MEETING 04/28/14 (Old Prison Site, Houses at Old HMC, Drainage
Issue, City Property)
Talks of Old Prison Site
Water & Soil Needs Continued Testing, Monitoring
April 29, 2014 CT
old prison property on the south side of Third Street has sat
vacant for several years, and it may be awhile before any
significant activity takes place. The property has a "clean
letter" from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources for
all the buildings from 2013; however, as of last week, the city
was informed that the water/soil testing will need to continue for
the next year, at a minimum.
property can be developed now, but with the restrictions around
the area being tested and monitored," Holland told City
Council members during their regular meeting Monday evening at
City Hall. The site being monitored is near the building that
housed the kitchen where underground fuel tanks had been buried.
Holland recommended that after the council tours the facility on
May 15, a workshop be held to determine the council's direction
for the facility.
Foutch Brothers of KC has contracted with Chillicothe to develop
at least a portion of the existing buildings to include
apartments. The development is identified on the Foutch Brothers'
website as a "future project" that would include a movie
theatre, restaurant, laundry area, and a social lounge.
was some discussion about removing existing soil, adding clean
soil, and amending it with lime - a process that can be effective
in commercial situations; however, it was noted that restrictions
differ for residential purposes.
other business Monday night, the council considered bids for
mowing the old prison property, an approximate 44-acre tract of
land. Four bids were received ranging from $360 to $2550 per
mowing. The council unanimously accepted the low bid submitted by
Elite Lawns of 1321 Jackson Street.
council also considered the future of several houses that are
owned by the city and had been used by HMC. The houses, located
near the old hospital, are vacant, and council members discussed
whether to sell them or have them bid out with the demolition of
the hospital. Several on the council stated that they would like
to see it be part of the demolition package; however, it was noted
that there had been some interest in a private citizen purchasing
the houses. This question will be revisited at a later date.
discussed as a request from the hospital to rent one house for 90
days to an intern at the new hospital. After some discussion, it
was decided that there could be too much liability for the city
and that home repairs could be necessary.
council also approved an ordinance regarding a tax collection
agreement with Livingston County. The agreement is the same as it
was previously, but changes the name of the tax collector from
Martha Peery to Paula McCoy to reflect the current tax collector.
council approved a request from Bishop Hogan Memorial School to
use the area between the Fast Lane Family Entertainment Center and
Grand Six Theatre for the school's annual carnival. A portion of
the area is on city property.
other discussion, the council gave a consensus to have Street
Superintendent Barry Arthur meet with Pam Thieme over drainage
concerns affecting her driveway on Borden Street. The citizen had
requested that the city pay to correct the problem; however, the
council stated that the matter was a private property concern.
Arthur is ro meet with the citizen to discuss ways the draining
problem can be alleviated.
council declared a railroad tamper and an old Ford Victoria police
interceptor as surplus property. Administrator Ike Holland
recommended that the city sell the railroad tamper to its railroad
service provider, Motive Rail, for $2500 and place the old police
car out to bid. The city will obtain additional price information
regarding the tamper.
Chuck Haney presided over Monday night's meeting with the full
council in attendance.