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CITY COUNCIL MEETING 07/14/14 (Fire Training Center Bid, Sales Tax Receipts, Demolition Grant Update)

City Approves Bid for Fire Training Center
By Catherine Stortz Ripley
July 15, 2014

Chillicothe City Council member on Monday approved a contract with American Fire Training Systems, Inc., for the fire department's new training center at 1301 Green Street. The action was taken during the council's regular meeting at City Hall. American Fire Training Systems, Inc. will design, construct and install a multi-unit training system that will be used to provide basic firefighter training as well as provide training for experienced veterans in a controlled environment. The accepted bid was for $359,997.75. The council approved the contract, subject to the terms of the payment being approved by the administrator and the mayor. The training facility will be 3,840 square-feet and will provide firefighters the opportunity to participate in live burn situations, rope rescue, well rescue, forcible entry, search and rescue and ladder practice. The design features allow different aspects of firefighting to be taught which include basement fires, fires on decks and navigation up and down stairways, roof ventilation and other skill sets.

In addition to the contract for the fire training center, council members approved the reappointments of Harry Wyse to the Airport Board and Karen Dixon to the Parks and Recreation Board. Both were first appointed to their respective boards in July 2010.

At the close of the council meeting, Administrator Ike Holland told council members that the city's sales tax receipts are trending up. For the first time in at least four years, there has been an increase for the first four months of the city's fiscal year. The cumulative total for April, May, June and July 2014 is $80,000 over the first four months of FY 2013.

Also Monday, Mayor Chuck Haney said that 12 of the 40 houses targeted for demolition through grant funds have asbestos. Bids for asbestos abatement are due July 21 and once received, the city can move forward with the demolition project. Because of the asbestos abatement expenses, the number of houses that actually will be razed could change.

Mayor Haney presided over the council meeting with the full council present.

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