City discusses annual prayer vigil


The Madisonville City Council will approve an annual prayer vigil for the city at its next meeting, after hearing a presentation from a local pastor on Monday evening.

In 2015, following police-involved shootings in Charleston, S.C., the Rev. Edward Collins of Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church organized a prayer gathering to provide healing for the people of Madisonville.

The event was well-attended, so much so that Collins asked permission to make it an annual event.

The next one is scheduled for 6 p.m. Aug. 12 at the Kimbro Center.

“We’ll come together, right before school starts, and unite the community,” Collins said.

Mayor Bill Parten said the city appreciates the effort, and directed city officials to provide any needed help in the matter.

In a separate matter, city Fire Chief Thom Jones said that the use of the city park for walking was growing, and there needed to be an extension of a sidewalk as the only place to walk in the north part of the park was in the road.

The matter will be discussed at a future meeting.

In other business, the council:

•accepted the annual report from the Planning and Zoning Commission;

•approved allocating $12,000 from reserves to fund a new position for the Parks Department;

•Reviewed, and let stand, an ordinance regarding off-street parking spaces;

•awarded a bid of $55,964 to TexasSource for 300 feet of sewer repair on Price Street; and

•discussed appointing members to the city’s Board of Adjustments, which is part of the appeals process for decision made by Planning and Zoning.