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COUNCIL MEETING 01/30/17 (Shaffer Park, Board Recognitions, Simpson Park Events 2017, Honor Guard)

Chillicothe's Shaffer Park, home of Chillicothe Mudcat baseball, is slated for field improvements this year. Plans were brought before the Chillicothe City Council by Josh Norris, director of Parks and Recreation, along with Doug Doughty, general manager of the Chillicothe Mudcats. Last year, a new concessions stand was built as a joint endeavor of the Mudcats' sponsor - Grand River Entertainment - and the city of Chillicothe; and a new batting cage added. Much of the funding came through sponsorships and donations. This year, the plan is to refurbish the bullpens and place artificial turf in the entire bullpen area, except for the mounds. "The money is in place to do that," Doughty said. Most of the funding for the project will come through Grand River Entertainment and the Chillicothe Mudcats. The rest of the money for the turf and the site prep will be through foundation money and through contributions of C& R Concrete providing the labor for site preparations for artificial turf, Doughty said. The bullpens have deteriorated after 16 years since they were first constructed, Doughty said, adding that the wood around the fencing is rotting. The city will tear down and replace the fence and stay within the budget that is allotted for Shaffer Park. Much of the artificial turf is used turf coming at no charge from Oak Grove High School, which is installing new artificial turf at its football field. A small amount of new turf is planned to be purchased. The improvements should enhance play for the American Legion Cardinals, the high school baseball and the Chillicothe Mudcats and last for many years to come, Doughty said. He hopes that the improvements can be completed by the start of the high school season; however, completion is weather dependent.

In other business Monday evening, the council approved the reappointment of Larry Heisey to serve on the airport board. Special recognition was given to Don Overton, who served 11 years on the Planning and Zoning Board and eight years on the Board of Adjustments. Mayor Chuck Haney presented Overton with a plaque and thanked him for his years of service. Haney also noted the service of Gene Moyers, who served eight years on the Planning and Zoning Board, and Jody Case, who served 11 years on the Board of Adjustments. CAPTION: C-T Photo Catherine Stortz Ripley. Chillicothe Mayor Chuck Haney (left) presented Don Overton with a plaque for his years of service to the city's Planning and Zoning Board and to the Board of Adjustments.

Chillicothe City Council members reviewed and approved a list of events scheduled to take place at Simpson Park this year and granted permission for the park to be closed during the events. Josh Norris, director of Parks and Recreation for the City of Chillicothe, presented the list to council members during their regular meeting Monday evening. Events included on the list: YMCA Easter Egg Hunt (April), Darin Bryan Memorial FCA Race (May), Livingston County Relay for Life (June), Chill and Grill BBQ Contest (June/July), YMCA Freedom Run (July), Freedom Festival (July), Chillicothe Car Show (July), Boy Scouts District Camporee (August), Chautauqua (September), High School Cross Country Meet (September), Festival of Lights (November). Norris stated that the BBQ contest and the Boy Scout Camporee are new events for Chillicothe. Eric Turner, scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 120, was at Monday's meeting and explained that the Camporee could involve between 150 and 200 Boy Scouts from throughout the area setting up a "tent city" and camping out, cooking meals, watching a movie in the park on Friday, and participating in park games and swimming at Chilli BayWater Park on Saturday.

A few members of the newly-established Honor Guard Team attended the Chillicothe City Council meeting Monday night at City Hall. The team is comprised of about five members each from the Chillicothe Fire Department, the Chillicothe Police Department and the Missouri National Guard in Chillicothe. Hedrick Medical Center is the sole sponsor of the team and contributed funds to purchase the uniforms and flags needed for the development of the team. Steve Schieber, far right, represented HMC during Monday's meeting. Uniforms for fire department personnel have arrived and the team is still waiting for uniforms to arrive for the police department.


C-T Photo / Catherine Stortz Ripley

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Chillicothe City Council members will gather for a workshop and regular meeting tonight (Monday). The workshop begins at 5:30 p.m. in the conference room at City Hall, and the regular meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. in the council chambers. Both meetings are open to the public. The workshop agenda calls for reviewing city finances.

The regular council meeting agenda includes presentations to individuals serving on various city boards: Gene Moyers (Planning and Zoning), Don Overton (Planning and Zoning and Board of Adjustments), and Jody Case (Board of Adjustments). Mayor Chuck Haney will recommend reappointing Larry Heisey to serve on the Airport Board. Fire Chief Darrell Wright will discuss the Hedrick Medical Center Honor Guard sponsorship. Parks director Josh Norris will discuss a request from Grand River Entertainment to do field improvements at Shaffer Park. Norris will also make a presentation of park events scheduled for 2017.

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