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CITY COUNCIL 02/24/14 (Fire Training Center, Golf Course Supplies, Park Dept. Vehicles, Airport Ordinance)

City to See New Fire Training Center
February 25, 2014

The City of Chillicothe will see a new training center around the end of the year. Fire Chief Darrell Wright appeared before the Chillicothe City Council at the regular bi-monthly meeting Monday evening to present a proposal for a new fire training center. The funds for the training center would mainly come from the city's fire tax funds and would primarily be designed for use by the Chillicothe Fire Department. Wright said that the building could be expanded and used by the Chillicothe Police Department in the future, with funds for the expansion coming from another source, but those plans have not been developed yet.

The training center would be around 4,300 square-feet, with five floors and six training levels. The center would possibly include stairwells, balconies, doors designed for forced entry, an elevator for elevator rescue training, an angled shingled roof and a sprinkler system. These props are just some of the proposed inclusions, and would allow for officers to gain experience with situations such as live fire training, rope training, confined space rescue and high angle rescue. Should the police department expand to utilize the facility, they would be able to train officers for low light scenarios, active shooter situations, stairway negotiations, tactical training and other training situations.

The council approved to add the project to the 2014-2015 budget, and the project will cost an estimated $400,000. Money from the fire tax, as well as a few local foundations that have not yet been confirmed, will pay for the training center. Wright said he would like to have the center finished around September 2014, depending on funds and project bids. Councilman Third Ward Tom Douglas said he approved the idea because it would be a great addition to the community, and it was something that was promised when we went to the people to get the tax passed. "This was the last item on that list. It'll be a great support for our firemen."

In other business Monday evening, the council approved spending money for the Green Hills Golf Course. Golf Course Manager Craig Sager brought forth a list of supplies needed for improvements to the course, including sand and seed kits for golf carts, coolers for golf carts, a water hose, and a range ball washer, totaling around $13,000. Currently, the Friends of Golf group (which has now dissolved) had given around $21,360 to the golf course to use on improvements. In order for the golf course to spend the money, however, both the Golf Course Advisory Board and the City Council had to approve the plans. The remaining money will be used to purchase sand to improve bunkers.

Director of Parks Josh Norris brought forth five bids for two side-by-side vehicles to be used by the department for the transportation of equipment. He suggested the lowest bid by Kille Kubota for two Kubota RTV400CI-A utility vehicles priced at $7,342 per unit, totaling $14,684, which was approved by the council.

Bill Kieffer of the Chillicothe Municipal Airport also appeared before the council. An ordinance was passed and approved authorizing the mayor to execute contracts between the city of Chillicothe and the Missouri Highway and Transportation Commission to amend the state block grant agreement. Work began last fall on a taxiway at the airport and the grant money will be placed under contract in order to finish the taxiway project.

The next city council meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, March 10, in the Council Chambers at City Hall. Meetings are open to the public.

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