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CITY COUNCIL MEETING 05/09/16
(CR2 Annexation, Vehicle & Equipment Purchases, Towing Contract, Street Bid)

City Considers Annexation Requests
May. 10, 2016

The Chillicothe City Council conducted two public hearings Monday night regarding voluntary annexations of land near Chillicothe High School. The annexation requests came as the result of the school district's plans to build a new school for preschool, kindergarten and first-grade students. Chillicothe R-2 Superintendent Dr. Rogers Barnes spoke in favor of the annexation. There was no one speaking against the annexation. One property being considered for annexation belongs to the Chillicothe Education Foundation and the other belongs to John Hutchinson and Don Metry Jr. One parcel would be for construction of the building and the other is for an access road leading to the new school. The public has 14 days following the public hearing to provide input regarding the annexation before the council vote on the proposal in two weeks. If the annexation is approved, the issue will be sent to the city's Planning and Zoning Board for zoning designation.

In other business Monday evening, the council approved the purchase of a 2016 Dodge Ram 2500 Crew Cab 4x4 from Barnes-Baker Trenton, in the amount of $39,748, and a Boss 9-foot snow plow from Barnes-Baker, of Trenton, in the amount of $4,392.

The council also approved the purchase of a sand bunker rake and two greens rollers for Green Hills Golf Course. The sand bunker rake is from Kansas Golf and Turf in the amount of $6,900, and the greens rollers are from Kansas Golf and Turf in the amount of $10,900, and from Commercial Turf & Tractor in the amount of $7,250.

The city also approved the purchase of a new zero-turn radius 60-inch cut diesel engine mower for the Chillicothe Municipal Airport from Woody's Outdoor Power Equipment in the amount of $13,551.20.

Much discussion took place regarding a towing services contract for the city of Chillicothe. Two companies submitted bids and, after about 25 minutes of discussion, the council approved the bid submitted by Peery's Tow and Repair, LLC. Matt Gabrielsson, representing the other bidder, Gabrielson Truck Repair & Towing, LLC, asked the council to reconsider the recommendation, stating that although his bid was higher in some areas, his company submitted a better bid.

In other business, the council approved the bid submitted by M &M Utilities, LLC, for construction of 2016 street improvements. Construction is to be completed by Sept. 30, with a $500 per day penalty for each day after the contract end date.

The council also tabled discussions regarding an ordinance accepting Comanche Street as a city street within the Sunset Village Subdivision, pending an engineer's inspection. Mayor Chuck Haney presided over Monday night's meeting with the full council present.

May. 9, 2016: Chillicothe City Council members will meet in regular session at 6:30 p.m. tonight (Monday) in the council chambers at City Hall. Two public hearings are on the agenda. They both relate to requests to annex property into the city limits near Chillicothe High School. The first is property belonging to the Chillicothe Education Foundation and the second is property belonging to John Hutchinson and Don Metry Jr. Several ordinances regarding the purchase of equipment and services also are on the city agenda for discussion and consideration. Among them, bids for a street department truck, a golf course greens roller(s), sand bunker rake, an airport mower, and towing services. The council will also consider bids for the 2016 street improvement project. City Administrator Ike Holland is on the agenda to lead discussion and present an ordinance accepting Comanche Street as a city street within the Sunset Village Subdivision along with a one-year warranty from the developer. An executive session, closed to the public, is scheduled to follow the regular council meeting.

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