Three company representatives attended the meeting at the request of Leitchfield citizen Rand Tripp.
Percy said he was in hopes that the 4G LTE would have already been in place when he arrived to Leitchfield. Although the service had not been activated, Percy said it should be any day.
Three more service towers located at the north, south and east outskirts of Leitchfield city limits are being planned by AT&T, according to Percy. He said they are looking to acquire land for the north & south towers and waiting on financing for the east tower.
Mayor William Thomason said the city may have land available for lease the cell phone company could use – mentioning the land between the city landfill and the WK Parkway in the south portion of town.
Percy said it was an option and they would have later conversations with the city about those options.
Councilman Harold Miller questioned why his phone service seemed to be diminished after the recent upgrades to 3G & 4G. Percy explained the data usage and actual voice service use the same broadband width and the extra use of data is consuming that broadband width, diminishing the cellular use. He said this is the reason the company is looking to install the three extra towers, to remedy the capacity and coverage issues for consumers.
Percy said the company hopes to have the first of three towers completed by 2014.
The information given by Percy didn’t stop Councilman Billy Dallas from handing out a comparison sheet later in the meeting, between AT&T and Bluegrass Cellular for what the city is currently using. Dallas asked the council to study the sheet and stated he would make a motion at the next meeting.
In other city business:
LPD Chief Kevin Henderson attended his first city council meeting on his first day of work. Henderson was able to field a noise complaint from Alfred Hitch, 109A South Clinton Street. Hitch says his neighbors are keeping him awake at night with loud music. Henderson said he would meet with Hitch to further investigate the situation.
Lawler Elementary Family Resource Center Director, Barbara Allen, sent the council a letter requesting use of the city pool for FRC students during the summer program. The council approved all FRC programs to use the pool at a discounted rate of $15/child for 15 swim days. The Salvation Army pays for the students to swim.
The council approved a request from Jennifer Logsdon, H.W. Wilkey Elementary School, to waive a $175 family four pack fee for seven families who graduated the Toyota bornlearning Academy. The academy was part of a grant the school received last year. Councilman Steven Elder had concerns that they were opening a “flood gate” for other organizations to make similar request for free use of the pool.
Councilwoman Margaret Fey asked Public Works Director Darrell Harrell to look at placing No Parking signs on Cubbage Street to help remedy an issue she has received complaints about.