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Mayor Pam Hoots reports to Columbia City Council

At the May City Council meeting, the vote was unanimous to accept the million dollar grant which is the next step in securing the location for Synergy Food Group first announced in February.

"The process is moving fast," Mayor Pam Hoots said. She received numerous compliments from Council members for her leadership on the project. The location is the former Majestic Yachts on the corner of Burkesville Road and the Veterans Memorial Bypass in Columbia where she and the Council hope soon to see local folks securing jobs preparing shelf stable meals for sale across the U.S.

The land and building grant through the Lake Cumberland ADD provides $1 million of the purchase price for the property. The City will borrow $500,000 for the balance and secure a ten-year lease with a company to pay the debt.



Mayor Hoots provided the following highlights in her report of activities during the previous month:

1. Flag pole repaired at Little League Park.

2. Flags hung at all fields at Little League Park.

3. Roadside park cleaned: leaves removed, mowed, general cleaning.

4. Terry Johnson making list of recommendations for future at Roadside Park.

5. Hedges trimmed at Trabue Russell House by city streets department.

6. Picnic area next to city hall cleaned and gotten ready for spring.

7. Volleyball court net installed at city park on Fairgrounds Street.

8. Mowing done periodically.

9. Potholes identified and being repaired at city streets department.

10. Several loads of brush picked up in town by streets department (around 20).

11. City Streets Department have started mowing welcome signs and rights of way.

12. The City Gas Department has installed around 1400 foot of line in Green Hills. Their cost: around $11,200. (includes: fuel, supplies, and compensation). If done by contractor: $19,705. Cost.

13. The City Gas Department has several more locations for gas installation. (Green Hills, Churchill Estates, etc.). They are completing as soon as feasible.

14. Several proclamations during month: Child Abuse, Telecommunications, and, Mental Health Month included.

15. Mike Glasgow, city fire chief, Lenny Stone, water superintendent, and the mayor met to discuss more hydrants for the city. We are looking at a few locations to start.

16. Tim Smith with the city street department coordinated measuring the streets for blacktopping.

17. Lights in the restrooms at the Little League Park have been replaced and repaired.

18. Flower pots have been gotten out of storage and getting ready for planting.

19. Several lights turned-in for repair to local utility companies.

20. The city street review is completed by Parks and Recreation through the ADD. They will be updating and returning to us for review.

21. Parks and Recreation working with Mary Ann Loy on putting the pots out for flowers on the square.

22. All filters have been reviewed at city hall and the Trabue Russell House.

23. Mary Ann Loy has worked with getting planters assigned for this summer. We appreciate everyone and their commitment.


This story was posted on 2021-05-10 23:22:10
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Looking back at the CPD in days past



2021-05-11 - Columbia, KY - Photo from the office of Mayor Pam Hoots, Columbia, KY.
Columbia Police Department members back in the day were, from left: Gene Conover, Donval Cravens, Murray Knifley, Tim Hardwick and Sanford Grant. This keepsake picture was given to Mayor Pam Hoots after the May Council meeting by present Columbia Police Department Chief Junior Murphy. Donval is the grandfather of current CPD Officer Adam Cravens and Tim Hardwick is father of former Mayor Curtis Hardwick.

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