County purchases new grader


The Madison County Commissioners Court authorized spending $280,670 to purchase a new road grader for the county at their regular meeting Tuesday morning.

The new machine, a 2019 Caterpillar 12M3 Motor Grader will replace an existing 1998 Caterpillar 120H due to the age of the machine, according to County Judge Tony Leago. The former grader has been declared as surplus and will be sold at public auction.

According to the Caterpillar website, the new model features the latest upgrades in emissions reduction technology. They also highlight improved visibility with angled cab doors, a tapered engine enclosure and a sloped rear window.

The Commissioners will also move $2,500 from the Madison County Hotel-Motel Tax Fund to the Fourth Annual Fourth of July Celebration at Lake Madison. The county and the City of Madisonville are partnering together on the project and will share the cost, which will go toward the event’s entertainment.

The Fourth of July Celebration at Lake Madison will feature two bands and a car show and there will also be an Independence Day parade in the morning for the first time.

Lastly, the Commissioners approved a two-year term for members of the Madison County Historical Commission, which is scheduled to end on May 31, 2021. The members approved were Roger Knight Jr. (Co-Chairperson), Bonnie Hendrix (Co-Chairperson), Patrick Page (member), Nancy Page (member), Patricia Stephenson (Secretary), Patsy Strawther (member), Vivienne Chambless (member) and JoAnn Parker (member).