MEETING 03/10/14 (Hospital Update, Funding Requests, Police
Underway for Healing Garden, Auction of Items from Old Hospital
11, 2014 C-T
With a little over three weeks of full operation in the new hospital,
Hedrick Medical Center CEO Matt Wenzel said things are going
"quite well." He provided an update to Chillicothe City Council members during their
regular meeting Monday evening in the Council Chambers at City Hall.
"We've been talking with patients, physicians and
employees," Wenzel said, "and, as a group, we couldn't be more pleased with the successes
we've seen so far."
The new hospital opened in the early morning hours of
February 13, just minutes before the old hospital closed. Wenzel said the transition went
smoothly. And now, work has been done to inventory the items of the old facility
that are no longer needed. He presented the council with an itemized list
of assets and said that there will be a closed auction April 5 to let
those who are affiliated with the hospital buy the equipment. The closed
auction will be for hospital employees, medical staff and those who serve
on volunteer boards. Whatever doesn't sell April 5 will be put in a spring
auction conducted by the city. Wenzel said that proceeds from the sale of assets will go back to the city
in the form of improving the site at the new hospital. "All this money will go toward the healing
garden," he said, noting that a foundation has already been organized for this project.
hospital is in the process of procuring the services of a
landscape architect for the healing garden which will be located
on the back side of the hospital.
told council members about a few minor issues being looked at
regarding the new hospital. One is the request for sidewalks. When
spring arrives, the hospital will add more sidewalks to increase
convenient access to the hospital. The other area to be addressed
is employee parking. He is always trying to regulate the
hospital's heating and cooling system. "We have the capacity
- it's just balancing the hospital during temperature changes. We
have to work through that." He also said the dedication
plaques which are part of the old hospital will be relocated to
the new facility, but a location for placement has not been
the city's fiscal year nears and end, the new budget is being
formulated. The council heard from representatives of several
entities who provided annual reports and made formal funding
Hansen, University of Missouri Extension - request - $5,000
Matt Trussell, Small Business Development Center - request $7,000
Dan Leatherman, Freedom Festival - request $4,000
Micah Landes, Main Street Chillicothe - request $30,000
Danette Rardon, Chillicothe Area Chamber of Commerce - request
Leslie Patek, Livingston County Humane Society - request $70,600
Stan Baldwin, Summer Playground Assn. - request $13,000
Grand River Area Family YMCA - request $14,000 (made during a
budget workshop prior)
Chillicothe Area Arts Council - request $1,000 (made during a
budget workshop prior)
council will review the funding requests in the coming weeks. The
city's new fiscal year begins April 1.
other business, council members approved a contract with OATS
Transportation to provide services to people within the city. The
contract is renewed annually and has been $10,000 for several
council approved the mayor's recommendation of Scott Ellis to the
executive session followed the regular meeting.
council also discussed contract plans with Chillicothe Rural Fire
beyond 2015 when the current contract expires.
Chuck Haney presided over the meeting with the full council
Hires, Promotions at CPD
Chillicothe Police Chief Rick Knouse introduced to council members
officers who were either new to the department or promoted within the
department during the Chillicothe City Council meeting Monday evening at
New officers are Jordan Webb and Michael Smith, who both began service
with the Chillicothe Police Department on March 3. Webb, formerly of
Mountain Grove, Mo., is a December 2013 graduate of a police academy.
Smith, formerly of Chillicothe, most recently worked for the Caldwell
County Sheriff's Department. He also had worked for the Unionville Police
Knouse introduced Johnny Maples, who had been a patrolman with the
department for a couple of years and was promoted to detective; and Jeremy
Stephens, who had been a patrolman with the department for six years and
was promoted to sergeant.