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Leitchfield City Council approves purchase of two new police vehicles, honors Betty Elmore

The Leitchfield City Council met Monday night in its regularly scheduled session. Several items of business were discussed and voted on, but the night began with long-time Leitchfield Tax Clerk Betty Elmore receiving a watch as a show of appreciation from Mayor William Thomason and the City Council, as she retires after 17 years of service to the city.

“Well she’s one of the great clerks that we’ve had here, she really was,” Mayor Thomason said about Elmore. “Very, very efficient; you never had to worry about her showing up to work or anything else. During the 2009 ice storm, she came in and gave of her time and I really appreciate what she did for us, we’ll miss her very much.”

Elmore reciprocated Mayor Thomason’s kind words with some of her own.

“Everything he promised me, he gave me,” Elmore said about the Mayor. “I never had to ask for a raise, I never had to try and convince him of how good a worker I was. I really enjoyed working with him.”

In other City Council business, it was unanimously approved to begin using, effective March 1, 2014, A-Z Pawn & Recycling as the city’s recycler. This move will result in the city saving nearly $18,000.00 per year, primarily due to not having to pay for freight and supplies, which last year cost the city just over $16,000.00.

Leitchfield Police Chief Kevin Henderson reported that the Police Department was in need of two new police vehicles (at times, Henderson has to use his personal vehicle when conducting police business). Henderson said that he had researched three possible vehicles – A Dodge which cost $24,865.00, a Chevrolet Caprice ($26,874.00), and a 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe ($27,900.00).

Mayor Thomason recommended the city purchase the Dodge and Tahoe, and a motion to do so was passed.
The vehicles will be ordered now and take several months to arrive, meaning the cost of the vehicles will come out of the 2014-2015 city budget.

In other City Council business:
  • Alden Alley was re-appointed to a four year term on the Leitchfield Utilities Commission.
  • Mayor Thomason nominated Joyce Mudd to fill a vacancy on the Tourism Commission after Jeanna Carnes resigned her post. Mudd’s term ends in June of this year.
  • Leitchfield Public Works Director Sheila Puckett reported that the city has used 104 tons of salt in an effort to keep streets clear this winter (nearly 70 tons of salt was used all of last winter). Eighty-five tons of salt are in reserve at the quarry, with a similar amount currently in the city’s salt bins.

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