The Grayson County Fiscal Court voted to help the City of Leitchfield gain grants to build a second entrance to MTD.
During a quick succession of meetings on Friday morning, the city and county passed measures that clear the way to obtain state funding for a new entrance to local manufacturer MTD’s Brandenburg Road location.
According to Dudley Cooper, Executive Director of the Leitchfield Grayson County Industrial Development Coorporation, the current situation at the plant creates a traffic “bottleneck” that frequently leaves both employees and tractor-trailers stuck.
“You can’t turn a big truck around there,” Dudley explained to the Fiscal Court during their regularly-scheduled meeting on Friday, July 17.
Cooper was accompanied by Senator Carroll Gibson and former Senator Rick Sanders, who were also in attendance to support the idea of working toward gaining state funding to construct a new entrance.
Cooper explained that MTD owns a parcel of land which is currently pledged to the City of Leitchfield until a bond from the mid-90’s is dissolved, at which point the city is to revert the land back to the possession of MTD.
A 2.42 acre chunk of this property, located behind MTD and bordering Goff Drive, is the proposed location for the new entrance.
While state funding is available for county projects such as this one, which could potentially affect hundreds of area residents employed at the factory, the city does not qualify for such grants.
Since MTD is located within the city, a plan was devised to release the portion of bonded land to the county so that the Fiscal Court could apply for funding assistance to complete the project.
The City held a special-called meeting on Friday morning ahead of the Fiscal Court’s meeting in order to pass a vote to release this portion of land.
During the county government’s subsequent meeting, Sanders explained to the group that the project of building a new entrance – which would be public, and therefore also be usable by other businesses operating on Goff Drive – would come with an estimated price tag of approximately $200,000.
Cooper explained that it “will not cost the city or county a thing” thanks to the grants which Gibson has worked hard to procure for the project.
Gibson called the shuffling of land a “technicality,” and Cooper explained that should any bills arise before the grant funding comes into play, the Industrial Corporation will handle the cost.
“We are very much in hopes of getting the total amount,” Cooper told the court.
The county voted to pass a measure which would accept the parcel of land where the state-funded entrance is to be constructed, and to revert the land back to the city in a year, after the construction is completed.
Following the successful passing of the measure, Cooper thanked the group for their cooperation and told them, “MTD sends their thanks as well.”
Reach Brittany Wise at 270-259-9622 ext. 2014.