08/28/19 - Demolition work is underway at the old Chillicothe Municipal
Utilities' steam plant. In July, with a vote of 5-0, the council awarded a bid to Red Rock for $320,000 for the demolition of the building which was built in 1938. The city previously spent $1.79 million to have asbestos removed from the structure, which was
shut down around 2005. The steam plant continued on for several more years,
only being used during summer and winter peak times. Once coal became outdated, it was difficult and costly to upkeep and maintain emission standards. Red
Rock has a total of five months to finish demolition.
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Plant to Come Down
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Demolition of Chillicothe Municipal
Utilities' old steam plant, built in 1938, is slated to begin this year. CMU reserve
funds have been set aside for the new budget year and more funds are expected the following year to complete the
project. "We are seeing a lot of deterioration," Jim Gillilan, CMU general manager, said of the old building, adding
that roofing issues are compounding concerns. "We decided that it would be best to be torn
down." Asbestos and lead paint likely will be abated this year with actual building demolition taking place during the next budget year. The
2018-19 budget calls for $250,000, with the anticipation of $500,000 the following fiscal year to complete demolition.
CAPTION: Constructed in 1938, the Chillicothe Municipal Utilities
steam plant has not been used in more than 10 years. It is scheduled to be razed during the next two years.
C-T Photo / Catherine Stortz Ripley
Steam plant usage began to slow after the diesel plant was installed to produce power. The steam plant continued
on for several more years, being used only during summer and winter peak times. Coal became outdated, Gillilan
said, and was difficult and costly to upkeep and maintain emission standards.
"It became cheaper to buy it than produce it," Gillilan said. The facility was fully shut down around 2005.
CMU's 2018-19 budget for the electric, water, waste water, and refuse departments was approved with the
city's budget just prior to the start of the new fiscal year, which began April 1. The budget projects overall operating
revenues and expenses to be $15,146,970 and $15,201,325, respectively. This includes a 3 percent cost-of-living
adjustment on CMU employee salaries. Overall, the budget for all four departments is financially sound with no
anticipated rate increases for the upcoming fiscal year, according to
An addition to the steam plant demolition project, the budget includes the following capital expenditure items and
other budgetary effects: Capacity Credits were adjusted to reflect the possibility of receiving a lower unit pricing
during winter months due to the inability to positively secure natural gas from the gas utility due to their infrastructure constraints.
Replacement of the AMI System and acceleration of depreciation for the associated fixed assets that will be retired and disposed of with that project slated for fiscal year 2022-23. This affects the Electric, Water, and Waste Water Departmental detailed budgets beginning with the upcoming fiscal year thru the expected project year.
Purchased Power was budgeted at $72.00 per MW for upcoming fiscal year. The most recent month-end figure for
CMU's cost was $71.56, which is anticipated to be a bit lower at year-end. Power costs are not forecasted to rise over the next couple years.
Other Expenses were budgeted with the following anticipated increases
organization-wide: Health insurance (for the last 4 months), 5 percent; Pension Expense (Lagers), 1 percent; All other expenses, 1 percent).