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CITY COUNCIL MEETING 01/27/14 (Advisory Boards, Personnel Policy Handbook, CPD Resignations)

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City Council Approves New Advisory Board Members
By Calli Price, January 28, 2014

The Chillicothe City Council met for their regular bi-monthly meeting Monday evening in the Council Chambers at City Hall.

Mayor Chuck Haney made several recommendations for city advisory boards. Brooks Macoubrie and Brian Sherrow were both approved to serve on the Golf Advisory Board. Macoubrie has several years of experience with golf courses, having worked for a golf course in Columbia during his college years and then working with the PGA Tour out of Scottsdale, Ariz. Sherrow, principal of Chillicothe High School, worked for Green Hills Golf Course in the past for six years and is a Chillicothe native. Second Ward Councilman Wayne Cunningham said that both Sherrow and Macoubrie would be great additions to the golf board. "With their knowledge in golf business... I''m excited to have people like this on the board," Cunningham said. Haney added that he was proud of the two additions to the golf board and said that there would be another position to fill on the Golf Advisory Board soon due to a current member's term expiring in a few weeks.

Kevin Cumby was approved to serve on the Railroad Advisory Board. Cumby had served on the board in the past but moved away from Chillicothe for awhile and had to resign. He recently returned to Chillicothe and expressed interest in serving on the board again. Cumby said he has experience and knowledge that he can bring to the board and he looks forward to serving. "I think the railroad is a great tool that Chillicothe has for economic development, and I think we should make the maximum use of it. I hope to be able to contribute to that," Cumby said. Haney also said another vacancy on the Railroad Advisory Board will be advertised sometime next month.

Dr. Jon Cole, who serves on the Planning and Zoning Board, was approved to also serve on the Board of Adjustments. Cole said he has done contracting work for several years and feels it will be beneficial to be on both boards. "It's another chance for me to try and help the city to develop," Cole said.

In other business Monday evening, council members approved that employees of CMU will receive the same golf pass benefits as city employees. This benefit includes 50 percent off regular golfing prices for employees and their immediate family members. Third Ward Councilman Tom Douglas said he thinks it is a good idea. "They're all employees of Chillicothe," Douglas said. "They should have the same privileges that all the other (city) employees get."

Also Monday, the personnel policy handbook for city employees was reviewed and changes were approved by the council. City Administrator Ike Holland said he has been working recently to update the handbook because it had not been updated since 2009. Holland also said that the main changes in the handbook include adding policies such as prohibiting talking on a cell phone while driving, but that most policies in the handbook stayed the same. Holland added that changing the wording to clarify the policies is another thing he has been addressing.

Chuck Greever of the Codes Department was scheduled to discuss the permit fee schedule for 2014, but the discussion will be moved to the next meeting.

The council then moved to executive session, where the resignation letters of two Chillicothe police officers, Capt. Tony Kirkendoll and Sgt. April Locke, were accepted by the council.

The next city council meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10, in the Council Chambers at City Hall.

2 Resign from Police Force
January 28, 2014

Chillicothe City Council members on Monday evening accepted the resignations of two police officers, with their resignations to be effective immediately. Those resigning were Capt. Tony Kirkendoll and Sgt. April Locke. Kirkendoll has been with the force for 14 years and was promoted to captain in 2009. Locke has been with the force since 2006 and was promoted to sergeant in 2012.

No reasons were given as to their resignations. The council unanimously accepted their resignations during their executive session Monday evening at City Hall. Police Chief Rick Knouse presented the letters to the council. "With their departure, the police chief and myself will be reorganizing and looking at all options as to how we go forward," said City Administrator Ike Holland.

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