COUNCIL MEETING 06 10 19 (CMU Building, Local Bid Ordinance, Street Dept. Truck, Medical Marijuana)
night's Chillicothe City Council meeting, the council voted to move forward with plans to demolish the old
Chillicothe Municipal Utilities' old steam plant and also passed an ordinance establishing a local bid preference
policy. With a vote of 5-0, the council voted to move ahead with the demolition of the building and awarded a bid of $320,000
to Red Rock after reviewing more than 10 bids; the highest being $937,000.
The city previously spent $1.79 million to have asbestos removed from the
structure which was shut down around 2005. The building was built in
1938. Steam plant usage began to slow after the diesel plant was installed to produce power. The steam plant
continued on for several more years only being used during summer and winter peak times. Once coal became
outdated, it was difficult and costly to upkeep and maintain emission standards.
Crews are expected to start work around August 1 and will have five months to complete the demolition.
Second Ward City Councilman Wayne Cunningham verified that every effort was going to be taken to save the stone archway around the main doors and the sign
reading "Chillicothe Power Plant" for use at a later time in an appropriate place in the city.
By Angie Talken,
CT 06 12 19
PHOTO: Plans are to try to save the limestone archway around the front doors and the stone sign saying
"Chillicothe Power Plant" for use at a later time and appropriate
The council also discussed and ultimately voted 5-0 to approve a
local bid preference ordinance. The ordinance established local bidder preference if the local bidder is within 3 percent of a non-local bidder on a construction or formally bid project for all construction or other projects from $5,000 up to $5,000,000.
The local bidding preference does not apply for federally funded
projects, when projects are not required to be formally bid, or fall below $5,000 or above $5000,000. The ordinance defines a local business as one operating within the city limits of
Chillicothe with a physical office location in the city limits. This is the first local bid preference ordinance the city has had. At their next meeting,
the council will discuss an ordinance establishing bid protest procedures.
In other business the council approved the bid from Chillicothe
Ford for $28,699.80 for the purchase of a 2019-2020 one-ton pickup truck for the Chillicothe Street
Department. To ensure the bid amount, the order had to be placed by June 4, so Mayor Theresa Kelly
signed off on the order, pending council approval. The council approved
the bid, which was $14,000 lower than budgeted, with a vote of 5-0.
The council also voted on the
local medical marijuana ordinance voting unanimously on an
ordinance which will "regulate the time, place, manner of cultivation, manufacture and dispensing of medical
marijuana." Over the last several months, the council has engaged in lengthy discussions about local
ordinances and what a city is allowed to do in regard to the growing and dispensing of medical marijuana within the Chillicothe city limits.
City Administrator Darin Chappell says it is important that residents keep in mind medical marijuana was passed by voters across the
state, including in Livingston County. "There are some people who are upset and think
"we" are not doing enough to stop this," he said.
"This is not just a legal endeavor - it is it a constitutionally protected endeavor. The city council
cannot make this not happen." Medical marijuana appeared on the November 2018 ballot as State Constitutional
Amendment 2 and was passed by Livingston County voters with 54.18 percent of voters approving the
amendment for medical marijuana to be legal in the state of Missouri.
passed Chapter 650: Medical Marijuana on Monday night. In the ordinance, Chappell said hours of operation and acceptable location are laid out.
The dispensary cannot be in a residential area or within 100 feet of schools, daycares, or churches,
and the business can only be open 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Existing city ordinance also prohibits the sale of alcohol within 100 feet of schools, daycares and churches.
Chappell said that for several weeks, if not months, the city has been fielding calls from a variety of businesses and
groups asking about the city's ordinances in regard to the growing, manufacturing and sale of medical marijuana. He
noted that he suspects the city will have at least one dispensary and growing operation.
"In Chillicothe, I believe we will have at least one, if not two
dispensaries," he said. "And I would venture to say there may be a growing or
manufacturing operation in town, in the appropriately zoned area, as
well." However, Chappell said due to the state's regulations and application process it will still be months before residents will see any of these types of operation
actually starting in the city. On June 4, the state made facility application forms available; those can be submitted on
Aug. 3. The state will then work to first approve applications for those wishing to grow and manufacture, as those
operations take the longest. Chappell said he suspects at the beginning of 2020 dispensaries will begin to open
across the state and in Chillicothe. "The ordinances the city council has passed and the timeline we are
facing is very much like what cities of all sizes are
facing," he said.