Tonight’s Hopkinsville City Council meeting began on a positive note with Mayor Dan Kemp making a major announcement concerning various local organizations.
Mayor Kemp excitedly announced that 14 area doctors, who recently formed the Indian Physicians Alliance, collectively decided to donate $40,000 to the city of Hopkinsville to benefit numerous organizations.
The physicians also pledged to donate up to $200,000 over the next five years to go towards other agencies.
The following organizations and agencies were the recipients of the generous donation:
The Salvation Army received $2,500 to go towards its soup kitchen; the Hopkinsville Fire Department received $2,000; Hopkinsville Police and the Christian County Sheriff’s Office both received $1,500; the Hopkinsville-Christian County Crime Stoppers also received $1,500; $4,000 was set aside to go towards funding the city’s International Festival; the A.W. Watts Senior Center received $2,500 to go towards its meals on wheels program; Challenge House Inc. received $2,500; Sanctuary Inc. received $2,500; the Boys and Girls Club of Hopkinsville-Christian County received $1,500 and Christian County Public Schools received $2,500.
Mayor Kemp says he is confident that the money will be put to good use by each organization.
Mayor Kemp explains details of the ordinance that he described as an overhaul of the previous ordinance.
Prior to voting, council members Ann Cherry, Paul Henson and Charlie Henderson expressed their concerns about the ordinance and how it could possibly have a negative impact on local businesses and at one point, things got a little heated between Councilwoman Cherry and Mayor Kemp.