COUNCIL MEETING 10 28 19
(Additional Police Officers, Local Street Projects, CPD Vehicles,
Litton Road Project, South Mitchell Road Concrete, Pet Licenses)
By Angie Talken
There is a clear
need for two additional police officers, Chillicothe City Administrator Darin Chappell told a group of city employees and city council members gathered at a workshop Monday evening.
"The number of calls officers are answering is almost always 100-120 each day or
more," Chappell said. "The types of crimes - the seriousness, the
amount of time needed to handle the call or situation - it is all
changed." The council took no action on the matter. Chappell said he and Chillicothe Police Chief Jon Maples have been discussing the need for additional officers for
some time now; and the council should expect the matter to come before them for a vote in the near future. Mayor
Theresa Kelly, who was absent at Monday night's workshop and council meeting, supports the increase.
"This is something that needs to happen sooner than
later," Chappell said. "We cannot wait until the next budget
year; we need to move forward as soon as possible." Chappell estimated the city will need to use $30,000 for the hiring and
training processes for two new officers that was not budgeted for this year. Maples agreed that the department would
need an additional $90,000 to $95,000 in next year's budget to pay the salary and training costs for two new
members of the police department, one which they hope to be a detective who will focus on drugs
"Let's be honest. There are drug users, drug dealers and people who abuse their children in
Chillicothe," Chappell said. "We have to do more to protect our residents and fight these
crimes." Currently, the police department is made up of 14 full-time
officers, including a school resource officer and detective, one part-time officer, Maples, and the assistant police
Chappell also updated those at the workshop on some
local street projects. He said. recently the contractor who did the work on 1st and 2nd streets was in town and agreed work crews would return this spring and put an
additional 1 1/2 inches of asphalt on those streets. Second Ward Councilmen Wayne Cunningham said there
needed to be a solution to drainage issues in that area, and Chappell agreed and said the city would work on fixing those issues.
During the regular meeting, by a vote of 4-0
(Councilman-at-Large Tom Ashbrook was absent), the council accepted a bid from Vision Upfitters, Inc., not to exceed $54,457.94 for the purchase and installation of all necessary decals and equipment for
five 2020 Ford Police Utility Interceptor vehicles. The bid also includes $700 for freight
charges for the vehicles. Maples noted the vehicles were still being built,
and it would be five months before they were ready to be on the streets of Chillicothe. He also noted the bid is expected to be less than the quoted
amount as the department is hoping to use some of their newer
equipment which they received through grants in the new vehicles.
The council also voted 4-0 to pass an ordinance to accept an agreement with Allgeier Martin to oversee the
construction phase of the Litton Road Project at a cost of $45,000. That project covers Litton Road between
Trenton and Mohawk roads. That project includes a Litton Road from Trenton Road to Mohawk.
The design and bidding phases of the
concrete project on South Mitchell Road will also be handled by Allgeier
Martin at a cost of $95,000. The work will take place from the railroad tracks to Ryan Lane.
City Clerk Roze Frampton also announced that
pet license renewals were being sent out with this month's utility
bills and are due back to the City January 1, 2020. Fees from the license go to the Livingston County Humane
Society. Frampton noted anyone interested in taking part in a committee to examine pet ordinances should contact
The next council meeting will be at 6:30 p.m., on
November 12 at City Hall.