Commissioners Requested Revision from HMP&L | Bids Awarded

HENDERSON, Ky. 4/27/21– Following a detailed discussion, the City of Henderson Board of Commissioners declined to approve an ordinance adopting a new schedule of electric rates and services for Henderson Municipal Power & Light at its regular meeting on Tuesday, April 23.

The discussion included a presentation by HMPL General Manager Chris Heimgartner, who explained the changes in a proposed schedule that would reorganize fixed costs associated with power delivery versus variable costs (electric usage.)

The commission requested that HMPL make revisions in the proposal before they consider it again at a future meeting.

Under presentations, Henderson for an Aquatic Center members Lennie Underwood, Meredith Schmitt and Ida Green talked to the commission about their ideas for an aquatic center with a competition pool.

A proclamation was also read during the meeting honoring Arbor Day 2021 and the City’s 26th consecutive designation as a Tree City USA.

In other business, the board:

  • Approved a real estate purchase contract ($30,000) from the Henderson City-County Airport Board that will provide a direct connection to Kentucky 136 as well as enhance economic development at the airport.
  • Awarded a bid for the Borax Drive Extension project to Hazex Construction of Henderson ($124,250.42). The scope of work is for grading, drainage and stone stabilization and protection of a sensitive area in the Henderson Technology & Industrial Plaza.
  • Awarded a bid for the purchase of fire uniforms ($41,141.75) to Siegel’s Corporation of Evansville. The purchase is for station uniforms, dress uniforms, badges and insignias and shoes and boots.
  • Reworked and approved the agreements that provide ambulance service for the community. The new agreement is with Deaconess EMS LLC.
  • Approved the following funding for outside agencies for the upcoming fiscal year based on recommendations from the committee that reviews the requests:
    • Preston Arts Center College Foundation ($10,000),
    • Henderson Christian Community Outreach ($15,000),
    • Henderson Area Arts Alliance ($10,000),
    • Father Bradley Shelter for Women & Children ($9,000),
    • Henderson City/County Rescue Squad ($4,500),
    • Henderson County Senior Citizens Center Meals on Wheels ($11,500),
    • Involvement Inc. ($4,000), Riverview School Inc. ($5,000),
    • Henderson Music Preservation Society Inc. ($5,000),
    • Cliff Hagan Boys & Girls Club ($10,000),
    • Downtown Henderson Partnership ($46,000)
    • Henderson Tourist Commission ($37,700).
  • Heard an ordinance review aimed at revising language in the sign ordinance.

The next meeting will take place at 3 p.m. Tuesday, May 11. Meetings are streamed through the Zoom meeting platform, on the city’s web site (, on Facebook and on Twitter. They are also broadcast on Spectrum Cable Channel 200.