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Posted: Monday, 07 July 2014 10:34PM

City Council honors McGrew, Jones named to Utilities Commission

On Monday night, the Leitchfield City Council along with Public Works chief Sheila Puckett, awarded retiring 15-year Recycling Center employee Harlan McGrew with a watch and plaque commemorating his outstanding service to the city.

Mayor Thomason hosted a retirement party for McGrew immediately following the City Council meeting.

The City Council went into Executive Session for approximately 30 minutes to discuss the vacant position on the Utilities Commission -- Dwight Embry was named the Leitchfield Utilities Superintendent in June, creating the opening.

Upon emerging from the session, it was announced that Keith Jones will serve the remainder of Embry's term, which will run through February 2017.

Leitchfield Tourism Director Ilsa Johnson reported to the Council that between June 29th and July 5th, 3,000 people visited the new Leitchfield Aquatic Center, with the busiest day seeing 471 paid patrons. Johnson also noted that on Saturday the water park will close at 4:30 due to a private rental of the facility from 5:00 until 9:00.

City Attorney Kenneth Smart read the second and final reading of the Utilities Revenue Refunding Ordinance which will save the city several thousands of dollars over the life of the re-financing of the bond, originally issued in 1995. The ordinance was approved by the Council.

Smart also read the first reading of the Debris Pick-up and Disposal amendment, which re-defines what the city will pick up at residents’ curbside. The amendment, if passed, will state that the city will pick up waste of “manageable size," which will be determined by city workers.

The amendment will be voted on at the next City Council meeting in two weeks.

Finally, Public Works Director Sheila Puckett informed the Council that three surplus items from the old city pool have been sold -- the pool lift was sold for $1,511.25, the diving board for $585.00 and the slide brought $2,364.00, for a total of $4,460.25.

Keith Jones (on right) was named the newest member of the Leitchfield Utilities Commission


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