COUNCIL MEETING 06 10 19 (CMU Building, Local Bid Ordinance, Street Dept. Truck, Medical Marijuana)
night's Chillicothe City Council meeting, the council voted to move forward with plans to demolish the old
Chillicothe Municipal Utilities' old steam plant and also passed an ordinance establishing a local bid preference
policy. With a vote of 5-0, the council voted to move ahead with the demolition of the building and awarded a bid of $320,000
to Red Rock after reviewing more than 10 bids; the highest being $937,000.
The city previously spent $1.79 million to have asbestos removed from the
structure which was shut down around 2005. The building was built in
1938. Steam plant usage began to slow after the diesel plant was installed to produce power. The steam plant
continued on for several more years only being used during summer and winter peak times. Once coal became
outdated, it was difficult and costly to upkeep and maintain emission standards.
Crews are expected to start work around August 1 and will have five months to complete the demolition.
Second Ward City Councilman Wayne Cunningham verified that every effort was going to be taken to save the stone archway around the main doors and the sign
reading "Chillicothe Power Plant" for use at a later time in an appropriate place in the city.
By Angie Talken,
CT 06 12 19
The council also discussed and ultimately voted 5-0 to approve a
local bid preference ordinance. The ordinance established local bidder preference if the local bidder is within 3 percent of a non-local bidder on a construction or formally bid project for all construction or other projects from $5,000 up to $5,000,000.
The local bidding preference does not apply for federally funded
projects, when projects are not required to be formally bid, or fall below $5,000 or above $5000,000. The ordinance defines a local business as one operating within the city limits of
Chillicothe with a physical office location in the city limits. This is the first local bid preference ordinance the city has had. At their next meeting,
the council will discuss an ordinance establishing bid protest procedures.
In other business the council approved the bid from Chillicothe
Ford for $28,699.80 for the purchase of a 2019-2020 one-ton pickup truck for the Chillicothe Street
Department. To ensure the bid amount, the order had to be placed by June 4, so Mayor Theresa Kelly
signed off on the order, pending council approval. The council approved
the bid, which was $14,000 lower than budgeted, with a vote of 5-0.
The council also voted on the
local medical marijuana ordinance.
PHOTO: Plans are to try to save the limestone archway around the front doors and the stone sign saying
"Chillicothe Power Plant" for use at a later time and appropriate
place. [ANGIE TALKEN/CT PHOTO]