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City Council Special Called Meeting, Oct. 16, 2006 report

Council approves 2nd readings for budget amendment, ordinance code. Votes to buy garbage truck for $104,900, less $10,000 trade-in, and to save interest by financing rather than using escrowed money to pay cash

By Ed Waggener

In a very brief meeting which started two minutes behind schedule, the City of Columbia approved the second readings of two ordinances and accepted the Mayor's recommendation to buy a new garbage truck.

The council also approved a financing plan which will save as much as $1,000 per year in interest.

Only four of the six city council members, Joe Moore, Charles Grimsley, Edwin Taylor, and June Parson were present.

The votes were unanimous on all decisions at the meeting which was scheduled to behind at 1:00pm, today, Monday, October 16, 2006.

The council approved Ordinance No. 220137 (Amending FY 06/07 Budget), and of Ordinance No.100.19 (Code of Ordinance Supplement), as given second readings by City Attorney Marshall F. Loy.

Mayor Bell said that he had accepted the recommendation of Columbia Sanitation Director Kenneth Dulin and David Edwards, who recommended the 2006 GMC garbage truck with a Leach bed. Dulin will be driving the truck, and Edwards career has been in the trucking business.

The winning bid was submitted by Municipal Equipment Company. Municipal Equipment, of Fairfield, Ohio, bid $104,900. The bid also allowed a more generous $10,000 trade in for the City's 1990 packer. The bid had noted that the municipal leasing was available at 4.25% interest, but the actual figure available is lower at 4.24%.

The city received a $10,000 trade-in on its old truck, for a balance of $94,900.

Three factors influence decision to buy GMC truck with Leach bed

Mayor Bell said the primary considers were that the truck fits the Sanitation Department fleet standards: 1) It is a GMC with a Leach packer, 2) It has a 12,000 lb capacity front axle, and 3) The new truck has a cylinder winch for dumpsters. The other packers had cable winches.

Mayor Bell asked for authority to negotiate finance the truck at 4.24%. "We have the money escrowed to buy the truck," Mayor Bell said, "but we're earning 5.25% on it," he said.

Councillor Edwin Taylor commented that he calculated that close to $1,000 a year could be saved by leaving the escrowed money on interest, and financing the truck at 4.24%. On a motion by Taylor, seconded by Councillor June Taylor, the council voted 4-0 to authorize Mayor Bell to finance the truck.

Joe Moore maintains Old Tradition with new phrase

At 1:10pm, eight minutes after the meeting began, the Mayor turned to the Joe Moore, who traditionally moves for adjournment, and said, "Joe, it's time to adjourn," and Mr. Moore moved, "Let's do it."

And so they did.

Others attending the meeting were City Clerk Carolyn Edwards, City Police Chief Mark D. Harris, and Mayor Bell's opponent in the November 7, 2006, General Election Roger Rucker and representatives of the local media. Councillors Larry Marshall and Craig Dean were absent from the meeting.
End of Meeting Report

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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City purchases new garbage truck

2006-10-16 - City Hall, Columbia, KY - Photo By Ed Waggener.
MAYOR PAT BELL and the COLUMBIA CITY COUNCIL, along with mayoral candidate Roger Rucker, center, back row, who attended the meeting, posed under the awning at the back of the city's newly acquired 2006 GMC garbage truck. Council members present, from left, are Edwin Taylor, Joe Moore (behind), June Parson, then Mayor Bell, and right, back row, Charles Grimsley. All present are candidates in the fall election. The action to buy the truck came at a special called meeting Monday, October 16, 2006, at 1:00pm CT.

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