The Leitchfield Tourism Commission is moving forward with its project to expand Leitchfield Aquatic Center parking.
During a special-called Tourism Commission meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 12, Leitchfield Tourism Director Ilsa Johnson, who, last month, presented two options for expanding the aquatic center’s parking by 116 spaces, presented a third option that will add fewer spaces but also cost less.
One option presented last month was estimated to cost $134,289.10, the maximum amount budgeted for the addition of parking spaces to the aquatic center by the Tourism Commission for the 2015-2016 Fiscal Year.
Option C, which was presented by Johnson on Wednesday, will add 60 to 70 more parking spaces—around 46 to 56 fewer spaces than the previous options—to the aquatic center’s current 92 parking spaces.
The estimated total cost of Option C is $130,875.49, according to the project estimate from Jonathan P. West, P.E., of Elizabethtown.
After a brief discussion, the Tourism Commission voted to advertise for bids for the construction of Option C. The deadline for bids has been set for 2 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 10.
Additionally, because Option C is not to exceed the Tourism Commission’s maximum budgeted amount ($134,289.10), Johnson said, a second slide will also be built at Leitchfield Aquatic Center in the coming year.
The estimated $175,000 second slide was budgeted by the Tourism Commission for the current fiscal year.
In other business:
*Johnson said the first free Leitchfield movie nights will be held on Friday, Oct. 16 and Friday, Oct. 30 at the Babe Ruth ball field.
Johnson requested to add a second, PG-13-rated movie to each night to offer something for older viewers, in addition to the first, PG-rated movie.
The movies will be Halloween-themed, and possible movies that will be shown include Casper and Beetlejuice.
The Tourism Commission approved adding a second movie to each night, which will cost the city an additional $350 per night.
Johnson said the first, PG-rated movie is tentatively scheduled to play from 7 p.m. to 8:40 p.m., and the second, PG-13-rated movie is expected to play at 9 p.m.
Reach Matt Lasley at 270-259-9622, ext. 2015.