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Columbia City Council meeting, Tuesday, September 6, 2011

In last night's Columbia City Council Meeting:
  • Ellen Zornes presents opportunity for City to participate in Historic Courthouse restoration, operation
  • Council hears first reading of ad valorem tax ordinance for 2011
  • Mayor reports on plan to honor Dakota Meyer, recycling program, North Walk rebidding
  • Councillor Craig Dean reports on plan to recommend Director for Parks & Rec
  • Councillor Linda Waggener asks for progress report on better bypass signage; Mayor says its underway
  • Councilor Robert Flowers comments favorably on Mayor Harris' recycling program initiatives
  • Councillor Flowers upholds Grand Tradition of Councillor Emeritus Joe Moore: Adjourns meeting

By Ed Waggener

A large group of community leaders in support of the Preservation of the Historic Adair County Courthouse attended the September 6, 2011 session, last night.

Ellen Zornes, President of the Adair Heritage Society, presented an outline of the plans for the Historic Structure, the most significant icon of the community, to the Council, with a request for financial backing and involvement from the City.

Accompanying her were Lee Ann Jessee, Martha Barnes Martin, Roger Meadows, Kay Bowman, Dawson Cunningham, Richard Phelps, Linda Lewis, and Mary Knight.

The group is asking the City to pledge ongoing support for the building in the amount of $25,000 per year to match an equal amount expected to be pledged by the Adair Fiscal Court. No action was taken on the proposal at the meeting. The Council's policy is to hear requests for funding at one meeting and take action at a subsequent one.

Council hears first reading of Ordinances taxes for 2011

The Council heard the first reading of Ordinance No. 220.152, "An Ordinance providing for the levying and collection of an ad valorem tax for the City of Columbia, Kentucky for the year 2011." The ordinance was introduced by Senior Councillor Craig Dean and was read by City Attorney Marshall Loy. No voted was taken. the ordinance will need a second reading and Council approval, in a called meeting later in September.

The ordinance calls for an ad valorem tax of $.2442 on each $100 worth of property.

The city budget anticipates $466,000 in property taxes for the 2011-2012 fiscal year, none of which will be collected until bills go out.

Property taxes are the second highest tax revenue source for the city. The highest amount of taxes comes from the City's Insurance Premium Tax. The budget for that for the current year is $805,000; already the tax has generated, at the end of July, 2011,a total of $95,874.07.

(Other tax sources are the medieval, meddlesome collection of occupational licenses, for which $35,000 total is budgeted; franchise fees, $175,000; and building permits/sign permits, another high nuisance, low revenue tax, of $4,000 per year; vehicle property tax of $34,000 per year; and payments in lieu of taxes, $2,700. -CM)


Mayor Mark D. Harris announced that the city is involved in intensive study for implementing a recycling program and that the city is planning to re-bid the North Walk off the Square sidewalk.

He announced that there will be joint City-County action to honor Dakota Meyer, the Adair Countian who will be presented the Medal of Honor by President Obama on September 15, 2011, at the White House.


Councillor Craig Dean who serves on the Columbia/Adair County Parks and Recreation Board, said that P&R will recommend hiring a Director at the next meeting of the Parks and Rec Board.

Councillor Linda Waggener asked about progress on improved signage to get truckers to use the Adair Veterans Memorial Highway, the Western bypass, instead of coming through downtown. Mayor Harris said that the project is underway. She encouraged everyone to attend the kick-off of the courthouse fund drive.

Councillor Robert Flowers endorsed Mayor Harris' initiatives to implement an aggressive recycling program for Collumbia, and pointed out the positive fiscal impact it could have. Flowers said that the City of London, KY, actually earns $30-50,000.00 annually with its program.

Councillor Jim Hadley was present, but had no additional comments.

Councillors Tony Grider and June Parsons were not present.

The meeting was well attended, with the high interest in continued City/County joint involvement in the Adair County Historical Courthouse Preservation efforts.

The meeting was adjourned, in the tradition and in honor of Councillor Joe Moore, by Councillor Robert Flowers at approximately 6:30pmCT, 30 minutes after the session began.

The Columbia City Council holds its regular monthly meeting each first Monday at 6:00pmCT in City Hall, 116 Campbellsville ST, Columbia, KY. The meetings are open to the public. Mayor Mark D. Harris.. Councillors Craig Dean, Linda Waggener, Jim Hadley, Robert Flowers, Tony Grider, and June Parson. City Attorney Marshall Loy. City Clerk Sonya Roy. City Police Chief Jason Cross. City Gas Superintendent Ron Cook. City Sanitation Department Superintendent Kenneth Dulin. City Street Department Superintendent Donnie Rowe. City Events Planner Rhonda Loy.

This story was posted on 2011-09-07 08:36:56
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