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Columbia City Council June 6, 2005: New budget introduced

  • Budget will include four new leased police cruisers
  • Council Member Taylor proposes dental insurance for Council, but withdraws motion for lack of support
  • Mayor empowered to write letter supporting present plan for Columbia Bypass
  • City employees get improvements in paid days off schedule
  • Dinner planned for retiring Justin Claywell
  • Grantsmanship nets $15,000 grant for City Swimming Pool
  • Grant for $20,879 from Homeland Security
  • City turned down on $2 million community block grant for water, but Mayor hopeful
  • Judge Walker apponted to Board of Assessment and Appeals Board.
  • Audit service renewed
  • City empowered to enter into local agreement with county for water treatment plant
  • Routine matters get 6-0 votes
  • Joe Moore maintains tradition


Presiding: Mayor Patrick R. Bell
Council: Larry Marshall, Joe Moore, Charles Grimsley, Craig Dean, Edwin Taylor, and June Parsons
City Attorney: Marshall Loy
City Clerk: Carolyn Edwards
Police Chief: Mark D. Harris
Media Represented: Adair Progress, ColumbiaMagazine, Community Voice, WAIN
Media institutions, legendary figures: Lisa Fisher-Clark, WAIN (19 years); Paul Hayes Adair Progress, 19 years. Start: 6:00 p.m.
Move for Adjournment in Traditional Manner by Joe Moore: 7:07 p.m.
Budget will include four new leased police cruisers

The introduction for the July 1, 2005 through June 30, 2006 City of Columbia budget was read by City Attorney Marshall Loy and will get a first reading as written.

The budget estimates revenues of $1,454,397 and expenditures of $1,484,184, with some $30,000 to come from the city's approximately $1.5 million dollar reserves.

Senior Council Member Larry Marshall suggested trimming the number of new police cruisers to be leased from four to three. He suggested that the budget would allow the outright purchase of the three cars at the same price of the four-car lease. However, the Chief Mark Harris' argument to use a four-three-three replacement rotation on the city's fleet of 10 take-home police cars prevailed.

The budget will also include $5,000 to support the Little League, $37,500 for a new crew cab truck for the street department, $50,000 to Industrial Development, $3,750 for the Colonel Frank Wolford Memorial project, and $1,000 for the Folklore Festival. Two additional street department workers are projected in the budget. They would join Director Donnie Rowe and Vice Director Tiny Cowan in the department.

City employees get improvements in paid days off schedule

City employees will get New Year's Eve as a paid holiday and will get two extra days on 11th anniversary, and five extra days on their 21st anniversary under new policies and procedures.

Employees can look forward to a total of four weeks vacation plus two personal days after 21 years. "I think it is a pretty good policy," Mayor Bell said. "I believe in paying good people well. And this policy should help employees who sometimes get prolonged illnesses."

Council Member Taylor proposes dental insurance for Council, but withdraws motion for lack of support

Council Member Edwin Taylor got little support from other members of the City Council when he floated the idea of adding a dental plan to the Council members health insurance plans as part of the 2005-2006 budget. The matter died for this year when Mr. Taylor withdrew the motion when he perceived the proposal would not likely pass.

The Council was told by City Clerk Carolyn Edwards that the enrollment deadline would be June 30, 2005, making a decision on the matter necessary this month.

Other members of the Council offered to study the matter and consider it at a special meeting this month, but Mr. Taylor said he didn't think there was enough support to add it to a special meeting agenda.

Mayor empowered to write letter supporting present plan for Columbia Bypass

Mayor Patrick R. Bell received enthusiastic authorization to send a letter to Governor Ernie Fletcher and other necessary state agencies to endorse the present plans for the Columbia Bypass.

"There are rumors," he said, "that some people want to change it to get it to go around to Highway 206." He said that any changes might mean two years or more to get anything going again." He added, after a mild oath, "We need to nip that in the bud!"

Senior Council Member Larry Marshall moved that the Mayor should be authorized to send a a letter, saying, "I emphatically move to authorize the Mayor to write the letter." The vote was just as emphatic, 6-0, by voice vote.

"We may even get an audience with the Governor on this," Mayor Bell said.

Dinner planned for retiring Justin Claywell

The Mayor announced that Justin Claywell will retire after 23 years of service with the Columbia Police Department. The Mayor and Council plan a dinner for Mr. Claywell on June 21, 2006.

Grantsmanship nets $15,000 grant for City Swimming Pool

Mayor Bell announced a $15,000 grant from through the Lake Cumberland Area Development District to improve the City Swimming Pool, located inside the track at Veterans Park.

Among improvements will be a new fence and renovation of the restrooms. "We had to show an area value to get the grant," Mayor Bell said, "and we pointed out that the Lindsey students use the pool, and Lindsey Wilson draws from every county in the area."

Grant for $20,879 from Homeland Security

Mayor Bell announced a $20,879.00 Homeland Security Grant to the city for improvement of law enforcement technology.

City turned down on $2 million community block grant for water, but Mayor hopeful

Mayor Bell told the Council that the City was turned down on an application for a $2 million community block grant. "But," he said, "I think if we come back in, we'll get it on the next try. I think we'll get the $2,000 grand plus $4 million in 1% money," he said.

Judge Walker apponted to Board of Assessment and Appeals Board

Mayor Bell recommended former Adair County Judge and Columbia Real Estate Agent Richard Lee Walker to the Adair County Board of Assessment and Appeals. The Council approved the recommendation unanimously. While Judge Walker actually lives outside the city limits, city residence is not a requirement for the city's representative on the board.

Audit service renewed

Mayor Bell recommend renewing the contract with Louisville accounting firm of Henderson, Jessee, and Co. for auditing services. On a motion by Craig Dean, seconded by Charles Grimsley, the Council unanimously approved the contract renewal.

City empowered to enter into local agreement with county for water treatment plant

On a motion by Charles Grimsley, seconded by June Parsons, the Council voted unanimously to empower the City to enter into a local agreement relative to the joint water treatment plant, with Adair County.

Routine matters get 6-0 votes

Routine matters, including a readings of the utilities rates changes ordinance, the economic development incentives ordinance, and for planning and zoning changes were, where a vote was necessary, given 6-0 votes.

Joe Moore maintains tradition

At 7:07 p.m., 67 minutes after the meeting was called to order, and on a nod from Mayor Patrick R. Bell, Council Member Joe Moore delivered his traditional three word address, "Let's go home," and so they did. His motion to adjourn did not require a second.


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Big bang heard at the council meeting



2005-06-10 - Columbia, KY - Photo Ed Waggener. TINY ON THE SPOT. A loud bang was heard during the June 6, 2005, Columbia City Council meeting. After the meeting, attendees who went to their vehicles behind City Hall learned what the bang was all about. City Street Department Vice Director Tiny Cowan, in the department's Blazer transport, was already on the spot, planning the clean-up of the Bradford pear tree which fell during the storm. In the background, a post-meeting conference was being held with Chief Mark Harris and others.
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