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Work continues as we try and bring focus to our Library project. Many hours have been spent by Staff getting in front of civic groups, coffee groups, and holding “official” Town Hall meetings in an effort to gather a conscientious on what will make a vibrant Library that will be well received by our community.

As these efforts continue we will try and consolidate the results and have a more concrete idea about this project. Along with this will be discussions on the best location that will fit this facility. We are getting closer but there is still work to do. If you have a group that would like to hear more about this project contact Karen, at the Library, and she will do her best to accommodate.

The City/County collaboration on a combined E-911 Communications Center continues to move along. The remodel taking place at the airport building is progressing well. Equipment purchases are being made and staffing needs are pretty well in place.

Pam Sybrant was hired to head this Department. She, along with the majority of Dispatchers from the City and the County, have opted to move into the new operation. We are extremely pleased to have such a high transition of employees coming over from both programs. This will give our new Center immediate experience in our Dispatchers and thus give the citizens of Platte County and Columbus assurance that the move into this new venture will occur with few problems.

I’ve mentioned it before and must say it again. My hat goes off to my counterparts sitting on the County’s Board and to the Sheriffs Dept. for their vision and patience in working with us and allowing this project to come together. I’m hopeful this is the first of many opportunities that the City and County can peruse to better serve our citizens.

As the weather has warmed the roads have shown wear and tear. Potholes, pavement break up, basic deterioration has occurred. This year's extreme winter coupled with this springs flood waters and the heavy rains have done a number on some roads. As weather and conditions permit potholes are being filled and sections of roads are being replaced.

Some of these repairs seem never-ending—because they are! Road deterioration is an ongoing process and therefore repair and maintenance are ongoing. This is an every year occurrence. You may not realize but this years budget had $800,000 for road work. Concrete replacement, asphalt overlays, all types of road-related issues. We do our best to prioritize the problems and address them in a timely manner.

The latest update on Quail Run is not much different than what I’ve recently reported. We have had the architects look at the damage and they have given us some possible options for repairing. But we have not heard from FEMA regarding their participation or position on this situation. We continue to reach out to FEMA and hopeful will get some information from them soon.

Staff is preparing for the upcoming budget process. As part of this preparation, the Council and department heads met to review strengths and weaknesses. What have been keys to helping our City move forward and, at the same time, what have been some possible stumbling blocks to our success? We incorporated a facilitator in an effort to keep the group focused and moving forward. It was a good couple of hours and I think most came away with a feeling that much is good in Columbus and we need to stay the course.

The recent Memorial Day weekend allowed all of us to take some time and reflect on those that gave ALL! I was privileged to be a part of the American Legion ceremony. Normally held in Frankfort Square this years weather didn’t allow. So the program was moved to the Legion. And, although the multitude of flags that normally adorn Frankfort Square were missed, the ceremony did a great job in honoring those whose sacrifice allows us to enjoy this wonderful country we call America.

We can never express enough gratitude to all those that have served.

School is out, the weather is warming and outdoor activities are in full swing. Columbus is blessed with great amenities to enjoy the outdoors. The Plunge, our ball fields, soccer fields, trails and yes our golf courses. I encourage all to get out and use these and enjoy what we have to offer.

Something Good Columbus!

Jim Bulkley is the mayor of Columbus.

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