The Madisonville City Council appointed Dale Kovacs, recently ousted from his own city council seat in city elections, to the city’s Planning and Zoning Committee Monday night, extending Kovacs’ public service career for a while.
“I want to stay involved in city stuff,” Kovacs said after the council’s regular meeting. Kovacs had previously served on the Buildings and Standards board for the city before winning a seat on the City Council in 2015.
Coincidentally, the spot on the Planning and Zoning board opened up with the election of Jessie Jaenicke to the Council in November, requiring him to focus elsewhere. Jaenicke and Brady Taylor were Kovacs’ opponents in the election.
During departmental reports at Monday’s meeting, Madisonville Police Chief Herbert Gilbert begrudgingly walked back some of his accolades from the previous month’s meeting, when he praised higher police presence and citizen involvement to a reduction in burglaries. In May’s meeting, he reported there had been no burglary reports for the prior three months.
Gilbert had to report a spike since that time, including a mass break-in of 21 vehicles at the Best Western on East Main St.