The Leitchfield City Council has voted to purchase land on Shaw Station Road and immediately sell it to Baillie Lumber Co. for the industry's planned expansion. 

During Monday's City Council meeting, officials agreed to purchase approximately 46.9 acres of land for $325,000 ($7,000 per acre) from the Grayson County Fiscal Court and to immediately declare the property surplus and sell it to Baillie Lumber for the same price.

Leitchfield City Attorney Ken Smart said the city will, essentially, be a conduit for the funds.

County government is unable to sell property directly to private entities, so, to ensure the land was used to promote economic development, Grayson County Judge-Executive Kevin Henderson asked the Fiscal Court last week to sell the surplus land to the city, which can sell to industries for this purpose.

In a phone interview on Friday, Henderson said the deed for the property on Shaw Station Road was expected to be transferred to the city this week, and Baillie is looking to start on its expansion as soon as possible.

Henderson also said Baillie has told officials it is looking to add around 40 to 50 new jobs as a result of the expansion.

In other business:

*The City Council approved a rezoning request from the city of Leitchfield to change the property at South Radford Way and William Thomason Byway from an R-2 (Single Family Medium Density) and P-I (Public Institutional) to a C-1 (Highway Commercial) property.

After doing so, the City Council heard and approved the first reading of an ordinance rezoning the property. The second and final reading will be held at an upcoming City Council meeting. 

This property was originally intended to be used for the construction of a new Leitchfield city hall and police station; however, Leitchfield Mayor William Thomason said, he, Henderson, and Leitchfield/Grayson County Industrial Development Corporation Executive Director Dudley Cooper recently met with a hotel conglomerate that is looking to purchase 2 to 3 acres of land on which to build.

Thomason said that property has 2 acres available, but a deal has not yet been reached as price negotiations are ongoing, so the name of the hotel conglomerate was not released Monday. 

Leitchfield Public Works Director Sheila Puckett said that, even if the property is rezoned, the city can still choose to build a new city hall and/or police station on that property if it so chooses.

*The City Council voted to declare a Marathon vertical baler and a Selco vertical baler at the city recycling center to be surplus property to be sold via online auction at or by sealed bids, depending on the outcome of the online auction.

Puckett said both of these balers will soon be replaced as Leitchfield Public Works recently received a grant for the purchase of two new ones.

*Puckett released the city garbage and recycling schedule for the week of Labor Day (Monday, Sept. 3). Monday pick-ups will be moved to Tuesday; Tuesday pick-ups will be moved to Wednesday; Wednesday pick-up will be moved to Thursday; and Thursday pick-up will be moved to Friday. 

Anyone with questions regarding this schedule may call 270-259-6363.

*Tammee Saltsman, of Leitchfield Parks and Recreation, announced that the department will, on Oct. 20, host the first annual "Battle of the Corporate Cup," a communitywide event that seeks to bring together employees from Grayson County corporations for a day of friendly competition and camaraderie. 

The event is intended to encourage employees' health and fitness, as well as foster teamwork, and each corporation will have a team captain with 10 teammates. 

Parks and Recreation will also be accepting donations from participating corporations to build a larger, more inclusive playground at James D. Beville Community Park. 

The event will be held on the property between the Leitchfield Elizabethtown Community and Technical College campus and Leitchfield Aquatic Center. For more information, contact Parks and Recreation.