Leitchfield Fire Chief Tim Duvall announced on Monday, Dec. 7 that the Leitchfield Fire Department’s Insurance Services Office (ISO) rating has been promoted from a Class 5 to a Class 4.
Duvall said, during the regularly scheduled, Dec. 7 Leitchfield City Council meeting, that an ISO representative visited the Leitchfield Fire Department (LFD) this past summer around August to review the department’s fire safety capabilities, and the official rating had just recently been received.
According to Duvall, the improved rating, which is expected to result in a slight decrease in local residents’ insurance, comes as a result of a growing department with better training and equipment, such as the new Quint fire truck.
“We’re definitely on the right track,” Duvall said.
The LFD’s previous rating, performed in 2012, earned the department 54 credits out of 100, and this year’s review resulted in the LFD’s earning 65.6 credits out of 100—an improvement, but, Duvall said, there is still work to be done.
Leitchfield City Councilmember William Dallas, who is also a member of the LFD, recognized retired Leitchfield Fire Chief Jerry Schlosser for his foresight in starting the ISO review process.
In addition to the department’s growth, the LFD’s revenue has dramatically increased thanks to the county fire dues. In November, the LFD received $93,000 from fire dues that it did not have this time last year, Duvall said.
The funding received from the county fire dues can be used for the purchase of training, equipment, and apparatuses, which is expected to relieve the LFD’s financial strain on the City of Leitchfield, according to Duvall.
In other business:
*Leitchfield Finance Officer Erin Embry presented designs for banners celebrating Leitchfield’s 150th year that will be placed on light poles around the city.
Leitchfield will celebrate its 150th birthday in 2016, and part of the celebration will include the posting of numerous banners that are estimated to be about five-to-six-feet tall by 30 inches wide, Embry said.
According to Embry, a quote she has received for the banners sets the price of about 25 banners at $5,000.
Following Embry’s presentation, the City Council granted approval for Embry, City Clerk/Treasurer Kim Sowders, and Leitchfield Tourism Director Ilsa Johnson to move forward with having the banners made.
*The City Council approved a change order for the American Legion Post 81 Veterans Memorial Park project.
The change order is a $16,186 deduction, bringing the total cost of the project to $154,075, Sowders said.
*Based on the recommendation of Tommy Adams, a consultant with Charles M. Moore Insurance, the City Council approved purchasing the City of Leitchfield’s insurance through the Kentucky League of Cities.
*The City Council voted to enter into Executive Session to discuss personnel.
Upon returning from Executive Session, the City Council, based on Leitchfield Mayor William Thomason’s recommendation, voted to hire two new Leitchfield Police Department officers.
Leitchfield Chief of Police Kevin Henderson said the hiring of the two new officers was budgeted by this year’s City Budget Committee.
*City Councilmember Harold Miller requested the City Council’s support with garnering Leitchfield the designation of the official “Fiddling Capitol of Kentucky” by the state legislature.
The City Council passed a motion to support this action.
*The City Council voted to re-appoint Darrell Harrell and R.C. Constant to the Leitchfield Planning Commission for four-year terms (Jan. 1, 2016 to Dec. 31, 2019); re-appoint JoAnn Deweese to the Leitchfield Board of Adjustments for a four-year term (Jan. 1, 2016 to Jan. 1, 2020); re-appoint Eddie Anderson to the Leitchfield/Grayson County Airport Board for a three-year term (Jan. 1, 2016 to Dec. 31, 2018); and appoint Wales Montgomery to the Tax Appeals Board for a two-year term (Jan. 1, 2016 to Dec. 31, 2017).
*The City Council approved a settlement agreement with Comcast, the authorized video provider in Leitchfield, that allows Comcast to remove its drop box from Leitchfield and, in exchange, give the City of Leitchfield $35,000 to do so, as well as not being required to maintain a local drop box.
*The City Council passed a motion to level the local ball fields.
*The City Council approved the September 2015 budget reports.
Reach Matt Lasley at 270-259-9622, ext. 2015.