Matt Lasley | GC News-Gazette The proposed location on the side of 55 Public Sq. in Leitchfield where the city is looking to have its mural painted.

Matt Lasley | GC News-Gazette

The proposed location on the side of 55 Public Sq. in Leitchfield where the city is looking to have its mural painted.

The city of Leitchfield may move the location of its upcoming mural after learning the cost of repairing the side of 20 Public Sq., the previously selected location for the mural.

According to Leitchfield Mayor Rick Embry, after city officials learned that the cost of repairing the side of 20 Public Sq. with stucco would be around $12,000, not including the more than $6,000 cost of the mural itself, they began looking for alternative locations.

Embry said during Monday night's regular Leitchfield City Council meeting that officials have spoken with local property owner Chester Shartzer about having the mural painted on the side of his building at 55 Public Sq. facing South Main Street, and Shartzer was receptive to the idea.

He also said this building would be a good location for the mural as it is more visible to individuals driving into town on South Main Street.

Per Embry's recommendation, the city council voted to contract with Shartzer to have the mural painted on the side of his building. Embry said the next step will be for Shartzer to sign the contract.

While the city is looking into an alternative location for its mural, Embry said Friday morning that a local business owner had presented a less expensive method of repairing 20 Public Sq., so this location was still in consideration at press time.

The mural will be painted by Kentucky artist Kevin Tipton, who has painted murals in numerous locations across the state, the most recent of which is in Meade County.

While a final mural design has not been selected, the preferred design will have the Leitchfield’s name in block-style letters containing depictions of various local events.

In other business:

*The city council voted to accept plans from Leitchfield Softball Board member Jeremy Woosley for a new softball concession stand.

City Clerk/Treasurer Lori Woosley said the city had set aside $200,000 for this project, but the work is expected to be less than this amount following Jeremy Woosley's announcement that the Grayson County Detention Center will construct the new concession stand.

Jeremy Woosley said the city will have to pay for only the materials and whatever services cannot be done by crews from the detention center. He is expected to return to the city council with cost estimates and said that the materials will need to be bid out.

*The city council held a moment of silence in memory of 1st District Magistrate Robby Higdon.