Animal Shelter Director position established

City Council adopts alcohol ordinance

By Matt Lasley -

The Leitchfield City Council on Monday, Aug. 2 established the position of a Leitchfield Animal Shelter Director and adopted the city alcohol ordinance.

During its regular Aug. 2 meeting, the City Council received the job description for the Leitchfield Animal Shelter Director, which will pay between $13.46 and $15.96 per hour.

The general duties and responsibilities of the animal shelter director will be as follows:

*Supervise the overall administration of animal control in accordance with state statutes and local animal control ordinances.

*Design print material such as newsletters, brochures, fliers, invitation and event programs, other informational materials, and news releases.

*Formulate and implement long range plans and goals to increase the adoption/relocation rates through public education and awareness.

*Representation of the shelter.

*Maintain and seek to enhance relationships with governmental and other animal welfare organizations.

*Administer euthanasia.

*Assists with other departmental duties as need.

The Animal Shelter Director will be expected to have 60 college credit hours in animal shelter management, pet sciences, humane leadership, or another related field, supplemented by three years experience in an animal welfare environment.

The Director must also be certified to administer euthanasia and possess and maintain a valid drivers license.

Following the presentation of the job description, the City Council voted to establish the Animal Shelter Director position and add it to the city’s payroll.

Leitchfield Chief of Police Kevin Henderson will supervise the Animal Shelter Director position, and said that, since the Leitchfield Police Department has taken over operations of the shelter, there have been 20 to 30 people per day at the shelter to either visit, volunteer, and/or adopt or drop off animals.

In addition, the City Council heard and approved the second and final reading of the Leitchfield Alcohol Beverage Control Ordinance.

Following the approval of the second reading, the ordinance will be published and adopted into law. The full ordinance is available for public review anytime at Leitchfield City Hall.

Applications for licenses to sell alcohol may be submitted as of Monday, Aug. 22.

In other business:

*The Leitchfield/Grayson County Airport Board requested $3,227 from the City of Leitchfield to go toward a project to extend the runway at the airport.

Provided the city and county governments each commit to fund 1.25 percent of the cost of the project ($3,227 each), the remainder of the cost of the project will be covered by state and federal grant money, according to Airport Board Member Kirk Collard.

The Airport Board requires an answer within 30 days, so the City Council motioned to table action on this matter until its next meeting when, ideally, all City Councilmembers will be present.

*It was announced that the fifth annual Extreme Youth Rally will be held at the Grayson County Fairgrounds on Sept. 9 and 10 of this year.

Event organizers told the City Council that last year’s event saw attendance of around 800.

*The City Council approved a proclamation presenting a Key to the City of Leitchfield to Dr. Thelma J. White, whom is retiring from her position as President and Chief Executive Officer of Elizabethtown Community and Technical College.

*The City Council granted approval for Leitchfield Mayor William Thomason to execute a contract between the City of Leitchfield and the federal government to continue allowing the city to store water at Rough River.
City Council adopts alcohol ordinance

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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