Hopkinsville City Council

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A two-state coalition of local governments and chambers of commerce is planning to lobby against looming personnel cuts at Fort Campbell.

The sprawling military base on the Kentucky-Tennessee state line is facing a potential reduction of half its 32,000 payroll as part of sequestration in the Department of Defense’s budget. The Fort Campbell cuts were one of the possible scenarios outlined in a June 2014 Army report.


The City of Hopkinsville is considering whether to reimburse retired police officers for their time testifying in court.  At last night’s Committee of the Whole meeting, Human Resources Officer Kenny Grabara and Police Chief Guy Howie recommended continuing the policy of not paying subpoenaed former officers.  

The issue first came to attention in July when a retired Hopkinsville police officer had been called to testify in a case he had been involved in, and later asked for reimbursement for his time. 

The Hopkinsville City Council approved spending more than $900,000 to help fund phase-one of the city's Rails-To-Trials project. An additional $100,000 in private donations brings the total investment to $1 million for phase-one.  

Mayor Dan Kemp said he’s pleased with the way the council voted and that the walking trail will bring a dramatic improvement to residents’ way of life.


The Hopkinsville City Council approved a new ordinance at a special meeting yesterday which would lift restrictions on liquor sales outside of the downtown district. However, several council members were concerned that the current zoning ordinance wouldn’t prevent bars and liquor stores from opening near schools and churches and decided to postpone lifting the restriction until January 1stof 2014.


The Hopkinsville City Council yesterday approved funding of phase one of their Rails-to-Trails Project.  The council passed the measure to bring a recreational trail for walkers, runners and cyclists as an amendment to next year’s budget. 

Pennyroyal Area Museum Faces Tough Financial Year

May 30, 2013

Pennyroyal Area Museum employees are bracing for another difficult financial year, after the Hopkinsville City Council decided to provide 70 percent of the museum’s funding request.

Museum Director Alissa Keller says she’s thankful for the $35,000 the city did approve at its latest budget meeting, but the museum needs additional funding for building maintenance. Keller says the museum’s 100-year-old building, is in desperate need of repairs. Keller says her current budget won’t be enough to fund the work.


The Hopkinsville City Council will hear the first reading tonight of an amendment that would cut the fifty-year-old restriction that alcohol sales only be sold in the downtown area.

The move would essentially eliminate the four-by-fourteen-block boundary in which the sale of alcohol has been limited to since the mid-1960s.

Hopkinsville Chief Financial Officer Robert Martin says the Council initially sought to allow non-profit organizations to obtain temporary licenses outside the downtown block, but council members decided the nearly 50-year-old ordinance needed updating.


Hopkinsville City Council decided to bench a discussion this week regarding the city's alcohol ordinance. Much of the council's discussion focused on forcing bars within the city to close at 1 am. Currently, downtown bars are forced to stop serving alcohol at 1 am but can stay open later to allow patrons time to leave. City Chief Financial Officer Robert Martin said the council proposed forcing businesses to close at 1:30 to reduce incidences of public disturbances.