MEETING 11/14/16 (Ordinances, Police Grant)
Change Boosts Control Over Right-of-Way Usage
By CATHERINE STORTZ RIPLEY
Chillicothe City Council members on Monday unanimously passed amendments to an ordinance regarding the
city's right-of-way management. Discussions about establishing this ordinance came following the request from a private
company to erect a 120-foot tower on public right-of-way at the corner of Elm and Second streets.
Council members approved this ordinance during their regular meeting Monday evening at City Hall.
The ordinance will require those who request the use of rights-of-way to provide details about their intentions, according to City Attorney Robert
Cowherd. It also requires them to consider the interest of public safety, welfare and health in determining where to
put things in the public right of way. "Without this, large poles and other things can go up in the right-of-way and
cause public safety hazards and dangers to the public, so we are interested in controlling
that," Cowherd said. "We're not interested in restricting competition.
That's not the point at all. We're not interested in keeping new things
from coming to town. We simply want it done in a standard
fashion." Cowherd stated that this ordinance will give the city more information about what someone plans to do, requires the applicant to make sure they have proper traffic
control and barriers when they are doing construction in the public right-of-way, and have a plan to return the site to
its proper condition.
In other business Monday evening, the council conducted a public hearing to consider an ordinance to vacate an
alley located between lots 1 and 4, and 2 and 3 of Block 19 of the Graves and Leeper additions. The hearing was in
regard to a request by property owner Steve Waits, a Livingston County resident who plans to build a fine dining
steakhouse restaurant. Waits said that the establishment would be family dining. The
city's Planning and Zoning Committee had recommended approval of the request.
The council on Monday also was notified that MIRMA, the
city's insurance carrier pool, would be providing $3,272 worth in equipment for the
city's police department as the result of a city grant application. The funds will be used to
buy dash mount cameras and less lethal rounds (beanbag rounds). The city will have until June to make the
purchase and MIRMA will present the city with a check. Company representative Jeff Arp made the presentation to
Chillicothe Police Officer Jeremy Stephens.
Mayor Chuck Haney presided over Monday
night's meeting with Councilmen Reed Dupy, Wayne Cunningham, Tom Douglas and Paul Howard in attendance. Councilman-at-Large David Moore was not present.