Matt Lasley | GC News-Gazette The city of Leitchfield's mural is scheduled to be painted on this side of the building located at 20 Public Sq. Repairs will be made to the building before work on the mural begins.

Matt Lasley | GC News-Gazette

The city of Leitchfield's mural is scheduled to be painted on this side of the building located at 20 Public Sq. Repairs will be made to the building before work on the mural begins.

Leitchfield Public Square will be getting a splash of color in the near future.

The Leitchfield City Council, during its regular meeting on Monday night, received an update on the progress of the project to paint a city-themed mural on the side of 20 Public Sq. facing toward the law office of David Vickery, and, officials say, work could begin within the next few weeks.

According to Leitchfield Tourism Director Ilsa Johnson, Leitchfield Mayor Rick Embry has secured permission from Robby Higdon, the owner of 20 Public Sq., to have a mural painted on the side of the building.

The Leitchfield Tourism Commission, Johnson said, has approved paying up to $10,000 for the mural, which will be painted by Kentucky artist Kevin Tipton after repairs have been made to the side of the building.

The cost of the mural itself, as well as materials for the project, will be about $6,300, according to Johnson. This amount does not include the price of repairs, and the total cost for the necessary repairs has not yet been determined by officials.

While a final mural design had not been prepared for officials' review at Monday's meeting, Johnson said, the preferred design will have the city's name in block-style letters containing depictions of various local events.

Tipton has painted murals in numerous locations across the state, the most recent of which is in Meade County.

In other business, the city council:

*Voted to advertise for bids for a new fire truck for the Leitchfield Fire Department. This purchase, which was included in the city's budget for this fiscal year, will be funded entirely by county fire dues, according to Leitchfield Fire Chief Tim Duvall.

*Came to a consensus that Leitchfield City Attorney Dennie Fentress should draft an ordinance to raise the minimum purchase cost at which the city must advertise for bids from $20,000 to $30,000, following a change in the Kentucky Revised Statutes permitting cities to do so.

*Approved a request from Cub Scout Pack 135 to use James D. Beville Community Park for a day camp July 11-13.