Last updated: July 07. 2014 9:46PM - 452 Views
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Keith Jones was officially appointed to the Leitchfield Utilities Commission on Monday, July 7.


During the regularly scheduled July 7 Leitchfield City Council meeting, the Council held executive session to vote for the new Utilities Commissioner.


In addition to Jones, applicants for the position were, in alphabetical order, Chester Coffey, R.C. Constant, William “Billy” Dallas, Howard Decker, Carl “Moon” Smith, and Kelly Stevenson.


Following the executive session, Leitchfield Mayor William Thomason said the Council had voted to appoint Jones to the position of Utilities Commissioner.


The Council then passed a motion to officially appoint Jones to the Utilities Commission to complete the term ending February 28, 2017.


On his appointment, Jones said, “I appreciate the Council and the City for the support.”


Jones said he worked with the City and Utilities for 25 years and feels that, with his experience, he will be a positive addition to the Utilities Commission.


Jones will fill the Utilities Commissioner seat recently vacated by Dwight Embry. Embry resigned from the Utilities Commission last month to take over as Leitchfield Utilities Superintendent.


In other business:


*Ed Carnes, an official with the Freedom and Fiddling Festival, addressed the Council to discuss this year’s festival, which will be held on Friday, July 18 and Saturday, July 19.


Carnes said the Twin Lakes National Fiddlers Championship, held at Leitchfield’s Public Square during Freedom and Fiddling, has become the second biggest fiddling competition in the southeast United States and the biggest in terms of the number of fiddlers who compete.


“You really have something special here,” Carnes said.


The Freedom and Fiddling Festival’s fireworks display and beauty pageant will be held Friday, July 18 at Grayson County Middle School, and all other festivities will be held on Saturday, July 19.


*City Attorney Kenneth Smart provided the first reading of Leitchfield’s amended Debris Pick-Up and Disposal Ordinance.


Smart said the ordinance has been amended to state that the city will pick up and dispose of solid waste provided that the items have been reduced to a manageable size, such that City workers can reasonably and safely handle them.


The Council approved the first reading of the amended Debris Pick-Up and Disposal Ordinance.


*The Council passed a motion to allow the city softball committee to run the fall men’s and co-ed softball leagues for 2014 and select a new Softball Director for the 2015 leagues.


*The Council passed a motion to allow the Grayson County Alliance to use James D. Beville City Park on May 16 and May 17 of 2015 for the third annual Art in the Park event.


Set up for the event will take place on Friday, May 15, and the event itself will take place on Saturday, May 16 and Sunday, May 17.


*The Council passed a motion to approve the financing of a new John Deere backhoe through Leitchfield Deposit Bank at a 3.25 percent interest rate.


*Leitchfield Public Works Director Sheila Puckett said surplus City Pool property had been sold through govdeals.com.


Puckett said the pool lift was sold for $1,511.25; the diving board was sold for $585; and the slide was sold for $2,364.


*The Council passed a motion to approve the second and final reading of the Utilities Revenue Refunding Ordinance.

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