City approves backhoe purchase

By Matt Lasley mlasley@civitasmedia.com

May 6, 2014

The Leitchfield City Council recently approved the purchase of a new backhoe for the Public Works department.

During the regularly scheduled Monday, May 5 Leitchfield City Council meeting, City Public Works Director Sheila Puckett requested the City Council approve the purchase of a new backhoe at the approximate cost of $91,289 in the 2014-2015 fiscal year.

Puckett said the current street backhoe is 16 years old, and the current transfer station backhoe is 22 years old.

Puckett proposed that the City purchase a new street backhoe and give the older street backhoe to the transfer station.

Puckett said the purchase of a new backhoe would be through a Kentucky state contract, so the item would not need to be set up for bid.

The City received a quote from ERB Equipment Co., Inc. for a 2014 John Deere 310SK Backhoe Loader at the cost of $91,289, which Puckett said has already been included in the Public Works needs assessment list for the 2014-2015 City budget.

The City Council approved the purchase of the new backhoe in the 2014-2015 fiscal year.

In other business:

*Leitchfield Chief of Police Kevin Henderson said a phone scam is currently making rounds through the City.

A male individual will call citizens, claim to be Lieutenant Thompson, and say he has a warrant for their arrest because they didn’t show up for jury duty.

“Thompson” will then ask citizens to send him money to remedy the warrant.

Henderson advised citizens to ignore calls such as these, but if any citizens have questions regarding such a call, they may contact the Leitchfield Police Department at 270-259-3850.

*Puckett requested approval to bid for road materials, such as rock and asphalt, during the Monday, May 19 City Council meeting.

The City Council approved Puckett’s request.

*City Councilmember Kelly Stevenson said the second annual Art in the Park event will be held on Saturday, May 17 and Sunday, May 18.

All proceeds from the event will benefit the Grayson County Alliance.

*The City Council approved a proclamation declaring the week of May 18 through May 24 to be National Public Works Week.

*The City Council approved a proclamation declaring May 21 through May 31 to be Poppy Proclamation Week.

*City Clerk/Treasurer Kim Sowders said the City will begin work on the 2014-2015 Fiscal Year budget later this month.

Stevenson requested that all City department heads draft a needs assessment for consideration in the next fiscal year City budget.