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Columbia/Adair EDA Tue 15 Aug 2017 meeting - REPORT

In this morning's meeting
  • C/AC EDA votes to fund first phase of Retail Academy - for entire county - whether the City of Columbia and Adair Fiscal Court helps, or not
  • Treasurer Ann Martin reports authority ending balance for July 31, 2017, was $154,530.04
  • Chairman Dykes reports positive visit by Wayne Supply
  • Mr. Dykes asks members to consider trade of land in old industrial park for acreage in Green River Commerce Park

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By Ed Waggener

The Columbia/Adair County Economic Development Authority voted unanimously this morning to fund the first phase of the Retail Academy Survey, for the entire county, whether or not it receives assistance it hopes will be offered by the City of Columbia and the Adair County Fiscal Court.

The action came, after a lengthy discussion, on a motion by Dean Adams, with a second by Roger Meadows - almost simultaneous with a second by Kenzie Rowe - and all members present - Chairman Mark Dykes, Treasurer Ann Martin, Secretary Randy Burns, Anthony Janes, joining them in a voice vote.

Mayor Curtis Hardwick had clarified possible grant money which might be obtained for the study, as had been done in Russell County, where a grant totalling almost $50,000, provided enough funding for the Russell County board to order a full-fledged study, which includes some aid in actually recruiting new business to Russell County. "I had thought the grant was through the ADD district (Lake Cumerland Area Development District)," Mayor Hardwick said, "but it wasn't. Bennie Garland, Executive Director of the Russell County IDA, obtained the grant, he said.

Mayor Hardwick said that he is working with the LCADD toward getting, after the first of the year, a grant to fund the larger, second phase Retail Academy study.

Adair County Deputy County Judge Executive Andrea Waggener, told the group that magistrates, who had effectively tabled the funding matter at its August 8, 2017 meeting when the matter failed to receive a motion, were needing more details and more information about how the program has worked in other communities, particularly with one with similar size and characteristics as Columbia/Adair County.

Chairman Mark Dykes said he felt comfortable that the survey is a worthwhile program. Mayor Hardwick agreed, based on information he had gotten back from Cookeville, TN, where, he said the community is pleased with the Retail Academy firm. Cookeville has many similarities to Columbia, though it is a much larger community.

On paying for the survey for the whole county, Member Dean Adam was unequivocable: "After all, this is Columbia and Adair County." Mayor Hardwick said, at the same time, "And y'all have more funds now, I'd think, than the county."

Treasurer Ann Martin reports healthy balance in bank

And, indeed, CACEDA does have a healthy balance in its bank account. Treasurer Ann Martin reported the authority had $154,530.04 as an ending balance on July 31, 2017, down only slightly from the July 1, 2017, beginning balance of $157,401.52, after the authority received $13.31 in interest, and paid out $2,282.72 to the Chamber of Commerce due for the second quarter of 2017; $52.07 to the Kentucky State Treasurer for Department of Local Government fees, and $550 to the Adair County Community Voice for advertising.

Report on Wayne Supply visit

The authority was updated on a visit from Wayne Supply, which is considering Columbia for a local outlet. The visit had been positive, the gathering was told. Several locations were considered attractive, Chairman Dykes said.

Major concerns the Wayne representatives were concerned with were appeal and visibility from major roadways, and the need to have access with few turns. "They took one look at the acreage in the Old Industrial Park, and after seeing the first sharp turn said, 'We've seen enough'," Dykes said.

Members will review a trade offer from Robin Wilkerson for more GRCP land

Chairman Dykes reported that acreage in the old industrial park owned by Robin Wilkerson, has been offered by Wilkerson as a trade for more land in Green River Commerce Park. Dykes said that Mr. Wilkerson has cleared 21 acres fronting on Campbellsville Road and Development Drive and wants to consolidate his holdings there. He said that he wants members of the IDA to consider a trade.

The next meeting of the C/A Economic Development Authority will be at 8amCT, Tuesday, September 19, 2017, at the Chamber Building, 201 Burkesville Street, Columbia, KY.

Present at the meeting in addition to the board members were Mayor Curtis Hardwick, Adair County Deputy Judge Executive Andrea Waggener, Columbia Business Leader Shannon Sexton, and members of the 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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Continued meeting of minds - after eventful CACEDA session

2017-08-15 - Chamber Building Conference Room, 201 Burkesville Street, Columbia, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener,
The upbeat mood following this morning's session of the Columbia/Adair County Economic Development Authority continued in the hallway this morning. Above, EDA Chair Mark Dykes confers with Member Kenzie Road. The Authority voted to go-it-alone, if neccessary, to fund the first phase of the Retail Academy survey, and to study a proposal of the Green River Commerce Park's anchor tenant, Robin Wilkerson, to take land Wilkerson owns in the Old Industrial Park trade for acreage in Green River Commerce Park. - EW

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