The Leitchfield City Council, on Monday, Aug. 17, voted to reimburse former Leitchfield Fire Chief Jerry Schlosser $3,000 that had been deducted from his final paychecks.
$1,000 had been deducted from each of Schlosser’s final three fire chief paychecks to reimburse the city for state incentive pay for which Schlosser had not qualified.
In early April of this year, the City of Leitchfield was required to reimburse the Kentucky Fire Commission approximately $6,982.32 for incentive pay awarded to the city by the state fire commission for Schlosser’s tenure as Leitchfield Fire Chief.
Due to Schlosser’s lack of the required annual training hours and working a full, 40-hour work week, however, he did not qualify for the incentive pay.
Later in April, during the regular, April 20 City Council meeting, Schlosser said he would reimburse the City of Leitchfield $5,100 for the money it had paid to the state fire commission as reimbursement for his received incentive pay.
$5,100 of the aforementioned $6,982.32 was actually paid to Schlosser, according to Leitchfield Finance Officer Erin Embry.
In order to qualify for state incentive pay, Schlosser said, a fire chief must already have completed 400 hours of training, complete 100 hours of training per year, and work a minimum of 40 hours per week.
Schlosser said this past Monday, during the regular City Council meeting, that he had completed only 84 hours of training and was also never told he was considered a full-time employee.
Schlosser said that the Leitchfield Fire Department has “never” had a full-time fire chief.
Additionally, Schlosser said this past Monday that he had not volunteered to reimburse the city for the money it had paid to the state fire commission, and he didn’t think he should because none of the previous fire chiefs who did not qualify for incentive pay but received it were docked pay.
Leitchfield Mayor William Thomason recommended that the City Council reimburse Schlosser the $3,000 docked from his pay, and the City Council voted to approve the reimbursement to Schlosser.
In other business:
*The City Council approved the second and final reading of the North Grayson Holdings, LLC, dba Site-Safe ordinance, which will exempt Site-Safe from municipal taxation for five years and also pay Site-Safe an inducement of $1,000 for each of the first 30 full-time employees hired after the company begins its operations in Leitchfield.
“They were really quite elated…for us doing that,” said Dudley Cooper, executive director of the Leitchfield/Grayson County Industrial Development Corporation.
Originally located in Clarkson, Site-Safe recently began construction on a new, larger central location in Leitchfield.
*The City Council approved the first reading of a new fireworks ordinance that allows the use of fireworks between the hours of 10 a.m. and 10 p.m., provided it is permitted from 10 a.m. to 12 a.m. on the dates of Dec. 31-Jan. 1, July 3, July 4, and Memorial Day.
*Patty Dunaway, of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet addressed the City Council regarding the issue of posting signage to help guide tractor-trailer drivers to the Judge Kenneth H. Goff Industrial Park in Leitchfield.
Thomason said truck drivers’ GPS devices have been incorrectly guiding them north on Salt River Road, which causes them to have to turn around in and damage a citizen’s driveway.
Dunaway said the Transportation Cabinet will work with the city to post signage leading drivers to the industrial park itself, but the signs cannot advertise specific businesses on state right-of-ways.
Cooper said the city can meet with private property owners to request permission to post signage leading to specific businesses on private property, as well.
Reach Matt Lasley at 270-259-9622, ext. 2015.