City discusses Neighborhood Watch Program

Matt Lasley Reporter

November 8, 2013

The Leitchfield City Council discussed reviving the Neighborhood Watch Program during its Monday, November 4 meeting.

City Councilman Kelly Stevenson broached the subject during the old business portion of the meeting and said the City had tried to start the program in previous years, but it hadn’t taken off.

Stevenson said he wanted try to start the program again.

City Councilwoman Margaret Fey said the program is very useful, but it hadn’t been successful in the past because of the lack of manpower in the Leitchfield Police Department.

Leitchfield Police Chief Kevin Henderson, who also attended the meeting, said he had previously discussed a Neighborhood Watch Program with his department.

For the program to be successful, the City would need “people in the neighborhoods to be involved” and for that to happen, citizens needed an initiative, Henderson said.

Henderson said he and the LPD had discussed the possibility of providing citizens who take part in the Neighborhood Watch Program with incentives, such visiting the police department or being made LPD reserve officers, similar to the Grayson County Sheriff’s Special Deputies.

In other business:

*The Council passed a motion to raise the cost of renting the James D. Beville City Park’s large pavilion area from $50 to $75 to help cover the cost of maintenance and utilities for the park during and after it has been rented.

*Stevenson discussed meeting with a consultant to discuss what projects City Officials wanted to accomplish for Leitchfield over the next decade.

Stevenson said the City had done this five years ago as part of the New Cities Initiative, and while a number of projects had been completed, several have gone unfinished.

*Leitchfield Tourism Director Ilsa Johnson informed the Council that the first version of Terry Bradshaw’s Today in America, a promotional video highlighting Leitchfield, had arrived.

Johnson said a number of corrections needed to be made before the video was completed, however.

*Comcast reported to the City that, effective December 5, the TV Guide Network (channel 47) on the Digital Starter and Digital Economy packages will undergo a format change, swapping the split-screen version for a full-screen version.

Also effective Dec. 16, Howard Stern on Demand will no longer be provided by Comcast.

Effective Dec. 19, Comcast will no longer provide SoapNet on channel 120.

And also effective January 6, 2014, G4 and G4 HD will no longer be available on channels 80/162 and 462, respectively. for Comcast customers.

*The Council approved the second and final reading of the Amended Alcohol Ordinance.

*The Council approved the Red Ribbon Week (October 28-31) Proclamation.