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Columbia City Council April 4, 2005: Rescue Squad request for aid delayed

Photos, Bill Corbin, Bill Corbin and Council, with this report
Bill Corbin of the Adair County Rescue Squad was the only citizen to ask for a spot on the April 4, 2005, Columbia City Council agenda.

Mr. Corbin had requested, in March, that the City blacktop the portion of the street to the Rescue Squad Building which is in the City. He was told then that the city ordinance relating to such work requires that streets accepted into the city system be blacktopped and deeded to the city.

At the latest meeting, Mr. Corbin said that making the deed would be no trouble, but asked for an exception on the blacktopping. "We need all the help we can get," Mr. Corbin said. "There's always a loophole," he said, "you all can find one to help us."

Mayor Bell told Mr. Corbin that he would like to help, "But we don't have much wiggle room. We aren't going to change the ordinance. And the law is pretty specific."

Mr. Corbin told the Council that Fiscal Court has helped them with gravel and road tile, and he estimated the County's aid to be in the neighborhood of $25,000.

He said that the Squad had been in debt as much as $250,000, but that the Bingo Hall had pulled them out and they've been able to get additional equipment and training because of Bingo income.

He specified that recent training will allow the Squad to do deep water recovery and rescue from caves.

City Police Chief Mark Harris told the Council that the Rescue Squad has been helpful to his department, especially at the time of fires and traffic accidents.

Senior Councilman Larry Marshall said that the city might be willing to donate to the overall Rescue effort, even though the city is prohibited by ordinance from helping with the paving request. "But we'd want to see a financial first," he said.

Mr. Corbin said that the Rescue Squad should have one after the heavy April tax season is over. "Our accountant is busy with corporations' taxes now," he said,
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Answering questions for Rescue Squad

2005-04-05 - Columbia, KY - Photo Staff. Bill Corbin of the Adair County Rescue Squad answered questions put forward by Senior Councilperson Larry Marshal, back right, at the Columbia City Council Meeting, Tuesday, April 4, 2005. Others in the photo, counter clockwise from front, are, Chief Mark Harris, back to camera; Councilperson Craig Dean, Councilperson Charles Grimsley, a barely visible Attorney Mike Loy, City Clerk Carolyn Edwards, and barely visible, Councilperson June Parson. The steady guiding hand of Mayor Patrick R. Bell can be seen to the left of Chief Harris.
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Bill Corbin after presenting his case

2005-04-05 - Columbia, KY - Photo Staff. Bill Corbin watches in on the April 2005 Council meeting after presenting his case for city funding to aid the Adair County Rescue Squad.
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