The Leitchfield City Council this week discussed the progress on American Legion Post 81 Veterans Memorial Park, which is set to open on Memorial Day (Monday, May 30).
During their regular meeting on Monday, May 16, the Leitchfield City Councilmembers discussed how well they feel the park is coming together.
“It is beautiful,” said City Councilmember William Dallas. “It’s going to be a showpiece.”
Dallas and his fellow City Councilmembers concurred that American Legion Post 81 Veterans Memorial Park will be a popular attraction in which the city will take great pride.
A dedication ceremony will be held for American Legion Post 81 Veterans Memorial Park on Memorial Day starting at 10:00 a.m.
The City of Leitchfield has also already taken precautions to protect its investment.
Leitchfield Public Works Director Sheila Puckett said security cameras are already in place at the veterans memorial park, located on East Carroll Gibson Boulevard.
“There’s an eye in the sky already,” said Leitchfield Mayor William Thomason.
While, American Legion Post 81 Veterans Memorial Park opens later this month, citizens can continue to purchase memorial pavers for local veterans henceforth.
The 8” x 8” pavers, which will be placed inside the veterans memorial park, cost $250 each, and checks should be made payable to Veterans Memorial Fund.
While pavers purchased now might not be placed in the park before the dedication ceremony on Memorial Day, they will be installed as soon as possible, Thomason said.
Additionally, individuals who wish to purchase a copy of their paver for their own personal use may do so at a cost of $50 per replica.
Pavers may be ordered at Leitchfield City Hall (314 West White Oak St. in Leitchfield), the Centre on Main (425 South Main St. in Leitchfield), or American Legion Post 81 (415 Lee Ave. in Leitchfield).
Order forms are also available to be printed from the City of Leitchfield Facebook page. Completed order forms should be mailed or delivered to Leitchfield City Hall or the Grayson County Chamber of Commerce at the Centre on Main.
For more information about veterans memorial pavers, call Leitchfield City Hall at 270-259-4034 or the Centre on Main at 270-259-5587.
In other business:
*City Attorney Kenneth Smart presented an updated draft of the city’s smoking ordinance—which will prohibit smoking from inside public places—with language also restricting the use of e-cigarettes.
The City Council will review this draft of the ordinance and determine whether to approve it at a later date, after which time Smart and City Councilmember Kelly Stevenson intend to get a second legal opinion on the e-cigarette restriction language.
*The City Council approved a change order of an additional $28,795 for coating on the new city ball park complex fence. The coating approved in the change order is expected to have a lifespan 20 to 25 years longer than the alternative.
*The City Council voted to re-appoint Ryan Bratcher, the current Chairman, to the Leitchfield Tourism Commission for a three-year term ending on June 30, 2019.
The City Council also voted to re-appoint Lindell Sharp, the current Vice-Chairman, to the Tourism Commission for a three-year term ending on June 30, 2019.
Both Bratcher’s and Sharp’s positions on the Tourism Commission are unpaid.
*The City Council voted to update its minutes to change the term ending of Wales Montgomery’s Tax Appeals Board appointment to Dec. 31, 2018.
*The City Council approved bids from Scotty’s Contracting & Stone for the city’s Fiscal Year 2016-2017 rock and asphalt materials, as well as surface and base bituminous asphalt.
In addition, the City Council approved a bid from Lowe’s Concrete for the city’s Fiscal Year 2016-2017 concrete materials.
Bids were also opened for Fiscal Year 2016-2017 excavation and earthwork; however, these will be reviewed and approved at a later date.
*The City Council approved a rezoning request from Robert D. Meredith to change 304 North Main St. from an R-2 Single Family Residential to a C-1 Highway Commercial property.
The City Council then heard and approved the first reading of an ordinance authorizing this rezoning.
*The City Council heard and approved for placement in its minutes an proclamation declaring the week of May 8 to May 14 to be National Nursing Home Week for Spring View Health and Rehab Center and Grayson Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation.
*The City Council heard and approved for placement in its minutes an ordinance from the City of Clarkson recognizing Leitchfield’s 150th anniversary celebration.
Reach Matt Lasley at 270-259-9622, ext. 2015.