Image courtesy of the Chamber of Commerce This is an example of what the new street lamps will look like.

Image courtesy of the Chamber of Commerce

This is an example of what the new street lamps will look like.

New lamp posts with decorative banners will be placed around Leitchfield Public Square soon.

At the Monday night Leitchfield City Council meeting, Grayson County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors President Misty Thomas and Chamber of Commerce Executive Director April Spalding requested funding for the purchase of lamp posts, wall sconces and planter boxes that will be placed on the square.

According to Thomas, they will be placing 16 lamp posts, 22 wall sconces and 16 planter boxes around the square, totaling $13,000.

The city council agreed to give them half of the amount, with the Grayson County Fiscal Court providing the other half.

The plants and banners will be purchased locally through private means or by the Chamber.

According to Thomas, the banners will honor Grayson County natives who have made a name for themselves both locally and nationally.

"I believe this project will help enhance the beauty and nostalgia of the historic public square, and is the start of hopefully many projects the Chamber hopes to manage over the coming months and years to continue to enhance our community," said Thomas.

The Chamber hopes that the project will be completed before the Twin Lakes National Fiddler Championship on July 20.

In other business:

*The city council approved giving the local airport $5,000 per month for repairs and upkeep of their facility. This is in addition to the $7,500 per month the airport is receiving from the Grayson County Fiscal Court.

Vice President of the Airport Board David Zurmehly gave the council an overview of what the airport does for the community and explained what current issues the airport is experiencing.

Three years ago, the city council gave the airport $37,000, and they were not informed where the money would be used, so, on Monday, Mayor Rick Embry said the city would give them the $5,000 per month on the condition that they show proof of what the money will be spent on, as well as money status reports.

*The city council held the first reading of the city's Fiscal Year 2018-2019 amended budget and Fiscal Year 2019-2020 proposed budget. The final reading of these budgets will take place on Monday, June 24 at 3:30 p.m.

*City officials, on Thursday, opened the bids for Leitchfield employees' workers' compensation insurance from Kentucky League of Cities (KLC) and Kentucky Employers Mutual Insurance (KEMI).

Two bids were received prior to the deadline: KLC bid $154,984.11 for the annual insurance, while KEMI bid $93,482.25.

City Clerk/Treasurer Lori Woosley said the city council is expected to accept a bid during its special called meeting on June 24.

She also said KEMI's bid does not include some of the endorsements included in KLC's bid.