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.
The Hopkins County Attorney Todd P’Pool says an explosives manufacturer that has received complaints about damaging blasts is reviewing potential claims from nearby residents. Donovan Commercial Industries uses explosives to harden steel for railroad tracks. Todd P’Pool says the company is reducing blasting and addressing any claims from nearby residents who say the blasts have damaged their homes.
"Mr. Donovan’s agreed to contact his insurance liability carrier, and I expect those folks to step forward in the next several weeks to review any potential claims that may exist," he said.