The Leitchfield City Council is looking to offer a five-year tax exemption and a $30,000 inducement to North Grayson Holdings, LLC dba Site-Safe, who will soon move its industry to Leitchfield.
According to Dudley Cooper, Executive Director of the Leitchfield/Grayson County Industrial Development Corporation (LGCIDC), Site-Safe has been looking to build a new, larger central location within Grayson County that will allow it to house all of its operations under one roof.
Currently located in Clarkson, Site-Safe, after meeting with numerous City and County Officials, and with the City of Clarkon’s blessing, opted to build its new central location on 25 acres of land it purchased on Goff Drive in Leitchfield, Cooper said.
As an incentive and to show appreciation for Site-Safe’s relocation and bringing jobs into Leitchfield, a city ordinance to exempt Site-Safe from municipal ad valorem taxation for a period of five years, as well as to loan $30,000 to Site-Safe through the LGCIDC was read during the City Council’s regular Monday, Aug. 3 meeting.
The City of Leitchfield will pay $30,000 to the LGCIDC, who will then award the funds to Site-Safe in payments of $1,000 for each of the first 30 full-time employees hired by Site-Safe within the first 60 months of its new operations in Leitchfield.
This expenditure is expected to be recouped from the proceeds of the unabated Net Profits License and Payroll License Fees within two years.
Cooper said that most of the first 30 employees will be individuals currently employed at Site-Safe’s Clarkson location. And Leitchfield Mayor William Thomason added that Site-Safe will also increase its employment in the future after it has established its Leitchfield location.
“We’re very fortunate to have them stay in the county,” Cooper said of Site-Safe’s relocation, the construction for which has already begun.
The first reading of the ordinance to exempt Site-Safe from taxation and provide it with inducement to promote local employment was approved by the City Council on Monday.
In other business:
*The City Council granted approval to advertise for bid proposals for the American Legion Post 81 Veterans Memorial Park, new city ball parks, and Public Works maintenance facility.
Advertising for bids does not commit the City of Leitchfield to approving any of the proposals.
*The City Council granted the Leitchfield Police Department (LPD) approval to buy a police cruiser to replace one that was wrecked in a car accident earlier this year. The new cruiser is expected to cost approximately $15,985.
The City Council also granted the LPD approval to sell four of its older cruisers to the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office (GCSO) for $8,500, which will go toward the purchase of the new cruiser.
The four cars being sold to the GCSO are a 2008 Crown Victoria, a 2006 Chevrolet Impala, a 2009 Chevrolet Impala, and the wrecked vehicle.
*Leitchfield Fire Chief Tim Duvall said the ISO had visited and observed the City of Leitchfield and the Leitchfield Fire Department’s (LFD) equipment and fire suppression capabilities and are expected to report either no or minimal deficiencies in regards to public safety.
“I think we’ll be a strong five,” said Duvall of the anticipated insurance rating.
Duvall said the results of the inspection are expected to come in six months.
*The LFD requested to declare a 1967 Pitman Snorkel firetruck, which has been replaced by a newer fire truck; a 1968 Jeep Kaiser, and a 1967 Jeep, both of which were used for field fire suppression but are no longer safe for operation, surplus property to be placed for sale on govdeals.com.
*The City Council approved the purchase of a new ice maker for Leitchfield Fire Station 2 from Phillip’s Ice Machine Sales and Services, located in Bowling Green, at the cost of $3,300.
Reach Matt Lasley at 270-259-9622, ext. 2015.