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Columbia City Council Special Meeting June 14, 2004

  • "Choppers Bill" fails to come to vote as Council wusses out
  • Joe Moore has finest moment
  • Ordinance readings pass routinely
  • Joe Moore tradition survives, but perhaps with an asterisk*
By Ed Waggener

COLUMBIA, KY. City Hall. June 14, 2005: It was over almost before it began, but the Special Called meeting of the Columbia City Council did provide some punchy moments.

Though Mayor Pat Bell moved agenda Item #3, "Consider Dental Insurance for City Council," to the first item for consideration, none of the Council Members would commit to the idea enough to move that it become law.

It was a wussy debate.

Member Charles Grimsley said that he was not committed to the idea, but would make a motion to do so, and vote for the plan, if the others wanted it.

Senior Member Larry Marshall said he'd talked to Member Craig Dean, and said that Craig was for the Council having dental insurance. (Mr. Dean was the only Council Member not present at the meeting.) Mr. Marshall said he himself was on the fence, but would vote for the idea if the others were for it.

June Parsons, the Council's newest member said that, as a Council member, the plan would help her with extensive dental work this year, but that for employers, dental plans are not such great buys. She said that she was not committed either way, but would go along with the wishes of the other Council members.

Council Member Edwin Taylor, the originator of the notion, was quite stoic on the matter, and did not comment.

Mayor Bell did come down hard on both sides. He said, "It's up to you. The Administration will be happy either way."But Joe Moore delivered his most eloquent speech. "I am against it," he said. Asked why, he said, "I don't have any teeth. It wouldn't help me."

Member Parsons said that the measure could help Mr. Moore. "There's a dentures provision in the plan. It pays 50% for dentures."

But Mr. Moore was adamant. "I don't need half a set! I need uppers and lowers. I'm still against it."

With no action from the Council, and with the mid-year deadline for plan enrollment fast approaching, the Mayor pronounced the benediction on the idea,"I guess we'll have to look at it next year, if we want to."

Routine readings unanimously approved

The Council heard second readings by City Attorney Marshall Loy of Ordinance No 230.44 (Ordinance Updating Policies and Procedures) and Ordinance No. 220.130 (FY 05/06 Budget), and both were unanimously approved by voice vote by the five Council Members present.

*Drama in Adjournment

The long-standing tradition of the call for adjournment to come from Joe Moore was put in jeopardy.

Mayor Bell said that Mr. Moore had told him that, because of the heat, he wouldn't be able to call for the meeting to adjourn. The Mayor said that Mr. Moore had said that if they quit before late in the afternoon, there'd be time for him to return to work (in his Real Life Job as an Electrician, and a damned fine one) and he didn't want to go back out in the heat.

After a respectably defferent wait for Joe Moore to act, Senior Member Larry Marshall said, "Well, I'll move we adjourn." City Attorney Marshall reprimanded Mr. Marshall, however, "You don't have any right to do that," at which time Joe Moore uttered the line beloved far and wide (even in the wilds of Central Ohio), "Let's go home!"

And thus they did.

Most seem to think that, with City Attorney Marshall Loy's adroit umpiring, Joe Moore's unbroken skein of adjournment motions stands and will continue to set a new record each time he says it.

And most seem to hope that the accomplishment will one day be recognized, as the late former Mayor Coy Downey was fond of saying, "In the World Record Book of Guinesses."

Even if a teeny bit diminished by an asterisk.The meeting was over at 2:07 p.m., perhaps another record.
Present at the meeting were Mayor Pat Bell, City Attorney Marshall Loy, City Police Chief Mark Harris, City Council Members Larry Marshall, Joe Moore, Charles Grimsley, Edwin Taylor, and June Parsons; and two media representives.

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