Matt Lasley | GC News-Gazette Leitchfield Mayor Rick Embry, third from right, addresses attendees of Tuesday night's City Council meeting.

Matt Lasley | GC News-Gazette

Leitchfield Mayor Rick Embry, third from right, addresses attendees of Tuesday night's City Council meeting.

On the recommendation of local law enforcement, the city of Leitchfield is looking to reduce the speed limit around Leitchfield Public Square in an effort to improve safety.

Grayson County Sheriff's Office Sergeant Fred Norder addressed the Leitchfield City Council Tuesday night as a private citizen and said the square and its 12 crosswalks can be a hazard to pedestrians walking around the square, and he suggests posting new 15 miles-per-hour speed limit signs half of a block ahead of each of the four entrances to the square.

Norder, who has served as a police officer for 25 years, said that, with the current 35 miles-per-hour speed limit, traffic goes so quickly around the square, it can be hazardous to individuals trying to cross the street because drivers' reaction time is reduced.

He suggested that the new speed limit signs also have LED lights to make them more noticeable to drivers, similar to signs that Elizabethtown, Kentucky has posted around its public square.

Because the square is located on a state highway, the decisions to lower the speed limit and/or post more visible signs would ultimately be that of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet; however, the city can draft a letter requesting the changes be made.

City Councilman Clayton Miller, who agreed with Norder that there is a safety issue on the square, said a number of the crosswalks need to be repainted, as well, and he has personally witnessed several people nearly struck by vehicles there.

City Councilman Harold Miller also suggested looking into the cost of speed limit signs that light up and display drivers' speed as they pass them.

Concluding the discussion, the City Council voted to write a letter to the state to request the speed limit change and sign installation, as well as to authorize Wesley Shull, of Leitchfield Public Works, to gather price quotes for these signs.

On a similar note, Leitchfield resident Ann Huff addressed the City Council regarding the hazard of individuals' parking in the square's inside lane, where there is no parking spot, to conduct business in the public square courthouse.

Embry said the Leitchfield Police Department will monitor this activity.

In other business:

*Embry provided a number of updates regarding projects he has been working on.

First, he reported that Bob Maze, an area filmmaker, will attend the next Council meeting for a trial run of broadcasting it live online on Facebook and YouTube. Maze will also save the meeting footage to a disc for public viewing at any time, as well as to air on the city's Channel 2, Embry said.

In addition, Embry announced that, during the Feb. 4 City Council meeting, he will unveil a plan for addressing Leitchfield's dilapidated and abandoned properties. This plan, he said, will require the efforts of the entire community to bring to fruition.

*The City Council, on the recommendation of Parks and Recreation Director Tammee Saltsman, voted to name Jody Nutt the city's Little League Park Director and Daniel Gary the city's Softball Park Director.