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Adair EDA finalizes road plans, discusses jobs program
The Adair County Economic Development Authority (EDA) held its August Board of Directors Meeting August 18, 2020 with Chairman Bobby Morrison presiding, making the fourth member of the required quorum. In addition, those present were Roger Meadows, Mark Dykes, Columbia Mayor Pamela Hoots and Ann Martin.
Morrison announced that everything is finalized after the decision to change the direction of the road in the Green River Commerce Park and boring is ready to begin.
For months he has been working to gain access to the additional 144 acres of the Park, however, TC Energy refused all plans that would have meant crossing their pipeline.
With the Board's decision to avoid the pipeline and take the planned road to the back of the Industrial Park property, there will be no need to cross the pipeline. There are lots that can immediately be sold and developed, leaving the remaining 144 acres for a future time. They can build a good road to each of the lots in the upper part of the park with a completed road.
To avoid crossing the pipeline, the lower 144 acres will have to be entered by a separate road once that possibility is explored and negotiated in the future. In the final negotiations with the pipeline company, TC energy is examining the possibility of granting funds to EDA to develop the alternate right of way instead of crossing over the pipeline.
At the August meeting it was also decided to follow through on the presentation done at the July meeting by the Kentucky Highlands Investment Corporation regarding the new program which allows two or more candies to share the cost of licensing agreement for telework USA, a program to secure jobs.
KHIC charges a fee of $45,000 which can be shared by up to three counties. Darrell McGaha elaborated on the specifics of this program and was enthusiastic about its potential. Information was being mailed to the Adair Kenny Judge Executive and will be followed up on at next month's meeting.
Mayor Pamela Hoots reported to the Board that the City is working with a telemarketing company out of London, KY to help find work-at-home jobs and over 60 people had been hired as of the meeting day with more interviews being conducted. There is no charge to the City by that company. The City is merely providing the Pavilion at the Fairgrounds for interviews.
The EDA meets monthly at the Columbia Adair Chamber of Commerce building, 201 Burkesville Street in Columbia. Next regular meeting will be held Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at 8amCT.
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