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"AROUND OUR TOWN"
By Mayor Chuck Haney

DECEMBER 2017

The City of Chillicothe held its annual Employee Appreciation Celebration on Friday, December 1, at the Fast Lanes and Celebrations Event Hall. There were 167 employees and their families in attendance at the event. Dinner was served by the Jersey's staff. The prayer was given by City Administrator Darin Chappell and the welcome by Mayor Chuck Haney.

Following dinner, Service Awards were presented to two city employees for five years of service. Fire Chief Darrell Wright presented Jonathan Nolan with his award, and Police Chief Jon Maples awarded Ellen Parrack, police department office staff member, with her award.

Administrator Chappell presented the two runner-up awards for Employee of the Year to Ellen Parrack and Kevin Hoskins; and Zach Parks, who is a Firefighter/Paramedic, received the Employee of the Year Award. Parrack is employed as secretary for the police department, and Hoskins is an Assistant Chief in the fire department.

In presenting the Employee of the Year Award, Chappell advised why Parks was nominated for the award. He began with the department as a Paid-by-Call employee for the department and was very active in his job while also working two part-time jobs with the Cameron Ambulance and the Buchanan County Ambulance Services. Parks received a check from the city for $1,000, two extra days' vacation with pay, and a Chilli Bay Water Park pass.

Runner up Ellen Parrack was described as an employee who went above and beyond her duties. The person who nominated her said she is always available to take on extra duties if asked and does them in a timely manner. She is very efficient with what she does, keeps records straight, neat and tidy, and has many other duties that I weren't specified. Ellen received a $100.00 check and one extra day of vacation with pay.

Runner up Kevin Hoskins has nearly 40 years of service with the City. He is an Assistant Chief with the Fire Department. The person nominating him said Kevin's duties with the department are many. He serves as the shift commander of C Shift, oversees all the ambulance supply inventory and ordering, and has the responsibility of making sure that all the ambulance reports are completed correctly. Kevin also received a $ 100.00 check and one extra day of vacation with pay.

Following the program, there was a drawing for a number of prizes. The children present had a special visit from Santa Claus. The evening was concluded with bowling for those employees who wanted to remain. Those from the city working on the City Appreciation Committee were City Clerk Roze Frampton, Codes Officer Tammi Venneman, Assistant Auditor Shannon Jones, and Administrative Assistant Heather Gates.

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City officials, including three members of the council, the mayor, and administrator spent a little more than an hour last week at Hedrick Medical Center where they were taken on a guided tour of The Gardens. Lindy Chapman, Foundation Development Officer of HMC, led the tour through the The Gardens which is immediately east of the new hospital. Mrs. Chapman pointed out the progress that had been made especially in the past two weeks. Planting is in full swing thanks to above normal weather conditions, and the buildings on the trail are nearing completion. The project was reported to be around 80 percent complete. Following the tour, the group moved to the conference room where discussion continued and questions about the project were possible.

C-T Photo / Catherine Stortz Ripley

The Gardens at HMC is being designed as a place for health and healing. Many of the facilities available are being sponsored, and a number have been sold. A question about garden naming opportunities that are still available for the public, firms, businesses or family memorials or naming opportunities drew comments from Mrs. Chapman that now is the time to contact the foundation office at the hospital. She said that in addition to the $15,000 and $25,000 gardens, there are two $50,000 gardens as well. Also on the tour were Hedrick Medical Center CEO Steve Schieber and Chief Financial Officer Janet Buckman. The Gardens will cover a three-acre space just east of the hospital and adjacent to the golf course. Persons with questions or desiring more information are asked to call Mrs. Chapman at the Foundation office at Hedrick Medical Center at 660-214-8110.

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The Missouri Highway Patrol has placed a digital speed reader trailer at First Street and Washington that shows the speed vehicles are traveling on northbound lanes on U.S. 65 / Washington Street. Chillicothe Police and the City of Chillicothe announced last week that it would be stepping up its patrol of Washington Street as well as residential streets in effort to increase safety of drivers and pedestrians. The action numerous complaints of speeding on Washington through the city from the south junction to the Chillicothe Correctional Center. The digital speed reader trailer will be moved to various locations in the city. Motorists are asked to observe the speed limit.


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The downtown area is 95% lighted and decorated for the holidays, and lights and decorations adorn multiple places in the city. The vehicle traffic touring through Simpson Park has really picked up in recent days with the good weather. Vehicles fill the park through the evening hours as persons view the displays. Many are reported to be from out of town.

The final holiday event to be held downtown at Silver Moon Plaza is Wednesday, December 6, as a part of Kid's Christmas held in the courthouse lobby and the Plaza area. The highlights tonight are carriage rides, a visit from Santa, and a program by the Central School Stingers. A big thank you to those who decorated and helped make Chillicothe special for the holidays.

Please enjoy!

I have already told you more than I know.

Mayor Haney's "Around Our Town" column is available in the Chillicothe Constitution Tribune newspaper the first week of each month. His additional columns, "On the Street", are also available in the newspaper weekly.

Mayor Haney on Ingram's list of 50 Missourians You Should Know (March 27, 2013)

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