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CITY COUNCIL MEETING 05/26/15 (Old Prison, Hospital, Bridge Demolitions, Street Projects)

City Moving Forward on 3 Demolition Projects
By CATHERINE STORTZ RIPLEY 
May 27, 2015

Chillicothe City Council members on Monday evening moved forward on the planned demolitions of the old hospital, the old prison, and an old dilapidated bridge. The council approved bids for taking down the old hospital and the bridge but tabled discussions about the prison demolition project, pending specifics on funding. The prison demolition was the largest project put out for bid. The lowest responsible bid, among seven submitted, came from Derrick Fee, doing business as Red Rock, at a price of $370,200. At this time, the city does not plan to use money from the Capital Improvements Fund; however, if the city needs to tap into that fund, a public hearing would be held. The city had previously approved using up to $1 million from the Capital Improvements Fund for a developer to transform the property into apartments; that renovation, however, did not reach fruition and the developer was not paid any city funds. The demolition involves razing the former prison property buildings - approximately 16 structures in all - on the south side of Third Street. The property will be leveled, the security fence taken down and the iron decorative fence removed and put up for sale. The city has yet to decide whether to sell the approximate 45 acres as one parcel or as individual lots. Council members are expected to revisit this bid at their next regular council meeting on June 8. The second largest demolition project is that of the old Hedrick Medical Center campus and residential buildings. This project, in the amount of $270,000, calls for tearing down the old hospital as well as approximately five houses that were once used by hospital staff and visiting doctors. The parking lot to the south of the existing building will remain intact and everything else will be removed, Holland said. The city received 11 bids and accepted the lowest responsible bid from Derrick Fee, doing business as Red Rock. The other demolition project is that of an old dilapidated bridge on Willow Avenue in Lowe's Acres. Derrick Fee, doing business as Red Rock, submitted the lowest responsible bid in the amount of $46,000. Demolition of these projects should begin late June or early July and all projects should be completed within four or five months, according to City Administrator Ike Holland.

Council OKs Street Projects
May 27, 2015

Chillicothe City Council members approved this year's street projects with the successful bid going to Missouri Curb and Pavement in the amount of $833,398.23. The biggest project from the Permanent Street Fund is slated for Third Street, from west of South Woodrow to Grandview. This area will receive curb and gutter and storm drainage improvements. The list of projects was presented to council members by Street Superintendent Barry Arthur. Other permanent street fund projects this year are:

  • Fairway Street, from U.S. Highway 65 to North Fair Street. This area will receive curb and gutters, storm drainage improvements, a 2-inch overlay, milling and wedging.
  • Bryan Street, from Edgewood to an area west of the Baptist Church. This area will receive total concrete replacement as well as curbs and gutters.
  • Park Avenue, where the concrete of the cul-de-sac will be completely replaced.
  • Fairlane Street, in the area of Bel Air, will receive storm draining improvements. In addition to the Fairway project, the city plans several asphalt projects, including:
    JFK, from Easton to Locust streets (2-inch overlay, milling, wedging);
    Peacher Street, from Sunset to Clay (2-inch overlay);
    Grandview Street (2 inch overlay)

The city has budgeted $653,902 from its permanent street fund and $179,495 from its asphalt budget to pay Missouri Curb and Pavement. The city has also budgeted $60,000 for various concrete replacement projects.

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