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Columbia City Council April 4, 2005: Short agenda, but meeting long

Photo Curtis Hardwick, Bill Neibert with this article
It was the briefest of agenda's for the Columbia City Council's regular April meeting, but discussions in a number of area's stretched the meeting to within a few minutes of NCAA Finals tip-off.

A portrait of Louise H. Hutchison was unveiled, the Rescue Squad faced another obstacle to more aid from the city, and Mayor Bell and City Clerk Edwards presented an ambitious Spring Cleanup drive program.

The council also discussed the following:
  • Status of the Cable Tv system. In answer to a question from Councilperson Larry Marshall, Mayor Bell said that he is concluding that Charter has no plans to upgrade the system. "They're telling me that they'd need to run a cable from Somerset to improve it," he said, "and they said that is not financially feasible."

    He did say that he there are signs the Charter system may be for sale. "If it is, we do have Duo-County ready to step in with cable, internet, phones--everything," he said. The City has asked for a selling price from Charter, but has not received a reply.

  • Barking dogs. City Councilperson June Parson asked about the City's policy on barking dogs. "How many hours of a day do they have to bark before they are a nuisance"? she asked.City Clerk Edwards told her that the City will handle complaints about noise, including dogs, with the person making the complaint remaining anonymous. "We write very firm letters to the offenders," she said. "And we do get results."

  • More bass, less bream. Councilperson Charles Grimsley asked if the City Lake at the Country Club needs restocking, and was told by Mayor Bell that it probably does. The Mayor had interviewed a fisherman who reported catching only small bream. "He said he never caught a bass," Mayor Bell said. He added, "Bream eat the bass eggs,"

  • Red bud plantings available. Mayor Bell said that about 100 red bud seedlings are available at City Hall, and that the Chamber of Commerce is coordinating the Red Bud Program.

  • Directional signs to cemetery. June Parson requested that the City Cemetery be allowed to use City street sign standards to post directions to the Columbia City Cemetery. One would be at the closed Campbellsville Street entrance, another on Greensburg Street, and another on Merchant Street. The Council voted unanimously, by voice vote, to allow the request. "And maybe," Mayor Bell said, "after the Columbia Bypass is built, we'll be able to take the chain down from the Campbellsville entrance."

  • City to get first call on blacktop. Mayor Bell said that repaving of streets torn up by the waterline construction should be underway shortly. The contractors will be responsible for resurfacing, he said. "As soon as the blacktop plants start production," he said, "we're supposed to get first shot at it."

  • Airport expansion, police building, the Washington trip initiative. Mayor Bell announced that he is going to Washington with Judge Jerry Vaughan, April 9 to 14 at the invitation of the Lake Cumberland Area Development District, to poke around to find some help for Columbia.

    He plans to visit the Kentucky delegation to Congress, including old friends in Senator McConnell's office. "We're trying to get money to extend the runway at the airport from 2,600 feet to 4,000 feet," he said. "And we'll be looking into getting some Homeland Security money to build the new police and communications center. " Homeland Security doesn't have bricks and mortar money, he said, but some may be found, somehow. The new center would be built on the vacant lot left after the city bought and razed the old pool room building.

  • A tribute to former Mayor Curtis Hardwick. Mayor Bell said that he regrets not recognizing former Mayor Curtis Hardwick when spoke at Governor Fletcher's event announcing $61 million in new highway spending in Adair County. "I feel bad about it, because I didn't note what an asset Curtis Hardwick is to Columbia in his new position with the Department of Transportation. He's done a fine job of promoting us. I really appreciate what he continues to do for Columbia."
Joe Moore moves adjournment. At 6:44 p.m. CDT, anxious basketball fans on the Council asked Joe Moore to move adjournment, and he did, maintaining a long-standing council tradition.

All of the six Councilpersons were present. They are Larry Marshall, Joe Moore, Charles Grimsley, Edwin Taylor, Craig Dean, and June Parson. Attorney Mike Loy acted as City Attorney, standing in for his partner, City Attorney Marshall Loy.
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Former Columbia, KY Mayor Curtis Hardwick praised

2005-04-05 - Columbia, KY - Photo Staff. UNSUNG HERO: Mayor Pat Bell recognized former Mayor Curtis Hardwick for all the help he has given to the City of Columbia since leaving City Hall for State Government. Mr. Hardwick is shown above, right, with the man he most closely works with in Frankfort, Bill Neibert, Acting Secretary of Transportation. Mr. Hardwick is Special Assistant to the Commissioner of Intergovernmental Affairs. The photo was taken March 23, 2005, at Lindsey Wilson College at Governor Fletcher's event to announce $61 million in new road funding Adair County is receiving in the 2004-2006 State Budget. Mayor Bell spoke at the event. Mayor Bell told the April 2005 meeting of the City Council that Mr. Hardwick can't be thanked enough for what he's done to help the community.
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Columbia Square in days past

2005-04-12 - Columbia, KY - Photo Staff. This watercolor by Columbia Mayor Patrick R. Bell depicts the quadrant of the Square from Jamestown Street clockwise toward Burkesville St. Mayor Bell thinks the era is 1920s-1930s, from the styles of the cars. . He also points out the gas pump at what is today the Radio Shack corner. If anyone remembers the gas pump, maybe that would put a fix on the date. The painting also includes the beautiful old First National Bank edifice, still missed by all who remember it. The mayor's style is evocative of Kentucky artist Paul Sawyier, and is in the Bell-Churchill-Eisenhower tradition of great statesmen-artists. The original is in the Mayor's Office, City Hall, Columbia, KY.
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