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Columbia City Council: Mon 6 Nov 2017 - REPORT
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By Ed Waggener
Last night's night's City Council was opened with Council Member Ronald Rogers sitting in the Mayor's seat, and the first order of business was a motion by Council Member Craig Dean to vote that Rogers serve as acting Mayor in the absence of Mayor Curtis Hardwick.
Dean said Mayor Hardwick was out of town.
Dean suggested that Rogers be approved to serve in that capacity in the future in the absence of Mayor Hardwick, prompting the question: Is something going on? Is the Mayor expected to be absent a lot. Dean said that wasn't the case, but that he thought the matter ought to be settled, just in case.
It took two votes, as advised by Clerk Rhonda Loy, first to approve Dr. Rogers as acting Mayor for the meeting, a second to make him acting mayor any time Mayor Hardwick is out of town. Both were approved on 5-0 with Acting Mayor Ronald Roger abstaining.
Side walks and safety takes center stage
The Council moved ahead with improvements for safety and sidewalk measures.
Council Member Pam Hoots moved that the Sidewalk Committee be authorized to negotiate with appropriate contacts in the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet to get permission to paint crosswalks on the Square and crosswalks on the first block of each street off the Square.
She said the permission is necessary before the work could be undertaken by the City of Columbia. Council Member Hoots said that members of the Street Committee had spend several hours with Mayor Tony Young, who told them that the KYTC has to grant permission to paint the crosswalks, and that Campbellsville had obtained state permission, before undertaking the work as a city project.
The crosswalk markings the Street Committee wants would be similar to those recently done in Campbellsville "like the ones in front of Lyon-Dewitt Berry Funeral Home" (503 E Main). She said that Mayor Young said Campbellsville is finding flat painted crosswalks to be as effective as the raised ones Campbellsvill first installed, and that the public has been far more accepting of these flat crosswalks.
On her motion, with a second by Council Member Linda Waggener, the vote was unanimous to proceed with negotiations with the KYTC.
Council approves recommendation to proceed with Greensburg Street sidewalk
Also on Council Members recommendation, and again, with a second from Council Member Linda Waggener, the council voted to move ahead with the Greensburg Street Sidewalk Project, for which the council has already approved up to $75,000 in dedicated funding, with a note that the Sidewalk Committee recommends Greg Eastham to be the engineer.
The recommendation as to the engineer would not be binding on Mayor Hardwick, but Acting Mayor Ronald Rogers said that he believed that Mayor Hardwick concurred. The vote to proceed was unanimous. Council Member Hoots said that the Sidewalk Commmittee wants a Spring, 1918 start on Greensburg Street sidewalks.
Council tables agenda item to approve one sidewalk improvement
The council tabled agenda item No. 4, which read:
Motion to Approve Land Surveying and Civil Engineering Design Services for Sidewalk Improvement DDS Engineering, PLLC.The item, as presented, was for a $7,900 contract for work on safety ramps. Council Member Pam Hoots noted that to of the Items were on Lindsey Wilson Property - private passages - which reduced the amount of the contract by $1,200.
The work is for engineering only. There was no estimate of the cost of construction, which may be announced at a later meeting.
Acting Mayor Rogers told the council before bringing the item up that he would not be voting on the matter because his son, Matt, works with the DDS, a Bowling Green company, whose website advertises it as the oldest and largest engineering company in Bowling Green.
Council approves two supplemental additions to Code of Ordinances
City Attorney Marshall read two ordinances, No 100.27, relating to 2015, and No. 100.27, relating to 2016, adding supplements to the Code of Ordinances for the City of Columbia, for the American Legal Publishing Corporation to add the two supplements for the two years. The votes were unanimous for first readings of both ordinances. Council approves first reading of WAIN Street zoning change
The council approved a first reading of the following:
Motion to approve recommendation from City of Columbia Planning and Zoning Commission to amend the City ofColumbia Official Zoning Map effecting a requst for Zone Change from R2 Low-ModerateDensity Residential to I-1 light industrial for lot located at 415 Wain Street (PVA Map No. 000-04/05-013.00) Property owned by John Wethington and Tom Wethington.City Clerk Rhonda Loy said that the measure will allow the owners to construct storage buildings on the property.
The measure, recommended by the Columbia City Planning & Zoning Commission, was unanimously approved on a motion by Council Member Mark Harris, with a second by Council Member Pam Hoots.
Steven Baker appointed to term on Parks & Recreation
Acting Mayor Ronald Rogers presented Mayor Curtis Hardwick's recommendation that Steven Baker be appointed to the Columbia/Adair County Parks & Recreation Board. On a motion by Council Member Linda Waggener, with a second by Council Member Mark Harris, the motion was unanimously approved, 6-0.
The Council voted unanimously to approve the minutes of the October 2, 2017 meeting on a motion by Council Member Pam Hoots, with a second by Craig Lasley. The regular meeting was the only City Council meeting held in October.
Only one citizen offered comments during the segment reserved for Citizen Comments, following the pledge of allegiance in the opening of the meeting. Roy Rademacher, also a member of the Columbia Planning & Zoning Commission, told the council members and gallery assembly that his comments were on "The Good. The Bad. and The Ugly." The Good he said, was the wonderful Downtown Days. He singled out City Clerk Rhonda Loy and Chamber President Ellen Zornes, who was also in the audience for special thanks.
The Bad, he said, was a $25 reconnect fee in the city's new gas ordinance.
The Ugly, he said, is the new Merchant/Reed & Campbellsville Street Intersection just installed by the the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, District 8, in Somerset, KY.
City Clerk Rhonda Loy protested that the City had no part in the installation, and that District 8 had not requested any input. She said that she was unclear on when the new traffic light installation would be complete, say, "You will have to ask JJ." JJ, David Martin, has watched, with a less than approving eye, the reworking of the lights.
Craig Dean Asked about how rentals of the Little League Park would be handled. The Park is owned by the City, and is managed by the Little League, he said. City Clerk Rhonda Loy suggested that a contract for renting would need to be drawn up, taking into consideration insurance coverage of liabilities which might be incurred.Acting Mayor Ronald P. Rogers did not comment in the Council Comments segment, but, as a stand-in for Mayor Hardwick, said he guessed he could say on the Mayor's behalf that he was "enjoying the trip." Attendance was good. Good time had by all
Attendance was good and and a good time was had by all. The meeting was not as long as it seemed, the council room clock had not not fallen back, to standard time, and some thought they had been meeting to closer to two hours than the usual one hour period. And as in the summation of the old time Adair County News scribes, "A good time was had by all." End of report, Columbia City Council Meeting, Monday, November 6, 2017.
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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