RobotxMADISONVILLE, Ky. (5/8/18) — Madisonville Police Department plans to submit a Kentucky Office of Homeland Security grant to fund a $27,365 robot to enhance public safety.

Madisonville City Council approved Police Chief Chris Taylor’s request during a meeting held Monday at City Hall.

“This robot is going to be used for the Emergency Response Team,” Taylor said, adding it would be a useful tool during barricades or hostage situations.

If the grant is awarded, it will not require matching funds from the city, the chief explained.

According to, the AVATAR 3 tactical robot “enhances the capabilities of SWAT and tactical response teams by allowing them to quickly and safely inspect dangerous situations,” so that personnel is not sent in before a given situation is assessed. The robot is capable of navigating stairs and various terrain, with video recording capability.

The council also approved a $51,946 bid from Watermark Ford for two new patrol vehicles to be used at the police department, and the surplus of a 2010 Chevy Impala.

In other business, the city approved Fire Chief Ray Wyatt’s request to advertise bids to renovate the Station 1 HVAC system, with a projected expense of $165,000.

The city also heard first reading of a general zoning ordinance amendment pertaining to the minimum single-family dwelling size. The ordinance reads that a residential building containing not more than one dwelling unit located on a lot would require the minimum length and width greater than 18 feet have a minimum living space of 600 square feet, excluding porches and garages.

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Hopkins County Joint Planning Commission submitted the application to amend the zoning text last month to provide a more consistent definition of single-family dwellings.

In addition, the council approved a projected sign for a new business on Sugg Street for Belle & Wayne’s Baby Boutique and the reappointment of Jason Hawkins to the Board of Ethics through May 7, 2021.

Mayor David Jackson proclaimed May 7-13 as Annual Medical Fitness Week, which includes programs MOVIE150, WALK10K or Walk in the Park to bring awareness concerning the importance of healthy physical activity. He also proclaimed May as “Older Americans Month.”

Doreen Dennis
SurfKY News Director
Region 2

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