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CITY COUNCIL MEETING 07/28/14 (Demolition Plan Advances, Fire Training Fence, CR-2 Amendment)

Chillicothe City Council members on Monday evening approved bids for asbestos abatement of dilapidated structures within the city that are slated to be razed later this year. The asbestos abatement is part of a demolition grant which the city had received. Three bids were submitted, and the successful bidder was Forefront Environmental Services in the amount of $20,750. Although the lowest bid, the amount was more than double what was anticipated because it was unknown at the time how many structures had the presence of asbestos. Seven houses had asbestos containing insulation on their pipes, and one structure had a slate roof. At this time, it is unknown how many structures will be removed; however, the city anticipates somewhere around 21.

The bid for demolishing the structures is expected to be awarded at the end of August. After notifying the Department of Natural Resources, the contractor will then be given the notice to proceed.

In other business Monday evening, the council approved a bid of $18,970 from Anchor Fence Corp. to install fencing around the new fire department training tower. American Fire Training Systems, Inc. is designing, constructing, and installing the multi-unit system.

Also Monday, the council approved an amendment to the Chillicothe R-2 School District's contract for athletic field usage. The change is due to the addition of Chillicothe Middle School softball. This increases the city's contract with the school district from $3,500 to $3,760.

Council members also approved a resolution regarding the city's conflict of interest policy. City Clerk Roze Frampton stated that the Missouri Ethics Commission requires the city to re-adopt the policy every two years. She said the only changes to the policy involved dates.

An executive session followed the regular meeting at which time the council voted to hire a police officer.

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

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