroffer, taking out the provision on Smith. Library Foundation attorney Will Cox said they will consider the new offer. He said the project is being mismanaged and lacks transparency.

City of Madisonville

The Madisonville City Council has a new Ward 2 councilman. Madisonville’s Customer Service Director Leslie Curneal says longtime banker Tom Morgan was named to the position after a 4-1 vote yesterday Thursday. The council nominated two candidates, Morgan and C.D. Palmer.