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Columbia City Council report, October 4, 2011 meeting

In last night's meeting:
  • Mayor,Council note success of Dakota Meyer day
  • Council votes to match Adair Fiscal Court on Historic Courthouse funding
  • At long last: City accepts bids for improvements to North Walk, subject to engineers approval
  • Alan W. Reed approved for re-appointment to Airport Board
  • Sammy Dean reappointed to Columbia Municipal Housing Authority
  • Mayor reports progress on effort to get heavy truck traffic off Square
  • Councillor Robert Flowers carries on Joe Moore tradition

By Ed Waggener

The buzz at the Monday, October 3, 2011 meeting of Columbia City Council was dominated by comments on the perfect display of community on a perfect October day for recognition Columbia/Adair County's favorite native son, Sgt. Dakota Meyer, Recipient of the Medal of Honor on Sunday, October 2, 2011, at "Adair County Salutes Dakota Meyer Day.

There were also several major actions taken, including the commitment of the City Council to match Adair Fiscal Court in funding the Historic Adair County Courthouse project, and re-appointments of Alan Reed to the Columbia/Adair County Airport Board and Sammy Dean to the Columbia Municipal Housing Authority board. And, finally, it appears that the North Walk off the Square will be replaced.

Ellen Zornes speaks for Adair Heritage Association

Ellen Zornes, chair of the Adair Heritage Association, presented AHA's plea for City funding to help in the preservation and funding of the City's most significant icon, the Historic Adair County Courthouse. She was accompanied by Roger Meadows, treasurer of the AHA and the incoming Columbia/Adair County Chamber of Commerce president; and Lee Ann Jessee of the AHA and Director of Adair County Public Library.With the full endorsement of Mayor Mark D. Harris, Councillor Robert Flowers moved that the City participate in the funding, to match the county contribution, at a level of $25,000 per year for two years. His motion was seconded by Councillor Linda Waggener. Voting affirmatively were Councillors Robert Flowers, Linda Waggener, Tony Grider, and Jim Hadley. Negative votes were cast by Councillors June Parson and Craig Dean.

Alan Reed re-appointed to Columbia/Adair County Airport Board

Alan W. Reed was recommended for re-appointment to the Columbia/Adair County Airport Board . On motion by Councillor Robert Flowers, with a second by Councillor Jim Hadley, Councillors Linda Waggener, Tony Grider, June Parson and Craig Dean joined to unanimously approve, 6-0.

Sidewalk improvements come in at $68,000 plus

Mayor Mark D. Harris announced that bids were opened for the North Walk off the Square Sidewalk project. The winning bid was slightly over $68,000, submitted by Southern Backhoe. City Attorney Marshall Loy, while noting that the cost is over original estimates (by approximately $30,000 -CM) that improvements would have to be made to protect the city from liabilities.

Councillor Jim Hadley moved the acceptance of the Southern Backhoe bid, subject to the approval of the city's consulting engineer. Councillor Robert Flowers seconded the motion, which carried unanimously, 6-0, with all Councillors, Flowers, Hadley, Tony Grider, Linda Waggener, June Parson, and Craig Dean voting yes.

Sammy Dean re-appointed to the Municipal Housing Authority
Mayor Mark D. Harris also recommended the re-appointment of Sammy Dean to the Columbia Municipal Housing Authority board. On a motion by Councillor Parson, with a second by Councillor Jim Hadley, the Council voted 6-0 for the reappointment. The new two year term expires May 7, 2013.

Mayor's Comments

Mayor Harris reported back on a request by Councillor Linda Waggener, who had asked for action to route semi trucks around the Adair Veterans Memorial Highway. Mayor Harris said that he is working with the State Highway Department to get signs directing through semi-trucks to use Veterans Memorial. The signs, as requested by Mayor Harris, would direct truck traffic to Bowling Green for westbound traffic and Somerset for westbound.

Mayor Harris thanked everyone for the success of the Salute to Sgt. Dakota Meyer Day.

He also urged everyone to participate in Downtown Days on October 7-8. (Program times passed out at Council meeting elsewhere in CM, later today, October 4, 2011).

Citizens comments
In the Citizens Comments segment, Roy Rademacher spoke of the unforgettable Dakota Meyer Day, and commended everyone involved.

Councillors Comments

Craig Dean: Commented on a couple of street lights which were out.

Robert Flowers: Added to the thanks for the Dakota Meyer Day program, "I can't even fathom what it means to have the level of maturity at the young age of 23, that Dakota Meyer has."

Linda Waggener: Did not comment.

Tony Grider: Councillor Tony Grider said, "What he's done is remarkable," and said he was happy to be part of all the efforts to improve our community, even when we disagree."

Jim Hadley: Councillor Hadley commented on the low insurance premium revenues, and noted, "All the communities around us are down; I don't think we need to spend money on an audit now."

June Parson: Did not comment.
Councillor Flowers upholds proud tradition of Joe Moore

In honor of the long and distinguished service on the City of Columbia Council and out of respect for the invaluable service to the community by Joe Moore, Councillor Robert Flowers proudly moved adjournment, in honor and in the tradition of Joe Moore.

Story written from post meeting interviews. -EWEnd of report of Columbia City Council meeting, October 4, 2011

About the Columbia City Council:

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.

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