City releases LFD vehicle specs

By Matt Lasley -

The City of Leitchfield this week released the bid specifications for a new SUV for the Leitchfield Fire Department (LFD).

During the Leitchfield City Council’s regular Monday, Jan. 4 meeting, City Attorney Kenneth Smart reviewed the bid specs for a 2016 full-sized, four-wheel-drive SUV to replace an older Ford Crown Victoria, which was donated by the Leitchfield Police Department and is no longer suitable for use.

Smart said the SUV is purchasable through state contract and features primarily standard state contract equipment, with the exception of a heavy duty towing package and heavy duty oil and radiator coolers.

Bid specs include, among other requirements, a gross vehicle weight in the 7,500 lb class, 18-inch polished wheels, and an engine producing in excess of 300 horsepower transmitting through a six-speed automatic transmission with overdrive and tow/haul mode.

The vehicle will be purchased with revenue the LFD has received from county fire dues, and the LFD will likely receive approval to advertise for bids for the vehicle at the next City Council meeting, according to Leitchfield Fire Chief Tim Duvall.

In other business:

*The City Council approved a change order from Scotty’s Contracting & Stone for work on the Leitchfield Aquatic Center (LAC) parking lot and American Legion Post 81 Veterans Memorial Park projects.

*Leitchfield Public Works Director Sheila Puckett reported that her department has four pick-up trucks, one dump truck, and about 200 tons of salt at the ready in case of snow.

*The City Council committee assignments were selected by reversing those from 2015, Leitchfield Mayor William Thomason said.

*Dudley Cooper, executive director of the Leitchfield/Grayson County Industrial Development Corporation, said local industry had a good 2015 with numerous expansions announced, including Kelley Beekeeping, Site-Safe, and Plastikon.

*Leitchfield Tourism Director Ilsa Johnson reported to the City Council that Leitchfield Tourism recently received a good audit report and is now preparing to participate in trade shows.

*In observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (Monday, Jan. 18), the next meeting of the Leitchfield City Council will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 19.

By Matt Lasley

Reach Matt Lasley at 270-259-9622, ext. 2015.

Reach Matt Lasley at 270-259-9622, ext. 2015.

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