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COUNCIL MEETING 10/09/17 (St. Luke's Board Appointments, CPD Grant, CFD Grant, Health Insurance Bids)

On Monday night, the city of Chillicothe held its monthly council meeting. The first issue on the agenda was the appointing of three new board members to the Saint Luke's Hospital Board. According to the bylaws of Saint Luke's Hospital of Chillicothe, CEO Steve Schieber must submit a recommendation for prospective board members to the Mayor of Chillicothe to be voted on by the council. Schieber submitted the names of Carol Sloan for recommendation to be re-appointed, while Jennifer Lovell and Scott Cady were recommended to be appointed as new members of the board. Positions for Lovell and Cady became available after long-time board members J. Michael Palmer and Rollie Stadlman both resigned their positions (terms expiring on December 31 of this year). The term for newly-appointed board members will expire on December 31, 2020.

On September 18, the Chillicothe Police Department was awarded a $3,322.50 grant from the Missouri Intergovernmental Risk Management Association (MIRMA) as part of its participation in risk management, safety and liability as a department. On Monday, MIRMA loss prevention specialist, Jeff Arp, was on hand to present the grant at the council meeting. The department plans to use those funds to purchase an in-car video system.

Six weeks ago, the Chillicothe Fire Department was awarded a $19,306 grant from the U.S. Fire Administration for a laser-driven fire extinguisher training program and equipment. On Monday, Chief Darrell Wright, presented an ordinance to speed up the process for purchase approval. Before Monday, the City Administrator could approve a purchase under $10,000 without immediately presenting it to the council due to the monthly assembly of the council. Anything above $10,000 is required to be voted on by the council. In this case, the fire department received a grant specifically for the purchase with only a $949 match being required by the city of Chillicothe. The council did approve to allow City Administrator Darin Chappell the authority to approve the purchase, and the council will review the order at a later date. Chief Wright explained that, due to the various fire extinguisher training classes provided by the department, the laser-driven program would save the city money, usually spent on chemicals used throughout the year for those classes. On another note, it was reported by Chief Wright that the three "boot blocks" and "pink out" campaigns raised nearly $8,400. The amount raised is a little higher than last year's campaign, thanks in part to T-shirt sales.

By JAIME SAUCEDO, C-T 10 11 17

C-T 101217 - With health insurance costs continuing to rise and the city employees' insurance benefits being paid for with taxpayer money, Chillicothe city officials announced at Monday's council meeting that the city will pursue taking bids for health insurance coverage. City Administrator Darin Chappell said that it is the city's responsibility to be efficient with finances, and considering the increases, he felt it was wise to go out to bid. The health insurance carrier for the city's 71 current employees is Blue Cross Blue Shield and is up for renewal at the first of the year. The city provides full premium coverage for employees and 25 percent of the premium costs for dependents under the current plan. The city will put out a request for proposal for consideration; and with the renewal deadline of January 1, Chappell expects a decision to be made some time in late November or early December.

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