It may be
the first week of February, and the weather has been like a bouncing ball
going from the 50's to the teens, but our city departments were all
working together to get work done on winter days and prepare for another
busy Spring, Summer, and Fall.
Heads learned that at the last department head meeting, and all department
employees found there is more than budget planning going on right now.
Several times during the department head meetings (as each department head
gave a review of what they had been doing and what was left to do),
compliments rolled out in multiple numbers. Several department heads said
how much they appreciated the extra help on numerous projects that came
from Street Commissioner Barry Arthur and his street department crew, but
there were others who echoed the same message.
all, we are blessed as a city with excellent leadership and that begins at
the top with department heads who answer to and work for the city
administrator and city council. Cooperation on numerous projects over the
past few years has been outstanding. Just wanted to get that in right at
lights and decorations came down in the park from mid-January to date. It
is a little sad after more than a month to see the downtown areas minus
the lighted snow flakes; the holiday lights on the buildings go dark, and
window decorations come down.
most of those cold and ice days we had as well as during two minor snow
events, work continued at the old prison site on west Third. To drive by
what we once knew as the correctional center and before that The
Industrial Home for Girls is a completely different site today. In fact,
with the old fence and buildings down and the trees now being trimmed, the
rolling terrain looks pretty sharp.
step for the city is talking and planning on what to do with the 38-acre
site. One building remains for the time being. City Administrator Ike
Holland has been meeting with Codes' Officer Chuck Greever on mapping the
old prison and has told the city council members it is time to put
together something for future planning of the property. There already has
been one inquiry about the property.
prison property across the street on the north was sold right after the
old prison moved out, and someone is leasing the former administration
building. The owner has future plans to put up more homes on the property
to join the two already there at the northwest corner.
work and tree trimming gets 100 percent complete at the old prison
grounds, the first construction meeting for the new airport hanger and
building that will house LifeFlight operations by the first of June have
been altered slightly, and it may be a late summer date rather that a June
date for LifeFlight to move its operation to our airport from the present
location in Trenton. The plan is to start moving dirt at the municipal
airport this week. The building will not be delivered until sometime in
April. Administrator Holland said they are working on the natural gas
versus propane option, and he is planning to bring that information to the
city council once a cost analysis is complete.
the budget planning goes forward. Mr. Holland has held a meeting with
department heads and employees on the city evaluation form for employees.
Holland plans to hold another meeting with fire department employees since
they were called out on a fire during the meeting held at the station
recently. Holland said the city is looking at changing the form to make it
more relevant and user friendly and that new proposed form will go before
the city council soon.
will hear from several organizations and groups - the YMCA, Summer
Playground, Main Street, Chamber of Commerce, Extension, and others - in
regard to city assistance for their programs.
council will hold one to two workshops in regard to the 2017-18 budget
which must be approved and in operation by 12:01 a.m. March 1, 2017. The
mayor and city council as well as the administrator, city clerk, and city
auditor will have a joint meeting with Chillicothe Municipal Utilities on
March 22 at 11:30.
to what I have described in this month's column and the budget work, other
projects in the works include bids going out for the city hall project.
Holland said that the engineers will be bidding out the city hall brick
structure built in 1929 after fire destroyed the previous building on the
same site. Holland said the city hall project should start in the next 60
And, as of
January 1, 2017, the city has turned the operation of the city-owned
18-hole public golf course and the city-owned 24-lane bowling lanes to
Greatlife. The management group will be coming to a city council meeting
this month to provide an update on the transition and the changes that
have been. The city will continue to own and have a lease with Jerseys
Sports Grill and Celebrations Event Hall that are within the family fun
a plaque at last week's council meeting to a longtime friend Don Overton
(above) who spent a combined 19 years serving on the Planning and Zoning
Commission and the Board of Adjustments. Two other persons were to be
recognized but were sick and unable to attend. Their plaques will be
presented at a later date.
will be closed for President's Holiday on February 20.
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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
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