Local businessman Marty Higdon approached the Leitchfield City Council this week with an alternative for a new Public Works maintenance facility that, he said, could save the city over $1 million.
During the regularly scheduled, Monday, Oct. 19 City Council meeting, Higdon offered to sell the city a 64,000-square-feet building, located near the Grayson County fairgrounds, for a total of $550,000.
Higdon currently operates a business out of the building, but he is looking to move it to another location.
Earlier this year, the City of Leitchfield began looking into moving Public Works and all of its assets into a new, single facility.
During its Monday, Sept. 21 meeting, the City Council rejected bids for the construction of a new Public Works maintenance facility, the lowest of which was about $1.9 million—significantly higher than what the project was originally estimated to cost.
Higdon said his building features a 170-by-32-feet-long shed and four entrances, and is large enough to house all the city would need, including garbage trucks, offices, a workshop, and the recycling center.
With around $200,000 in upgrades, the building could likely serve the city even better than a new one, he said.
Following Higdon’s presentation, Leitchfield Mayor William Thomason formed a committee—consisting of City Councilmembers William Dallas, Margaret Fey, and Harold Miller—to tour Higdon’s building and provide a recommendation as to whether the city should purchase it.
Reach Matt Lasley at 270-259-9622, ext. 2015.