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COUNCIL MEETING 04/09/18 (Permit Fees, Park Events, Danner Park Senior Playground, Livingston County Roads, CMU Equipment)

CT 04 12 18 - The city of Chillicothe is moving forward with plans to create an adult motion wellness system at Danner Memorial Park. Chillicothe Parks and Recreation Director Josh Norris presented to City Council members three possible locations within Danner Park for placement of the equipment. The council unanimously selected a location on the north side of the park which is near parking, a shelter house, and the walking trail. The council viewed a photograph and information about the equipment during their regular Monday meeting, and Sherry Weldon, administrator of the Livingston County Health Center, explained benefits of the equipment. The system purchase price is $27,775, and funds have been raised through local foundations and the health center to buy the equipment. The city will construct a concrete slab on which the equipment will be placed.

The wellness system is targeted for adults through the Aging in Place initiative; however, it can be utilized by people of all ages. The system will include several fitness stations, including: stair walk steps, a hand bike, tai chi wheels, zig-zag pipe with a ring, rope bridge walk, shoulder wheel, sitting hand throttle bars, balance and hip twist, balance beam, rope net floor and a snake pipe with ring. The exercise equipment comes with a 100-year guarantee. Placement of the adult wellness equipment as among several City Council decisions made Monday evening.

The council also approved the recommendation of two purchases for Chillicothe Municipal Utilities. The first was a refuse truck, which will be purchased from Downing Sales, Phillipsburg, Mo., for $167,533. This price reflects a $20,000 trade-in which the city is making for the purchase. The second purchase was a telescopic articulating aerial device (bucket truck) in the amount of $129,110, from Drake-Scruggs Equipment, of Springfield, Ill. The purchase price reflects a $33,000 discount given due to the city trading in an older model.

In other business Monday evening, Tammi Venneman, code and zoning enforcement officer, presented an ordinance establishing permit fees for 2018-19. Discussion and approval is an annual process at which time the city reviews actual costs for permit fees and makes adjustments as necessary. The council unanimously approved the new permit fees.

In other business, Chillicothe Police Chief Jon Maples led discussion regarding parking in the 1300 block of Locust Street across from the intersection of Elmdale Road and Locust Street. The topic was brought to the police department's attention by Councilman Wayne Cunningham. The parking spot is just under the crest of a hill, posing a traffic hazard, Maples said. Most of Locust Street, north and south of this location is a no parking zone, the chief said. After hearing discussion regarding the matter, council members requested that an ordinance be drafted and presented at a future meeting to designate this area as a no parking zone.

Parks Director Norris presented a calendar of events for the parks system seeking approval to close the park during the events, as needed. These include the Darin Bryan Memorial FCA Race (May), Livingston County Relay for Life (June), Grillin' and Chillin' BBQ Contest (June/July), YMCA Freedom Run (July), Freedom Festival (July), Chillicothe Car Show (July), Boy Scouts District Camporee, overnight (August), Chautauqua, overnight (September), Chillicothe High School cross country meet (September), and Festival of Lights (November).

In other business Monday, the council:

  • heard a report from Eric Turner regarding the community ONE project, in which community members will volunteer their time to make Danner Memorial Park improvements on Saturday, April 28, from 2 until 6 p.m., with a cookout at 5 p.m.
  • recognized Chillicothe Police Officer Jeremy Stephens for his 10 years of service with the police department.

The council met in executive session following the regular meeting. No action was taken according to City Clerk Roze Frampton.

CT 04 11 18 - The city of Chillicothe has entered into an agreement with Livingston County to work cooperatively in repairing roads of mutual interest. City council members unanimously passed an ordinance authorizing the agreement during their regular meeting Monday evening at City Hall. The proposal had already received county approval. According to the agreement, the county will provide $50,000 per year for road improvements. The county funds will come from revenue that is generated through the tax increase that was passed last year. In promoting the tax increase ballot issue, the county advised voters that the county would spend $50,000 per year from the new tax to improve roads. The agreement applies to all roads of mutual interest which includes, but is not limited to, roads that are now located partially within the city and partially within the county and roads that connect to major arterially streets, roads and highways. Litton Road, which runs along the east side of Green Hills Golf Course south to Danner Park is riddled with potholes and is one such road considered for improvements. "It's a road that the county and city have looked at closely and have agreed it needs work," said City Administrator Darin Chappell. "It's partially in the city, but not entirely in the city. I'm not sure what we can do this year, but we will look at it and determine a plan of action." The administrator said that if it ends up being a project that would require the surface being stripped down, costs could exceed available funds and repairs may need to wait; however, it's possible that the road's potholes could be filled and the road get an overlay to smooth the surface.

City and county officials will mutually agree upon the selection of roads to be improved with the funds, the agreement states. Chillicothe will match at least dollar for dollar the county's funds used to improve a road. The expenditures by Chillicothe will include both costs for engineering, right-of-way acquisition, legal expenses and other soft costs, and construction. Chillicothe will be responsible for the engineering and design of roads to be improved with the funds, the agreement states. The agreement is to be in effect for 10 years.

CAPTION: C-T Photo / Catherine Stortz Ripley

Litton Road, which runs along the east side of Green Hills Golf Course south to Danner Park, is riddled with potholes and deterioration and may be considered for improvements through a mutual agreement between the city of Chillicothe and Livingston County. An agreement approved by both parties calls for the county to provide $50,000 annually to improve roads of mutual interest with the city. The city would at least match the county's funds - dollar for dollar - on whatever road project is selected for improvements.


Chillicothe City Council will meet at 6:30 p.m. tonight (Monday) in the council chambers at City Hall with agenda items to include: discussion of an ordinance establishing permit fees for 2018, approval of park events and park closings during 2018, discussion regarding the placement of motion wellness fitness equipment at Danner Park, and discussion regarding no parking in the 1300 block of Locust Street (across from the intersection of Elmdale Road and Locust Street). The city attorney will also discuss and present an ordinance authorizing a cooperative agreement with Livingston County for roads of mutual interest.

The city council will consider bids for a new refuse truck for Chillicothe Municipal Utilities and a bid for a new CMU telescopic articulating aerial device.

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