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Record of City Council Service

Chair, Electric Committee

Committee has worked to address continuing electricity cost increases from Kentucky Utilities, joining with nine other municipalities to negotiate alternate power purchase contracts at significantly more favorable rates than increases announced and projected for KU.  Taking effect in May 2019, when the power supply contract with KU ends, Madisonville will be in a much more competitive position for the cost of electricity for residential, commercial, and industrial consumers, with a better range of power purchasing options continuing into the future.

Chair, Annexation and Zoning Committee

Committee has pursued changes to ordinances and handled zoning questions with an intent to better balance private property interests with zoning concerns, to give opportunity for healthy creativity and innovation in land uses within the city districts. 

Member, Budget and Finance Committee

Committee, through the budget process, has steadfastly supported operating within budget restraints, aiming to “live below our means” (instead of beyond our means), not only avoiding additional debt for the city, but continuing to reduce the long term debt over the last five years.  The city now has no General Fund Debt, with only half the long-term debt that existed at the beginning of that period.  City property tax rates have actually been reduced as well.

Member, Economic Development Committee

Committee has worked in conjunction with the Madisonville – Hopkins County Economic Development Corporation to particularly encourage small business ventures, through such activities as the weekly 1 Million Cups Entrepreneurial Networking meetings, and the partnership with the EDC in development of the “Innovation Station” at the old train depot building adjacent to the rail line on W. Arch Street.  This site is intended to provide small business start-up space and supportive resources for aiding success in such business ventures.  Public-private partnership was engaged to create the First United Bank Plaza for supporting public events that draw in visitors and stimulate economic activity.

Member, Property and Risk Management Committee

Efficient care and maintenance of the physical resources of the city are the focus of the property part of the committee concern, with the risk management side focusing importantly on employee health and safety.  Substantial reductions in workers compensation insurance premiums have been achieved as a result of successful strategies implemented by the city Nurse Manager.

Member, Tourist Committee

Newly formed this year, this committee meets with the Tourism Advisory Board, drawn from a broad base of the community, to give direction to the use of revenues from the restaurant tax enacted by the city in 2015.  Jointly with the Tourism Advisory Board, this committee is a forum for capturing the creativity and innovation of the citizens of our city to guide the funding of projects and events that will stimulate tourism and the related economic activity for the improvement of the appeal of our community environment as a place to visit, live, and do business.

Paid for by Stevenson for City Council, C. D. Palmer, Treasurer