Matt Lasley | GC News-Gazette Leitchfield Mayor Rick Embry, during Monday's city council meeting, discussed improving accountability on two upcoming city projects through a service that documents construction processes from start to finish.

Matt Lasley | GC News-Gazette

Leitchfield Mayor Rick Embry, during Monday's city council meeting, discussed improving accountability on two upcoming city projects through a service that documents construction processes from start to finish.

The city of Leitchfield this week discussed contracting with a national company to improve accountability on its upcoming projects to construct a new water treatment plant and to renovate the former Rite Aid building into a new city hall and police station. 

During Monday's Leitchfield City Council meeting, Mayor Rick Embry invited the councilmembers to attend a joint meeting with the Leitchfield Utilities Commission on Thursday to hear a proposal from Multivista, a national documentation service that photographs every inch of the construction process for the duration of a project.

Ernest Wrentmore, a salesman for the company, said Thursday that the company is currently documenting 113 projects in Kentucky and, nationally, will document over 2 billion square feet this year.

Professional construction photographers visit the construction site throughout the project to take photos at every angle, and all photographs taken become the immediate ownership of the client after being uploaded into the Multivista's cloud for review. Photographs, Wrentmore said, are uploaded immediately for the client to review throughout the construction process. 

The purpose of the service is to help resolve disputes that can arise due to litigation issues and/or mistakes made during the construction process, as well as to ensure the city is getting the best service possible from its contractors.

Wrentmore said that, if a contractor does well on a project, the photos will confirm that, but if the contractor does poorly, the photos will confirm that, as well. 

Multivista provided two proposals to Leitchfield Utilities for potential services during the water treatment plant project. The first proposal, which would cost $15,950, includes photo documentation of the entire project from start to finish. 

The second proposal would entail the installation of a fixed webcam that would document the project 24 hours a day, taking photos every 15 minutes of a 12-hour construction day. At the conclusion of the project, the webcam's photos would be compiled into a video showing the project's progression, and the utilities would then become owners of the webcam. This would cost around $12,000. 

Because Leitchfield Utilities is expecting work to begin on the new water treatment plant by the end of this month, the utilities commission is expected to make a decision on whether to contract with Multivista at its next meeting on April 18. 

Wrentmore was also asked to speak at the April 15 city council meeting to advise the councilmembers not in attendance Thursday about the services Multivista can offer. 

In other city business: 

*The city council voted to approve the second and final readings of the bond ordinance to finance the new Leitchfield water treatment plant project, as well as an amended city nuisance ordinance that changes the charge against someone who violates the ordinance to a violation instead of a misdemeanor and the maximum fine from $500 to $100. 

*The city council voted to lease space at 20 Public Square to paint a mural on the side of the building facing North Main Street. The design for the mural, as well as the date on which painting will begin has not yet been decided.

*The city council voted to change the office hours of Leitchfield City Hall from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. This change will go into effect May 6. 

*The city council voted to approve a request from the Public Works Department to open the city transfer station on the first Saturday of each month from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on a trial basis during the summer months. The transfer station is currently open every Saturday in April from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. as part of Clean-Up Month. 

*The utilities commission voted to renew its contract with the city of Brownsville to provide natural gas service to the city for another 10 years.