MEETING 03/31/14 (Budget, Funding Requests, Gabel Resignation)
City OKs 2014-15
April 1, 2014
The city of Chillicothe began its fiscal year today (April 1) with a
budget that was formally approved by the city council following a public
hearing Monday evening at City Hall. The budget calls for total revenues of $15,363,704,
plus $302,846 from reserves, to pay for expenditures estimated at $15,666,550.
City Administrator Ike Holland said he was pleased with the overall budget.
"You always want more revenue, but I think the department heads did a good
job with what they had to work with," he said. "You always want more, but
it's just not going to happen this year."
The budget reflects a conservative projection of a 1 percent decrease in
sales tax revenues. "I hope that I'm wrong, but it is trending
flat," Holland said. "We'll see how the next year
goes." The city will be dipping into its reserves as a result of the
city's plan to build a fire training center this year, Holland said. He said that
a lot of the money that was granted toward the project will not be paid for up
front, but over a three-year period.
Prior to the budget approval, the council reviewed and approved amendments
to the 2013-14 budget. The amendments amounted to around $1.56 million,
with the largest portion being $1,285,000 in the capital improvement
fund for construction of Chilli Bay Water
Monday's meeting, the council approved funding requests and contracts with organizations that provide
services to the city. These included contracts with:
- Rumery & Associates to provide economic development services. This
agreement is in conjunction with FEC Development, Chillicothe Municipal
Utilities and Chillicothe Development Corporation with total compensation
of $36,000 to be divided equally among the four entities.
- University of Missouri Extension Center, $4,160;
- Small Business Development and Technology Center, $7,000;
- Freedom Festival (KCHI), $2,080;
- Main Street Chillicothe, $27,040;
- Chillicothe Area Chamber of Commerce, $4,950;
- Humane Society, $5,858.67 (base service fee), plus dog and cat license
fees, kennel and adoption fees and animal control fines
received by the city;
- Summer Playground Association, $13,000;
- Grand River Area Family YMCA, $14,000;
- Chillicothe Area Arts Council, $1,000 for the Sliced Bread Bluegrass Jam.
In addition to the city budget, Chillicothe Municipal
Utilities approved budget calls for total revenues of $15,220,439 and expenditures of
Leaving Golf Course After 22 years
April 3, 2014
C-T Photo / Catherine Stortz Ripley
Mayor Chuck Haney (right) presents Gerry Gabel (left) with a plaque honoring his years of service to the city.
Chillicothe City Council members during their regular meeting
Monday evening at City Hall extended their appreciation to Gerry Gabel, who has
worked at Green Hills Golf Course for nearly 22 years. Gabel resigned his
position, effective April 1, to pursue development of a landscaping
"I have nothing but thanks to the city for the opportunity of gainful
employment," Gabel told the council. "Lots been accomplished
since I started in 1992. We turned a cow pasture into quite a
facility." Under his leadership as course superintendent, four ponds
were installed and cart paths were added, as well as tee greens, bathrooms and perimeter
fencing three-fourths of the way around the course.
Addressing the council and others gathered during the presentation, Gabel
expressed appreciation of the four administrators he worked for as well as
the mayors and council people for their support. He thanked Adam Campbell
and Keith Kepner, who have worked at the course for many years and
acknowledged the opportunities provided for young people to develop
careers at golf courses. He said his job has been demanding and he thanked
his wife for her understanding and support. He told the council that he
would remain accessible to answer any questions the new manager may have.