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Columbia City Council April 2021 meeting report

The Columbia City Council met Monday, April 5, 2021 with five Council members, Mayor and City Clerk in attendance at City Hall plus one member and City Attorney present via the internet. Pandemic health recommendations continue to guide how meetings are held.

Mayor Pamela Hoots provided highlights from the month of March, 2021. The Burkesville Street park property tops the items. Her list follows: 1. We met with Darren Henson. The committee composed of: Richard Phelps, Mary Ann Loy, Linda Waggener, Chuck Rogers, Mike Watson, and Robert Flowers reviewed plans of the new park property.

Several options including: walking trail, dog park, playground, parking area, possible educational areas, were discussed. This plan is being done with a grant from Flex-E Funding ARC. (Copy of drawing for proposal is available at City Hall).

2. The City Streets Department continues to pickup a lot of trash on city streets. During the month of January; one week only; they had over 100 bags. We have requested the city police to monitor this also.

3. The ground-breaking for the new KFC was held during the month. We welcome the business to our community.

4. The City Streets Department is reviewing city streets for paving in the spring. Some of the streets that have been submitted include: Curry Street, Hayes Street, Garden Street, Sunset Acres, Mason Lane, Gaston Avenue. Any additions need to be requested this month.

5. Sandy Simpson, with Congressman Comer's office, visited during the month.

6. Several loads of brush have been picked up by the Street Departments.

7. Eight street lights were turned-in for repair.

8. We had several tiles stopped up following heavy rain. The Street Department have fixed several tiles following the flood damage.

9. Craig and Terry have continued to work on the floors at city hall.

10. A tree in state of disrepair was removed at the city park on Fairgrounds Street. Thanks to Dwan Hadley, Don Neat, and Larry Neat for working with cutting wood to help area residents. Terry and Craig worked on the project.

11. We held the groundbreaking at the new Kentucky Fried Chicken on Dohoney Trace this month. They hope to be open within around four months. We welcome them to our community.

12. Restroom facilities at Little League Park are open and ready for spring ball.

13. Repairs on restroom at city park on Fairgrounds Street, blue building at Little League Park.

14. All garbage cans cleaned, lined, and ready for spring.

15. We did a "Clean It Up" Day in Columbia. Jerry Watson, Gas Superintendent, was in charge. In a period of two hours, eighteen people, picked-up 88 bags of trash on Burkesville Road.

16. The City Parks and Recreation and City Streets Department worked on the access right-of-way behind the Little League fields at the park.

17. Restrooms were repaired by Parks and Recreation at the Little League Park.

18. We had a good audit this year for the gas department. (Copy of letter attached).

19. Lights are being installed at the basketball court at city park on Fairgrounds Street; and, at the volleyball court.

20. We will be doing the planter beds on the square again. Mary Ann Loy will be coordinating. Anyone who would like to participate can contact Mary Ann.

21. We will be doing three planters in each alley (up from two last year).

22. Mary Ann Loy is beginning the work on the Rose Garden at the Trabue Russell House.

23. iGo ReGo has opened a reconditioning facility (announced during the month). It is located off of Sawmill Road (off Highway East 80). They are planning a grand opening soon.

24. Columbia IGA has undergone several changes and remodeling during the month.

25. The City Street Department is working on potholes in the city.

26. ABC Report:

a. $13,803.86 Fees collected March, 2021

b. Regulatory fees to date (this fiscal year): $111,476.77

c. March, 2021: Four inspections

d. Two Star Certification violations

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City Council April meeting

2021-04-06 - Columbia, KY - Photo by Amber Hobaugh.
The Columbia City Council met in the basement of City Hall to allow social distancing for the April 7, 2021 meeting. Pictured from left are Council members Robert Flowers and Mark Harris, City Clerk Rhonda Loy, Mayor Pamela Hoots, and Council members Craig Dean, Linda Waggener and Sharon Payne. Council member Ronald Rogers and City Attorney Derrick Helm attended virtually. Also present were Columbia Police Chief Jr Murphy, Gas Department Director Jerry Watson, members of the media and Jason Rector. The meeting room does not allow enough space for the public but the office is open at 116 Campbellsville Street, Columbia, phone 270-384-2501.

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