The Leitchfield City Council on Monday approved an emergency ordinance to provide relief to businesses in the city limits that are currently closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

In an effort to ease the financial struggles of Leitchfield businesses that have been forced to close due to the coronavirus, Leitchfield drafted an ordinance that will temporarily reduce rates for solid waste pick-up services for businesses conducted within an individual's home that have been required to cease operation. 

The ordinance will also temporarily waive the fee all together for commercial businesses that have been required to close.

Should individuals or commercial businesses affected by this ordinance have already paid for solid waste disposal during a time period that they were ordered to cease operations, they will be reimbursed for the amount paid upon providing written proof of the payment.

"If we can help them, we ought to," Leitchfield Mayor Rick Embry said.

Because it is an emergency ordinance it required only one reading to be adopted, and the city council voted unanimously to approve it. Additionally, the city council decided that the period affected by the ordinance will begin with the billing cycle immediately following when the city of Leitchfield declared a state of emergency related to COVID-19 (Wednesday, March 18).

According to Leitchfield City Attorney Earlene Wilson, when state orders lift to allow these businesses to continue operations once again, the emergency ordinance will no longer be in effect.

In other business, the city council:

*Heard and approved the second and final reading of the city's amended golf cart ordinance. The ordinance is being amended to issue golf cart permits once per calendar year (January-December) as opposed to once per fiscal year (July-June). Golf cart licenses cost $25 per year.

*Voted to authorize Embry to sign the city's municipal road aid agreement.

*Approved a $99,109 change order related to the new Leitchfield city hall/police department renovation project. The estimated completion date for the renovation is now Aug. 22.