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COUNCIL MEETING 08/26/19 (CPD Vehicles, Chip & Seal Project, Fire Radios, Marijuana Update)

Before the Chillicothe City Council met Monday evening, a public hearing was held for the consideration of the use of up to $250,000 of Capital Improvement Funds for the purchase of five vehicles for the police department. The City Auditor Hannah Fletcher reported the bids for the five cars are in, and the low bid is for just over $36,864 per vehicle or $184,323 for all five. Chillicothe City Administrator Darin Chappell said the lowest bid is a local bid; and when considering the trade-in value being offered for three of the five vehicles, the cost to the city will be less. The city will soon ask for bids for the equipment needed for all five new police vehicles; both Fletcher and Chappell told the council the total cost will still be below the $250,000 budgeted.

Massive statewide flooding has stretched road crews with the Missouri Department of Transportation thin and has caused the department to utilize private contractors to get work done. This, Chappell said, caused concerns over completing the chip and seal project planned for 1st and 2nd streets. However, after Labor Day, the chip and seal work on 1st and 2nd Streets to the west of Washington Street will begin. The overlay work will take up to 30 days.

The council also approved declaring 22 fire department radios as surplus. In recent months, the city has purchased new radios for the fire department, and these are no longer needed. After agreeing to hold back several for use in other city departments, the council agreed to name the radios as surplus. City Clerk Roze Frampton said there is currently another fire department interested in purchasing some of the radios.

During Monday night's Chillicothe City Council workshop meeting, City Administrator Darin Chappell told members the company, Big Canoe, which had stated it had intentions of growing and manufacturing medical marijuana in Chillicothe, had not filed for a growing or manufacturing license as they had "gotten crossways with the company that was funding their venture." At the council's July 29 meeting, they heard from retired Army Lt Colonel Todd Scattini who addressed the council as a representative of Big Canoe Health LLC. Scattini said Big Canoe LLC had applied with the state of Missouri for a license to grow and manufacture medical marijuana in Chillicothe. The council voted 5-0 offering their support after months of lengthy discussions about medical marijuana and city ordinances.

The company also provided the city a letter of intent to purchase a 23-acre piece of land near WireCo, where they expected to build facilities for the business. Scattini said the business would have employed at least 55 people. Chappell says they are still hopeful for a testing lab and dispensaries here.

At last week's city council meeting, the council voted to change zoning of medical marijuana testing facilities, which Chappell told them does not produce any noxious fumes like other parts of medical marijuana operations may do. The testing facilities can be in any area of the town zoned I-1 or I-1 and commercial areas zone C-1, C-2 or C-3.

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