The Leitchfield City Council on Monday night, Feb. 6 voted to purchase three parcels of land to be used for the construction of a new proposed Leitchfield police station.
During its regular meeting on Feb. 6, the City Council entered into executive session for the fifth time in four months to discuss the potential purchase of property.
Upon returning to open session, Leitchfield City Councilmember Harold Miller said that, after previously authorizing Leitchfield Mayor William Thomason to negotiate the purchase of land for a new proposed Leitchfield police station, the City Council had decided to purchase three parcels of land for that purpose.
The three parcels of land, totaling around 16 acres, are all connected and located on William Thomason Byway near the entrance to the ball park, according to Leitchfield City Clerk/Treasurer Lori Woosley.
The cost of the three pieces of land will total $565,000, and, according to Miller, will be divided as follows:
The first parcel of land will be purchased from Lawrence Duvall for $165,000.
The second parcel of land will be purchased from Radford McStoots for $100,000.
And the third parcel of land will be purchased from Robert McStoots for $300,000.
Following the presentation of the costs, the City Council voted to purchase the land.
A timetable for when the land will be purchased, as well as when construction of the new station for the Leitchfield Police Department will commence was not discussed at Monday’s meeting.
In other business:
*The City Council voted to move forward with a proposal to form a county-wide recreational baseball program.
The proposal states that, provided all three cities (Leitchfield, Clarkson, and Caneyville) agree to participate, the county-based program would continue to operate as a Cal Ripken League; a new Grayson County Baseball Committee would be formed; each city would hold its own sign-ups and retain the fees; the program would charter under one league; each city would pay its own charter and insurance per team in its own league; inner-city games would be held at all three locations; and county All Star teams would continue.
Scotty Hawkins, with the Leitchfield Little League program, presented the proposal as a way of providing equal opportunities for all Grayson County baseball players.
The proposal also states that each city would have its own respective baseball committee, consisting of a President, Vice President, and Secretary, and the members from these three committees would form the overarching Grayson County Cal Ripken Baseball Board, with the Leitchfield Baseball League Director also serving as the County Director.
The City Council opted to move forward with the plan to create a Grayson County Cal Ripken baseball program and will re-evaluate the program after one year to determine whether it was successful.
Next, the City of Leitchfield will draft a letter to request the participation of Clarkson and Caneyville in the new consolidated league.
*The City Council voted to approve the first reading of the amended Fiscal Year 2016-2017 budget ordinance to, among other items, change the amount of expenditures to reflect the purchase of land for the new proposed police station, as well as revenue to reflect that $40,000 had been received from alcohol licenses as opposed to the originally budgeted $10,000.
*The appointment of a Leitchfield Utilities Commissioner was brought before the City Council.
Thomason said two applications had been received for the position; however, the City Council voted to table appointing a Utilities Commission member until its next meeting.
*At the City Council’s previous meeting, representatives from the Knox Regional Development Alliance (KRDA), a new organization formed to improve the economic standing of Fort Knox, had requested from the City Council a financial contribution of $1 per Leitchfield resident per year for a five-year period as part of the KRDA’s fundraising initiative.
However, during Monday’s meeting, Thomason said he was informed by City Attorney Kenneth Smart that the City of Leitchfield cannot legally make such a donation, which would total $6,876 per year.
With that in mind, the City Council, based on Thomason’s recommendation, referred the donation request to the Leitchfield/Grayson County Industrial Development Corporation for consideration.
*The City Council voted to approve to change orders from Do-All Construction. The first change order was a deduction of $4,838.33 for a direct purchase order to Scotty’s Contracting & Stone, and the second change order was for a deduction of $38,183.50 for a direct purchase order to Irving Materials.
Woosley said both of these orders had already been paid prior to Monday’s City Council meeting.
*The City Council voted to approve the members 2017 Softball Committee, which, among others, will feature Daniel Gary as the Softball League Director and City Councilmember Rick Embry as the city representative.
*The City Council heard and approved the second and final readings of amended Mobile Food Vendors and Restaurant Tax ordinances.
*The City Council heard and voted to include in its meeting minutes a proclamation regarding 2017 Career and Technical Education Month.
Reach Matt Lasley at 270-259-9622, ext. 2015.