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Columbia City Council 5 Feb Meeting Report: Fast-paced action

In last night's City Council Meeting, Monday, February 5, 2018
  • Council approves two major requests by Columbia Fire Chief Mike Glasgow
  • Council approves new street safety measures
  • Council supports Mike Watson, Adair Heritage Association efforts to obtain bronze KHS Historical Marker for Camp Boyle (See: Text of address by Mike Watson: Camp Boyle Historical Marker Project w/photo)
  • Greensburg Street sign removal approved; Mayor plans replacement
  • Minutes approved for both regular meeting, and challenged special called one
  • Two past community leaders, Joe Taylor, Sr., and Joe Louis Graves, will be recognized during Black History month.
  • Citizen comment session re-thrashes of City Hall's/FM2/Adair Judicial Center/Grissom-Martin Funeral Home intersection
  • See related: Columbia Police Department Activity Report - Jan 2018

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By Ed Waggener

Last night's City Council meeting was brief, but proved to be one of the most eventful in a long time. The Council approved two measures greatly improving the effectiveness of the Columbia Fire Department, approved several street safety improvements, endorsed a request for a new Camp Boyle Historical Marker, approved changes in the city's official zoning map to accommodate changes for the Adair County Public Library, approved minutes for the council's regular session and moved through the media-challenged legality of a special called meeting on January 18, 2018 (it's awaiting an Attorney General's ruling), and moved ahead with plans to remove and replace a welcome to columbia sign on Greensburg Road.


Chief Glasgow's requests fulfilled

Columbia Fire Chief Mike Glasgow, who is now serving in his 49th year with the department, persuasively presented the departments case for assistance with the purchase of new turnout gear to replace 13 year old outfits. He also got a heads up to proceed with getting grant money and City assistance to replace a pumper next year.

The council voted to provide $30,000 for the turn out gear and sanctioned efforts by fire department public information officer Donald Hare to procure a grant for the purchase of the new pumper, which, PIO Hare said, will have a price tag of $375,000 to $500,000 and with a local share of 6.8% of purchase price. The purchase will likely happen in 2019, Chief Glasgow said. Attending the meeting with Chief Glasgow were firemen Donald Hare, Chris Bragg, Robert Coffey, Brandon Minton, Terry Flatt, and Dennis Loy.

Council approves street safety measures

The council approved a new street light for Progress Drive in the old industrial park. The light will be installed near John Rarey's Business Card Factory at 400 Progress Drive. The action was approved unanimously on a motion by Councilor Ronald P. Rogers, with a second by Craig Dean.

Mayor Hardwick also addressed plans to eliminate a parking spot on Jamestown Street at the entrance to the Square. He told Councilor Pam Hoots, who inquired about the plans that the council had approved the elimination of the parking slot which will be done when weather permits, and said that another square entrance slot will be eliminated at the Campbellsville Street entrance as well. Both have been cited as causing unnecesary danger to pedestrians because they block motorists view of pedestrians entering crosswalks.

Minutes approved

Minutes for the regular session of City Council on January 3, 2018, were approved on a motion by Councilor Ronald P. Rogers, with a second by Pam Hoots.

The minutes of the Council's January 18, 2018, special called meeting were also approved without dissent on a motion by Councilor Mark Harris with a second by Councilor Craig Dean, on a 5-0 vote, with Councilors Pam Hoots, Craig Lasley, and Linda Waggener joining in affirmation, and Councilor Ronald P. Rogers not voting because he was not present.

The legality of the meeting has been challenged by The Adair County Community Voice, whose publisher, Sharon Burton, has requested an Attorney General's Opinion on the meeting, which consisted of an open session to go into executive session, the executive session, and the subsequent announcement that no action was taken in the session by Mayor Curtis Hardwick. The meeting was held in the council meeting room, which was cleared except for counsel, Mayor Hardwick, City Clerk Rhonda Loy, and councilors Pam Hoots, Mark Harris, Craig Dean, Linda Waggener. The Adair County Community Voice's Adam Capps, who questioned the reasons for the executive session, was asked to remain outside during the closed session.

City Attorney Dustin Warren said that no comment would be made at the February 5, 2018 meeting while he and the newspaper await the Attorney General's opinion on the matter.

Mike Watson presents Camp Boyle Historical Marker plans

Adair County Historian Mike Watson, repesenting the Adair Heritage Association , asked for and received Council approval to send a letter(s) of recommendation to the Kentucky Historical Society supporting efforts "to obtain a Kentucky Historical Marker for the Civil War camp adjacent to the city of Columbia, Adair County, know as Camp Boyle."
Citizens Comments

Citizen Roy Rademacher brought up issues related to the new intersection at Campbellsville Street and Merchant/N Reed Streets, quipping at the meeting had chiefs - the fire chief, the police chief, and the sidewalks chief, turning to Mary Ann Loy. Rademacher voice opposition to the state design. Mayor Hardwick said he had opposed it, but the highway department deemed other wise. Fire Chief Mike Glasgow voiced opposition. Mary Ann Loy, said that she had not been involved in the decision, but noted that from a pedestrian standpoint, the new intersection is overall an improvement.


MAYOR COMMENTS
Mayor Curtis Hardwick acknowledged, with appreciation, the numerous commendations received by citizens for the snow clearance work done by the City Street Department, and also noted compliments he has received about the City Gas Department.


COUNCIL COMMENTS
- Craig Dean - Offered no additional comments.

- Linda Waggener - Reminded the Council of the opportunity to take down an orphan "Welcome to Columbia" sign on the Clyde Cheatham heirs property across from Downey Saw Mill on Greensburg Road. The council voted to remove it and Mayor Hardwick said that he will be studying a replacement sign similar to those at other entrances to the community.

- Craig Lasley - Commended the City Street Department.

- Ronald Rogers - Echoed praise of the City Street Department.

- Pam Hoots - Reminded the council of community pride in recent Kentucky Press awards won the Adair County Community Voice. She also asked that two special African-American leaders, the late Joe Taylor, Sr., and the late City Councilor Joe Louis Graves, are being recognized during Black History Month. She also re-focused the council's attention to the need to eliminate the parking spaces at the entrance to the Square on Jamestown Street.

- Mark Harris - reiterated stand on removal of parking spaces.
Meeting attendance excellent

The meeting adjourned at 6:30pmCT. It was well attended with Mayor Hardwick presiding, City Clerk Rhonda Loy recording, City Attorney Dustin Warren counseling, all Councilors - Craig Dean, Linda Waggener, Craig Lasley, Ronald Rogers, Pam Hoots and Mark Harris present, as well as Police Chief Jason Cross, P & Z Commissioner Roy Rademacher, previously mentioned firefighters, of the media, Street Advisory Commmitte member Mary Ann Loy, Adair County Library Director LeeAnn Jessee, and Mike Watson.

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. Council Members 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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Chief Mike Glasgow presents case for council aid



2018-02-06 - City Council Room, City Hall, 116 Campbellsville Street, Columbia, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener, ColumbiaMagazine.com.
Columbia Fire Chief Mike Glasgow, now serving in his 49th year with the department, persuasively presented the departments case for assistance with the purchase of new turnout gear to replace 13 year old outfits and got a heads up to proceed with getting grant money and City assistance to replace a pumper next year. The council voted to provide $30,000 for the turn out gear and sanctioned efforts by fire department public information officer Donald Hare to procure a grant for the purchase of the new pumper, which, he said, will have a price tag of $375,000 to $500,000 and with a local share of 6.8%. The purchase will likely happen in 2019, Chief Glasgow said. Attending the meeting with Chief Glasgow were firemen Donald Hare, Chris Bragg, Robert Coffey, Brandon Minton, Terry Flatt, and Dennis Loy.

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All eyes on Chief Mike Glasgow



2018-02-06 - Columbia City Hall, 116 Campbellsville Street, Columbia, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener, ColumbiaMagazine.com.
Columbia Fire Chief Mike Glasgow had rapt attention as he successfully presented the case for City Assistance to purchase new turnout gear, which will cost a total of approximately $60,000, and will be funded by $30,000 from the City, $30,000 by the fire department. Especially supportive were firemen, from left above, Terry Flatt, William Grider, Brandon Minton, Robert Montgomery, and Chris Bragg. Not seen in frame, but present, Dennis Loy. Behind them, Roy Rademacher, who spoke in the Citizens Comments portion of the meeting, against the new traffic light at the intersection of Campbellsville Street & Merchant/N Reed Street.

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Welcome to Columbia signs being looked at by City Council



2018-02-08 - E 80, Columbia, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener, ColumbiaMagazine.com.
Signs that mark the entrance to the city of Columbia, KY are being looked at for upgrades. Attention to signs at entrances to the city has been growing since questions on the oldest one on Greensburg Road have come up more and more often. Mayor Curtis Hardwick asked for and received Council agreement at the February meeting for the large wood sign across the road from Downey's Mill/Blair Park and Recreation Center on Greensburg Road to be addressed as soon as weather permits. The entrance sign pictured here results from an effort from about 20-25 years ago. ColumbiaMagazine.com welcome photos of our public signs that need to be repaired as the discussion continues. -- LW

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