Matt Lasley | GC News-Gazette Leitchfield Mayor William Thomason, middle, said during Monday's City Council meeting that he may run for re-election after all.

Matt Lasley | GC News-Gazette

Leitchfield Mayor William Thomason, middle, said during Monday's City Council meeting that he may run for re-election after all.

Leitchfield Mayor William "Turkey" Thomason said Monday, Dec. 18, that he may run for re-election in 2018 after all.

"I haven't gotten out of this race yet," Thomason said prior to the conclusion of Monday's regular Leitchfield City Council meeting.

The comment comes more than a month after Thomason announced on Nov. 6 that he would not seek re-election after his current term ends.

He did not elaborate on the comment before the meeting ended, but it was made during a discussion about his and the City Council's efforts and accomplishments.

When his current term concludes on Dec. 31, 2018, Thomason will have been Mayor of Leitchfield for 23 years and nine months.

Thomason said on Nov. 6 that the passing of 3rd District Magistrate Robert "Bill" Skaggs (who was around the same age as Thomason) led him to consider that no one knows how much time he or she has left.

Additionally, Thomason said that, while he loves his community and is proud of the time he has spent as Mayor, he could no longer handle the stress that comes with the position, adding that the past two years have been the most difficult for him.

This, coupled with the birth of his grandson, led Thomason to decide that, when his current term concludes, it would be the right time for him to move on.

"I want to live where I don't have to regret it," he said on Nov. 6, adding that the time is right for younger citizens to step up and take responsibility for their city.

Thomason first joined city government in November of 1981 when he was elected to the Leitchfield City Council. He served on the Council until Oct. 1, 1994, when then-Mayor Sherrill Watson suffered a medical issue, and Thomason took over as interim Mayor.

The deadline for individuals to file for candidacy in the 2018 election through the Grayson County Clerk's Office will be Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018, at 4 p.m.

A number of candidates have already filed for the various positions that will be contested, including Mayor of Leitchfield. The Grayson County News-Gazette will do a full round-up of candidates running in Grayson County elections after this date.

In other business

•Pending approval from the state, the City Council voted to permit Rosetti Production to shut down Leitchfield Public Square on Sunday, Jan. 7, and Sunday, Jan. 14 to film the first full-length feature film started in Leitchfield, KY.

Led by Bob Maze, the movie will be a faith-based Christmas movie with a storyline based on Leitchfield. The film crew will consist of many Grayson County High School students, and the majority of the actors will be from Leitchfield, as well.

•The City Council, on a vote of three-to-two, passed a motion to re-appoint David Langley to the city Planning Commission for the term beginning Jan. 1, 2018, and ending Dec. 31, 2021. The only other individual to submit an application for this position was Clayton Miller.

On a three-to-one vote, the City Council re-appointed Leon Shaw to the Planning Commission for the term beginning Jan. 1, 2018, and ending Dec. 31, 2021. Shaw also serves as Chair of the Board of Adjustments.

On a unanimous vote, the City Council voted to re-appoint Kirk Collard to the Grayson County Airport Board for the term beginning Jan. 1, 2018, and ending Dec. 31, 2020, and to appoint Herb Popham to complete the unfinished term (ending Dec. 31, 2018) of Eddie Anderson, who recently resigned from the position.

In a four-to-one vote, the City Council re-appointed Steve Kinkade to the Board of Adjustments. Initially, City Councilmember Rick Embry voted against re-appointing Kinkade, but changed his vote after discussion of Kinkade's accomplishments. Kinkade also serves as Chair of the Planning Commission.

•The City Council voted to approve the hiring committee's recommendation for the position of Parks and Recreation Director; however, the individual's name has not yet been released.

•The City Council approved the first reading of an ordinance amending the 2017-2018 fiscal year budget.

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The amended ordinance includes $124,750 in additional expenses such as payroll adjustments; the Leitchfield Animal Shelter addition; the creation of a Parks and Recreation Director position; and Leitchfield Fire Department expenses.

The amended budget shows a $529,473 net loss for the year; however, City Councilmember Kelly Stevenson noted that thanks to surplus funds from previous years, the city will end the year with a $6.9 million carry-over.

•Leitchfield Public Works Director Sheila Puckett reported that the state has completed its speed study on William Thomason Byway from James D. Beville Park to South Main Street.

The report showed that the speed limit could be reduced from 45 MPH to 35 MPH from South Main Street to the entrance to Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center.

No official action was taken on this matter during the meeting.

•The City Council approved a property zoning change request from the Grayson County Hospital Foundation, re-zoning the 22 acres on the east side of Wallace Avenue from R-1 and P-I to C-1 Highway Commercial.

Following this approval, the City Council heard and approved the first reading of an ordinance making the change.

•The City Council voted to select a design for its new Welcome to Leitchfield sign.

•The City Council approved a change order for Do-All Construction for an aluminum walkway around the roof top unit of the Leitchfield ballpark concession stand in the amount of $6,810.00.

•Leitchfield-Grayson County Industrial Development Executive Director Dudley Cooper said around 300 to 400 jobs remain open among Leitchfield's industries.

•The City Council voted to declare a DJI Phantom 4 Quadcopter drone surplus and advertise it for sale.

Matt Lasley | GC News-Gazette

Leitchfield Mayor William Thomason, middle, said during Monday's City Council meeting that he may run for re-election after all.