City denies rezoning request, approves COs

By Matt Lasley -

The Leitchfield City Council had a busy meeting Monday night, May 2, approving a number of change orders and bid requests, as well as denying a rezoning request.

First, the City Council, after a lengthy discussion on the subject, voted to deny a rezoning request from Charles and Nell Elmore to change lots 127-130 on Tara Woods Drive and Madelyn Drive from R-4 to R-5, based on the recommendation of Planning and Zoning.

The original intention was to build fourplexes on each of the four lots; however, Charles Elmore said he would be willing to request that only two of the four lots in question—lots 127 and 128—be rezoned for fourplexes and leave lots 129 and 130 as they are.

This would require a second public hearing with Planning and Zoning.

With Charles Elmore’s compromise in mind, the City Council voted to deny the Elmores’ rezoning request, encouraging him to reapply for the rezoning of lots 127 and 128.

“This would be an asset,” Leitchfield Mayor William Thomason said of the Elmores’ plans for the lots.

Later, the City Council approved a change order from Scotty’s Contracting for the Ball Park Complex project that increases the cost of the project by $15,975.00.

The price increase is for the purchase of 11 light pedestals for the ball park—five in the park lot and six on the field—that were left out of the project’s bid specifications by the architect.

The City Council then approved a change order from McNutt Construction for the American Legion Post 81 Veterans Memorial Park project that increases the cost of the project by $1,040.00.

Officials state that this increase is necessary because monuments and benches were heavier than anticipated.

In other business:

*The City Council approved a three-year agreement with Taylor, Polson & Company, out of Glasgow, KY, to conduct the city’s annual audit.

The cost for Taylor, Polson & Company to conduct the audits of the city’s general, utilities, and tourism funds will be $23,000 per year.

*Thomason appointed City Councilmembers Harold Miller, Kelly Stevenson, and Margaret Fey to the Grayson County Work Ready committee.

*The City Council authorized Leitchfield Public Works Director Sheila Puckett to declare four trucks—three 1997 Ford F-150s and a 1998 Dodge 4×4—surplus property and place them up for auction on

Puckett also received approval to replace the trucks with a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado, a 2003 Chevrolet Silverado, and a 2008 Chevrolet Silverado at a total cost of $11,250.

*Leitchfield Tourism Director Ilsa Johnson reported that the city has finally received the Land and Water Conservation Grant to renovate the James D. Beville Park walking trail.

The grant was applied for two years ago and will be a $24,000 50/50 matching grant with the city paying $12,000 of the work and the grant funding the remaining $12,000.

*Johnson reported that the city has received approval to close Leitchfield Public Square at noon on Friday, July 15 for the Freedom and Fiddling Festival.

*The City Council authorized Public Works to bid for rock and asphalt materials; surface and base bituminous asphalt; excavation and earthwork; and concrete materials for Fiscal Year 2016-2017.

*The City Council authorized bidding for electrical supplies for the Public Works maintenance facility.

*The City Council approved the design for a commemorative ornament celebrating the City of Leitchfield’s 150th birthday.

*The City Council voted to table approving Grayson County Suicide Prevention and Outreach’s rental of the Leitchfield softball fields until a representative attends a Council meeting to explain the event for which the organization intends to use them.

*Puckett reported that mosquito fogging will begin after June 6.

By Matt Lasley

Reach Matt Lasley at 270-259-9622, ext. 2015.

Reach Matt Lasley at 270-259-9622, ext. 2015.

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