Last updated: January 24. 2014 2:15PM - 999 Views
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The Leitchfield Police Department will soon purchase an ID card machine to, hopefully, more easily identify and locate missing children.

During the Tuesday, Jan. 21 Leitchfield City Council meeting, Leitchfield Chief of Police Kevin Henderson requested permission to purchase an ID machine, which would allow the LPD to create ID cards for citizens, especially children.

The ID cards will feature a photo of the individual and his or her fingerprint, name, age, and contact information, Henderson said.

Henderson said the LPD primarily wants to provide this service to create ID cards for local children.

“Heaven forbid something happens, we’ll have something to help identify the child,” Henderson said.

Henderson said the LPD had saved funds in its equipment budget following the purchase and installation of new video surveillance equipment for the police station and would not require extra funding to purchase the ID machine.

The LPD had budgeted $6,000 to purchase its new video equipment, and the cost of purchasing and installing the equipment was significantly under budget, Henderson said.

The video equipment itself cost $1,147, and the labor to install the equipment cost $2,290 to make a total of $3,437, Henderson told the City Council.

Henderson said he had already received two bids for the purchase of an ID card machine at the cost of $2,035.68 and $3,500.68, respectively.

After a short discussion, the City Council passed a motion to authorize the LPD to purchase an ID card machine.

In other business:

*Jeff Carter, an auditor from Taylor, Polson, and Company, PSC, presented the City of Leitchfield’s audit report for the 2012-2013 fiscal year.

Carter reported that he and his colleagues, while performing the City’s audit in Nov., 2013, had no difficulties or disagreements and found no material weaknesses.

“It was a clean opinion,” Carter said.

*The City Council approved Leitchfield Public Works Director Sheila Puckett’s request to apply for a Waste Tire Crumb Rubber grant.

*Leitchfield Mayor William Thomason announced that a reception would be held following the Monday, Feb. 3 City Council meeting for retiring City employees Betty Elmore and Helen Green.

Elmore, who served as Accounts Receivable Clerk, begin her retirement effective Friday, Jan. 31, and her replacement is Christy Higdon.

Higdon, who started as Accounts Receivable Clerk on Jan. 21, said of her job, “I’m just excited for the opportunity.”

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