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This year's featured car show logo is that
of the old Texaco station that was owned and
operated by the late Cledith Bloss, circa 1939.
The car show and Cruise Night is July 14-15.

"AROUND OUR TOWN"
By Mayor Chuck Haney

JULY 2017

BRAGGING RIGHTS FOR CHILLICOTHE

Many times I have written about Chilli Bay, our parks, our municipal golf course, our bowling lanes, city departments, and have mentioned the many compliments our city receives from those who operate and are responsible for those facilities and departments. Just in the past month, I am told that church camps, summer school students, and Bible School students have visited our water park. They have arrived by bus from Gallatin, Braymer, Hamilton, Carrollton, Milan and Marceline.

We have many instances and reports of letters or emails from those visiting groups about how they have been treated at our facilities. One such email was recently received by Josh Norris, the Director of our Parks and Recreation Department. I want to pass those comments on that Sydney Elbert recently sent on behalf of a Gallatin swim party of summer school students visiting Chilli Bay Water Park in late June.

I quote: Hello, My name is Sydney Elbert, and I am a first grade teacher in the Gallatin School District. You hosted a swimming party for our summer school students on June 27. I just want you to know how impressed I am with your facility and, most importantly, your staff. Everyone was kind and patient with all of our students and teachers. From letting us borrow life jackets to having guards get in the pool so my little students could go off the diving boards, your hospitality was very much appreciated. (I used to be a lifeguard, so I know how awful it can be to get in the cold water.) Our children talked about how much fun they had the whole afternoon. Thank you for providing such a fun environment for them. Keep up the great work!

Mr. Norris forwarded the comments to Janice Shaffer, the water park director, to share with lifeguard.

Last Thursday, Grand River Entertainment and the Chillicothe Mudcats hosted the third annual MINK League All-Star game before a packed house at June Shaffer Memorial Park. The visitors and Major League baseball scouts present were singing the praises of the parks department and Director Josh Norris; Field Management Director Kevin Haney, and parks employee Drew Hinton for their three days of field preparation and mowing and work through most of the All-Star day at the park. Visitors and Tourism Director Amy Supple along with Mudcats General Manager Doug Doughty heard multiple compliments from the Major League baseball scouts who travel to many cities and communities of various population sizes seeking future major league players about how well dressed and prepared the field was and the professional manner of the mowing. A special thank you was also issued by the public address announcer Dan Savage and from Randy Dean of KCHI who handles game announcements about the looks of the field.

Street improvements which started back in the second week of June continue at a brisk pace helped along by the weather cooperating. While the street projects, paving and overlays of asphalt are typical ones each summer, one that stood out was the quick and professional work of a much-needed improvement on the walking trails and entrance walk-ways at the Danner Park sports facility. A change made in the parks' budget along with using money from a savings' fund allowed the work to go on as scheduled after being postponed. It was originally set to be done last summer and the previous summer, but unexpected repairs in the lighting system of the three diamonds caused the delay.

Through the cooperation and a suggestion from M & M Utilities, who received the bid for summer street improvements, a sub-contractor, Tandem Paving Company, was asked to step in and assist in the project of the walking trail at Danner Park. With Mother Nature cooperating and the quick and professional work by Tandem Paving Company, the project was completed in four days. The work involved milling, demolition and reconstruction of deteriorated sections of the walking trail along the northwestern part of the park, along with an asphalt overlay of the walking trail. Workers started first thing in the morning and worked through the day until 4 p.m. in order that summer baseball activity under the SPA banner could go on as scheduled, including tournament play in the evening were included in the project. Again, from those who use the walking trail and the many persons entering the baseball/softball facilities came compliments and "thank-you's" for the long overdue work.

Meanwhile, the work continues on the new $1 million dollar terminal building and living quarters for LifeFlight that is scheduled to move its home base to Chillicothe Municipal Airport in August.

Repairs on the Chillicothe Short Line Rail system have been underway for a couple of weeks by Motive Rail, the contracted agency for the city. Progress is reported as going well.

The search committee for a new city administrator for Chillicothe has been busy the past two weeks in trimming the list of applicants to four for scheduled interview sessions. The first were held this past Saturday by the six-member committee and a fourth and finalist will be interviewed on Saturday, July 15, at the city hall conference room. Advertising for the position began in May following the resignation of Ike Holland, who had served in that position for 5 1/2 years. A second search began in June; and from an original list of 23, the committee selected four to be interviewed.

Simpson Park was host to the first ever Chillin' & Grillin' sanctioned BBQ Contest on June 30 and July 1, and there were 32 professional and six novice entries. Motor homes, campers, and high dollar BBQ equipment filled the eastern half of the park.

On July 1, the annual Freedom Festival and big fireworks show took place. Many good things were said about the largest and longest display that folks could remember. Carl McBee directed the BBQ show, and he and Terry Rumery, Economic Director, co-chaired the Freedom Festival.

Enjoy your city!

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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