City to help Little League


The Madisonville City Council on Monday opted to begin work on a wish list for Little League.

Madisonville Little League President Jason Neal presented the city with a list of repairs necessary, and City Manager Camilla Viator said top priority for the league was field lights.

“Some of this has been done, and some the league doesn’t have a cost for,” she said.

There are 36 lights needing replacement at the fields near Lake Madison, and the city currently has 33 bulbs in stock.

Council Member Doug Sparkman said that the league was supposed to provide the labor to change the bulbs. Viator said that league personnel were concerned that there may be additional electrical problems that they are unqualified to fix.

“This is the same thing as last year,” Mayor Bill Parten said. “They say they’re going to (perform repairs), and nothing happens. We’ll do our part, but they need to do their part.”

Viator said the league has done repairs on the concession stand, as well as other work around the field.

“They’re trying to make it a safer, better place,” Viator said.

In addition to the lights, the league was seeking aluminum benches, the repair of the existing scoreboards and two additional scoreboards, and repair to the existing bathroom partitions.

In the end, the city approved the wish list, except for the scoreboards, as there was no cost associated with the items.

In other business, the city:

•tabled the annual report from the Planning and Zoning Commission until the commission chairman could be present;

•approved $1,895 for a municipal law workshop for city employees;

•approved a contract for architectural services with the Wallace Group for planning and design of a new city building;

•approved, on a 3-1 vote, the purchase of a Chevrolet pickup truck for $9,500 for the use of Building Inspector Ron Nelson. Sparkman voted against the measure;

•authorized the hiring of a new employee for the Parks Department;

•approved the disposal of the remaining outbuilding on the former Madisonville Christian Fellowship church; and

•did an annual evaluation of Police Chief Herbert Gilbert in a closed session.