GOOD DAY CHILLICOTHE!
I am enthused to be able to say the condition of the city continues to be very healthy. The fiscal year is almost 50% complete,
and all departments are in great financial shape. Our sales tax numbers are outpacing those of last year.
The airport completed another very successful EAA Fly-In on August 25. Over 200
planes - many from outside the area - participated in flying potential young aviators. Cathie and
Raymond Hamilton, Bill Kiefer, and the other volunteers made it a day to remember.
was packed with crafts and displays of all kinds on September 8 and 9 for the annual Chautauqua In The Park. A combined effort of the Area Fine Arts Council and the Chillicothe Chamber of Commerce
showcased the many items from vendors in our region.
CT Photo Butch Shaffer
CT Photo Butch Shaffer
The street department is starting the first of many projects with the replacement of Broken Arrow Road in the north part of the city. Hoggart Construction continues to work on the new sidewalk addition along U.S.
65 from Hedrick Medical Center to the Park Lane intersection. The street department also continues to work on rehabilitating many of the alleys in the neighborhoods.
The police department is in the process of receiving new uniforms that will be more
comfortable and less tactical in appearance, while improving officer safety. Much of the new equipment obtained by the department has been paid for through grant funding. This year various officers in the department have written grant applications to receive over $100,000.
The city administrator, fire chief and I recently visited the Sedalia Fire Department to view a new Rosenbauer aerial pumper
truck like the one just ordered by the city. It is a very impressive unit that will be much more versatile than the large aerial one currently in use. We also were able to see a computer software presentation tailored to specific neighborhoods and buildings in Sedalia itself, allowing the firefighters training in actual situations and scenarios that they might encounter in their city. The structures can be altered to present different types of fires and rescue opportunities much like the active shooter presentations that are used to train our police officers. This is a highly effective training tool at a minimal cost.
I again want to thank the city council and the city administrator for their achievements to continue to improve the way of life in Chillicothe.
Lastly, I want to congratulate Judge Tom Chapman for his
the Missouri Western District Court of Appeals. He has been a friend for many years.