Despite Grayson County passing an ordinance nearly nine months ago banning their sale, synthetic marijuana or bath salts are still available in Leitchfield, a city council member said recently.
During last week’s meeting, councilman Kelly Stevenson said he’s received complaints from residents that the herbal incense products, which produce a marijuana-like high when smoked, are being sold in town.
Police Chief Bart Glenn confirmed a couple of businesses inside the city limits are known to be selling the products, but wouldn’t disclose which ones. He did say the sales are being investigated by a drug task force.
One of the problems with regulating the sale of the product, he said, is its composition. Chemists can vary the formula slightly and circumvent laws banning its sale, but still produce the “high” when the product is smoked.
In other action, the council:
* Re-appointed Don Cox of Breckinridge County as the city’s exclusive state-certified building inspector.
Cox has to inspect most new construction or remodeling work in the city, including on-site built garages and storage buildings, single- and multi-family homes, and commercial buildings.
When someone applies for a building permit, the planning and zoning department contacts Cox to schedule a future inspection.
* Approved selling nine items of surplus property, ranging from a 1995 lawnmower to a 1998 Ford truck, all through a sealed bid process. Bids will be opened later this month. Money from the sales will go to the city’s general fund.
* Discussed whether it would be possible to get signage along Interstate 65 indicating to take the Western Kentucky Parkway to Leitchfield or the area’s two state parks.
* Heard a resident’s complaints that other people try to keep her husband — who uses a mobility scooter to get around — from accessing the walking path in the city park. The mayor said they’ll check with the parks department to see if the wording on signs barring “scooters” from the path can be altered to indicate mobility scooters are allowed.
* Re-appointed Wilbur Etter and Anna Edwards to the Board of Adjustments, for terms expiring in January 2017, and Mark Buckles to the planning commission, for a term expiring in December 2016.