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Columbia City Council Regular Meeting: Monday, August 1, 2005
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By Ed Waggener
Marsha Walker appeared at the Columbia City Council meeting Monday night, August 1, 2005, to request the reopening of the road through the Columbia City Cemetery.
Mrs. Walker said that her request is on behalf of her mother, Louise Brock. "Mom has lived on Wall Street since 1966, and in all that time, until recently, the road through the cemetery was open."
Mayor Bell commented that he had, by executive order, opened the cemetery road when he took office, but that the council, at the request of the Cemetery Board, had voted it closed again.
Council Member June Parsons, who is also on the Cemetery Board, said that the Cemetery Board had voted to close the road because of vandalism, trash, and fast driving. "Some of the visitors said they were frightened by some of the drivers," she said. "We thought it was in the best interest to close the road."
Mrs. Walker questioned whether the closing of the street, without hearings, had been legal.
City Attorney Marshall Loy said that the ownership of the street hasn't been researched fully. "To my knowledge, it belongs to the Cemetery. There may be no way of knowing, for sure," he said. He acknowledged that the City may have, in the past, helped with the upkeep. He also said that while the street may be the City's, "I can't tell you that it is a city road, either."
Council Member Edwin Taylor said that he had had several complaints about the street being closed.
Mrs. Walker, in closing her presentation, said, "We really are sad that it is closed. I hope you will look into it."
Without taking a vote, the Council Members did say they will do more research, looking to those who might have greater memory of the roads history, such as Randy Flowers and John D. Lowe, to help determine who has final say.
Mrs. Parsons, later in the meeting, thanked her fellow City Council members for their patience with the matter. Member Craig Dean said that the matter needs more study, and said that he'd like to learn what the City Attorney can find out about the matter.
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Council approves zoning change for 304/306 Campbellsville Street
The Council approved, 6-0, a zoning change for 304-306 Campbellsville Street, as recommended by the Columbia Zoning and Planning commission. The property is presently zoned R-2 residential, and will be C-2 Commercial.
The ordinance for the change was approved 6-0 on a motion by Charles Grimsley, seconded by Craig Dean.
City Attorney Marshall Loy gave a first reading for the map change for the new zoning designation.
Council approves reappointments of four to Renaissance Columbia board
Mayor Patrick Bell recommended the re-appointment of four members of the Renaissannce Columbia Board. All four, Benton Fudge, Richard Phelps, the Mayor himself, and Susan Loy, were unanimously approved, 6-0.
Mayor Bell reported that he and City Rhonda Roy had attended a meeting in Somerset concerning Community Enhancement Grants. "There's $10 million for statewide distribution," the Mayor said, noting, "that breaks down to about $83,000 per county. I don't know if we could expect that in Adair County, but that's how it breaks down."
Applications for the grants must come from cities, counties, school boards, or special districts, he said. The process will involve a local application which will be passed on by the Lake Cumberland Area Development Center, then by the Legislative Research Committee in Frankfort, then the local senators and representatives weigh in, he said. "Surely we can come up with something which will help us and win their approval," he said, and asked the Council's help in the process.
Senator Bunning sends word on $500,000 EPA grant
The Mayor said that he received a call from Senator Jim Bunning, who told him that the City will be receiving $500,000 for the new Water Treatment Plant.
Audits, sidewalks construction, cleanups going well
The Mayor reported that the audits of city departments were going well, and that the sidewalk construction will get a bonus. "We were told there is extra money from the construction already done, and we'll be able to add to the sidewalk construction.
Council Members state concerns
Council Member Charles Grimsley asked the Council to look into a policy on skateboarding. Mr. Grimsley said there is a danger of injury to the skaters as well as pedestrians and said that there has been damage from skateboarding downtown, particularly around the fountain.
Council Craig Dean agreed that there should be a policy, but said that when a policy is established there will need to be an an alternative place to skateboard.
Council Member Edwin Taylor sited overgrown limbs on Tutt Street. "It may be a problem," Mayor Bell said, "but that's a state road. We'll have to take it up with them." Mr. Taylor noted that his own street, Appen Avenue, has limbs on the edges which protrude into the driving lanes. Mayor Bell indicated that city crews will take care of these."If it's our street, our guys will get to it."
Adjournment came at 6:17
Adjournment came on an official nod from Council Member Joe Moore, recognized as "Let's Go Home," at 6:17 p.m. "Seventeen minutes," Council Member Craig Dean noted, "that must be a new record."
Present were Mayor Patrick R. Bell; Council Members Larry Marshall, Joe Moore, Charles Grimsley, Craig Dean, Edwin Taylor and June Parsons; and City Attorney Marshall Loy, City Clerk Carolyn Edwards, Chief of Police Mark Harris; and members of the media and their assistants.
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