After holding two previous votes on the subject, the Leitchfield City Council on Monday made its final decision regarding its property and general liability insurance.

The city council reconvened for a special called meeting on Monday afternoon after learning that certain actions needed to be taken before accepting the Kentucky League of Cities’ insurance quote presented by agent Steve Kinkade of Kinkade-Cornell Insurance.

Because Kinkade serves as chairman of the Leitchfield Planning Commission and as a member of the Leitchfield Board of Adjustments, simply signing a conflict of interest statement on an annual basis, as the city has required him to do for the past several years, is not sufficient, according to Leitchfield City Attorney Earlene Wilson.

Wilson said that, in order to be in compliance with ethical standards, Kinkade must also state on the record before the city council that a conflict of interest exists.

Therefore, per Leitchfield Mayor Rick Embry’s recommendation, the city council passed a motion to rescind the previous vote accepting KLC’s six-month insurance coverage proposal in order to hear from Kinkade on the matter.

Kinkade said that the council’s action on the matter is the appropriate thing to do, and, for procedure’s sake, he is required to come before the council to explain his situation.

Kinkade-Cornell are not contractually the insurance agents for KLC; rather they are the agent of record, he said.

Nevertheless, because he serves as a voluntary member of the city Planning Commission, as well as the Board of Adjustments, only signing a conflict of interest statement is not sufficient.

Additionally, Kinkade said that Kinkade-Cornell will receive a commission from the city’s purchase of KLC insurance, but he personally has a fixed salary and it will not affect his salary in any way.

City Councilman Clayton Miller then questioned whether, if he were an insurance agent, he would be able to sell insurance to the city since Kinkade serves on a city board.

Embry said that, because Planning and Zoning has no influence on the purchase of policy, the situation is different with Kinkade than it would be with Miller because Miller, by virtue of being on the city council, would have a vote on the purchase of an insurance policy.

Following the discussion, the city council per Embry’s recommendation, passed a motion to award the city’s property and general liability insurance to KLC through Kinkade Cornell until June 30 at a rate of $94,982.21.

The motion passed on a three-to-two vote with Councilmembers Kelly Stevenson, Billy Dallas, and Margie Decker voting in favor of it and Councilmembers Raymond “Tooty” Cottrell and Clayton Miller voting against it.

Councilman Harold Miller was not in attendance at Monday’s meeting.

In other business, the city council:

*Voted to increase Brandstetter Carroll’s bid for the Rite Aid renovation by $50,000 to allow for contingencies.