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City Council meeting report, Mon 02 May 2016 regular meeting


  • Council grants requests for two sponsorships, takes third under advisement; first requests granted since budget crisis, enactment of Payroll Tax. Dr. Rogers, Craig Dean approve, but warn cautious approach needed
  • Mayor agrees to look into suggestion by Roy Rademacher, that a student be honorary mayor
  • Mayor Hardwick recommends, Council approves, Kinzie Rowe to take seat left vacant when Tony Corbin's term on EDA expired
  • Linda Waggener gives report on walk through, TRH, with Vonnie Kolbenschlag and needs at the historic landmark.

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By Ed Waggener

At the regular city Council meeting Monday, May 2, 2016 the citizens comments portion of the meeting provided most of the action, with three requests for donations being present, with two approved and the third, presented for the first time, from the Adair 911 requesting the city fund a new $15,603.40 expenditure, being taken under advisement, as is the current policy.

The requests, relative to pre-budget crisis times, were relatively modest, but two council members, Craig Dean and Dr. Ron Rogers, cautioned anew for tighter controls on such requests, though both commended the worthiness of the projects.



Mayor Curtis Hardwick presided, in the rather lengthy session. City Clerk Rhonda Loy recorded the session, and City Attorney Marshall Loy was present for legal advice.

City will sponsor downtown meals for kids

Barbara Armitage presented the second request for sponsorship of the square meals cafe program of the Farmers Market on the Square. After discussion that this was a benefit to all young people, a motion was made by Dr. Ronald Rogers for the city to take the $300 sponsorship and the motion was seconded by Linda Waggener. The vote was unanimous. With Council Members Craig Lasley, Craig Dean, Charles Grimsley, and Mark Harris joining in the unanimous voice vote.

Council will contribute $1,000 for the Highway 55 South Road Park

Ellen Zornes presented the second request for the City to expand its membership in the Chamber of Commerce. After discussion and establishing that the Highway 55 Park is benefit to all in both the city and county, a motion was made by Charles Grimsley that the city take the $1000 annual sponsorship of the park to be included in the upcoming budget. Dr. Ronald Rogers seconded the motion and the vote was unanimous, with Councillors Mark D. Harris, Linda Waggener, Craig Dean and Craig Lasley affirming.

Roy Rademacher suggests student honorary mayor preside

The final citizen comment came from Mr. Roy Radamacher who suggested that a student be offered the opportunity to be honorary mayor for a day. After some discussion Mayor Curtis Hardwick directed city clerk Rhonda Loy to contact the elementary schools and check on this possibility.

The agenda included a presentation by Chris Janes from the Columbia Adair County Airport board about the city assisting with some projects there, however he was not present at the meeting.

Jason Upchurch presents first request of $15,603.40 recorder for Adair 911

Jason Upchurch, paramedic and Adair County 911 director appealed to the council to purchase a new recorder for the Adair County 911 system, a $15,603.40 expenditure over the next five years. He presented a detailed bid and asked that the city pay in full since the city benefits in the majority for all 911 activity. Those who benefit include the city police Department, the sheriff, EMS, attorneys when recordings are used in court, and is protection for dispatchers and callers. The decision was tabled for 30 days of study by the mayor and council.

In the announcements section of the meeting:

MAYOR CURTIS HARDWICK nominated Kinsey Rowe to replace Tony Corbin on the industrial Board. Motion was made by Craig Dean with the second by Charles Grimsley. The vote was unanimous.

On a serious matter of public safety Mayor Hardwick announced that the city has no ordinance against trucks coming around the Public Square and no plans to create one.

Mayor Hardwick gave a report on the activities of the City of Columbia street department.


In Council comments:
Council Member Craig Dean said that while all three entities asking for donations
at this meeting were good and needed, he wanted to council to be careful not to go backwards. He said that donations had been curtailed in the last few years because the city had been unable to make contributions and while the payroll tax is meeting projections and rebalancing the budget, caution is needed with each dollar spent so that the city doesn't wind up back in the red again.

Council Member Linda Waggener thanked Vonnie Kolbenshlag for bringing the Trabue Russell House and its rich heritage to the council. She said the two met at the Trabue Russell House and completed an interior walk-through and items needed will be listed at a future date. Waggener commended Vonnie Kolbenschlag for having provided most of the documentation to go with items that have been donated to the house.

Council Member Dr. Ronald Rogers echoed what Craig Dean had said about budget caution. He said that guidelines would need to be established so that donations in future would be kept in control. The only guideline now is a 30-day wait before voting on any new expenditure.

The meeting adjourned on a motion by Charles Grimsley and a second by Craig Lasley with a unanimous vote of approval.


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