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Columbia City Council, 7 Aug 2017 - Report


  • Council honors memory of former Councilman and Historian Joe Allen Moore
  • Council begins discussion on gas verbiage and rates which would mean revenue enhancements for the Columbia Gas Department
  • Council approves zoning changes for Willis Property on Watson Street, and changes to the official city map
  • Council unanimously approves resolution on LCADD 5-year Hazard Mitigation Plan
  • Council approves financing for new Freightline Sanitation Truck
  • Council approves a three year payout of $94,300 mistakenly paid to Insurance Tax fund.
  • Council approves re-appointing Andrea Waggener to LCADD board
  • City votes to fund one third of cost of Retail Academy survey, pending like funding by Fiscal Court, LCADD

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By Ed Waggener

The City of Columbia gas rates, which have not been changed in over a dozen years, received most of the attention at Monday night's regular council meeting, August 7, 2017. Mayor Curtis Hardwick and the Gas Department's Anne-Marie Austin presented proposed Ordinance No. 610.71, changing verbiage for customer billing and adding a rate increase.


The change would allow for improved calculations with more correct invoicing and provide a small increase in the gas rate which would be used for equipment needs. Councilmembers heard the first reading and were able to field questions in efforts to assure that the request for increased revenue is in the best interest of the community.

A second reading and vote will be on the September meeting agenda.

Second Reading of Watson Street rezoning ordinance

The Council heard the second Reading of Ordinance No. 920.107 amending the Columbia Zoning Regulations and Columbia Official Zoning Districts Map, relative to property owned by Lee Willis. Approved unanimously on motion by Craig Dean with a second by Mark Harris.

Resolution on LCADD Regional Hazard Mitigation plan approved

The Resolution of Adoption of the Lake Cumberland Area Development District Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan 5-year update passed unanimously by voice vote, on a motion by Council Member Ronald Rogers, with a second by Craig Dean.

The resolution was approved for financing terms on the new garbage truck with BB&T Bank which the Mayor said offered the lowest interest on the purchase of 2018 Freightliner. The interest rate will be 2.6%.

Council honors former City Councilman Joe Moore

Former City Councilman, the late Joe Allen Moore (1938-2017), was honored for his long years of service. His children Debbie and Billie Joe were presented a commemorative flag by Councilmember Pam Hoots and a plaque honoring him was then presented by Mayor Curtis Hardwick.

The certificate accompanying the flag read, "This is to certify that the accompanying flag was flown over the United States Capitol on June 13, 2017. At the request of the Honorable James Comer, member of Congress, this flag was flown in remembrance of Columbia City Councilman Joe Moore, a dedicated public servant and civic leader to the City of Columbia and Adair County."

The plaque presented to the family read, "In Memory of Joe Moore, former City Councilman and local historian, In honor of his Dignity and Dedication while serving the City of Columbia."


Mayor's Announcements:


City will refund insurance company $94,300 in 3 yearly installments

A $94,300 refund necessitated by the previous overpayment into the City's Insurance Tax Fund, was unanimously approved to be repaid in three annual installments of one-third per year. The overpayment to the city was based mainly on all the Lewis Transport vehicles, however, it didn't take into consideration the vehicles were being reassigned from the City of Columbia to a Danville, KY location.

Even though administrative offices of Lewis Transport are headquartered in Columbia, their multiple locations allowed for this. City Attorney Marshall Loy said he had thoroughly researched the situation and had negotiated with the payor to allow the amount, which is owed, to be repaid over three years by one-third per year which will make it more bearable for the City budget.

Mayor recommends AC Deputy CJE Andrea Waggener to LCADD

The Mayor's recommendation of Adair County Deputy Judge Executive Andrea Waggener to continue Adair County's seat on the Lake Cumberland Area Development District was unanimously approved by voice vote.

Council votes to participate in Retail Survey

In hopes of seeing more jobs come in the future, the Council unanimously agreed to participate in a three-way funding of a survey that can result in possible recruitment of retail establishments, first aired and committed to by the Adair County EDA Board at their recent meeting.

The City would share the $15,000 cost with Columbia/Adair County EDA, the Adair County Fiscal Court and City of Columbia each contributing $5,000. This will be taken up at tonight's Fiscal Court meeting August 8, 2017, to see if it passes in all three budgets. Funding by the City was unanimously approved following a motion by Council Member Linda Waggener with a second by Council Member Mark Harris, pending approval by Fiscal Court and the Columbia-Adair County EDA.

Council approves switching gas suppliers

Mayor Hardwick requested a vote to confirm his change of providers for gas from Peak to Constellation which becomes effective with the next billing. The vote was unanimous.


Council Comments

Craig Dean: Asked that the City work to get lighting at the Dillon/Pelham Branch Road intersection with the Adair County Veterans Memorial Bypass. Mayor Hardwick said he was unsure whether the city could provide the lights, but would be working with Somerset on the matter.

Dean also asked that a tattered flag at City Hall be replaced. Mayor Hardwick said that the matter had been discussed and that, in all likelihood the flag would be installed in the grassy area in the alley toward the Square.

Linda Waggener: Requested the council consider recent comments of Billy Joe Fudge , who wrote about the serious need for crosswalks for safety of Lindsey Wilson College students. The Mayor said the state would need to be involved in the decision. More discussion will be held in upcoming sidewalk meetings.

Craig Lasley: Had no additional comments this evening.

Ronald Rogers: Reminded the Council of the start of school on Thursday, August 10, 2017, and the need to use extra caution in driving. He commended the success of the South Kentucky Outdoor Expo this year. And the success of the Alumni Football event at Adair County High School on Friday, August 4, 2017, opening the door for Councilman Craig Dean to congratulate Dr. Rogers for being the team physician "for 75 years."

Pam Hoots: Announced there will be a sidewalk meeting at the Chamber of Commerce on Monday, August 14, 2017 at 8:30amCT. She also announced that a committee is beginning organization of a community Thanksgiving dinner in memory of Joe Payne. More details will be added here later this week. She thanked Congressman Comer and Tiffany Kessler for obtaining the commemorative flag in memory of Joe Moore.

Mark Harris: Had no additional comments this evening.

COLUMBlA CITY COUNCIL holds its regular monthly meeting each first Monday at 6pmCT in City Hall, 116 Campbellsville ST, Columbia, KY. The meetings are open to the public. Mayor Curtis Hardwick. Councillors Craig Dean, Linda Waggener, Dr. Ron Rogers, Pam Hoots, Craig Lasley, and Mark Harris. City Clerk Rhonda Loy. City Attorney Marshall Loy. City Police Chief Jason Cross. City Gas Superintendent Ron Cook. City Sanitation Department Superintendent O'Shaughnesy Frazier. City Street Department Superintendent Donnie Rowe


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Columbia City Council pays tribute to Councilman Joe Moore



2017-08-08 - City Hall, 116 Campbellsville Street, Columbia, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener, ColumbiaMagazine.com(c).
Mayor Curtis D. Hardwick and the Columbia City Council paid tribute to one of their own and one of Adair County's most gifted and giving citizens of all time, the late Joe Allen Moore (1938-2017), with his son, Billy Joe Moore, far left, and daughter, Debbie Burris, third from left, on hand for the event. Joe Moore's children were presented a plaque from Mayor Hardwick, which read "In Memory of Joe Moore, former City Councilman and Local Historian. In honor of His Dignity & Dedication While Serving The City of Columbia. 1938-2017." Council Member Pam Hoots, who organized the presentation, presented Billy Joe Moore and Debbie Burris with a flag flown over the nation's capitol, courtesy of Rep. James Comer, arranged through Comer's field representative, Tiffany Kessler of Columbia, KY. From left: Billy Joe Moore, Mayor Curtis D. Hardwick, Debbie Burris, Council member Craig Lasley, Council members Pam Hoots, Ronald P. Rogers, Craig Dean, Linda Waggener, and Mark D. Harris. - EW. Photo Mon 07 Aug 2017.

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Mayor Curtis Hardwick: Open for suggestions



2017-08-08 - City Hall, 116 Campbellsville Street, Columbia, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener, ColumbiaMagazine.com(c).
Mayor Curtis Hardwick has been achieving many of his goals by being open to input from citizens and councilmembers. At last night's meeting, three the proposals sailed through the chamber, including, but not limited to: 1) The approval of his recommendation of Adair County Deputy Judge Executive Andrea Waggener to take a seat on the Lake Cumberland Area Development District. and 2) The Council's quick acceptance of a $94,300 refund necessitated overpayment into the City's Insurance Tax Fund, which will be paid in three monthly installments. and 3) The Council's Agreement to participate in Columbia/Adair County EDA-Adair County Fiscal Court-City of Columbia jointly fund Retail Survey, (subject to approval by Fiscal Court tonight) at a cost of $5,000 for each entity. - EW. Photo Mon 7 Aug 2017.

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Columbia City Council 07 Aug 2017: Anne-Marie Austin



2017-08-08 - City Hall, 116 Campbellsville Street, Columbia, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener, ColumbiaMagazine.com(c).
Anne-Marie Austin, who served as session recorder in the absence of City Clerk Rhonda Loy, offered clarifications on a proposal for new verbiage in the city's gas ordinance, and a consideration of a small increase in the gas rate. Both the verbiage change and the rate increase will result in added margins for the utility, which, Mayor Hardwick and City Gas Superintendendent Ron Cook said, is in dire need of equipment, especially since the City sold the water and sewer component to the Adair County Water District, now known as the Columbia/Adair Utility District, or CAUD. A first reading was given to the ordinance. At Council Member Ron Rogers request and Austin's response, the next meeting considering the request for the ordinance change will be presented two alternatives: One with the verbiage change only, the other with price changes, too. Also partially seen in the photo, Council Member Pam Hoots, who, along with others, are waiting, with open minds, to be convinced that the request for increased revenue is in the best interest of the community. - EW

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Superintendent Cook talks about gas equipment needs



2017-08-08 - City Hall, 116 Campbellsville Street, Columbia, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener, ColumbiaMagazine.com(c).
Gas Superintendent Ronald Cook appeared before the Council as the discussion begins on updating gas verbiage and rates which would mean revenue enhancements for the Columbia Gas Department. City gas rates, which have not been changed in over a dozen years, received most of the attention at Monday night's regular council meeting, August 7, 2017. Mayor Curtis Hardwick and the Gas Department's Anne-Marie Austin presented proposed Ordinance No. 610.71, changing verbiage for customer billing and adding a rate increase.

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Columbia City Council: Joe Moore honored - added photos



2017-08-09 - City Hall, 116 Campbellsville Street, Columbia, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener, ColumbiaMagazine.com.
Left photo City Council Member Pam Hoots presents a flag which flew over the nation's capitol, courtesy Rep. James Comer, to his son, Billy Joe Moore, and daughter, Debbie Burris, as Mayor Curtis Hardwick and City Council Member Craig Lasley look on. On the right, Mayor Hardwick presents a special plaque to the family as Hoots and fellow Council Member Ronald Rogers look on. See also: Joe Allen Moore (1938-2017). Photos Mon 07 Aug 2017. - EW. Clicking Read More accesses the full report of the Mon 07 Aug 2017 City Council meeting with several more photo(s).

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Busy Courthouse Chimney restoration/reminder of Joe Moore art



2017-08-10 - Historic Adair County Courthouse from Burkesville Street, Columbia, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener, ColumbiaMagazine.com.
Hundreds of Adair Countians who remember the delightfully whimsical art of the late Joe Moore, will remember his drawing with the clocktower buzzing with workmen, drawn to remember the 1970s courthouse renovation work done by Joe McLean and son, Gerald. (We're searching for our copy of the drawing; would appreciate any help) The workmen above, from Colonial Restoration of Columbia, KY, are repairing the chimneys. Judge Michael Lee Stephens' office is reminding motorists to use extra caution - and slow down - while driving in the area while the restoration work is in progress. - EW. Photo 09 Aug 2017, (c) Linda Waggener, ColumbiaMagazine.com. Clicking Read More accesses story of ceremony honoring Joe Moore, and complete for Monday, August 7, 2017 regular monthly session of the Columbia City Council.

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