A recent pair of votes by Leitchfield’s city council will mean uninterrupted garbage and electrical service for residents.
During its Monday, Dec. 17, meeting the council accepted bids from Kentucky Utilities to be the city’s franchised electrical service, and from Ohio County Balefill for solid waste disposal. Both were the only bidders and are the current service providers.
Under the later contract, the city will pay reduced rates of $33.80 per ton to collect standard garbage and $30.80 per ton to collect construction debris from Leitchfield’s transfer station and truck it to the Ohio County Landfill at Beaver Dam for disposal. Both rates are $1.02 per ton less than what Balefill currently charges the city, which utilities superintendent Darrell Harrell estimated would save Leitchfield about $50,000 annually.
The contract with KU is a standard 20-year agreement. The contract with Balefill, a 10-year agreement, was approved pending a final review of the written agreement.
In other action the council:
* Approved advertising for bids for a pickup and a one-ton dump truck for the utilities division.
* Learned the state will be replacing the asphalt at North Main and Mill streets with concrete at some point this spring or summer.
* Said formal goodbyes to longtime members Kelly Stevenson and Leon Shaw, who were defeated in re-election bids in November.
Stevenson noted he’d worked with 17 council members, three police chiefs and two fire chiefs during his 14 years on the council, and pointed out some of the city’s achievements during that time, such as the softball fields and sidewalks throughout most areas.
Shaw said he believed the city was “on a good path,” and that he hoped the next council would continue on that path.
Stevenson and Shaw finished eighth and ninth, respectively, in the 12-person race. Their seats will be taken by political newcomer Harold Thomas Miller, who finished third in the race, and former council member Jerry Schlossser, who finished fourth.
Both will be sworn in in January.