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COUNCIL MEETING 07 29 19 (Medical Marijuana, Chip/Seal Projects, Tiny Houses, Fire Truck, Police Vehicles)

During Monday night's Chillicothe City Council meeting, the council voted 5-0 to offer their support for an application for a medical marijuana cultivation and manufacturing facility in Chillicothe. Retired Army Lt Colonel Todd Scattini addressed the council as a representative of Big Canoe Health LLC. Scattini said Big Canoe LLC has applied with the state of Missouri for a license to grow and manufacture medical marijuana in Chillicothe. The company also has provided the city a letter of intent to purchase a 23-acre piece of land near WireCo where they expect to build facilities for the business once their application is approved by the state. Scattini said the business will employ at least 55 people and will ultimately make products infused with medical marijuana available for sale.

In other business, the council approved an additive bid for $13, 928 from Vance Brothers, Inc. for paving fabric to be added to the city's chip and seal projects. Jeff Gillespie, Chillicothe Street Department superintendent, said the fabric locks the chip and seal into place. The addition was also recommended by the project's engineer; and Chillicothe City Administrator Darin Chappell said that with the addition to the original bid, the project is still $3,000 under budget.

The council also approved an ordinance allowing the construction of Tiny Houses and "In-law Houses" in the City limits of Chillicothe. The ordinance allows each home to house up to two people and be placed in areas zoned R2, R3 and Mixed-Use. The Tiny House is a dwelling of 400 square feet or less; and, according to the ordinance, an In-law house is 401 to 720 square feet. The residence must have a separate and enclosed bathroom, a kitchen, be placed on a permanent foundation with no wheels or axels, cannot be a camper or shed, and must have their own utility hook-ups. Under the ordinance, no more than two Tiny Houses or In-law houses can be built on a lot in R2 Zoning and four in R3 zoning. Mixed-Use lots can have up to six units and must have at least one off-street parking space per unit.

During the finance session, members of the Chillicothe City council discussed paying off a ladder truck the fire department will take possession of in November of this year and the purchase of five new police cars. City Administrator told the members that financing the fire truck was not necessary. There is a balance of $431,000 owed on the truck, which cost $874,000. "The city has a 25 cent dedicated fire tax fund and there is plenty of money in that fund to pay off the truck, without financing it," Chappell said. Even with paying off the remaining balance of the truck, the fund will still have $400,000. "For years the Fire Chief has been very diligent about making sure to plan and budget for needed equipment, this truck included," Chappell said. "With the remaining $400,000, we are well on our way to purchasing another piece of equipment several years down the road." According to statute the funds collected into the fire tax fund can only be used for items needed by the fire department.

During the same meeting, members, Chappell, and Mayor Theresa Kelly discussed the impending purchase of five new police cars for the Chillicothe Police Department. Kelly noted that for a period of time the city had used a rotating schedule for replacing police cars, but in recent years the rotation had not been followed. Police Chief Jon Maples noted that at one time in recent months, five of the departments eight vehicles were in the repair shop on the same day. The five 2019 Fords and equipment will cost the city approximately $250,000. As new cars are purchased for police department use, older cars are phased out into other city vehicles. Some of the vehicles being replaced will be given to other city departments for this use. "We need to get back on and stick to a schedule of replacing vehicles, especially police cars, because of the amount of stress put on those cars," Chappell said.

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