MEETING 11/10/14 (Sidewalk Grant, Exotic Animals, Demolition
Grant, Zoning Change, Park Equipment, Green Hills Golf Course)
to Apply for Sidewalk Grant
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
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city of Chillicothe is applying for a grant to largely fund a
project that would extend a sidewalk from Hedrick Medical Center
in north Chillicothe to the area of Simpson Park and the Grand
River Area Family YMCA. City council members gave Administrator
Ike Holland authority to apply for the grant during the regular
meeting Monday, November 10, 2014. The grant would provide 80% of
the project costs up to $240,000. The sidewalk would be placed on
Missouri Department of Transportation easement. Based on
estimates, construction costs would be around $300,000. If
approved, the city's portion would be approximately $60,000 and
would come from the city's capital improvements fund. Letters of
support for the project had been received by the Livingston County
Health Center, Main Street Chillicothe, and other community
entities. The application deadline is the week of November 10-14,
and the project grant would be awarded in January 2015. The grant
recipient would need to complete the project during 2015-2016. The
proposed project could also include a crosswalk between the YMCA
and Simpson Park as well as black fencing between Simpson Park's
playground area and Washington Street for safety reasons. On
Monday, August 25, 2014, an ordinance was passed creating an
agreement between MoDOT and the city, allowing for the city to
take over sidewalk improvements.
Animals, Zoning Part of City Meeting
Catherine Stortz Ripley, 11/11/2014
Patek, Chillicothe's animal control officer, presented Chillicothe
City Council members with inspection reports regarding an
individual who houses monkeys within the city limits, and she
expressed safety concerns for the public and neglect issues
regarding the animals. The reports cited issues of neglect and
unsanitary living conditions in a facility owned and operated by
Billy Johnston. She also commented on a time earlier this year
when a monkey escaped and roamed around several hours before being
shot. "We don't need monkeys in town," she advised
council members. Council members asked Patek to make a list of
complaints and give the city time to look over the material before
they would address the issue. Johnston, who was in attendance,
said that he has 14 monkeys in town. He said he is USDA certified
and that the monkey cages are larger than required. Council
members said they had not received any complaints about exotic
animals in town.
other business, the council passed an ordinance accepting asbestos
abatement bids for the demolition grant. Two bids were
submitted for the asbestos abatement of 12 houses, and the council
accepted the bid from Enviro Solutions in the amount of $22,276.
Monday, council members approved a zoning change of a tract
of land from R-1 to R-2. The property is owned by the United
Methodist Church and is part of the former Chillicothe Business
College property. The church has expressed a desire to donate some
land to Habitat for Humanity for construction of a Habitat home.
members approved a proclamation declaring November 13 as Arbor
Day in Chillicothe. The parks' department will plant 10 oak
trees in Simpson Park replacing other trees that have died.
city gave a green light for Craig Sager, general manager of Green
Hills Golf Course, to pursue an additional revenue source by
allowing the facility to be rented to the public for various
Monday, the council voted 3-2 to table discussion regarding a truck
replacement request for the parks' department. Administrator
Holland stated that the department's 1996 pickup truck has a
cracked engine head and could cost around $3,000 to repair. He
asked the council to seek bids for a replacement vehicle, as well
as replaceme4nts for two other old parks' department vehicles.
Councilmen Reed Dupy, Wayne Cunningham, and Tom Douglas voted to
table discussions; David Moore and Paul Howard voted against
tabling discussions. Cunningham said he was hesitant to spend the
money noting that the city's uncertainty of health insurance costs
could be increased between 27 and 46% this next year. The topic
will be further discussed at the council's next meeting.
council approved the bid from Darren Fravel in the amount of
$1,550 on a 2010 Crown Victoria that was involved in a
crash and was listed as surplus property.
night's meeting included a PowerPoint presentation by Sager
regarding the Green Hills Golf Course and Airport Manager Bill
Kieffer on the municipal airport. Mayor Chuck Haney presided over
Monday night's meeting with the full council present. The council
met in executive sessions following the meeting. Action was taken
and an announcement is expected at a later date.