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EDA votes not to pursue idea of use of GRCP for fairgrounds
EDA decides not to pursue covenant changes necessary at Green River Commerce Park for the Jaycees to get 40 acres for a new fairground. Chairman Dykes updates group on sewer project at GRCP. Group plans letters to new political leadership in Frankfort and Washington. Group gets word of plans for hotel opening, for Brown & Brown call center expansion, for the Franklin Center and jobs growth there, for credit processing center on Jamestown Street, for Walmart Training Facility outlook. Group has wide ranging discussion on need to streamline development.
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By Ed Waggener
The Columbia-Adair County Economic Development Authority voted this morning, Tuesday, November 15, 2016, not to pursue changing covenants to allow the Jaycees to have use of acreage needed for a fairground. The Jaycees had previously requested in the October meeting, consideration to acquire 40 acres in the Green River Commerce Park for a new home for the Adair County Fairgrounds.
The vote was unanimous, with members present, Anthony Janes, Dean Adams, Randy Burns, Kenzie Rowe, and Ann Martin all giving voice approval.
A tip off that further discussion was unlikely came early, when no representative of the Jaycees was present for the meeting.
Sewer project is moving ahead
Chairman Mark Dykes reported that all the paperwork for the interlocal agreement involving the EDA, Adair Fiscal Court, the City of Columbia, and anchor tenant of Green River Commerce Park had been completed, and that Lenny Stone, General Manager of Columbia/Adair Utilities District, had told him the sewer project at Green River Commerce is now ready for construction to begin.
Chairman Dykes concluded, "I'm just tickeled to get the job underway, and thankful for Lenny Stone's help. Without it," he said, "the project would have have gotten done.
Secretary Burns proposes letters to political leadership
Member Randy Burns proposed that a letter be drafted to Governor Matt Bevin to make the governor award of how this local project, originally scheduled to be completed with grant money, was becoming a reality at a lower cost to the local community than it would have been had a grant been obtained as originally hoped. "This fits with his (Governor Bevin's) goals to have more local initiative, less dependence on the State and Federal Government," he said.
That will be done, it was agreed, as will a letter to Rep. Jeff Hoover, who will be Speaker of the House of Representatives. CJE Mike Stephens, who was in attendance, noted that while Mr. Hoover is not Adair County's State Representative, he is very much interested in helping Adair County, particularly in tourism. "He knows how much tourism means to this area," Judge Stephens said.
The group also cited the election of Rep. Jamie Comer as an asset. "It doesn't hurt that he is from just 60 miles down the road," he said, and Chairman Dykes said that Tiffany Kessler, an Adair Countian, will have a high staff position with the the new Congressman, who has already been seated for the unexpired term of Rep. Ed Whitfield.
New projects progress discussed
Several positive developments were cited:
Judge Stephens cited what he sees as possible roadblocks ahead. One is the county's ban on Sunday alcohol sales. The other is what he says are Columbia rules and regulations which, he maintains, are stifling growth and recruitment of new jobs.
Treasurer Ann Martin gives first report as treasurer
New treasurer Ann Martin, who was elected to the position following the resignation from the board of Mike Curry, reported $163,155.79 ending balance for the month just ended. Expenditures during the month were $3,488.25: $212.50 to Parnell Fencing; $3,125.75 to the Chamber of Commerce; and $150 to Caleb Irvin for photography for the EDA's website.
Routine matters handled routinely
Routine matters, including minutes, were routinely approved.
Present were Chairman Mark Dykes, Secretary Randy Burns, Treasurer Ann Martin, and members Anthony Janes, Dean Adams, and Kenzie Rowe; CJE Mike Stephens, and representatives of the media.
This story was posted on 2016-11-15 10:25:41
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