Leitchfield/GC Airport looks to expand

Matt Lasley | GC News-Gazette The Leitchfield City Council, this week, voted to pay off a hangar at the Leitchfield/Grayson County Airport to allow airport officials to begin work toward expanding the facility.

The Leitchfield City Council, on Monday, July 6, voted to pay off a hangar at the Leitchfield/Grayson County Airport to allow airport officials to begin working toward expanding the facility.

Leon Harrison, representing the Leitchfield/Grayson County Airport, approached the City Council during its regularly scheduled, July 6 meeting to request that the City of Leitchfield increase the airport’s annual allotment from $2,500 per year to $5,000 per year for 10 years to finish paying off an airplane hangar purchased in 1995.

Leitchfield Mayor William Thomason said that if the hangar—which is worth about $150,000—were paid off, the Leitchfield/Grayson County Airport would qualify for grants to expand the airport, which is used frequently by various entities.

This expansion would include lengthening the runway and purchasing new land, Harrison said.

City Councilmember Kelly Stevenson said such improvements are needed because a number of corporate planes will not land at the Leitchfield/Grayson County Airport in its current condition.

Thomason recommended that, rather than increase the allotment to $5,000, the city increase the allotment to $3,700 for 10 years, which would be paid in advance to pay off the hangar.

After the $37,000 is paid, the city will then provide no further payments for nine years, Thomason said.

The City Council then voted to, pending amendment of the City of Leitchfield’s Fiscal Year 2015-2016 budget, pay the full $37,000 immediately to pay off the local airport’s hangar, per Thomason’s recommendation.

Harrison said the airport currently also earns revenue from use of its hangars, as well as the sale of fuel.

In other business:

*The City Council approved a one-time fee of $12,500, which will be split with Leitchfield Utilities, to receive insurance consulting services from Charles M. Moore.

*The City Council approved the purchase of new Leitchfield Police Department (LPD) cruisers, which will be leased at 1.2 percent interest for three years, after which time the LPD will own them.

*Leitchfield Chief of Police Kevin Henderson said that LPD Patrolman Jesse Townsend has recently tested a body camera and added that the LPD may have enough funding in its uniform budget to purchased body cameras for all of its officers.

Body cameras are $289 a piece, Henderson said.

*The City Council approved paying a $170 invoice and a $30 invoice submitted by the Leitchfield Fire Department.

*The City Council authorized Leitchfield Public Works Director Sheila Puckett to declare a number of Public Works vehicles surplus property to be placed for sale and also to advertise for bids for a 2015 or newer four-wheel-drive pick-up truck.

*Leitchfield Fire Chief Jerry Schlosser requested an executive session to discuss payroll, specifically regarding incentive pay; however, City Attorney Kenneth Smart said an executive session cannot be taken to discuss payroll.

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