Hopkins County-Madisonville Library

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Hopkins County’s fiscal court is looking to cut around 5% of its annual budget due a decrease in  coal severance tax revenue.  

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The Hopkins County-Madisonville Public Library asked the city for the same amount of operating funds as it prepares to move to its new location on East Center Street later this year.

Library Director Joel Meador said the $180,000 allows them to continue programming like their health initiative.

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The Hopkins County-Madisonville Public Library Board is moving forward towards accepting contractors' bids after reducing the costs of the project. 

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The Hopkins County-Madisonville Public Library is looking for ways to stay within its budget after recent bids for an ongoing renovation project came in far above budget.

The board took no action at a meeting Thursday, but it is moving forward to find ways to stay within its budget of less than $400,000. The bids for the renovation of 425 East Center Street ranged from nearly $604,000 to $813,000.

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Bids for the Hopkins County-Madisonville Public Library’s new location have come in too high and the library board meets tomorrow to discuss further options.

Library director Joel Meador says the county appropriated $500,000 for the project but with fees related to the building and a prevailing wage judgment less than $400,000 is available. The bids the library board received last week were nearly double the available budget, ranging from nearly $604,000 to $813,000.

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The Madisonville City Council unanimously approved a $70,000 loan to the Hopkins County-Madisonville Library renovation project Monday night.

If accepted by the library board, the low-interest loan from the city would be used towards paying off the remaining $69,000 of the prevailing wage judgment issued by the Kentucky Labor Cabinet in May.  

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A Hopkins County-Madisonville Public Library board member says Christmas has come early in the form of a $500,000 dollar fiscal court allocation for the library’s new facility.

Library board president Carolyn Ferrell says the board reviewed the court's plan this morning and voted to request the funding the court had made available for them. She says, for now, the board will pay the county back with interest it draws annually from its endowment.

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A Kentucky Department of Labor official says some workers involved in the Hopkins County-Madisonville Library prevailing wage case should be paid for their work within the next two weeks.

The renovation scope of a new library building requires the partially government funded organization to pay workers a prevailing wage, which is higher than the library initially contracted.

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The Hopkins County-Madisonville Library board is waiting for renovation estimates for the library’s new home before asking for a loan to help pay off its prevailing wage debt.

Library Board President Carolyn Ferrell said Architect John Calhoun visited this week to hear suggestions from the library board of trustees, foundation and staff about the renovations and its cost.

Non-profit Kentucky Book Fair is giving three of its seven grants to public and community college libraries in our region.

Livingston County Public Library is receiving one of the largest grants with 15-hundred dollars to purchase more books about the arts for adults and children.

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