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An overview, with mayor and council comments
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By Ed Waggener

The well attended Monday, June 5, 2017, meeting of the Columbia City Council marked a significant tipping of the balance sidewalks, with the an emphasis by several members to make sidewalks a line item in the budget - for some, not just the use of "left-over" funds, but now to be one of the city's top priorities.

Besides items covered in the linked items, the council took acted on Council Member Ron Rogers suggestion that the flags be flown continuously from Memorial Day, through National Flag Day (14 Jun 2017) and then through the big 4th of July Celebration. Council Member. When Dr. Rogers put the idea in the form of a motion, it received a quick second and was made official with a unanimous voice vote.

In the Mayor's and Council Comments Segment:
Mayor Curtis Hardwick said Field #1 fences at the Little League Park and other needs will be up for consideration in coming sessions. He has had Donnie Rowe' City Streets Department do some painting on the fences, but said more is needed. Council Member Ron Rogers asked that a line item in the City Budget be added for Little League maintenance.

Council Member Craig Dean said that with his added "City Attorney reading duties" in the absence of City Attorney Marshall Loy, he would not add more comments this evening.

Council Member Linda Waggener confirmed that sidewalk plans and amounts will be done in one of the upcoming called meetings. She asked about the Trabue Russell House maintenance needs and the Mayor said work is continuing, but said, nothing will happen overnight, but will continue. Mayor Hardwick said that Judy Watson continues with every other month basic cleaning and Terry Moore has been asked to repair the electrical problem in the stairway light.

Council Member Craig Lasley commended Streets Superintendent and his crew for all the mowing that has been done, especially in his neighborhood of the city.

Council Member Rogers echoed the commendation about mowing and also entered a request that the flags over the Memorial Day holiday. He asked for consideration that the flags be kept up from Memorial Day through the Flag Day (14 Jun 2017) and the July Fourth holiday weekend. With full agreement in the discussion, he made it in the form of a motion, and after a second from Council Member Pam Hoots, the vote was unanimous.

Council Member Hoots: said she was proud of the decision keeping the flags up longer and said she always thinks of Bill Walker when she sees them and remembers the good works he did for the city. She also commented on the needs of the city property, the historic Trabue Russell House. She made a list of needed items in the walk through there with Vonnie Kolbenschlag and will provide those at an upcoming budget meeting.

Council Member Mark D. Harris said he would be providing his list of road needs at one of the upcoming budget meetings.

The meeting was well attended, with Mayor Hardwick presiding, City Clerk Rhonda Loy recording the session, and all Council Members, Craig Dean, Linda Waggener, Craig Lasley, Ronald Rogers, Pam Hoots, and Mark D. Harris present. Also in attendance were City Police Chief Jason Cross, City Planning & Zoning member Roy Rademacher, Mary Ann Loy, representing the Sidewalk Advisory Committee, Barry Loy, and citizen Bill Anderson and lots of reporters from the local media.

This story was posted on 2017-06-07 22:36:29
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