MEETING 02/10/2014 (Demolition Project, Advisory Board
Recognitions, Fire Dept. Engineer, Permit Fees, Police Officers
Demolition Project Advances: Potential Conflicts of Interest to be
Determined for City Project
By CALLI PRICE
- CT - February 11, 2014
C-T Photo / Courtnie Cranmer
The above trailers, located on Cowgill, are a few of the properties to be demolished under the Chillicothe demolition project. Once
it has been determined that no conflict of interest exists for the
properties, phase two of the demolition project will commence. The city,
with assistance from a Community Development Block Grant, plans to
demolish approximately 40 structures this year.
A discussion of the beginning phases of the demolition project in
Chillicothe took place at the regular bi-monthly Chillicothe City Council
meeting Monday evening, February 10, 2014. Assistant City Codes Enforcement Officer Tammi Venneman and Ann Hamilton,
of Green Hills Regional Planning Commission, appeared before the council
to provide updates on the first phase of the project. Hamilton said that
between 25 and 30 consent forms have been signed already and they are
going through with environmental checks on the properties. Once environmental checks are complete, they can only move on to the
second phase of the project once they have assured that none of the
property demolitions will result in a conflict of interest. The council
will have to check with the state to determine the requirements for how
deep they will need to check to determine conflicts of interest. After the
council checks with the state, the issue will be brought to another
meeting to be discussed.
C-T Photo / Courtnie Cranmer
The demolition project for the city of Chillicothe is underway. Homes are
currently being inspected. Once all homes have been inspected, and once it
has been established that no conflicts of interest exist for the properties that are to be demolished, phase two of the demolition project
Several individuals were recognized for their accomplishments during the
council meeting. Both Amy Supple, of the Railroad Advisory Board, and Gene
Moyers, of the Board of Adjustments, have reached their term limitations
and were presented with Advisory Board Service Awards from Mayor Chuck
Haney. Both Supple and Moyers served eight years on their respective
boards. "Amy has had a lot of good suggestions," Haney said, adding that he
appreciated her years of dedication and service. "I was happy to do
it," Supple said. Haney said that he has known Moyers for a long time and he has done a good
job of serving Chillicothe. "He has a strong interest in our city and a commitment
to our city," Haney explained. "He's done a good job as a member of the Board of Adjustments
for the past eight years and will continue to serve on the Planning and
Zoning Board until 2016." Moyers said he was happy to serve the City.
"My wife and I love Chillicothe," Moyers added.
"We're just delighted to work here and be part of the
Fire Chief Darrell Wright introduced David Gillespie as the new engineer
at the Chillicothe Fire Department, where Gillespie has worked since 2000.
"He, for years, operated heavy equipment before he came to the fire
department, so his experience operating that equipment as a fire truck
operator is very beneficial to us," Wright said. "I want to
thank everybody for supporting me on this," Gillespie said.
"I'll try to do the best I can. You're only as good as your crew, and my
crew is second to none as far as I'm concerned. We've got a fantastic
The council passed an ordinance approving changes in the permit fee
schedule for 2014. Codes Director Chuck Greever said the changes will
include an increase of about six cents per square foot of construction.
The rate for flatwork permits for pouring concrete slabs were also
changed. Large projects will now be a flat fee of $75 instead of five
cents per square foot, and the medium slab size increased from $1,000
maximum to $1,500 maximum.
The next city council meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 24,
in the Council Chambers at City Hall.
Hires 3 New Officers, Promotes One
new police officers were employed and one officer promoted
following an executive session of the council. Promoted to the
rank of sergeant in the department was Jeremy Stephens who has
been with the department for six years. New officers who will
begin work on March 3 are Michael Smith (now serving as a deputy
sheriff in Caldwell County); Blaine Kennedy (who has served as
peace officer in both Kansas and Missouri); and Jordan Webb (a
December graduate of the Police Academy). There is a possibility
that one additional officer could be employed.