The City of Leitchfield celebrated Bart Glenn’s retirement from the police force at the regularly scheduled Leitchfield City Council meeting on Monday, April 9.
Glenn, who served with the Leitchfield Police Department (LPD) for twenty years and spent six of which as Police Chief, was presented a retirement gift by Leitchfield Mayor William Thomason on behalf of the City during the April 9 City Council meeting.
In addition, after the City Council adjourned, a retirement party for Glenn was held, and the Leitchfield City Council, Mayor Thomason, and several Leitchfield Police officers and community members attended.
During the party, new Leitchfield Police Chief Kevin Henderson presented Glenn with a retirement badge and certificate honoring Glenn’s service and retirement.
In other business:
Councilman William Dallas presented to the City Council the results of a recent local survey, which stated that 27 out of 38 individuals were dissatisfied with their current AT&T phone service.
In addition, Dallas said while Leitchfield currently does not have a contract with AT&T, should the City sign a 2- year contract with Bluegrass Cellular, the City can save $4,500.
Dallas motioned to sign the contract with Bluegrass Cellular, and the City Council passed the motion to sign.
The City Council approved the naming of two city streets behind Wal-Mart which were left unnamed after the construction of the Leitchfield bypass.
Councilman Jerry Schlosser said the streets had originally been part of a loop in Fountainview Estates, and after the the bypass was built and cut through the loop, the roads were left unnamed.
Schlosser proposed naming the streets Hailee Lane and Cassidy Lane, and the City Council approved the new names.
Schlosser also showed a powerpoint presentation to the City Council that he had put together with fellow Council members Margaret Fey and Harold Miller which depicted the results of a study concerning the effects of the economic recession on Leitchfield.
Schlosser showed a number of slides depicting vacant homes and businesses, and he suggested the possibility of offering financial incentives for property owners and small businesses, such as not charging taxes on new and expanded properties and businesses.
Councilman Steven Elder said Leitchfield’s property tax rate is already among the lowest in the state at $.11, and City employees have tried to improve Leitchfield property, but because a majority of the buildings Schlosser presented are privately owned, there is little the City can do.
Schlosser also suggested advertising small businesses through the City’s website; however, City Clerk/Treasurer Erin Embry said doing so present a conflict of interest due to the City’s website’s being provided by the State.
Embry said because the City’s website is provided by the State, the City is not allowed to advertise businesses on the actual page.
Also, the City Council approved Lindsey Shaffar’s request to rent the James D. Beville Park Pavilion on Saturday, June 15 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. for a Humane Society fundraiser.
Miller discussed the possibility of making City Council meetings available to the public.
Elder said the current recording system, set up by Joseph Alexander, is set up to allow anyone who is interested to visit Leitchfield City Hall and watch and listen to the City Council meetings.
Elder said anyone citizens who are interested in viewing the City Council meetings are welcome to do so, provided City Hall is open.
Fey thanked Chief Henderson for his and the LPD’s recent work on Cubbage Street.