MEETING 01/13/14 (Street Projects, Dorney Shadow Box, Firefighter
Approves List of 2014 Street Projects
Calli Price 01/14/14 CT
Chillicothe Street Superintendent Barry Arthur presented his proposed list
of 2014 street improvement projects to the Chillicothe City Council during
the council's regular meeting Monday evening at City Hall. Arthur said that deciding
which streets would be placed on the list was difficult.
"This is not an easy task, to try and decide which roads
we're going to repair," he said. "We have a lot of them to
The city council unanimously approved
Arthur's project list, and he will begin the planning stages of the projects.
Once receiving bids on projects, the superintendent will choose which projects will be completed
according to the amount of money in his budget and will appear before the
city council to seek project approval.
Arthur's list was divided into two
categories - projects that would be paid for out of the permanent street fund and
projects from the improvement of streets budget.
Projects under the
permanent street funds list include replacing concrete on Morningside Drive from Trenton Road to Morningside
Center and finishing the street, curb and gutter work. Curb and gutter
repair is planned for Country Club Drive from Fairway Street to Fair
Street, Tomahawk Road from Mohawk to Broken Arrow, Fairway Drive from
Country Club to Missouri Highway 65 and Third Street from Grandview Avenue
to South Woodrow. Arthur also wants to redesign the drainage structure and
ditch at Adams Drive on the west end at Tomahawk.
Street projects coming from the
improvement budget include overlay on East Street from East Jackson to Route
V, Fairway Drive from Ridgecrest Drive to Missouri Highway 65, Springhill Road from Fair Street to City Limits,
Walnut Street from Normal Street to Simpson Park, Fairview Street from
Broken Arrow to Arcadia Street, JFK Street from Easton to Locust, Grandview Street from Calhoun Street to Webster Street, Tomahawk Road from
Mohawk to Broken Arrow and Peacher Street from Clay Street to Webster
presentation was made during
Monday's meeting. A shadow box display honoring Chief Maurice
Dorney that has been on display at City Hall was presented to Museum President Marvin Holcer to be displayed in
the Grand River Historical Society
Museum. Chief Dorney served the City of Chillicothe for 48 years in the police
department. Dorney's badge, pistol and key to the old jail facility in the
basement of City Hall are included in the shadow box, along with a
photograph of him and a memorandum written as a tribute to him for serving
Chillicothe. The shadow box had previously been on display in City Hall, but Holcer
asked the city for the opportunity to display it in the museum.
Auditor Theresa Kelly, Dorney's granddaughter, asked her extended family
for their thoughts, and they agreed that the museum could display it.
"We thought that would be a good place for it," Kelly said.
The city signed an agreement loaning the shadow box to the museum, and
Kelly presented the item to Holcer. "On behalf of the museum,
I'm going to say thank you," Holcer said. "We have been planning on where we want to
put it." Once Holcer presents the agreement to the museum board at their
quarterly meeting on January 14, he will then sign the agreement allowing for the shadow box to be placed in the museum.
Chillicothe firefighter was promoted to the rank of engineer/ paramedic
following an executive session of the city council following its regular
meeting Monday evening. David Gillespie's promotion was recommended by Fire
Chief Darrell Wright and was approved unanimously by the five-member city council. Gillespie
became a paid-by-call firefighter in 1995 and became a fulltime member of
the department in 2000. Gillespie, 56, completed his paramedic training in
In closing remarks, Mayor Chuck Haney announced that the
Mayor's Coffee will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15, at the Yogurt Stop. On Thursday
morning, Jan. 16, there will be a mock practice event of moving patients
from the old Hedrick Medical Center to the new hospital site. City Hall
will be closed Monday, Jan. 20, in observance of Martin Luther King day.
The next city council meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 27,
at City Hall.