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CITY COUNCIL MEETING 01/12/15 (Hospital Asbestos Abatement, Park Dept. Vehicles, Wild Animals in City Limits, Fire Training Center)

Asbestos Abatement to Begin at Old Hospital
By CATHERINE STORTZ RIPLEY
January 13, 2015

The city of Chillicothe selected 24/7 Enviro Solutions to remove all asbestos-containing materials at the old Hedrick Medical Center. The company submitted the lowest of five bids and was recommended by All-State, the city's contracted engineering firm. The scope of the project includes the asbestos, abatement, removal, disposal and all associated activities for the old hospital building and its properties, including: 1311 Maple Street, 1300 Maple Street, 205 Eleventh Street, 204 Eleventh Street, 202 Eleventh Street (with detach garage), 118 Eleventh Street, and 1412 Broadway Street (with detached garage). The contracted price is $106,760 and was unanimously approved by the Chillicothe City Council during their regular meeting Monday evening at City Hall. The selected company is also the company that is contracted with the city as part for the second wave of housing demolitions.

It is the city's intent for the company to begin immediately on the abatement process, which would likely last between 60 and 90 days. Meanwhile, the city will put the building's demolition out to bid either later this month or in February. If work proceeds as planned, it is anticipated that the demolition could begin in summer. Once the structures are razed, the city will need to decide whether to divide the land into individual parcels for sale, or to sell the entire parcel to one developer. The land, currently zoned as governmental, would be zoned residential. The old hospital has been vacant for about a year. With no viable options for the building or potential buyers, the city is proceeding with plans to have the buildings demolished. The asbestos abatement ordinance was the first ordinance presented and passed for the new calendar year.

The Chillicothe Parks Department is getting two new vehicles and the purchase of a third vehicle is expected in the near future. Parks and Recreation Director Josh Norris recommended and the council approved the purchase of a Dodge Ram 1500 Regular Cab 4x4 from Barnes Baker in Trenton for $22,009 and a Ford F-150 Super Cab 4x4 from Chillicothe Ford for $25,875. The new vehicles are replacing two older trucks that are more than 20 years old that were given to the street department from other city departments. The parks director also recommended the purchase of a Jeep Patriot Sport to haul a light equipment trailer and would also be used to transport offenders to and from the correctional center who work with the city's parks department as part of the restorative justice program. The council members asked Norris to seek bids for prices of a half-ton passenger van (both new and used) which they thought would be more suitable for the department's needs.

Also Monday, as a follow-up from a previous council meeting, Lesley Patek, the city's animal control officer, discussed wild animals within the city limits. She presented information about concerns she has about wild animals contained within the city limits, including a location where, she said, there have been dozens of monkeys housed. She recommended that individuals with up to 10 monkeys should maintain $1 million insurance coverage; and individuals with more than 10 monkeys should provide $2 million insurance coverage. She noted that on one occasion, an inspector was bit by a monkey and the wound required 16 stitches. Both the inspector and the monkey had to go through tests following the bite. She also asked that the city require some type of registration for wild animals in the city and that the city have authority to inspect facilities with wild animals at any time. Patek's appearance was for discussion purposes only, and there was not a drafted ordinance presented. No decisions were made Monday evening; and it will be up to the council to decide whether to pursue an ordinance relating to wild animals. Currently, owners of wild animals within the city limits as well as the county must register their animals with the sheriff's department. Those owning wild animals are currently subject to state inspections.

Also see article on Fire Training Center / National Guard Contract...

By CATHERINE STORTZ RIPLEY
January 12, 2015

No viable options or potential buyers for the old Hedrick Medical Center have surfaced since the hospital complex was vacated a year ago; therefore, the city is advancing with plans toward its demolition. "We've had some people ask questions about it and some have taken tours, but none came back with any offers," City Administrator Ike Holland said today (Monday). The next step is to remove the hazardous materials from the facility. City Council members will consider several bids submitted for asbestos removal during their regular council meeting tonight in the council chambers at City Hall. An engineer from the city's contracted engineering firm of All-State Engineering, will go through the bids for council members and explain what the process entails, including the removal of lead and asbestos. Whichever company is awarded the contract, it is the city's intent for that company to begin immediately on the abatement process, which would likely last between 60 and 90 days. Meanwhile, the city will put the building's demolition out to bid either later this month or into February. If work proceeds as planned, it is anticipated that the demolition could start this summer. Once the facility is down, the city will need to decide whether to divide the land into individual parcels for sale, or to sell the entire parcel to one developer. The land, currently zoned as governmental, would be zoned residential.

In other discussions tonight, the council will consider an agreement with the National Guard that would allow the Guard to use property at the city's fire training site for Guard training and dry drills. There would be no firing of weapons and the Guard would use the area a few times a year, Administrator Holland said. There are approximately 20 acres of land at the training site.

As a follow-up from a previous meeting, Lesley Patek, the city's animal control officer, will discuss wild animals within the city limits. She is scheduled to present information about the concerns she has about wild animals contained within the city limits. One suggestion has been that persons owning wild animals would have to provide insurance to City Hall and be subject to inspections. Patek's appearance is for discussion purposes only and there will be no drafted ordinances presented, Holland stated."Tonight is strictly discussion," Holland said. "It will be up to the council whether they want to pursue any ordinance after the discussion."

The council will also consider bids for park vehicles during tonight's meeting. Tonight's meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. in the council chambers at City Hall. The meeting is open to the public. An executive session, closed to the public, is scheduled to follow the regular meeting, if necessary, for discussion of litigation, real estate, personnel and contract negotiations.

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