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Columbia City Council Report for Regular May 1, 2006 meeting

Mayor Bell's Planning & Zoning Commission appointees handily approved. $10,000 Chamber donation approved. $5,000 request from Rescue Squad turned down. City Hall may have whole new look when CPD Communications Center added. Grimes Brothers gets North 55 sewer contract. Donnie Rowe "happy as kid with new toy" with equipment gift to city from Lindsey, presented by LWC Maintenance Director Mike Newton
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By Ed Waggener
In last night's Columbia City Council, the appointments of four new Planning & Zoning Commissioners were approved for terms immediately.

Sue Stivers will serve a term from May 1, 2005 until May 5 2010. She replaces V.T. Yarberry. She received a 5-0 vote, with Councillors Charles Grimsley, Craig Dean, Edwin Taylor, Joe Moore, and June Parsons affirming. Senior Councillor Larry Marshall was absent. Three others P&Z appointed for slightly shorter terms.

Joe Flowers will serve until 2009. He replaces Joe Pyles. He received a 4-0 vote, with Councillor Taylor abstaining.

George Kolbenschag will serve until 2009 to fill out the unexpired term of Tim Bradshaw. The vote was 5-0.

And Lloyd French will serve out the term of George Keltner, which runs to 2009. The vote was 4-0, with Councilor Taylor abstaining.

The appointments were necessary because of the resignation of Pyles, Yarberry, Bradshaw, and Keltner over the failure of the council to approve a zoning change they recommended.It would have changed non-complying property in the Greensburg Historic Homes neighborhood to commercial.

Council approves $10,000 donation to Chamber of Commerce

The Council approved a request from the Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce for a $10,000 donation for fiscal year 2006-2007.

A letter signed by 15 officers of the chamber was presented, along with a detailed financial report. "They're doing a fine job," Mayor Bell said. The Chamber also receives $10,000 from the Adair Fiscal Court.

But Councillors turn down $5,000 request for Rescue Squad

But Bill Anderson, requesting $5,000 for the Columbia-Adair County Rescue Squad, was turned down. City Councillor Craig Dean asked Anderson for a financial statement.

Anderson said that one would be forecoming, but insisted that the need is immediate. "You're going to lose a fine organization if you don't help now," Anderson said.

But the Council would not budge from its policy requiring financial statements from organizations it assists.

Anderson said that the Squad needs assistance to pave 257 feet of road and for equipment. Anderson was told that the city will consider the request when the financial statements are presented.

Council OKs 10-year natural gas contract

The Council unanimously approved a 10-year gas contract between the Columbia Utilities Commission and the Public Energy Authority of Kentucky, or "PEAK."

The contracts allows the issuance of bonds to purchase 10 year's natural paid needs, paid for in advance. The contract will mean an uninterrupted natural gas supply at a lower rate, Mayor Bell said.

Grimes Construction wins contract for North 55 sewer work

Grimes Construction Company of London was awarded the bid to extend sewer service on North 55 from Day & Day Feed Mill to Grant's Lane. Grimes Construction provided the low bid of $171,875.

The work will begin in a few weeks, Mayor Bell said.

Lindsey Wilson College donates equipment

Mayor Pat Bell said that Mike Newton, on behalf of Lindsey Wilson College Maintenance Department, had donated a salter and snow blade to the City Street Department.

The Mayor said that the director of the City Street Department, Donnie Rowe, is "as happy as a kid with a new toy."

Mayor recommends, council approves, dental insurance for members

The Mayor recommended, and the Council approved, dental insurance for City Council Members. Coverage will start July 1, 2006, at a cost of $23.00 per Council Member.

Mayor says Parks & Recreation Board ordinance should be ready in June

Mayor Bell also announced that City Attorney Marshall is preparing an ordinance to establish a Parks and Recreation Board for the city

"We will be touching base with the county," he said. "but we'll be back next month with an ordinance to vote on." The idea of a Parks and Recreation Board has been championed by Council Member Charles Grimsley for several years.

New Police Communications center should be started in summer 2007

Mayor Bell said that the Columbia Police Department's new communications center could be started as early as next year, thanks to the $475,00 grant for the project included in the new state budget.

Mayor Bell said the money will probably be available in January, 2007, and that construction might get underway as early as next summer.

The building will be located on the site of the Wethington's Better Burgers Pool Room building.

Two proposed designs for the building are in the Mayor's office. One calls for a standalone building. The other drawing integrates the Communications addition into the existing Columbia City Hall.

That design removes the concrete screen on City Hall and adds columns to the facade, giving the building a more warmer, more traditional appearance.

City will build, Homeland Security will fill, new Communications Center

Mayor Bell said, in a separate interview, that he expects the Department of Homeland Security to fund the equipment and furnishings for the new building.

"They told us they don't fund buildings," he said. "They told us that if we build it, they will fill it," he said.

Mayor officially thanks Senator McGaha, especially, for grants help

Mayor Bell officially thanked Senator Vernie McGaha, Representative Moberly, and Governor Fletcher for the $1,330,000 grants included in the 2006-2007 State Budget.

Besides the Police Department Communication center, there are two grants totalling $855,000 for sewer improvements. "Senator McGaha worked with us throughout the process. He stayed in contact all the way."

The Mayor also lauded Governor Fletcher for sparing the city grants when he vetoed a number of projects in the budget.

Meeting is 35 minutes long, by clock in meeting room

The meeting lasted 35 minutes, and was conducted by the clock on the meeting room wall.

It started promptly at 6:00 p.m. and Councillor Joe Moore called for adjournment at 6:37 p.m., after receiving a nod from Mayor Bell to do so.

This time, Mr. Moore said, "I make a motion that we go home."

And so they did.

End of News Story

About Your Columbia City Government

Regular monthly meetings of the Columbia City Council are held each first Monday in City Hall, Campbellville ST, Columbia, KY 42728
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. City Sanitation Director Kenneth Dulin.

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In the news today: Joe Flowers, recommended for P&Z Commission by Mayor Bell

2006-05-01 - Columbia, Adair CO, KY - Photo Butch Wheatley. IN THE NEWS TODAY: Joe Flowers is pictured here, raising an iced tea toast to photographer Butch Wheatley at the Boy Scouts banquet at Trinity last week. He's in the news again as one of four Columbia leaders being named to the Planning & Zoning Commission. His nomination was accepted at the Columbia City Council regular May meeting, May 1, 2006.
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In the News Today: George Kolbenschlag, recommended for P&Z Commission by Mayor Bell

2006-05-01 - Lindsey Wilson College, Columbia, KY - Photo Duane Bonifer. IN THE NEWS TODAY: George Kolbenschlag was speaking at a Lindsey Wilson gathering in this photo. He's in the news again , as one of four Columbia leaders Mayor Patrick R. Bell is asking the Columbia City Council to approve to sit on the Columbia Planning & Zoning Commisssion. The recommendation was accepted by the Council on May 1, 2006
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In the News Today: Lloyd French, recommended for P&Z Commission by Mayor Bell

2006-05-01 - On the Square, Columbia, KY 42728 - Photo Ed Waggener. IN THE NEWS TODAY. Lloyd French is shown here in his role as an artist. He was selling paintings and exquisite paper weights depicting Adair County scenes on the Columbia Square when this photo was taken. He is in the news again as one of four new Mayor Patrick R. Bell appointments to the Columbia Planning & Zoning Commission. The Councillors approved his appointment May 1, 2006.
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In the News Today: Sue Stivers, recommended for P&Z Commission by Mayor Bell

2006-05-01 - Columbia, Adair CO, KY - Photo Linda Waggener. IN THE NEWS TODAY. Hardly a day goes by but the Executive Director of the Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce does not make the news. She's in the news again , as one of four Columbia leaders being recommended for Columbia City Council approval for appointment to the Columbia Planning & Zoning Commission. The Council approved the appointment May 1, 2006.
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In the News Today: Mayor Patrick R. Bell

2006-05-01 - Columbia City Hall, Columbia, Adair CO, KY - Photo Ed Waggener. IN THE NEWS TODAY. Mayor Patrick R. Bell, shown here as he detailed a momentous first year in office, has since had accomplishments which far overshadow that productive period. He was in the news again May 1, 2006, with an eventful city council meeting: Appointing four P&Z members, announcing a target date for a new Police Department communications center, and informing the Councillors that a Parks and Recreation Board ordinance, long championed by Councillor Charles Grimsley, will be introduced at the June 2006 regular meeting.
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City Hall with Communications Center integration concept by Benton Fudge

2006-05-02 - Columbia, Adair CO, KY - Photo staff of elevation by Benton Fudge, South Central Design. This is a drawing of City Hall after the addition of the new Communications Center, for which funding has been approved. In this Benton Fudge, South Central Design concept, the addition is at right, where the Bob & Rich Wethington Better Burgers Poolroom stood. The concrete screen on the front of the existing City Hall is gone, and in their place, a row of six columns. Mayor Bell was pleased with the drawing, though the project is not to that stage yet.
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