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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
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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 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."
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 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.
- Craig Dean - Offered no additional comments.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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