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Report from Mayor Pamela Hoots and City Council

The Columbia City Council came together at its regular first Monday time in a special called meeting June 1, 2020 hosted on the Internet due to the Coronavirus distancing regulations. Four council members (Rogers, Payne, Waggener and Harris) were present using and two (Dean and Parson) were present in the City Hall meeting room with the Mayor, City Clerk and City Attorney.

Mayor Pamela Hoots provided the report of activities during the month of May which follows:

We have continued to have several loads of brush picked-up by the city street department (approximately sixty).

The Parks and Recreation Department is working at the Little League Park. Excavation work was completed there during the month. A water line was repaired.

Parks and Recreation and the City Streets Department have been mowing the Jim Blair Center this month.

A tile was installed in Green Hills area; and, several ditches were cleaned out.

Over thirty rose bushes have been planted at the Trabue Russell House. Mary Ann Loy has been overseeing the project. Bushes were purchased in memory of and in honor of residents in our community.

The Mayor applied for a Kentucky Safety Grant through the Kentucky League of Cities.

Planters around the square were adopted by businesses and local residents (idea was from Barry Loy). Those with planters include: Riddle Landscaping, Bennett family, United Citizens Bank, Lena Miller with Lena's Flowers, Sandy Conover from Nanwood, Kaitlyn Crawhorn in memory of her grandmother, Myers family, Edward Jones Investment (Joe Willis), and Plant Cell. We have some additional planters that will be placed. (Already have volunteers for all those planters).

The second phase of lighting on Patricia Trail/Corporate Drive is nearing completion.

We were looking at the following for blacktopping: Reed Street (behind city hall), Miller Avenue (to curve), Guthrie Street (from Montgomery to Elm), Harvey Street (Jamestown to Loy Drive), Entrance to Little League (1st entrance) (2nd entrance), Exit lower parking lot Little League, Third parking lot for Little League, parking lot (Minor Drive), Grady Loop (from Bomar Heights to just below Brown Drive), and Clinton Street (corner of Garrett to new blacktop). Some will be under road blacktopping; and, the other under the budget for the Little League Park.

We are opening the bids for the Green Hills gas expansion project the first week of June.

The city Parks and Recreation Department is mowing the Little League Park.

We have delivered around 75 bags of food to area residents.

The gas department and parks and recreation department is mowing all the regulator stations.

We are planning on painting more gas meters during June.

The old Lerman's building has been boarded for safety for residents.

We will be utilizing some student workers this summer. This is being handled through the Area Development District.

The tables from Cookout were moved to the Little League Park during the month. We appreciate Cookout for this donation.

Dairy Queen is planning on groundbreaking within the next two months. Their location in Columbia will be a new design; and, will be the first of this design in the United States. Isn't that exciting?

Caly's line for drug tips continues to do great. We thank Stacy Hatcher Wilson for working with the City Police Department on this line.

O.D. Frazier has been working on a survey for the sanitation department for usage.

The final phase of the lighting is nearing completion on Patricia Trail and Corporate Drive.

The City Gas Department is planning on painting the gas department building on Tutt Street; the regulator stations; as well as continuing painting the meters. We are working on doing maintenance of city property.

The meeting can be watched in full at this link:

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