The City of Leitchfield has recently encountered issues with contractors’ leaving residential tree debris out for the City to pick up.
Leitchfield Public Works Director Sheila Puckett broached the subject at the regularly scheduled June 2 Leitchfield City Council meeting and requested that the City review the policy for the aforementioned issue.
The subject was discussed again during the regularly scheduled, Monday, June 16 City Council meeting, and according to City Attorney Kenneth Smart, an ordinance states the City may pick up brush if it’s in a container of a specific size.
However, a number of cases have recently come to light in which contractors have taken advantage of the City’s services and left out debris that is not in a container and larger than the ordinance allows, said Leitchfield City Councilman Harold Miller.
Often residential tree debris will be left for pick-up in such a condition that the City cannot remove it; for example, in one instance, a tree that had been uprooted from the ground was left for pick-up, roots and all.
“Some people who do this for a living take advantage of the City’s services,” Miller said. “We will have to remedy that…I don’t think it’s unreasonable to ask them to cut up the items to be reasonably handled.”
Smart said he would draft a revised ordinance that states if items are not left out in a condition in which they cannot be reasonably processed, the City will not pick them up.
In other business:
*Greg Lewis approached the City Council to discuss the Alice Theater and Alexander Hotel.
Lewis said he has been working for the past six months to get financing in order to purchase the theater and hotel, but after he saw the sign had been posted regarding the intent to demolish the building, he thought it best to approach the City Council regarding the project.
Despite the posting, Lewis said he has spoken with the Realtor for the hotel and theater who told him the owner would likely still work with Lewis on the project if he can come up with the necessary money.
Lewis said he does not yet have the financing to purchase the theater and hotel, but he is currently preparing paperwork to receiving financing for the project.
Lewis said he wants to buy the building and restore the theater, hotel, and restaurant for their original uses.
“I want to bring life to that part of town,” he said.
Lewis said the owner wants $515,000 for the building.
Leitchfield Chief of Police Kevin Henderson said he recommended Lewis ask Dan Cox, the state building inspector, to take a walk-through of the building with him to get an idea of how much restoring the building will cost.
Henderson also said that to tear the building down would likely cost around $100,000.
*The City Council approved the second and final readings of the 2013-2014 Fiscal Year Amended Budget and 2014-2015 Fiscal Year Proposed Budget.
The City has a proposed budget that estimates it will come out nearly $10,000 to the good - a result that comes from the City budget committee’s cutting spending by about $500,000, according to Leitchfield City Councilman Kelly Stevenson.
*The City Council approved the first reading of the Utilities Revenue Refunding Ordinance.
According to Chip Sutherland, of Hilliard Lyons, the refinancing is estimated to result in total savings of $300,000 in interest over its lifetime.
The bonds are expected to mature in 2036, Sutherland said.
*The City Council approved the Municipal Road Aid Resolution and granted approval to Leitchfield Mayor William Thomason to execute the Municipal Road Aid Contract and Recycling Funds Grant Agreement.