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Competent, timely snow removal doesn't go unnoticed

Little House of Fabrics owner Kathy Jones sends letter to City Hall. Mayor Hardwick said credit should go to Street Superintendent Donnie Rowe, who in turn gave due credit to Tim Smith and Roger Coffey, the Columbia Police Department and Adair County EMD Mike Keltner and others, for now to do most effective work making streets safe. It's all a matter of timing, Rowe says.
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By Ed Waggener

Almost with failure, failures and shortcomings receive numerous complaints. Too many times, outstanding performance and competence goes unnoticed. But Columbia business owner Kathy Jones, was prompted to write a letter to City Hall commending the work of the Columbia Street Department during the January snowstorm. She's not in the City Limits, but couldn't help but acknowledge their work. Her letter, which went to City Hall and Mayor Hardwick, is posted as a photo linked to this story.

Mayor Hardwick, in turn, gave full credit to the City's Street Department, and its Superintendent, Donnie Rowe, who, in turn, insisted on sharing the credit with Tim Smith and Roger Coffey.

Kathy Jones letter is as follows:

Jan 20, 2018

Dear Friends, I do not live in the city but I do travel through going to the grocery and doctor. I want to take this time to "Thank You" for all the hard work you have done during this snow. I am sure you spent several sleepless nights making the roads safe for us. You are to be commended for your dedication.

Thanks again,

Kathy Jones
Donnie Rowe said that timing in snow/ice clearing is the most important element is keeping the streets clear, and that he relies on Mayor Hardwick to have the department on alert, and begins snowplow and salting work when it will do the most good, relying on advice from the Columbia Police Department and Adair County Emergency Manager Mike Keltner, and other reliable sources before beginning the work.

This saves money, time, and gives a safety edge when the streets are tackled, Superintendent Rowe said.

Rowe said that the city has 43 miles - 86 lane miles - of streets to clear. They go from Russell Creek on the East Side of Columbia Westwood on the West, and include most of the Green Hills area. North to South, the City is responsible for streets in the City Limits adjoining Dillon Street (a state road) south to Creek Bend Road off KY 55.

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Columbia Street Department morale boosting letter

2018-02-01 - Little House Fabric Shop, 1801 Hwy 53 S Road, Columbia, KY - Photo letter from Kathy Jones.
Often times good work is overlooked when it is done competently, quietly, and on time. But Columbia Businesswoman Kathy Jones, owner of the Little House Fabric Shop, sent this letter to Mayor Curtis Hardwick commending the City of Columbia Street Department. Mayor Hardwick passed it on for credit to go where credit is due - primarily Street Department workers Donnie Rowe, Superintendent, and Tim Smith and Roger Coffey.

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