Matt Lasley | GC News-Gazette The Leitchfield City Council met on Monday to discuss whether to proceed with building a new city hall and police station.

Matt Lasley | GC News-Gazette

The Leitchfield City Council met on Monday to discuss whether to proceed with building a new city hall and police station.

The Leitchfield City Council remains undecided on whether to proceed with the construction of a new police department and city hall.

During the regular Monday, Dec. 4 Leitchfield City Council meeting, what action to take regarding the new Leitchfield Police Department (LPD) and city hall was discussed.

City Councilmember Kelly Stevenson said that everyone knows the LPD's needs "are extreme right now," and doing something about that "is a must."

Stevenson suggested moving forward with constructing a new Leitchfield police station, and holding off on constructing a new city hall, a move other City Councilmembers supported.

Leitchfield Mayor William Thomason said if the Council decides to go that route, the new police station needs to be designed so that a new city hall can be added to it later.

City Attorney Ken Smart also suggested looking into other, less costly options for construction, in addition to the projected construction costs previously submitted

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by Brandstetter Carroll, who presented a number of design options for the project in early autumn.

Smart said the city could look into a metal and steel building with a brick exterior as a less expensive option.

City Councilmember Rick Embry suggested looking for a new location for the new police station all together.

Property on William Thomason Byway had previously been purchased for this purpose, but, Embry said, a more central location, possibly near Leitchfield Fire Station 1 on Brandenburg Road, would be a better option.

No action was taken on the new LPD on Monday night, but the city is expected to investigate its options further in the coming weeks.

In other business:

•The City Council tabled the reappointment of Planning Commission, Board of Adjustments, and Airport Board members to allow anyone who is interested in being considered for the positions to submit resumes.

City Councilmember Harold Miller said he would like to see more interest, especially among young people.

The appointments will be made at the next City Council meeting on Monday, Dec. 18.

•The City Council voted to approve compensating rate increases for 17 LPD and Leitchfield Animal Shelter employees, ranging from 25 cents to $2. The raises total about $43,000, including retirement and Social Security.

•Thomason announced that Christmas in the Park will close to the public each night at 10 p.m. due to thefts.

•The City Council voted to make the speed limit, on the entirety of Wallace Avenue, 25 miles per hour. Previously, there was an estimated 100-yard 35-miles-per-hour zone on the road.

While on the topic of speed limits, the city also intends to ask the state to conduct a speed study on the portion of William Thomason Byway from the entrance to James D. Beville Park to South Main Street.

•Leitchfield Utilities' work correcting utility cuts was discussed. For full details of this discussion, as well as the utilities' response, read the Wednesday, Dec. 13 edition of the Grayson County News-Gazette.

•The City Council voted to permit the LPD to switch its internet and phone provider from Windstream to Comcast.

According to City Clerk/Treasurer Lori Woosley, the LPD currently pays $690 per month for these services through Windstream, but through Comcast, the bill will be $284.60 for the first 24 months and about $470 after that.

•The City Council voted to purchase 100-watt, high pressure lights with sodium for the new ballpark complex.

•The City Council, on Thomason's recommendation, voted to increase street sweeping on Highway 54 to Old Hartford Road from the railroad track.

•The City Council entered into executive session to discuss litigation.

Upon returning to regular session, Smart said Thomason notified the City Council about issues that could potentially result in legal liability, but, hopefully, the issues will be resolved without that.

•The City Council voted to approve a proclamation declaring November to be DECA Month for placement in the meeting minutes.

Matt Lasley | GC News-Gazette

The Leitchfield City Council met on Monday to discuss whether to proceed with building a new city hall and police station.