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City Council holds last monthly meeting of 2022

By Linda Waggener

The December Columbia City Council meeting was the last regular session of 2022. A positive audit report was provided and a report was given for the ARPA funds that the City has yet to invest. Aproximately $750,000 is left from the original total.

The first priority will be to finish the walking track at the Burkesville Street Citizens Park. Approximately $250,000 is planned for completion of that project which will include the walkway, a dog park and restrooms.

Another $200,000 is being discussed for additional investment in downtown business buildings. Morale and public feedback have been very positive about the work going on improving businesses within the City limits. The grants, up to $10,000 for each applicant, will not be increased, however raising the overall by another $200,000 will be allocated so that more businesses may apply.

The last project under discussion for the ARPA funds is development of the City's 40 acres just off Hwy East 80 for a possible transfer station. The site has EPA approval and is one that the Council believes will greatly help Columbia residents.

Another restaurant has announced it's opening in New Columbia. Groundbreaking will be held for a new Zaxby's location on December 20 at 1pmCT.

With the City in the best shape it has ever been, it was no surprise to have a historic number of Council candidates - 11 good people running for six seats - in the 2022 election. As we graduate off the council, Craig Dean and I bid farewell.

Dean gave his appreciation for 18 years of service on the council. He thanked Charles Grimsley who was the first to encourage him to run for office and gave ideas for the Council to think about in the new year. Grimsley was appointed to the Planning and Zoning board at the Council meeting.

I have a heart full of gratitude to every voter over 16 years who has allowed me to serve in this position. Congratulations to the winners - Mayor Pam Hoots, Mark Harris, Robert Flowers, Butch Rogers, and Sharon Payne. And congratulations to the two new Council members - Rhonda Loy and Hannah Peck. If they love serving in Columbia, they've just been given the best job in town.

Everyone shared wishes for a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year for all.

This story was posted on 2022-12-12 09:51:57
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City says farewell to two Council Members

2022-12-12 - Downtown Columbia, KY - Photo by Maggie Coleman and Jackie Montgomery.
Two faces on the City Council will change in the New Year. Congratulations to the winners re-elected in the November 2022 General Election - Mayor Pam Hoots and four Council Members, Mark Harris, Robert Flowers, Butch Rogers, and Sharon Payne. Craig Dean and Linda Waggener transition off as two new Council members - Rhonda Loy and Hannah Peck - will be welcomed at the January 2023 meeting.

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