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COUNCIL MEETING 05/14/18 (Dupy - Mayor, Church Permit, Chilli Bay Concessions, City Bank Depository, Fire Chief of the Year Honored) 

Chillicothe City Council members met in regular session Monday evening in the council chambers at City Hall. Councilman-at-Large Reed Dupy presided over the meeting and later was sworn in as mayor. Council members present were Denny Albertson, Tom Douglas and Paul Howard. Councilman Wayne Cunningham was absent. Council members took action on several items during their meeting.

Among them was giving approval to a conditional use permit request at 112 Washington Street to allow a church in a C-3 zone. The request was made by John Hunter Ramsey, who recently moved to the area from South Carolina. The applicant was present at Monday night's meeting and said that the location is the former bootery. He told the council that representatives of nearby Factory Connection granted him approval to utilize the parking lot, if needed, on Sunday mornings.

Also Monday, the council approved bids for concessions at Chilli Bay Water Park from the following vendors: Saint Joe Distributing, Schwan's Home Service, Graves Menu Maker Foods and SGC Food Service. The recommendation came from Josh Norris, director of parks and recreation, who stated that four bids were submitted.

Council members approved the proposal submitted by Citizens Bank and Trust as the city depository. Citizens Bank and Trust, which the city currently uses for this service, was one of two banks submitting proposals.

City Administrator Darin Chappell gave recognition to Chillicothe Fire Chief Darrell Wright, who was recently named Missouri Fire Chief of the Year. Wright received this honor, Chappell said, "because of his dedication, professionalism, and leadership. This community is blessed to have him in our service and friendship."

During the public comment period following the regular meeting, Bill Donoho expressed concerns about possible violations taking place in the city, such as nuisance cars parked along the streets and swimming pools that fail to comply with city ordinances. Administrator Chappell stated that the city values public input and is always striving for improvement. He said these concerns will be looked into and addressed by the city code enforcement officer.

Several items that had been placed on the meeting agenda were later removed from the agenda and will be addressed at a later date. The topics are: Discussion and ordinance regarding a conditional use permit requested by Jarrod Marshall to allow an agricultural office type of business with some outdoor storage at 845 Mitchell Ave.; discussion regarding a contract for the sale of alcohol at Shaffer Park during the Mudcats baseball games; and discussion and adoption of the 2018-19 budget message by Administrator Chappell.

The council's next meeting will be at 6;30 p.m. Tuesday, May 29, moved back a day due to the regularly scheduled meeting date falling on Memorial Day (Monday, May 28).

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Chillicothe City Council members will have their first meeting since the May 5 passing of Mayor Chuck Haney when they gather at 6:30 p.m. tonight in the council chambers at City Hall.

The first item on the agenda, following finance related matters, will be the discussion and appointment of a mayor. Other agenda items include a discussion and ordinance regarding a conditional use permit to allow for an agricultural office type of business with some outdoor storage (application by Jarrod Marshall at 845 Mitchell Ave.), a discussion and ordinance regarding a conditional use permit to allow for a church in a C-3 zone (application by John Hunter Ramsey for a location between 110116 Washington Street), and special recognition of Chillicothe Fire Chief Darrell Wright who was named Missouri Fire Chief of the Year.

Grand River Entertainment will discuss contracting the sale of alcohol at Shaffer Park during Mudcats games. City Administrator Darin Chappell will discuss the 2018-19 budget message and present it for adoption. The finance related items up for discussion include ordinances accepting park concession bids and bank depository bids. An executive session, closed to the public may follow the regular meeting, if necessary.

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