Leitchfield Utilities Commissioner Dorothy “Dot” McCall was reappointed to the Utilities Commission this week for a four-year term.
Leitchfield Mayor William Thomason said, during the Tuesday, Jan. 19 meeting, that McCall’s term on the Utilities Commission was set to expire on Feb. 29 of this year, and he submitted her name to be reappointed.
The City Council, instead, voted against reappointing McCall at that meeting and opted to table the appointment of a Utilities Commissioner until its next meeting to allow additional individuals to submit applications for the position.
This week, during the regularly scheduled Monday, Feb. 1 City Council meeting, Thomason presented a list of five individuals whom had submitted their names for consideration for appointment to the Utilities Commission for a four-year term (March 1, 2016 to Feb. 28, 2020).
Those five individuals were Chester Coffey, R.C. Constant, McCall, Clayton Miller, and Carl “Moon” Smith.
Thomason said the City Councilmembers would vote in a secret ballot for one of the five aforementioned individuals to be placed on the Utilities Commission.
Prior to the vote, however, City Councilmember Margie Decker said she felt McCall should not have been included on the ballot because the City Council voted four-to-two against reappointing McCall at its previous meeting.
“It’s time for somebody else to be on City Government,” Decker said.
Thomason said City Attorney Kenneth Smart had stated that the City Council’s vote at its last meeting did not mean that McCall would have to be excluded from consideration.
City Councilmember William Dallas, who voted against reappointing McCall at the previous City Council meeting, said, “I didn’t vote against Dot. I voted against the system.”
Dallas said he voted the way he did because the City Council has not been consistent in how it appoints individuals to positions such as Utilities Commissioner, and that, going forward, all such appointments should be made in the same manner.
Following the discussion, the City Councilmembers submitted their ballots in the secret vote.
Assistant Leitchfield Chief of Police David Riley and Smart tabulated the votes, which came back as a tie between McCall and Miller, who each received three votes.
As a result of the tie, Thomason then recommended that the City Council vote publicly to appoint McCall.
The public vote to appoint McCall based on the Mayor’s recommendation resulted in yet another tie, with Raymond “Tooty” Cottrell, Dallas, and Kelly Stevenson voting for, and Decker, Margaret Fey, and Harold Miller voting against.
Thomason then voted to break the tie and reappoint McCall to the Utilities Commission.
In other business:
*Smart said the Kentucky State Legislature had recently passed a state statute prohibiting cities and counties from imposing an annual licensing fee on any vehicle that transports merchandise into a city or county.
The City of Leitchfield currently has an ordinance that would impose such a fee; however, the state legislature has made it unenforceable, according to Smart, who recommended the city do away with its ordinance as a matter of “good housekeeping.”
Smart provided the first reading of an ordinance repealing the City of Leitchfield’s annual licensing fee ordinance, and the City Council voted to accept the reading.
*Rose Booth, regent for the Grayson Springs chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), addressed the City Council to request permission to build a quiet place of reflection in James D. Beville Park in honor of Grayson County’s Vietnam veterans.
The area would include a plaque and a bench for veterans, and, Booth said, the DAR would pay for the plaque, bench, and cement.
Thomason suggested using the bank behind the under-construction American Legion Post 81 Veterans Memorial Park; however, no specific action was taken on Monday’s meeting regarding Booth’s request.
*The City Council approved the second and final reading of a rezoning ordinance to change the property at 300-400 Quarry Rd. from a I-1 (Light Industrial) to a C-1 (Highway Industrial).
*The City Council voted to accept the recommendations for this year’s Babe Ruth Committee and Little League Committee.