The Leitchfield Tourism Commission, on Tuesday, June 24, elected its new officers for the 2014-2015 Fiscal Year.
Leitchfield Tourism Director Ilsa Johnson recommended the following officer seat rotations, which were approved by the Tourism Commission:
Vice-Chair Randy Pauley will take over the position of Tourism Commission Chair. Pauley will replace current Chair Mark Smith.
Commissioner Ryan Bratcher will take over the position of Tourism Commission Vice-Chair. Bratcher will replace current Vice-Chair Pauley.
Commissioner Angie Jones will take over the position of Tourism Commission Secretary. Jones will replace current Secretary Sue King.
And Joyce Mudd will remain Tourism Commission Treasurer.
The Tourism Commission passed a motion to elect the recommended officers for the next fiscal year. This motion will go into effect at the July Leitchfield Tourism Commission meeting.
Johnson said the Tourism Commission elects new officers every year but decided in 2013 to rotate the officer slate to keep members from “getting burned out.”
In other business:
*Johnson said a soft opening will be held for Leitchfield Aquatic Center on Friday, June 27 for City Officials and their families, and the grand opening and ribbon-cutting will be held Saturday, June 28 at 10 a.m.
Johnson said Norman Chaffins, of the Leitchfield Police Department, purchased the first 100 day passes for the first 100 people to visit the park on Saturday.
*A cycling issue was reported regarding one of the tanks at Leitchfield Aquatic Center.
According to Eric Puckett, of Leitchfield Public Works, as of Tuesday morning, water in one of the tanks in the pump room was boiling up through the floor drains while going through its cycle.
Tommy Gumm, of the Alliance Corporation of Builders and Managers, said he and other Alliance workers would visit the aquatic center following Tuesday’s Tourism Commission meeting to deal with the issue.
Gumm said Alliance workers would attempt to resolve the tank issue without resulting in any additional cost, but he couldn’t guarantee they would be able to.
Lea King, also of the Alliance Corporation, said despite the cycling issue, Leitchfield Aquatic Center is still on track for its Friday and Saturday openings.
*Johnson said the annual Freedom and Fiddling Festival will take place on Friday, July 18 and Saturday, July 19.
The festival’s pageant and fireworks will both be held on Friday evening, and the remainder of the events will be held on Saturday.
Leitchfield Public Works Director Sheila Puckett said Leitchfield Public Square will be closed one block around from 5 p.m. on Friday, July 18 to 8 a.m. on Sunday, July 20.
Mudd said of Freedom and Fiddling, “It’s a wonderful family event…We need to promote this as much as we can - from beginning to end…Every year we get a little bit bigger and better.”