Leitchfield will make more than $5,500 off some surplus property — and hopes listing other items on an Internet auction site will bring in more money.
During its Monday, Dec. 3, meeting the city council approved accepting bids of $2,500 from Edgar Moore for a 1987 Case IH 585 tractor, $1,000 from Moore for a 72-inch Land Pride mower, $250 from Howard Thomas on a farm wagon running gear, and $1,000 each from Moore on a 1992 Dodge truck and a 1998 Ford truck.
The council agreed with Public Works Director Darrell Harrell’s recommendation to ask the two bidders on a 1993 Dodge truck — who made identical bids — if they would like to increase their offers.
Harrell also recommended the city reject the bids on 1995 and 1996 Wheel Horse 42-inch mowers and on a 1992 Woodchuck chipper as being too low. Instead, he recommended Leitchfield advertise the equipment on govdeals.com.
In other action, the council:
* Learned members Billy Dallas and Steven Elder are still researching cameras to use in broadcasting council meetings on the Internet. They tried out one model at Monday’s meeting, wanting to determine sound levels and placement needs before any wiring is done.
* Learned Grayson County Middle School has agreed to provide space for a trophy case to display some of the estimated 100 trophies from the old high school that are currently being stored in city hall.
Council member Kelly Stevenson said many of the trophies are in bad shape, so the plans are to take the best of them, have them cleaned up and place them in the case, which will be located outside the gym. Alumni hope to gather other memorabilia to place in the case as well, he said.
* Heard an update from Elder on efforts to buy and renovate the Alice Theater/Alexander Hotel property. He said he’s been meeting with possible private investors for the estimated $400,000-plus project, and has learned a non-profit group may already be in place that could shepherd the buildings through renovations and then take over their operation.
The Grayson County Arts Council — which has been working in recent years on the quilt signs displays throughout the county — is already incorporated as a non-profit organization and might be interested in taking on a new project, he said.