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Columbia City Council Special Meeting 13 Feb 2018 - Report

  • Council OKs application for Workforce Study Grant
  • Council authorizes Mayor Hardwick to proceed with possible matching grant for restrooms, parking lot for kayak paddle trail park
  • Council approves request from Lois Cunningham to install permanent prefab building for free meals summer program at Farmers Market on the Square

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By Ed Waggener

The Columbia City Council, in a very brief Special Called Meeting Tuesday, February 13, 2018, at 5:15pmCT, quickly approved three recommendations from Mayor Curtis Hardwick which could, if carried through, improve economic development prospects, tourism and recreation, and will facilitate the summer meals project at the Farmers Market on the Square.

Council approves application for Workforce Study Grant

Mayor Hardwick asked permission to apply for a Work Force Study Grant for the area. He said that this grant requires no local funds if received. Mayor Hardwick said that finding workers has been an increasing difficulty for employers, and he feels data received from this study could really help. He said he is hoping the study will show the number of commuting workers who leave the county each day as well as the number who drive to Columbia for work here. On a motion by Councilor Craig Dean, with a second by Linda Waggener, and Councilors Craig Lasley, Ronald Rogers, Pam Hoots, and Mark Harris, the authority was given to Mayor Hardwick to proceed.

Mayor seeking funds for kayaking facilities at old water plant

It's contingent on the Columbia Adair Utilities District (CAUD) returning some of the old water plant on Waterworks Street to the city, but Mayor Hardwick received authorization from the Council to proceed with an application for a grant for restrooms and a parking lot for the Proposed Paddle Trails for Kayaking. He told the Council that the Grant would be a 20% matching one, and that it would be contingent on negotiations with CAUD for the property.

On a motion by Councilor Rogers, and a second by Councilor Mark Harris, the Council unanimously authorized Mayor Hardwick to proceed. Mayor Hardwick said that obtaining the transfer from CAUD would be a requisite first step.

In answer to questions about costs for the improvement, Mayor Hardwick said he was unsure, but that the 20% matching city contribution can come from in-kind work, and that the city could do some of it and that he is working with a donor and that he anticipates no necessity to use cash to complete the project.

City approves installation of a pre-fab building on FM2 lot

The council unanimously approved a request from Lois Cunningham, who now heads the free summer meals project each Saturday during the Farmers Market on The Square season, to permanently place a 10 x 10 prefabricated building on the backside of the lot. The council voted to let Mayor Hardwick use his discretion as to the suitability of the structure, which he said was being donated for the popular program. The vote to proceed was unanimous, on a motion by Councilor Rogers and a second by Councilor Mark Harris.

Brief meeting. Light attendance

The meeting was concluded in less than five minutes. The Mayor, All Council Members, City Attorney Dustin Warren, City Police Chief Jason Cross, and representatives of the media were in attendance.
End of Agenda for Columbia City Council meeting Tuesday, 13 Feb 2018

ABOUT COLUMBlA CITY COUNCIL: The Columbia 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. Ronald Rogers, Pamela Hoots, Craig Lasley, and Mark Harris. City Clerk Rhonda Loy. City Attorney Dustin Warren. 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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New speed check sign on Burkesville Street



2018-02-13 - Burkesville Street, Columbia, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener, ColumbiaMagazine.com.
The City of Columbia Police Department is working on two solutions to the speeding traffic on Burkesville Street: One is the installation of a KYTC flashing sign, a loaner, or, two, parking police cars with lights flashing to protect construction workers. The sign above lets motorists know the speed they are traveling, and appears to be very effective. Columbia Police Chief Jason Cross said after the Tuesday meeting at City Council that the sign had arrived and was installed. He said that the Kentucky Highway Department designated the location, and would not allow its relocation to the CAUD - Stotts Construction site, where a few speeding drivers are endangering construction workers there. (Could or should the city begin to install it's own permanent, smaller speed checkers in town? Help on estimated costs would be appreciated. We found a site, but couldn'd find prices. x.walk.com - EW.

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Council approves three proposals in brief 13 Feb 2018 meeting



2018-02-14 - City Hall, 116 Campbellsville Street, Columbia, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener, ColumbiaMagazine.com.
The Columbia City Council, in a very brief Special Called Meeting Tuesday, February 13, 2018, at 5:15pmCT, quickly approved three recommendations from Mayor Curtis Hardwick which could, if carried through, improve economic development prospects, tourism and recreation, and will facilitate the summer meals project at the Farmers Market on the Square. Mayor Hardwick, center, above, presided, with all Councilors, Ron Rogers, Pam Hoots, Mark Harris, Craig Dean, Linda Waggener and Craig Lasley present. City Clerk Rhonda Loy is at left, by the Mayor, in photo, City Attorney Dustin Warren is at his right. Also in attendance at the meeting were City Police Chief Jason Cross and members of the media.

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