Matt Lasley | GC News-Gazette Leitchfield City Councilman Raymond "Tooty" Cottrell listens during Monday night's council meeting. 
Matt Lasley | GC News-Gazette Leitchfield City Councilman Raymond "Tooty" Cottrell listens during Monday night's council meeting. 

It was announced Monday night that long-time Leitchfield City Councilman Raymond "Tooty" Cottrell will resign from his position at the end of the month.

In a letter submitted to Leitchfield Mayor Rick Embry and his fellow council members, Cottrell writes that, due to medical reasons, he has decided to resign his position effective March 31 at midnight. 

"As some of you already know, I am anticipating another upcoming surgery, which would result in me missing several meetings," Cottrell writes. "I feel it is for the best interest of the city government for the remainder of my term to be filled with someone who will be able to attend the meetings and represent the city to conduct the public's business."

In an interview following Monday night's Leitchfield City Council meeting, Cottrell said he still intends to run in the upcoming Leitchfield City Council race as his medical issues will be behind him by then. 

Currently in his 10th year on the city council, Cottrell's term will expire on Jan. 1, 2021, and Embry recommended the council consider appointing former Leitchfield City Attorney Dennie Fentress to fulfill the remainder of Cottrell's term.

City Councilman Harold Miller then suggested employing the council's previous process of appointing replacement council members in which, after a council member vacated his or her position, the next highest vote-getter in the most recent council election would be appointed to fulfill the role. 

No action was taken Monday on this matter, but the council has 60 days following the resignation to appoint someone to fill the position. 

In other business: 

*The city council approved $16,882 in cosmetic changes to the new Leitchfield City Hall/Police Department renovation project. 

*Leitchfield Parks and Recreation Director Tammee Saltsman informed the council that, until Grayson County Detention Center work crews are made available again, the construction of the new city softball concession stand will be on hold. 

*The city council voted to accept an offer of $500 from Marty Higdon for the sale and disposal of the city's two pieces of property on William Thomason Byway.

*Embry reminded residents of the importance of being counted in the 2020 U.S. Census.