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Columbia City Council regular meeting: Tuesday, September 6, 2005

Council takes action on skateboarding, planning and zoning, 2005 tax rate, and hears from Industrial Recruiter. Approves joint application for $175,000 grant for Commerce Park. Takes no action on request to lift ban on High Street parking. Dinner will honor retiring Police Officer of 26 years, Richard Butler. Joe Moore tradition maintained.
In Tuesday night's Columbia City Council meeting, an ordinance regulating the riding and operation skateboards, roller skates, roller blades and coasters was approved.

The action was taken at the regular September 6, 2005 Councilman, gaveled to order by Mayor Patrick R. Bell, at 6:00 p.m., with all six Council Members, Larry Marshall, Joe Moore, Charles Grimsley, Craig Dean, Edwin Taylor, and June Parsons in attendance.

The skateboarding ordinance will cover the downtown area bounded by High Street, Fortune Street, Reed Street, and Merchant Streets, an area described by Councilman Charles Grimsley as the Rennaissance Columbia district. The ordinance defines and prohibits unlawful and unsafe riding of the devices.

However, it will not apply to a mobility disabled persons using motor-driven, wheeled devices on a sidewalk or parking lot.Fines for violations of the ordinance are set at no less than $100.Senior Councilman Larry Marshall voiced some concern about the ordinance. "It's a popular sport," he said, "We need to offer a place for the kids to do it."
The council voted to hold the city ad valorem tax rate to $.2550 on each $100.00 worth of property for the 2005 tax year. This is the same rate as last year, according to City Clerk Carolyn Edwards. A public hearing on the tax plan will be announced later, Mrs. Edwards said.
The Council took no action on a request from Attorney Marilyn Newman of the Appalachian Research & Defense Fund of Kentucky to relax enforcement of a parking ban on High Street. She said that she and others at her office had been parking along the street for the nine years she has been here with never a complaint. "I don't believe it was ever a safety issue." However, Council Member Craig Dean, who had requested the enforcement, said that he had had numerous complaints about parked cars on High Street. The other council members concurred with Councilman Dean and took no action on Attorney Newman's request. Attorney Newman was accompanied by Attorney Corey Finn and Paralegal Michael Hubbuch.
The Council acted on a recommendation a letter of recommendation from Joseph Pyles, chairman of the Columbia Planning & Zoning Commission to initiate the development of two area plans for the new Columbia Bypass and Interchange areas. The council voted 6-0 to approve the recommendation. According to Mayor Pat Bell, the estimated cost for the developing the two plans will be a total of nearly $10,000, and that the work will be incorporated into the city's five-year comprehensive plan.
A dinner will honor retiring City Policeman Richard Butler. Mayor Bell announced the retirement of City Policeman Richard Butler, a veteran of 26 years as a Columbia Police Officer. A dinner will be held Wednesday evening, September 7, at 6:00 p.m. in the City Hall basement meeting room, to honor Mr. Butler.
The Council unanimously approved City Attorney Marshall Loy's second reading of an ordinance amending the Columbia Zoning regulations and official zoning districts map for a zoning change at 304/306 Campbellsville Street.
Mayor Pat Bell recommended the re-appointment of Monica Rogers to another term on the Industrial Authority Board. The Council approved the recommendation 6-0 on a voice vote.
The council voted 6-0 to proceed with necessary legal steps to annex five parcels of land including the old EMS building, so that City sewer service can be provided to the new Adair County Minimum Security Facility which will be opening soon in the old EMS building on North Highway 55.
Mayor Pat Bell was given authority to work with the Adair County Fiscal Court to seek a $175,000 Economic Development Grant. The money will be used in further development of the Green River Commercial Park. Additional blacktopping is the primary aim, according to Mayor Bell. The vote was 6-0.
The Council voted to approve a resolution to support the I-66 Interstate Project through the I-66 Institute, Inc., which will be making efforts to educate the public on the benefits of I-66. The proposed highway would follow the path of the Louie B. Nunn Parkway in the Columbia area.
Columbia Police Chief Mark Harris asked for and received unanimous approval to go ahead with the acquisition of new police cruisers, which will be purchased on the state contract and will be provided by Franklin Motors of Columbia. The chief also told the council that Kevin Atwood has been hired to replace retiring policeman Richard Butler.
Industrial Recruiter Martin Jones told the Council that he is optimistic about the city's economic development outlook. "With the new highway construction," he told the council, "our location is going to be central. I'm excited and enthusiastic." Jones said that the Industrial Authority is moving ahead with web site improvements, a community development magazine, and the collection of easily accessible data needed by prospective industries.

Councilman Joe Moore again maintained his long standing tradition. At 7:13 p.m., he announced, "I move we adjourn!" And so they did. The motion requires no second.

Mayor Patrick R. Bell. Council Members Larry Marshall, Joe Moore, Charles Grimsley, Craig Dean, Edwin Taylor, and June Parsons. City Attorney Marshall Loy. City Court Clerk Carolyn Edwards. City Police Chief Mark Harris. City Utilities Commission Director Jim Williams. City Works Director Donnie Rowe.

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