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City Council meeting August 2, 2009 report

In last the August 2009 meeting
  • Council endorses Goodwill Industries bond application
  • Barbara Armitage makes plea for prettier, safer, people friendly downtown with pedestrians given priority
  • Orphan bench is repainted
  • Volleyball court funds application fails
  • Street lights for Green Hills await state approval
  • Funding requests for Honor Flight, AC Youth Football, delayed

By Ed Waggener

In the August 2009 Columbia City Council meeting, Mayor Pat Bell reported that work on repairing leaks in the Columbia Utilities Water distribution system is underway.

He and other members of the city administration have met with Kenvirons officials. Work which can be done by the Utilities itself will be carried out quickly, the Mayor promised. Work which has to be bid would take longer, he said. The mayor will seeking grants to cover the costs of larger projects, he told the Council.

Joyce Kelly commends progress, but says more needs to be done

In the citizen's comments segment of the meeting, Joyce Kelly, who had called the council's attention, in its July meeting, to off-color water supplied by the Columbia Utilities Commission, appeared again in August to give her assessment of the progress being made in Long Hunters Subdivision. She said some of her neighbors were still having problems, but she commended the city for its efforts. She was accompanied by Randy Nelson, another resident of the neighborhood, who did not speak.

City approves resolution for Goodwill Industries Bond request

The city approved a resolution to be sent to the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority endorsing Goodwill Industries, Inc. application to issue State-backed Revenue Bonds. The proceeds of the bonds will go for projects including the new Donations Center to be located in Holladay Place, Columbia. The city will have no liabilities by endorsing the application, nor will the endorsement affect the city's bonding capacity. The resolution was unanimously approved on a 6-0 voice vote, on a motion by Councillor Edwin Taylor, with a second by Councillor Craig Dean.

The request was present by Attorney Scott Budnick of the Louisville law firm Wyatt, Tarrant, and Combs on behalf of Goodwill Industries.

Phyllis Gooden asks for parking enforcement

Barbara Armitage says downtown needs to be made safe in addition to being pretty, if Courthouse Preservation is to Succeed

Barbara Armitage, chair of the Save Our Courthouse Ideas committee, addressed the council, telling them that the city needs to do more to make downtown safer and and more inviting to visitors. Armitage told the Council that the courthouse preservation will not work unless pedestrian traffic is given priority, traffic is slowed, and more benches and rest areas are installed.Armitage was commended for the work she is doing as the leader of the Adair County Garden Club. Armitage reported that the Rose Garden restoration project at the Trabue House is now nearly complete.

Fve appointments to Renaissance Columbia approved

Five appointments to the Renaissance Columbia board were approved by the city council. All were approved, in separate votes, unanimously, the following:
  • Sherri Crawhorn
  • Charles Grimsley. 5-0, Grimsley abstained from voting for self.
  • Missy Garmon
  • Kara Feese
  • Julie Brockman
Sidewalk in front of Five Star repaired

Mayor Bell reported that the sidewalk in front of Five Star on Jamestown Street had been repaired.

The repair had been requested by Linda Waggener on behalf of Junior Jessie. Councillor Waggener later told the court that Mr. Jessie sent his thanks for the action to the Mayor and City Council.

Orphan Bench repainted

Orphan Bench in front of First and Farmers National Bank had been repainted.

Volleyball court application failed

In his announcements, Mayor Bell said that Columbia's application for funds for the volleyball court at City Park failed. Of 97 applications for state funds, only 17 received funding.

Street lights for Green Hills await street approval

City Street lights promised to newly annexed Green Hills area residents are awaiting state approval, the Mayor said, and added that it may take as much as six months for that to come.

Funding for ACYF delayed

David Holmes appeared before the Council requesting additional funding for the the Adair County Youth Football team. The ACYF League is facing receipt of a bill for protective gear which is due, September 1, 2009. Holmes is requesting $1,600 each from the City and Fiscal Court to make up an anticipated shortfall.

He said that the ACYF will have roadblocks on September 1, 2009, to raise funds for the league.

Holmes was told to report back to the Council after the roadblock to let the Council know exactly how much would be needed at that time.

Holmes said that a similar request to Adair Fiscal Court had been delayed awaiting City action.

Councillor Craig Dean requested that $250 be given to support Adair County Veterans making the Honor Flight to Washington, DC was heard, as was a request for funding for World War II Veterans Honor Flights. Both requests were delayed until subsequent meetings.

Councillors Craig, Waggener vote to suspend ordinance for veterans vote, but motion fails with several no votes and only 1 was needed

Councillor Craig moved that the ordinance be suspended to approve the $250 payment at the August meeting. The motion got a second from Linda Waggener, but failed in a voice vote, which needed only one "Nay," to defeat it.

Councillor Edwin Taylor explained that his Nay vote was not against the support for the veterans, but because he believes that the Council should observe it's policy on donations unless the situation would be an emergency.

Likely special called meeting

Mayor Bell told the Council that there will likely be a special called meeting between this one and the regular September 7, 2009, meeting.

Lindsey Wilson College was to have come before the August 2, 2009, Council with a revenue bond proposal, he said, but added they they weren't ready for this meeting.

The Honor Flight and the ACYF donations can be put on a Special Called meeting for the purpose of considering the Lindsey Wilson College request, he said.

Meeting well attended

The meeting was well attended with all Councillors present, as were Mayor Pat Bell, City Clerk Carolyn Edwards, City Attorney Marshall Loy, Police Chief Mark Harris, Water Superintendent Dana Rogers, Goodwill Industries VP Ken Bean, Attorney Scott Budnick, Barbara Armitage, Phyllis Gooden, Roy Rademacher, Joyce Kelly, Randy Nelson, Doug Holmes, and members of the media.

About your Columbia City Council

The Columbia City Council meets each first Monday in the Council Meeting Room, City Hall, 115 Campbellsville ST, Columbia, KY.The meetings are open to the public. Mayor Patrick R. Bell. Councillors June Parson, Linda Waggener, Craig Dean, Charles Grimsley, Joe Moore, Edwin Taylor. City Clerk Carolyn Edwards. City Attorney Marshall Loy. Assistant City Clerk Sonya Roy. City Police Chief Mark Harris. City Sewer Superintendent Bo Murphy. City Water Superintendent Dana Rogers. City Sanitation Department Superintendent Kenneth Dulin. City Street Department Superintendent Donnie Rowe. City Events Planner Rhonda Loy.

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Orphan Bench repainted, in use

2009-08-06 - 100 Public Square, Columbia, KY - Photo by Sheila Hare.
The aesthetics may be controversial - many think the City of Columbia could have chosen a louder blue the Orphan Bench in front of the First and Farmers National Bank on the Square in Columbia has gotten a fresh coat of paint and was in use by Phillip Cape, left, and Ed Waggener, Wednesday morning. City officials painted the bench, which has no known owners, in response to a request out of the bank. The subject of making the Downtown prettier, more comfortable, and making it safe for pedestrians was the subject of Barbara Armitage's comments at the Monday, August 2, 2009 City Council meeting.

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