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Columbia City Council: Mon 6 Nov 2017 - REPORT

  • Council approves Dr. Ron Rogers as acting mayor for meeting and for future absences, if any, by Mayor Hardwick
  • Council moves ahead with Downtown Crossings, approves preliminary engineering hiring for Greensburg Street Sidewalks; tables engineering contract for ramps.
  • Minutes, Supplements for City Code of Ordinances approved.
  • P & Z change to allow storage units on Wain Street approved
  • Downtown Days success draws univeral accolades from council
  • Kudos extended to Adair County Marching band and "Astros," whoever they might be and for whatever they might have done. (Wasn't expla'ned to the baseball-challenged in the gallery)
  • Steven Baker receives unanimous approval for Parks and Rec Board
  • Citizen Roy Rademacher comments on "The Good. The Bad. And the Ugly."
  • Council considers possible mergers expansion of duties for Parks and Rec Board; possible creation of separate parks board for city, complete with a seasonal crew and its own little truck.
Columbia Police Department Activity Report, October 2017 presented at meeting, w/photo(s)

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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 was.

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.

Minutes approved

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.

Citizens Comment

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.

Linda Waggener Welcomed Steven Baker to the Parks & Recreation Board, and asked the Council to look at giving the P & R Board more responsibilities over other Parks within town, including the Little Leagure Park and the City Park, and the proposed Paddle Trail Launching Site, as well as working out a management agreement with the Chamber of Commerce's Roadside Park. After a discussion.

Acting Mayor Ronald Rogers said that there might be a possibility of a separate City Parks Board with its own seasonal employees and it's own little truck for the City parks properties owned only by the city. The matter was left for further discussion.

Craig Lasley Commended the Downtown Days event, and commended the city for having bright American flags flying for Veterans Day.

Pam Hoots:< Commended the work of Downtown Days committee and noted the success of the November 4, 2017 Adair County Book Fair. Mark Harris: Said that Downtown Days this year were the best ever. Gave Kudos to the Adair County Marching Band of winning it's 22nd KMEA State Championship, and to "the Astros."
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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City Council meeting 6 Nov 2017. (Acting) Mayor for life?

2017-11-06 - City Hall, 116 Campbellsville Street, Columbia, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener,
In the absence of Mayor Curtis Hardwick who is at a Housing meeting in Florida, Council Member Ronald Rogers was voted to take the leader's position. Council Member Craig Dean made that motion, and after it was unanimously approved, he made a second motion that Dr. Rogers be the choice for acting mayor anytime in the foreseeable future when the mayor is absent. From left are Council Members Pamela Hoots and Mark Harris, City Clerk Rhonda Loy, Council Member and acting mayor Rogers, City Attorney Marshall Loy, and Council Members Dean, Linda Waggener and Craig Lasley. -- EW

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City Council studying Campbellsville-style crosswalks

2017-11-08 - Campbellsville, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener,
The Columbia City Council, meeting Monday, November 6, 2017, unanimously approved a request by Council Member Pam Hoots to authorize the Sidewalk Committee to negotiate with the KY Tranasportation Cabinet for permission to paint Pedestrian Crossings similar to this on in the 500 block of E Main Street in Campbellsville, KY. The Sidewalk Committee spent the better part of one day with Campbellsville Mayor Tony Young studying safety measures Campbellsville has taken to make the micropolitan community one of the most walkable in Kentucky. Variations might include adding cross hatching in the inside black rectangle warning motorists to stay out of that area except when it is clear to move through only, preventing blocking as happens on Jamestown Street at Reed, adding stop bars at each crossing, and stop signs on each corner. Clicking Read More accesses Columbia City Council, Mon 6 Nov 2017 REPORT

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City Council meeting: Citizen Rademacher calls this The Bad

2017-11-09 - Intersection Campbellsville/Reed-Merchant Streets, Columbia, KY. - Photo by Ed Waggener,
Citizen Roy Rademacher addressed the Columbia City Council on "The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly." He had a negative view of the KYTC's new intersection changes - part of it within the orange netting; the project is ongoing at this time - calling it "The Bad." - EW. Read More Link accesses detailed Council Meeting report posted Tue morning 2017-11-07.

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