(Leitchfield, KY)-The great debate about the high school and middle school resource officers being removed from the schools last year now has a partial resolution. The Leitchfield City Council voted Monday evening to appoint Leitchfield Police Officer Bryan Langdon as the Resource Officer at the Grayson County High School. Mayor William Thomason said the city has applied for a Cops Grant that if approved, will pay Langdon’s salary for three years. The council will not know if the grant will be approved until September 2009 but the city is willing to pay Langdon’s salary if the grant is not approved.
Langdon will go through a one week/40 hours of training at the Department of Criminal Justice in Richmond, KY. Tim Moutardier, a trained officer, was hired to replace Officer Langdon as a patrolling city police officer.
Leitchfield Planning and Zoning Administrator Keith Jones brought before the council the first reading of a zone ordinance change the Leitchfield Planning and Zoning Commissioners approved in their most recent meeting. The first was a request by S & P Rentals for property owned at 118 South Claggett Street in Leitchfield. The old dry cleaning building has been transformed into a four unit apartment building and the owners needed the zoning to be changed from B-2 to R-5.
The second zone request was made by Kevin Brooks who purchased 8.4 acres of land from the city on Hwy 54, Quarry Road. When the city annexed the land into Leitchfield they zoned the land Heavy Industrial and Brooks’ request was to change the lands zone to Light Industrial. The city council approved both request.
The Leitchfield Planning and Zoning Commission will see a new commissioner on their board. Commissioner Kay Stanton submitted her resignation at the commissioners’ most recent meeting and the city council accepted the resignation at Monday evening’s meeting. Mayor William Thomason said he had two people request to fill the vacant position; Kevin Brooks and Laura McCubbin. The council voted to appoint Kevin Brooks to the position after Councilman Jerry Schlosser made the motion to accept Brooks.
In other city business:
The council approved the Municipal Road Aid Resolution and Contract.
Keith Jones updated the council that the pool had been painted this week and was ready to open on Saturday, May 23rd.
The city is finished with the grinding of tree debris on Hwy 54. The city is concerned about the state’s pile of burning debris that was covered with dirt to help smoother the fire. Keith Jones said the debris is still burning and would for approximately 30-60 days. The city asked Public Works Director Darrell Harrell to tape off the area to prevent anyone from walking on the pile. The council was concerned the pile would fall through if anyone attempted to walk across it.
City Attorney Ken Smart said the situation of cleanup of the house in Cave Mill Court that was destroyed by fire two years ago, has moved forward. The hearing officer recommended the house be raised and debris be disposed of in an environmentally sound fashion and the excavation be fully filled in to prevent damage or injury to others. The council accepted the officer’s recommendations. The next step will be an order served to Fanny Mae, according to Smart. He said a real estate broker who is handling the situation for Fanny Mae says they have bids to raise the house but the bidders are having difficulty with the government forms they must complete. The real estate broker is helping the bidders fill out the forms but it could slow down the process.
Councilman Kelly Stevenson said he had received request to have the city cleanup the William Thomason Byway and have it swept. Mayor Thomason said the state owned highway was adopted by Wal-Mart and they made the commitment to keep the roadway cleaned. Councilman Wales Montgomery said he witnessed the state sweeping the highway “just a few days ago.”