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Columbia/Adair County EDA meeting 21 Mar 2017 report


  • Judge Stephens makes surprise visit to EDA meeting
  • EDA Treasury gets good report on cash balance
  • Board votes to share in extra cost for direction bores on Industrial Drive for new sewer system
  • Board notified it is out of compliance with filings with KY Department for Local Government; Chair says the situation will be be corrected to restore the entity's eligibility for State & Federal Grants.
  • No action taken, no information given, on two prospective buyers for acreage in Green River Commerce Park.

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By Ed Waggener

The Columbia/Adair County Economic Development Authority met Tuesday, March 21, 2016 with Chairman Mark Dykes presiding, and with a surprise visit by Adair County Judge Executive Mike Stephens, in one of his earliest public appearances since undergoing surgery on January 26, 2017.

CACEDA being notified of compliance breach

Ann Melton, media representative for The Adair Progress notified the board to expect a public notice (received to be run in the upcoming issue of the paper) from the State of Kentucky that the Columbia/Adair County Economic Development Authority is currently, ineligible for any state or federal grants because the authority did not file required forms with the Department of Local Government, which were to have been filed no later than October 31, 2017. Mr. Dykes said that, to his knowledge, the EDA had not been notified of action, but would take immediate steps to correct the oversight.

Board goes into executive session to discuss land sales

The Board went into executive session to discuss the possibility of selling land in Green River Commerce Park to two prospective buyers. No details of who the buyers might be or how much land would be involved were given. When the authority came out of executive session, Chairman Dykes announced that no action was being taken at this time.

EDA votes to contribute approximately $2,500-$3,000 more for sewer project

Chair Dykes told the board that the sewer project in Green River Commerce Park is essentially complete, but an issue had been raised about three crossings on Industrial Drive.

He said that three crossings, one for a 12" line, the other two for 4" lines, were included as deep trench crossings in the contract, but that directional bores, the preferred method, would be added costs. He said that two or three local companies have estimated the cost at $10-12,000, but that amount would have to be paid by the four entities financing the project, laying out $2,500-$3,000 more each.

He said that Robin Wilkerson had agreed to pay the ATS share. With the CACEDA approval, given at the meeting, the action would need only City of Columbia approval and approval of the Adair Fiscal Court to become a reality.

Board Approves Minutes, receives good news on Treasurer's Report

The Board approved the minutes for it's Tuesday, February 21, 2016, meeting as presented by Randy Burns, Board Secretary.

The Board also approved Treasurer Ann Martin's report, which showed a beginning February 1, 2017 cash on hand of $130,680.82, and an ending balance of $160,943.87 with the income of $33,030.00 from Jeff Biggs for the lease of acreage at the Green River Commerce Park, and expenses of $2,778.01.

Present at the meeting in addition to Chairman Mark Dykes, were Secretary Randy Burns, Treasurer Ann Martin, and members Dean Adams and Kenzie Rowe; Adair County CJE Michael L. Stephens and Deputy CJE Andrea Waggener, and members of local media.
COLUMBIA/ADAIR COUNTY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY (CACEDA), meets each third Tuesday, 8am-9amCT, at Chamber Building, 201 Burkesville ST, Columbia, KY. Meeting is open to the public. - Sue Stivers, 270384-6020 Executive Director; Kathy Johnson, Office Manager; Mark Dykes, Chairman; Secretary, Randy Burns; Treasurer, Ann Martin; and members Kenzie Rowe, Roger Meadows, and Anthony Janes. Ex officio non-voting, Adair County Judge Mike Stephens, Columbia Mayor Curtis Hardwick.


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CJE Mike Stephens attends EDA meeting with Deputy CJE



2017-03-21 - Chamber Building, 201 Burkesville Street, Columbia, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener, Columbiamagazine.com(c) .
Deputy CJE Andrea Waggener posed for a photo with CJE Michael Lee Stephens. The two were in attendance at the March 21, 2017 meeting of the Columbia/Adair County Economic Development Meeting. Judge Stephens is rapidly returning to full recovery following surgery on January 26, 2017. Judge Stephens said that he had been advised that he needs 90 days before he'll be back to full strength and will likely not conduct meetings until then. That would be 36 more days from the date of his January 26 surgery. - EW

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Sewer expansion in Green River Commerce Park virtually done



2017-03-22 - Green River Commerce Park, Industrial Drive, Columbia, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener. This lift station on Robin Wilkerson land in Green River Commerce Park, is complete, as is a natural gas line crossing, and all of the pipe installation for a major sewer expansion in the park. The final step before the system goes online will be three street crossings on Industrial Drive, which will be complete as soon as all four participants agree to contribute approximately $2,500-$3,000 for directional bores which were not included in the original bid. Both Robin Wilkerson and the Columbia/Adair County Economic Development Authority have agreed to the extra cost; the plan awaits authorization by Adair County Fiscal Court and the City of Columbia, to proceed. Deep cut trenches could have be used at no additional costs, but the parties already agreeing to the extra cost think that those cuts would have been noticed by prospects, who might have a negative feeling about locating in the Park, if they were to notice subsidence and an inadvertent speed bump resulting from the deep cut trenches. - EW
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