Matt Lasley | GC News-Gazette The Leitchfield City Council reviews documents during Monday's meeting.

Matt Lasley | GC News-Gazette

The Leitchfield City Council reviews documents during Monday's meeting.

Leitchfield Mayor Rick Embry provided an update on the renovation of the former Rite Aid building into a new Leitchfield city hall and police department, saying Monday that the project may take only a fraction of the previously estimated time to complete.

During Monday evening's regular Leitchfield City Council meeting, a decision on whether to approve a $9,100 quote from Multivista, a company that has proposed documenting the renovation project through photographs, was put on hold after Embry reported that the architects for the project, Brandstetter Carroll, now estimate renovations will take only six months as opposed to 15-18 months to complete.

Multivista's quote was for 15-18 months, so a new quote has been requested in light of the adjusted project timeline.

Leitchfield City Councilman Raymond "Tooty" Cottrell questioned whether the estimated $2.9 million renovation cost for the building will remain the same given that it is now expected to take a third of the previously estimated time to complete, but this was not known at Monday's meeting.

A start date for the renovation of the former Rite Aid has also not yet been set, but a design for the new city hall and police department is now on display for public viewing inside the current city hall at 314 West White Oak St.

Embry also informed the council that the official groundbreaking ceremony has been set for the new Leitchfield water treatment plant, which will be located next to the current plant at 3245 Lewis School Rd.

The groundbreaking will be held on Friday, May 24 at 10 a.m. and will be attended by Hilda Legg, state director of USDA Rural Development in Kentucky, who will serve as the guest speaker for the event, as well as U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie.

In other business, the city council:

*Approved a $1 per hour raise for one city employee, and $.75 per hour raises for three other city employees.

*Voted to increase pay for little league and softball umpires from $20 per game to $30 per game.

*Voted to replace the awnings at Leitchfield City Hall. No cost estimate for this was provided Monday.