Hopkinsville City Council tonight approved the second reading of the city’s operational budget amendment for fiscal year 2011-12 and heard remarks from several area residents concerned about the lack of sidewalks in high traffic areas.
Chief Financial Officer Robert Martin says the city is expected to spend $27, 230,000 out of $27,239,469 that has been budgeted and spoke about why the city’s capital fund balance was $232,586 in the negative.
Meanwhile, Martin gave a positive report concerning the city’s payroll tax collections and stated the city has collected $10,805,062 compared to $10,227,500 that was budgeted for ten months.
During public comments Hopkinsville residents, Tim Moore and Harry Allen expressed their concerns about the lack of sidewalks on Koffman Drive and Lafayette Road.
Allen told council members that sidewalks are desperately needed in those areas because students walk to and from schools on the roadways and are in danger of being seriously hurt by vehicles.
City Council then went into closed session to discuss industrial prospect incentives and proposed litigation and took no action.
Fort Campbell officials say mine resistant ambush protective vehicles are proving its usefulness in missions and in training.
1-32nd Cavalry Regiment Command Sergeant Major Patrick Frankenberg says the vehicles are versatile in any situation whether it’s in combat or during training exercises at the local post.
Command Sergeant Major Frankenberg says before a deployment, soldiers are trained to familiarize themselves with the vehicle and the weapons systems it carries.
According to military officials roughly 50 billion dollars have been spent over the past decade to purchase the heavily armored vehicles, and now that the war in Afghanistan is expected to wind down, MRAPS will likely be used in another capacity in the armed forces.
Attorney General Jack Conway announced today that the state is expected to receive $6 million following a lawsuit settlement with Merck Sharp & Dohme Corporation.
The lawsuits filed by the Attorney General claim that Merck inflated the average wholesale prices for their drugs and as a result, the Kentucky Medicaid program paid millions of dollars more in drug reimbursements than it should have.
Attorney General Conway was quoted as saying he was pleased to recover this money for the Medicaid program and Kentucky taxpayers.
General Conway’s Office of Consumer Protection is also pursuing additional litigation against Merck for false and misleading statements regarding the safety of a pain reliever that was pulled from the market in 2004.
The case is scheduled for trial in Franklin Circuit Court in the fall of 2013.
Since January 2008, the Office of the Attorney General has recovered over $230 million on behalf of state and federal Medicaid programs.
The keynote speaker for this year’s police memorial service will be State Senator Joey Pendleton.
Hopkinsville Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 12 Secretary, Quentin Stone says the service will include remarks from various local officials and recognition of the local officers who were killed in the line of the duty.
Stone is encouraging residents to attend at least one police memorial service to honor officers who paid the ultimate sacrifice.
The police memorial service is scheduled to take place Thursday at 5 p.m. at Police Memorial Park and in case of inclement weather, the service will be held at the justice center.
The way the U.S. Census Bureau collects national demographic and economic data may soon change.
U.S. Senator Rand Paul is crafting a bill called Service Members Count Act to revise the way the census counts soldiers when they are deployed over seas.
Jason Hassert with Senator Paul’s Office says soldiers are counted in their home state even though many soldiers have not lived in their state for several years.
Hassert says the new bill will help local communities receive an accurate count in the census and funding for proposed economic projects.
Senator Paul is working with Congressman Ed Whitfield and Congressman Brett Guthrie to have the proposed Service Members Count Act passed by this summer.