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City to hold first New Cities Initiative meeting

Matt Lasley Reporter

January 7, 2014

The Leitchfield City Council will hold its first New Cities Initiative planning discussion on Tuesday, January 14.


The Councilmembers will meet to discuss projects they want to accomplish for the betterment of Leitchfield at 6 p.m. on January 14 at Leitchfield City Hall.


This meeting will be open to the public.


During the regularly scheduled Monday, January 6 Council meeting, Leitchfield City Councilman Kelly Stevenson said he had met with representatives from Elizabethtown Community and Technical College.


Stevenson said, should the City request the service, ECTC would guide a two-night discussion about City projects and goals at the cost of $500.


Stevenson said he had also contacted the Kentucky League of Cities, whose representatives said the League would guide a two-night discussion about the City at the cost of $1,500.


Councilman William Dallas said before the City paid for a guided discussion, he would prefer for the Councilmembers to meet on their own.


Councilman Harold Miller agreed with Dallas's suggestion, and the Council elected to hold an open meeting of just the members on January 14.


Stevenson first discussed the New Cities Initiative during the Monday, November 4 City Council meeting.


During that meeting, Stevenson said the City had hired consultants to discuss goals and projects for the betterment of Leitchfield five years ago and while several projects had been completed, a number have gone unfinished.


In other business:


*Leitchfield Mayor William Thomason said in 2004, the City had sold property to the Grayson County Board of Education at the cost of $231,500.


Thomason said those funds have, since that time, been in a reserve to be payable to the Leitchfield Utilities.


Thomason said the funds were budgeted to be transferred to the utilities this year and requested a motion from the Council to do so.


The Council passed the motion to transfer the funds to the City utilities.


*The Council passed a motion to advertise for sealed bids for RFPs regarding the sale of recyclable goods.


*The Council approved a resolution declaring that the City had applied for Area Development Funds in the amount of $729.62 to be used toward the cost of purchasing playground equipment and installation material for James D. Beville City Park.


According to the resolution, this project will cost approximately $1,023.20, and the City of Leitchfield will utilize money from the City general fund to cover any costs incurred over the amount of the Area Development Fund Allocation.


*The Council approved three resolutions allowing the City to apply for the 2014 Kentucky Waste Tire Crumb Rubber grant for the purposes of purchasing Crumb Rubber for the James D. Beville Park, B.G. Dewitt Park, and Firefighter's Memorial Park playground areas.


This material, according to the resolutions, will replace the current wood mulch being used in these areas, and will reportedly lower maintenance costs and last longer than wood mulch, according to Leitchfield Public Works Director Sheila Puckett.


*The Council approved a resolution declaring January Grayson County School Board Recognition Month.


*Leitchfield Tourism Director Ilsa Johnson said discussions had taken place regarding possibly moving the fireworks display for this year's Freedom and Fiddlin' festival to Friday evening before the fiddling contest.


No official action has been taken on this matter.


*The Council went into executive session to discuss possible litigation in regards to Kentucky Revised Statute 81.810, which refers to exceptions to open meetings.


Leitchfield City Attorney Kenneth Smart said the Council discussed the potential for future litigation and the way to avoid litigation.