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Columbia City Council, Report, May 3, 2011

  • Council votes $2,000 to help A-team get to International FPS competition
  • Pack 888 leads pledge of allegiance
  • Council approves second reading of Budget Amendment
  • City approves naming of Don Franklin Memorial Drive
  • Council considering new ways to deal with dilapidated property
  • Council votes to let bids on Well Walk reconstructionCity hears complaint, support for roadside street vendors
  • Mayor says Christian Life Center closing is near; says still anonymous donor to give $100,000 to parks
  • City will rebid skid steer for orphaned Gas Department, will hold special meeting to expedite purchase
  • City buys Directional Drill for Gas Department at cost of $28,000
  • Good night for Kenvirons. Council votes unanimously for June Parson' motion to hire Kenvirons as consulting engineer for Gas Department. Cost not yet determined.

By Ed Waggener

The Columbia City Council voted last night to double its support for the Adair County A-team after a presentation by A-Team parent Jackie Montgomery and several student speakers.

Last year, the Council voted to give $1,000 to help finance the team's trip to the international competition, in La Crosse, WI, and Mayor Mark D. Harris told the Council that, while the city supports all of the local schools activities, he said, "This is academics, this is the core. This is what it's all about."

Councillor Linda Waggener moved that the stipend for this year be doubled to $2,000. Her motion received a second from Councillor Robert Flowers and a subsequent 6-0 voice vote, with Councillors Craig Dean, Tony Grider, Jim Hadley and June Parson joining in unanimous affirmation.

Students speaking to request the funding were Sarah McQuaide, Amber Turner, Hannah Burnett, Rebecca Montgomery, Tiara Holmes, all from the Adair County Middle School, and Kyle Castaneda and Heather Jackson of Adair County High School. The team will be competing in the International Future Problem Solving Conference in La Crosse, WI, June 1-12, 2011.

The Council votes to approve naming of Don Franklin Memorial Drive

On the approval of Adair County Addressing and Mapping Coordinator Justin Bailey, and the recommendation of Mayor Harris, the Council voted to approve the naming of a private drive, as "The Don Franklin Memorial Drive."

The name is an exception to a County Ordinance with prohibits the inclusion of a name which is repeated from an existing street name. Bailey noted that there is already a Franklin Circle, but because this is a private drive and will continue to be in the future, he could not foresee any confusion in the repetition of the Franklin name. On a motion by Linda Waggener, with a second by June Parson, the Council voted 6-0 for the action.

Pack 888 leads Pledge of Allegiance

Members of Columbia Cub Scout Pack 888 led the Pledge of Allegiance, a patriotic gesture made even more poignant in the wake of President Barack Obama's Sunday night announcement of the successful hunt and the death for Osama Bin Ladin. The pack members are Anthony Richard, Jordan Richard, Brandon Hagy, Jarrett Perkins, Austin Arnold, Alex Evans, Caleb Elmore, Brady Burton, Sam Gutelius, and Zack Bertram. Their leaders are Phillip Richard, Troy Elmore, Josh Bullock, and Kimberley Gutelius.

Mayor commends PRIDE cleanup, leader Rhonda Loy

Mayor Harris told the council that the Saturday PRIDE clean up was highly successful, with 120 volunteers and 110 bags of garbage picked up. He thanked the groups participating, which include: Girl Scout Troop No. 1172, Adair County Middle School Beta Club, Lindsey Wilson Wildlife Class, Relay for Life Team Super Blane, Lindsey Wilson College Bonner Leader Program, the New Life Church of God of Holiness of Campbellsville, Shepherd International Student Outreach, and the Lindsey Wilson College Criminal Justice Class of Professor Mike Giordano.

Mayor Harris commended Rhonda Loy, the City's PRIDE coordinator, for the planning work which went into this year's cleanup.

Plans in on Downtown Sidewalk replacement

The plans for the rebuilding of the walk off the square (historically known as the Well Walk) have been completed by the city's consulting engineer Greg Eastham, and, on a motion by June Parson, seconded by Linda Waggener, the council voted unanimously to advertise for bids for its reconstruction.

City/County, really close on closing on Christian Life Center

Mayor Harris reported that the City and County are very close to completing the purchase of the Columbia Baptist Church Christian Life Center. He said that the exact amount which will be owed on the property is yet to be determined, but that when the deal is done, he is expecting a $100,000 donation from an as now anonymous private donor.

Streetscape grant application outcome will be known May 24, 2011

Mayor Harris said that the outcome of the application for funding for a grant to have a professional firm do a streetscape plan for Downtown Columbia will be known by May 24, 2011.

He said that the city is now reviewing the situation with burned out and dilapidated housing and ways to go about getting improvements. Mayor Harris indicated that every effort will be made to work with property owners to achieve the improvements.

Council approves second reading of budget amendment

The council approved, unanimously, the second reading of an ordinance amending the July 1, 2010 through June 30, 2011, city budget. The amendment is an annual measure needed to bring the estimated budgets into conformity with the actual revenues and expenditures which always occur each year. The vote passed on a voice vote, 6-0, on a motion by Councillor Robert Flowers, seconded by Councillor Jim Hadley.

City rejects bids for Skid Steer, will advertise for new bids

Three bids for a Skid Steer for the City Gas Department were opened and rejected by the council, on the advice of City Attorney Marshall Loy, because none of the three met the specifications outlined in the bid proposal.

The city will re-advertise the bids and hold a special called meeting to make a decision, possibly as early as 16 days to three weeks, if the bids make it into the the legal publication on Thursday of this week, the bid opening, Mayor Harris said, might happen as early as 16 days away.

The city did vote to accept the only bid received for a direction drill for the orphaned Gas Department, from Ditch Witch, for $28,000.

And the city voted to hire Kenvirons as the consulting engineering firm for gas improvements, on a motion by June Parsons, seconded by Craig Dean. The vote was 6-0. The motion authorized Mayor Harris to negotitate terms and costs for the study.

The council hears anti-street vendor speaker; pro street vendor speaker

Restaurant owner John Thomas came before the Council to protest the presence of street vendors who sell barbecue on his side of town.

Barbecue vendor Ralph Willis spoke in defense of the street vendors who sell barbecue on the side of the road from time to time.

Bill Bailey will keep blue light on Code Enforcement car

The council heard a motion by Councillor June Parson to take the blue light off City Code Enforcer Bill Bailey's car. The motion died for lack of a second.

In the Council segment:
Craig Dean noted that the City Parks and Recreation Budget is complete.

Linda Waggener Thanked the Mayor for the emphasis on Downtown Columbia revitalization issues and on making the downtown safer for pedestrians.

Robert Flowers Noted the progress being made in Downtown Columbia, especially at the Columbian Theatre. "It will be nice to see those lights on again," he said.

Tony Grider Praised the poise of the Adair County A-Team, and commented on the way they articulated their request for support. He said that he was taking up the matters about disturbances brought to his attention by constituents and would discuss it with Chief Jason Cross.

Jim Hadley Said that he was thrilled to be part of the progress being made in Columbia. "We don't have an easy road," he said. He also issued a special Thank You to the military personnel from Columbia and Adair County.

June Parson also struck a chord along the same lines. She asked that better policing be provided to keep down the disruptions at the Memorial Day observance at the Fairgrounds. Mayor Harris said that the City is taking two actions to address the matter. One will be to open the City Pool after Memorial Day. The other will be to have the City Police route traffic away from the event.
Councillor Robert Flowers moves adjournment

At 7:39pmCT, the council adjourned, on a motion by Robert Flowers, who said, "In honor of Joe Moore, I move we adjourn." And so they did.

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 Mark D. Harris. Councillors Craig Dean, June Parson, Linda Waggener, Robert Flowers, Jim Hadley, Tony Grider. City Clerk Sonya Roy. City Attorney Marshall Loy. Assistant City Clerk Sonya Roy. City Police Chief Jason Cross. City Gas Department Superintendent Ronald Cook. City Sanitation Department Superintendent Kenneth Dulin. City Street Department Superintendent Donnie Rowe. City Events Planner Rhonda Loy.

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