Art in the Park 2014 was approved to be a two-day event by the Leitchfield City Council, during the Council’s regularly-scheduled Monday, June 3 meeting.
Grayson County Alliance (GCA) Event Coordinator Rita Stevenson attended the June 3 meeting to express the GCA’s appreciation for the support and assistance received during the 2013 Art in the Park event.
Stevenson went on to say that, based on interest from artists in attendance, the GCA was contemplating holding Art in the Park 2014 over two days, tentatively-scheduled for May 17-18, 2014.
Stevenson said that the artists preferred a two-day event in the case of rain.
Stevenson said, should the event be held over two days, the daily hours of Art in the Park - which during the one-day 2013 event were from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. - would likely be shorter during the 2014 event and possibly be set for 9 or 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Leitchfield City Council Member Steven Elder said holding a two-day Art in the Park would be better for the event and the community’s tourism because people would be more likely to stay in the hotels in town, as well as participate in other local tourism opportunities.
After the discussion, the Council made a motion to approve the GCA’s request to hold Art in the Park 2014 over two days, and the request was approved.
In other business:
During the City Council meeting, Leitchfield Mayor William Thomason gave his Budget Message Presentation, during which he discussed the projects lined out for the 2013-2014 fiscal year.
The City Council listened to and approved the first readings of the June 30, 2013 Amended Budget Ordinance and the June 30, 2014 Proposed Budget Ordinance.
The Leitchfield Police Department received its two new Dodge Chargers which are currently being outfitted and should be ready for operation next week, reported Leitchfield Police Chief Kevin Henderson.
Henderson also reported that Elder had informed him of a grant that would pay for 75% of an officer’s salary over a three-year period, with the requirement that the LPD retain the officer for one year after the grant expires.
In relation to the most recent vandalism at the Leitchfield Firefighter Park’s Pavilion, Henderson said the LPD currently has four suspects whom the department is currently interviewing.
Henderson requested the aid of the public in apprehending suspects and preventing future acts of vandalism.
“If you see anyone there after dark, don’t hesitate to call,” Henderson said. “It’s a really nice park, and we don’t want to see it vandalized.”
The second readings of the Insurance License Ordinance and Solid Waste Ordinance were heard and approved by the City Council.
Christian Juckett, an attorney for the Rubin & Hays Law Office in Louisville, and Chip Sutherland, of Hilliard Lyons financial consultants, were on hand to present the first reading of the Utilities Revenue Refunding Bond Ordinance.
The City Council heard and approved the first reading of the Utilities Revenue Refunding Bond Ordinance.
Bids for rock and asphalt materials, surface and base bituminous asphalt, excavation and earthwork, and concrete materials were presented to the City Council by City Public Works Director Darrell Harrell and approved by the Council.
At the open of the meeting, Thomason reminded all visitors to not interrupt the Council while it was in discussion. He advised visitors wishing to comment on the discussion to raise their hands, and they would be called on.
Also during the meeting, a reminder was given that a retirement celebration will be held for Harrell and Leitchfield Fire Chief and Utilities Commissioner Carl “Moon” Smith following the Monday, July 1 City Council Meeting.