The Leitchfield Tourism Commission recently approved actions to save more than $42,000 on Leitchfield Aquatic Center project.
Lea King, the business development and public relations officer for the Alliance Corporation of Builders & Managers, attended the regularly scheduled Tuesday, Feb. 25 Tourism Commission meeting to report the latest updates on the Leitchfield Aquatic Center project.
King said that because one-third of the trees for the aquatic center had already been purchased at a total cost of $2,030, and the remaining $34,070 that had been budgeted for landscaping was not needed, she recommended that the Commission buy the trees at that cost and withdraw from the awarded contract.
This required a change order to approve deducting the remaining $34,070 from the landscaping expenditures, King said.
The Commission passed a motion to approve this change order.
King said she will provide Leitchfield Tourism Director Ilsa Johnson with the original contractor’s list of remaining landscaping items to be purchased.
Johnson said that Darrell Moll, owner of Darrell’s Lawn and Landscape, will review the landscaping master plan to provide a recommendation for further action in this regard.
King also recommended that the Commission pass approve another change order that would reduce the aquatic center’s retaining wall height to two feet. This would save an additional $8,806.
The Commission passed a motion to approve the second change order, as well.
With the funding saved as a result of the aforementioned change orders, the Commission then passed a motion approving a third change order to place cast stone back on the Aquatic Center’s central building and monument sign based on King’s recommendation.
King said the cast stone would both improve the appearance of the aquatic center and cut down on maintenance.
The Commission had previously voted to use a less expensive material than the cast stone to reduce project expenditures, but because the change orders made on Tuesday provided extra funding for the project, the Commission motioned to approve the additional $4,354.73 cost.
In other business:
*The Commission passed a motion to purchase spotlights for Leitchfield Aquatic Center’s monument sign at the cost of $700.
*Johnson reported the Leitchfield edition of Today in America with Terry Bradshaw will air on March 8, 15, 22, and 29. The show will air all four times on Fox WDBD-TV at 2:30 p.m.
*Johnson reported the 2014 Freedom and Fiddling Festival fireworks display will be held on Friday, July 18 (the day before the fiddling competition) at its original location.
*Johnson said she had attended the Indianapolis Boat and Travel Show on Friday, Feb. 21 and Saturday, Feb. 22 and felt the show was beneficial to the region and City of Leitchfield.
*The Commission passed a motion to remove recently retired City employee Betty Elmore from the bank signatures and add new Accounts Receivable Clerk Christy Higdon and City Clerk/Treasurer Kim Sowders in Elmore’s place.
*King recommended that the Commission schedule a work session before the next regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, March 25 to discuss furnishings and equipment for the aquatic center.
Johnson said she would contact the Commissioners to determine the best time to hold the work session.