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Mayor's Report to City Council for February 2022

Mayor Pamela Hoots provided the following report to the Columbia City Council on activities in February, 2022:

1. Our sympathy with several of our city families:
a. Woody Sharpe (wife, Traci) in the loss of his father and father-in-law.
b. Jackie Chapman in the loss of his sister and his mother.
c. Loss of Starriett Johnson, who worked in the city street department until he retired.

2. Our payroll tax report for 2021:
a. 2020 4th quarter: $303,757.66
b. 2021 4th quarter: $329,758.52
c. Difference of: $26,000.86 (8.5%) increase.

3. Total for 2020: $1,099,292.14
4. Total for 2021: $1,195,467.55
5. Difference of: $96,175.41 (8.7%) increase.

6. Brockman Construction Company will be starting Phase I of the park project on Burkesville Street in March/April.

7. Approximately thirty loads of brush, limbs, picked-up this month by the street department.

8. The old water fountains that were in city hall (non-working) have been removed.

9. The back hallway of city hall has been painted. Work still in process.

10. March is Youth Art Month and works of students in our community will be on display at the Trabue Russell House. K-12 students (and, homeschool) will have artwork on St. Patrick's Day, March 17. The event will be from 3 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. at the house on Jamestown Street. Artists and retired ACHS Art Director, Henrietta Scott, will be in attendance.

11. On March 9, Synergy Energy Food Group will have a ribbon-cutting and open house at their location in the former Majestic Yachts location. Further details will be available closer to the event.

12. In ABC funding:
a. 2021 $3,438,403.98 total sales.
b. 2021 $154,588.39 total fees.
c. 2020 $3,140,925.03 total sales.
d. 2020 $138,978.45 total fees.
e. Increase in sales: 9.6%
f. Increase in fees: 11.5%
13. Mayor Hoots and City Council member, along with City Attorney Derrick Helm, attended Governor Andy Beshear's visit at the Lake Cumberland Area Development District.

14. Mayor Hoots made presentation for Valentine's Day to all residents at the Signature Healthcare at Summit Manor.

15. Have started listing jobs for the community on FB page. First week over 100 shares of local jobs.

16. We are pleased that Little Caeser's pizza is coming to Columbia.

17. We will have applications for Durrett Test Kitchen available at city hall in the immediate future. We welcome them to our community.

18. Congratulations to Sam Baker, who received his CDL certification during the month.

19. Our appreciation again to the Welding Class at the Adair County High School under the direction of Barney Taylor. They will be making brackets for the light poles (decorative) on the square.
The brackets will be holding hanging baskets.

20. Mary Ann Loy is working the planter bed project around the square.
Individuals volunteer to sponsor a flower bed during the spring and summer.

21. Approximately 25 loads of brush were picked up this month.

22. Several tiles were cleaned out in the city due to the rain.

23. The benches that we applied for through the Southern Kentucky Realtors Association last fall will be delivered this month. We are pleased to work with them on this grant process. There will be three new benches placed at the City Park on Fairgrounds Street. Thank you to Tammy Stotts for referring us to this possibility.

24. Guard rail repaired on Colony Drive.

25. The Little League has just completed sign-ups. Their total participants has gone from 280 to 350 this year. 25% increase.

26. We started with doing eight banners for Memorial Day for Veterans; and, increased to sixteen. That number is now at thirty-two. We have cut-off; even though we had some others that wanted to participate in order to have all completed and ready by Memorial Day. Our thanks goes out to Ronnie Holt. He has been instrumental in getting this project completed. (Thanks to Bill Carroll and George Claywell, who have requested this be done).

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More digital, fewer paper copies, for City Council

2022-03-08 - City Hall, Columbia, KY - Photo by Amber Hobaugh.
Even though they were seven days into the month of March, last night was the first Monday and time for the regular Columbia City Council meeting. From left are Councilmen Ronald Rogers, Robert Flowers and Mark Harris; Tiffany Collins sitting in for City Clerk Woody Sharpe, Mayor Pam Hoots, City Attorney Derrick Helm; Councilman Craig Dean and Councilwomen Linda Waggener and Sharon Payne. This was the first meeting to go from paper to digital copies of all the documents and it went pretty well. The City had furnished iPads at the February meeting toward that goal.

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March proclaimed DeMolay Month in Columbia

2022-03-09 - Columbia, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener,
Behind Mayor Pam Hoots as she signs the proclamation making March DeMolay Month in Columbia, are, from left: Thomas Erler, Charlie Grant, Easton Burton and Mason Grant behind the Mayor at the Columbia City Council meeting Monday night. The Group also led the Pledge of Allegiance at the start of the meeting. DeMolay is a Youth leadership organization.

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