Matt Lasley | GC News-Gazette Leitchfield Mayor Rick Embry addresses the announced MTD closure during Monday's city council meeting.

Matt Lasley | GC News-Gazette

Leitchfield Mayor Rick Embry addresses the announced MTD closure during Monday's city council meeting.

Leitchfield Mayor Rick Embry opened Monday night's regular Leitchfield City Council meeting with a discussion about the impact the closure of the local MTD facility will have on the city.

Embry said MTD came to Leitchfield in 1995 and has been a good employer and a benefit for the taxpayers of Leitchfield since that time.

MTD's occupational tax and utilities usage have been among the highest in the city, according to Embry, who added that the company contributes around $500,000 annually to Leitchfield's treasury.

Additionally, Embry said, Dan Phillips, General Manager of the Leitchfield MTD, had previously expressed interest in expanding the local facility in the months prior to last week's closure announcement.

"They'll surely be missed," said Embry.

Officials continue to try to recruit a new industry to fill the 165,000-square-foot facility, which will be vacated by MTD by June of next year.

Embry said that, thanks to Kentucky's strong economic standing, an empty building may not ultimately be a curse, despite feeling like one right now.

"People are wanting to come here," he said.

In other business:

*Leitchfield Parks and Recreation Director Tammee Saltsman informed the council that a $10,000 donation is being made by South Carolina's Collectively Outside Foundation to the Leitchfield VFW post for the purchase of musical equipment for the James D. Beville Community Park.

Collectively Outside's Jeff Jobe is the grandson of James D. Beville, and the donation will be used to purchase chimes, a xylophone, and two bongos, according to Saltsman.

The equipment will be purchased through Miracle Recreation Equipment. An installation date was not announced during Monday's meeting.

*The city council was presented the bids for the work on the new Leitchfield softball concession stand.

Future Designs bid $4,001.39 for electrical supplies and $17,741.63 for construction materials, and England Plumbing bid $32,574.01 for plumbing services.

The city council had already approved spending $200,000 for the construction of a new concession stand, so this $54,317.03 total was accepted.

Jeremy Woosley, of the Leitchfield Softball Board of Directors, said masonry work will still have to be bid, but the majority of the construction will be handled by the Grayson County Detention Center.

Because of this, he said, the city can expect to save around $80,000 on the project.

Demolition of the old concession stand was expected to be finished this week.

*Embry formally introduced new Leitchfield City Attorney Earlene Whitaker Wilson to the council.

*Leitchfield Public Works Director Wesley Shull said the city is in the process of revamping its recycling program due to falling prices.

Shull said that, due to the city receiving little or no money for numerous items, such as books and magazines, public works is looking to no longer pick up those items with recycling each week.

More announcements are expected to come regarding the changes to the recycling program in the near future.

Additionally, Shull said, the city has discontinued its Saturday transfer station hours for the year.

*Embry announced that Kevin Allen, of City of Franklin Code Enforcement, will travel to Leitchfield's Centre on Main on Tuesday, Oct. 29 at 5:30 p.m. to speak about the work his city is doing to address dilapidated properties. The public is invited to attend this event.

*The city council entered into executive session to discuss possible pending litigation and potential future acquisition or sale of real property.

No action was taken during the executive session, but, upon returning to regular session, the council voted to authorize Embry to execute the sale of an undisclosed city-owned property, as well as to execute the future acquisition of another property, which was also not identified.