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Columbia City Council meeting 1 June 2015 - Report

Meeting more like Town Hall Meeting, with Citizens' input on par with that of officials. In the regular session of Columbia City Council, 1 Jun 2015:
  • Council quietly lays to rest controversial executive decision to unilaterally end lease with Adair County Fire Department
  • City delays final approval of Budget Amendments for Special Called meeting later this month; Mayor, City Clerk say that overall budget will be in black, with transfer from Garbage Fund to General Fund
  • Parks & Rec advocates make case for releasing Occupational Tax money to them to help with $60,000 HVAC project at Jim Blair Center
  • City approves new municipal co-op agreement with Kentucky Transportation Cabinet
  • Council approves Mayor Hardwick's recommendation to appoint Craig Lasley to Parks & Recreation Board, following Charles Grimsley's resignation from the board whose creation he championed

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By Ed Waggener

The Columbia City Council met in regular session Monday, June 1, 2015 at 6pmCTat the Council Meeting Room, City Hall, 116 Campbellsville Street, Columbia, KY. The Council quickly voted, 6-0, to renew its lease with the Adair County Fire Department to house Columbia Fire Department apparatus, at the annual rate of $12,500 per year. Mayor Hardwick did not offer comments on the quiet ending of a controversy which had followed his executive decision, at the start of his term, to end the lease arrangement. All Council Members, Craig Dean, Linda Waggener, Craig Lasley, Ron Rogers, Charles Grimsley, and Mark D. Harris voted for the renewal of the lease.

Council will hold special meeting on Budget Ordinance

A second reading of Ordinance 220.163 amending the City of Columbia 2014-2015 budget to take care of a $38,411 anticipated deficit in the General Fund was tabled. A motion to amend was made by Rogers with a second by Harris, but after discussion the item was tabled and no vote was taken. It will be brought up at a special called meeting to be announced later this month.

The deficit in the general fund centered around a continuing decrease of the insurance tax income plus a refund of over payments being claimed.

The new Occupational Tax has contributed $60,000 to the General Fund, its percent of the $200,000 income from the first quarter.

According to Mayor Hardwick and City Clerk Rhonda Loy, the budget will end the year balanced, even though funds from the garbage department will likely have to be transferred to the general fund to make the full city budget balance.

City unanimously approves co-op program with KY Transportation Cabinet

City Attorney Marshall Loy read resolution 2015-03 adopting and approving the execution of a municipal aid co-op program contract between the incorporated city and the commonwealth of KY Transportation Cabinet. Motion by Rogers,

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Ricky Roy requests funds from payroll tax for JBC air

2015-06-03 - City Hall, 116 Campbellsville Street, Columbia, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener.
Ricky Roy, Director of the Jim Blair Center, came before City Council on Monday evening, 1 Jun 2015, to request funds from the Payroll Tax to help pay for a near $60,000 installation of a Heating & Air System for the Jim Blair Center. No action was taken at the meeting. The City is still wrestling with a very tight 2014-2015 Fiscal Year which, they say, will be narrowly balanced. Clockwise, at the council desks, are Council Members Ron Rogers, Charles Grimsley, and Mark D. Harris; City Clerk Rhonda Loy, Mayor Curtis Hardwick, City Attorney Marshall Loy; and Council Members Craig Dean, Linda Waggener, and Craig Lasley. - EW

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