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Fiscal Court OKs contribution to Commerce Park sewer line

Court agrees to pay one-third - $35,000 of $106,000 needed to match a $212,000 state grant, which will get sewer service to the front side of Green River Commerce Park. Court also approves new 10 year transfer station management contract, a budget amendment, and $100 for signage for Trail Towns. Additionally the court approves changes in grant proceeds for the Adair County Ambulance service and the Breeding Area Fire Department
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By Ed Waggener

The Adair Fiscal Court voted unanimously, in a special called meeting tonight, Tuesday, November 24, 2015, to contribute $35,000 of the $106,000 local contribution to obtain state funds to build a new sewer line into the Green River Commerce Park.

The total cost of the project is estimated at $321,000. The project will be funded by a $215,000 Kentucky Community Development Block Grant, equalling two-thirds of the total project cost, with matching local funds share by the Columbia Adair County Economic Development Authority, $36,000; the City of Columbia, $35,000; and the County's contribution of $35,000.

The court was the last local government unit to authorize the expenditure. The vote didn't come easy. Magistrates Daryl Flatt, Billy Dean Coffey, and Sammy Baker voted for the measure only after Treasurer Barry Corbin gave an opinion that he thought it would be doable and that the general fund can spare the money at this time.

The project will allow an existing firm, Wilkerson Auto & Mobility Sales, LLC, to meet requirements for a contract with the Chrysler Corporation. The local company will be adding 11 new jobs.

The application for the block grant states, "Without the sewer collection project, Wilkerson Auto & Mobility Sales LLC could not meet the requirements of the Chrysler contract, could not hire the eleven (11) new employees, thus negatively impacting the economic development of Adair County and the Green River Commerce Park.

The new sewer project will add 1,200 feet of 8" sewer line; 1,600 feet of 4" forced main, eight manholes, and a sewage lift station and appurtenances.

The court voted to authorize Judge Michael Lee Stephens to sign documents related to the project.

Judy Keltner, Columbia, KY, the grant writer from Lake Cumberland Rural Development District, was present to explain the process.

Transfer station agreement signed with Waste Connections Inc

The Court voted unanimously, on the recommendation of Judge Stephens, to give another 10 year contract to Waste Connections, Inc, to continue as the operator of the Transfer Station on L. Willis Road. Judge Stephens said the agreement, which will mean a small increase for Adair County customers on independent trash collectors fees, but should mean, depending on usage, an overall increase in the amount the county earns in franchise fees; with revenues from that source going from around $8,000 to $20-25,000. The tonnage fee paid by haulers and others using the transfer station will increase by $1.00 per ton to $48.50. Carl Helm, representing Waste Connections, said that that amount is lower than most other communities pay. The vote was unanimous to renew the contract.

Ambulance Service change in grant money use approved

The court approved a request from the Adair County Ambulance service to request a change in the use of grant money previously approved. The request was approved on a 7-0 voice vote, with Magistrate Daryl Flatt, who is employed by the ambulance service, abstaining.

Court authorizes $100 for Trail Town, USA signs

The court unanimously approved paying $100, in funds matched by the City of Columbia, for new signage for Trail Towns. The 8-0 vote followed a motion by Perry Reeder, with a second by Harold Burton, and Magistrates Sammy Baker, Daryl Flatt, Billy Dean Coffey, Greg Caldwell, and Terry Hadley, and CJE Mike Stephens joining to affirm.

Court approves request by Breeding Fire Department

The court unanimously approved a request by Chief Terry Harvey of the Breeding Area Volunteer Fire Department to amend a request to Homeland Security to allow the department to buy a truck with the grant proceeds. The vote was unanimous.

Court approves budget amendment

The court approved a budget amendment reflecting $118,000 in additional, unanticipated funds. The vote was unanimous.

Court authorizes CJE to sign memorandum of agreement (MOA)

The court unanimously authorized Judge Stephens to sign a Resolutions for Resurfacing Agreements with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

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CJE Mike Stephens, listening during special court session

2015-11-25 - Basement, Adair Annex, 424 Public Square, Columbia, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener.
Adair County Judge Executive Mike Stephens, standing; listened intently to a presentation during which some major decisions were made. For one, the county locked into a 10 year contract for the operation of the Adair County Transfer Station with the current operators, Waste Connections, Inc. In something of a showdown, Waste Connections, Inc. refused to extend its contract for six months to allow magistrates to consider other options, including a county-owned, recycling oriented system, requested by Magistrate Daryl Flatt (District 2). The contract will mean a somewhat better deal on the franchise fee revenue stream coming to the county, slightly higher rates for customers in the county. The court voted unanimously, in the end for CJE Stephens proposal. Judge Stephens won on another showdown: The court voted unanimously to pay its share of of the cost of a new sewer line which will provide service to the "front" (nearest to Campbellsville Road) section of Green River Commerce Park. The line is essential to a contract with Chrysler Motors for Rob Wilkerson's latest venture, Wilkerson Auto & Mobility Sales, LLC. Mr. Wilkerson will be adding 11 new jobs as part of a $215,000 Community Block Grant agreement with the State of Kentucky. The balance of the project money will be provided by the local EDA, $36,000; the City of Columbia, $35,000; and now Adair County Fiscal Court, $35,000. Above, at podium, (Magistrate Perry Reeder (District 1) is to left, off camera), Magistrates Sammy Baker (2), Daryl Flatt (2); Harold Burton (3); Adair County Deputy CJE Holly Grimsley, (Judge Stephens); recording clerk Gale Cowan; County Attorney Jennifer Hutchison Corbin; Magistrates Billy Dean Coffey (5), Magistrate Greg Caldwell (6) hidden behind lamp; and Magistrate Terry Hadley (7) also hidden. On the right, front, Adair County Sheriff Harrison Moss, and, hidden, Treasurer Barry Corbin. - EW

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Outline of new sewer project at Green River Commerce Park

2015-11-25 - Green River Commerce Park, Development Drive, Columbia, KY - Photo from Lake Cumberland Area Development District.
Judy Keltner of the Lake Cumberland Area Development District presented this drawing/satellite map of the new sewer line, in orange, which will enter the Green River Commerce Park on the north side of Todd Metals on Campbellsville Road (soon: Heartland Parkway), Columbia, KY, joins a new lift station (upside down triangle), fronts on an easement granted by Rob Wilkerson of Assisted Transportation Systems and gives new capacity for sister company, Wilkerson Auto & Mobility Sales, which has pledged 11 new jobs to support a Community Development Block Grant from the State of Kentucky. The site of a new building for Wilkerson Auto & Mobility Sales is not shown in this drawing.

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