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CITY COUNCIL MEETING 01/25/16 (Snow Ordinance, Board Reappointment, Police Hire)

City Revises Snow Ordinance
January 26, 2016

CAPTION: Chillicothe City Council members added two streets to the city's emergency snow route list and approved a few changes to the snow route ordinance. Streets added were Bryan Street from Washington Street to Sunset Avenue; and Fair Street, from Polk to Dorney. The ordinance approved Monday evening also expanded the list of individuals who are authorized to enact the snow ordinance to include the mayor, the councilperson at large, city administrator, street commissioner and police chief.


C-T Photo / Catherine Stortz Ripley

Chillicothe City Council members added two streets to the city's emergency snow route list and approved a few changes to the snow route ordinance. Streets added, at the recommendation of Street Superintendent Barry Arthur, were Bryan Street from Washington Street to Sunset Avenue; and Fair Street, from Polk to Dorney. The list includes about 20 streets. All of the streets, except the ones declared as snow route streets Monday evening, have signs identifying them as snow routes. Signs for the streets that were added Monday will be placed in the near future. The ordinance approved Monday evening expands the list of individuals who are authorized to enact the snow ordinance to include the mayor, the councilperson at large, city administrator, street commissioner and police chief on the basis of falling snow, sleet or freezing rain, or other weather-related events, or on the basis of a weather bureau forecast of an expected weather event. The ordinance states, in part, that the following acts shall be prohibited during a traffic emergency:

  • the parking of any motor vehicle upon an emergency snow route;

  • the operation of a motor vehicle upon an emergency snow route so as to impede the free movement of traffic upon the roadway, or impede the removal of treatment of snow, sleet or ice upon the roadway, if the drive wheels of the vehicle are not mounted with snow tires, chains or radials, with the exception of vehicles with dual drive wheels;

  • police officers are authorized to have removed to a tow lot or other location, from any emergency snow route, any motor vehicle violating the provisions of the ordinance and the owner will be liable for the cost incurred in removal and storage of the vehicle;

  • no person, other than persons employed or under contract by the city engaged in the removal of snow or ice from driveways, parking lots or sidewalks shall deposit such snow or ice in the streets of any public way for vehicular or pedestrian traffic, or against any fire hydrant.

The ordinance states that when plows push snow and ice out to the edges of the roadway, often blocking private driveway or mailbox access, property owners and residents clearing the snow shall do so in a manner that does not place the snow or ice back onto the public street pavement. The ordinance states that any person violating the provisions of the ordinance will be fined a sum no less than $10 and no more than $100, in addition to court costs. Upon each subsequent conviction for a violation of the provisions of this chapter the court shall assess a fine not less than $100 and no more than $250, plus court costs.

Mayor Chuck Haney presided over the meeting with the full council present. In other action Monday evening, the council approved the mayor's recommendation to reappoint Ben White to the city's Planning and Zoning Board. White had been filling an unexpired term on the board. An executive session, closed to the public, was held following the regular meeting at which time the council took action to hire an employee. Details were unavailable as of this morning.

City Hires Police Officer
CT, January 27, 2016

A new officer was employed during an executive meeting held at city hall. Anthony Stacy, age 26, of Bevier, Missouri, becomes the 16th officer on the department bringing the department up to full capacity for patrolmen. Stacy was recommended by Chief Knouse and City Administrator Ike Holland, and the five council members voted unanimously to hire Stacy.

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