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Editorial - Solutions to Good Projects Gone Bad (Part 2) - Library

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MADISONVILLE, Ky. (6/13/13) - From CBN.com: “Level 1 - Go Numb and Do Nothing - This level is where an individual (or organization) is so paralyzed by fear that they can't take action and may experience major signs or symptoms of distress. When someone feels numb inside, they often describe their life as being in a 'fog' and often crash in the process.”

Perhaps this is where it stands with the Hopkins County-Madisonville Public Library (Library). With a convoluted management structure and a series of blunders, the fine people of the Library Board and the Board of the Public Library Development Foundation, Inc. (Foundation) find themselves frozen in fear of making another mistake. Adding to this fear, according to some board members, is the unrelenting micromanagement of the local media.

It is apparent that architects, engineers and contractors hired by the library board have, in many instances, failed in dramatic scale.These failures have reflected badly on the members of the board. After all, they agreed to be on the board to help support the library; not because they had intimate knowledge of commercial construction.

So here is the current situation: work on the new library has come to a grinding halt; contractors have not been paid; the Library Board and Foundation Board are not communicating; the Foundation is refusing to pay for work done; the Kentucky Labor Board is declaring the project a Prevailing Wage Law project; loans to complete the work have lapsed due to the Foundation refusing to sign the loan papers.

Both boards are clearly at the “Go Numb and Do Nothing” level. So what is the solution? The Library receives the lion’s share of revenue from the Hopkins County Government and City of Madisonville. County Judge Donald Carroll and Madisonville Mayor David Jackson should call the two chairpersons and the librarian to the Judge’s office and give the ultimatum: “The two boards have 48 hours to present a unified plan to move the Library forward or the entire two boards should resign.” The librarian should be included in the conversation so that he knows what is going on and can be a resource to the two boards.

That plan should include how to pay the monies due contractors, how to fund the completion of the new location and recommendations for the management and fund raising structure going forward. Judge Carroll tells SurfKY News that the Foundation has no accountability. “The people over the Foundation have no accountability to anyone,” Carroll said. The Foundation’s Form 990 filed with the IRS for 2011 says there are 11 voting members of the governing body and had $687,089. The Kentucky Secretary of State only shows three directors with 11 founding directors (some of whom have died or resigned).

SurfKY News has contacted Judge Carroll ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it – 270-821-8294) and Mayor Jackson ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it – 270-824-2100). They are both in favor of calling the meeting. If you favor this approach, give them a call or send an email. If you favor another plan, share that with them and me as well at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . You can also express your opinion on our Facebook page.

In conclusion: Everyone should “stop throwing rocks at each other”, develop a plan, execute the plan and enjoy our new library.

“Fear is crippling. Fear and self-doubt will do more to hold you back from achieving your goals and desires than any other factor. If you want to overcome challenges and leap over obstacles, you have to learn how to overcome your fears.” (Visionaries Worldwide)

Ron Sanders
SurfKY News

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