The ruins of a burned house in Cave Mill Court in Leitchfield was a topic of controversy at the Leitchfield City Council meeting the first of April. The neighbors of the home that burned in August of 2007 attended the meeting seeking help from the city in attempting the force the home owners to clean up the area. City Attorney Ken Smart said during the Monday night meeting that his attempts were never successful in reaching the homeowners, Fanny Mae, but he did get a public hearing with on May 11th. Smart said the city would be able to legally cleanup the property if the hearing was in favor of the city. For now the city has boarded the home, cleaned up the ice storm debris and plans to maintain the yard. He said it will cost the city a large sum of money to provide a cleanup service. Smart is hoping an interested party is able to buy the property soon and take on responsibility of its cleanup.
The council decided to table the issue of changing the price of a seasonal pool pass for students of the local Family Resource Centers. Mayor William Thomason said the price has always been $15 per child and the FRC’s use the pool approximately three days a week for around three hours each time. The council said they would vote on the matter at the next council meeting.
In other city business:
Kentucky Utilities has set the pedestals for their portion of lights on the William Thomason Byway. City employee Keith Jones said the city now needs to run about one mile of conduit before KU can continue their work on the lights. He said the lights should be finished by summer.
Councilman Jerry Schlosser gave each councilman and Mayor Thomason a summary of Planning & Zoning cost for Leitchfield from the past eight years. Schlosser said City Treasurer Erin Embry pulled the numbers at his request. The total is $754,879.17 and according to Embry the number is net expense. Mayor William Thomason said approximately 50% of the expense is the income of two employees that work for the Planning & Zoning department. He said the rest of the money has been spent on the Planning & Zoning Board itself, attorney fees, training and recording fees.