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Economic Development Authority meeting 21 Jun 2016 REPORT


  • CAC EDA Chair Mark Dykes vows to see the Green River Commerce Park sewer project completed. Says that total costs, all locally funded, should be considerably less than had grant been obtained.
  • Engineering costs for sewer project only small fraction of earlier estimates, thanks to Monarch Engineering's David Bowles
  • EDA's bank balance holds steady
  • Prospect of new alcoholic beverage sales raises optimism at meeting.
  • CJE Mike Stephens says longer range outlook for new 4+1 superhighway from Columbia to Simpsonville could get Federal Funding

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By Ed Waggener

The Columbia/Adair County received good news on the sewer project in the workds for the Green River Commerce Park from Chair Mark Dykes.

He said that he had received confirmation from David Bowles of Monarch Engineering committing the engineering work for the project at only $1,500, very much a nominal fee. Estimates earlier had been as much as $20-30,000 for the work.

Almost everything is in place now including the money.


There are commitments for local funding for the project from the Rob Wilkerson companies, from the EDA board itself, from Mayor Hardwick for the Columbia City Council, and CJE Mike Stephens, has promised to present it to Fiscal Court. The four groups will kick in $35,000 each.

Completion of the project will mean more jobs immediately at Wilkerson Transportation and at the commerce parks flagship company, Assisted Transportation Systems. The sewer is essential for other development in the park.

There is still a question of whether bids will have to be taken or not, but the EDA is working closely with County Attorney Jennifer Hutchison Corbin and City Attorney Marshall Loy for guidance on that question. Mr. Dykes said the feedback he is getting is that it might be necessary. CACEDA Bank Balance are holding steady

Mike Curry, Treasurer, reported that the EDA had $169,892.58 cash on hand at the end of May, 2016, down just slightly from the ending balance April 30. The authority spend $3,063.23 in the month while deposting only $66.21. The bulk of the expenditures was $2,948.23 paid to the Columbia/Adair County Chamber of Commerce for the quarterly fees for rent, upkeep, and as a contribution to office salaries.

Board member Ann Martin reports on website

Board Ann Martin reported that the authority's website development had been at a standstill, because the developer had given birth to a baby. She said that photographs are being created by photographer Caleb Irvin, and that work on the website will resume very soon.

County Judge Executive Mike Stephens presents hints of exciting developments

County Judge Mike Stephens reported several reasons for optimism for the county. He said that he is in contact with Sen. Max Wise and Rep. Bam Carney and others who are hopeful Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will be able to get Federal sponsorship of a new 4+1 - four lanes with turning lanes - Highway from 1-64 at Simpsonville in Shelby County to Columbia, KY. The road he said, would allow development all along it's length, making it easy for manufacturers to bring in raw materials and get finished products to market.

Stephens and Board Member Anthony Janes reported that the footers for the new Pinewood Shopping Center would be started immediately. Stephens said told those present that several chain restaurants are making inquiries, especially since the March 5, 2016, vote to end Prohibition in Adair County.

Stephens was asked when the first ABC Sales might be expected. He said that it's difficult to predict, but that he was thinking that sales might start as early as Friday, June 24, 2016. He predicted that the ABC would let several outlets open on one day, so that none might be be overwhelmed on the first day of sales.



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EDA' Mark Dykes: Resolved to see GRCP project built



2016-06-21 - Chamber Building, 201 Burkesville Street Columbia, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener.
Columbia/Adair County Economic Development Board Chair Mark Dykes vowed to see the proposed sewer project for the Green River Commerce Park done. "We won't give up on this. We'll stay on top of it until it is done." Almost everything is in place now. There are commitments for local funding for the project from the Rob Wilkerson companies, from the EDA board itself, from Mayor Hardwick for the Columbia City Council, and CJE Mike Stephens, has promised to present it to Fiscal Court. The four groups will kick in $35,000 each. Much of the work will be done by the Columbia/Adair Utility District, and David Bowles of Monarch Engineering has committed to provide engineering for a nominal fee of $1,500. Completion of the project will mean more jobs immediately at Wilkerson Transportation and at the commerce parks flagship company, Assisted Transportation Systems. The sewer is essential for other development in the park. The photo was taken at the CACEDA regular third Tuesday meeting. - EW

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