The Leitchfield Utilities Commission on Thursday voted to hire Multivista to take construction photos throughout the course of its project to build a new city water treatment plant.

For a total cost of $15,590, Multivista, a national documentation service, will take thousands of photographs, documenting every inch of the estimated two-year Leitchfield water treatment plant construction project. This service will be paid for in installments of $465 per month.

Construction on the new water treatment plant is expected to begin next month, and a groundbreaking ceremony is currently in the works with a date to be determined, according to Leitchfield Utilities Chairman Bob Crawford.

Crawford said this project was first discussed in March of 2015, and a lot of forethought went into the decision to construct a new water treatment plant, as opposed to attempt to "patch up" the current 50-year-old plant.

The Leitchfield City Council, during its regular meeting on Monday, also received a proposal from Multivista to photograph the estimated 15-to-18-month renovation of the former Rite Aid building into a new city hall and police station. This service would cost $9,100 and be paid for in monthly installments of $350.

The city council took no action on whether to accept the proposal Monday, but Leitchfield Mayor Rick Embry said Thursday that the councilmembers seemed to have a positive response to the proposal and will likely accept it at their next meeting.

In other city business:

*It was announced this week that a portion of Kentucky Route 259 from the intersection with Kentucky Route 3155 to the Breckinridge County line will be designated the "John Stephen Asher Memorial Highway," in recognition of the late John Asher, a Grayson County native and Churchill Downs official who died last year at age 62.

A dedication ceremony for the memorial highway will be held on June 4 at 10 a.m.

*The city council voted to replace Robin Elmore on the Leitchfield Tourism Commission with Patsy Lindsey, who will complete Elmore's term ending on June 30, 2021.

*The city council voted to replace Tim Bocock as the city's representative on the Tax Appeals Board with Paul Steenbergen.

*It was announced that the city transfer station's Saturday hours for May through September will be 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on the first Saturday of each month.