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COUNCIL MEETING 10 10 16 (City Hall Building, Sidewalk Grant, Sonoco Plastics, Swan Lake Trail, Cell Towers, Prison Demo)

City Seeks Grant for Sidewalk from HMC to Simpson Park

The city of Chillicothe is moving forward on a grant application for a sidewalk from Hedrick Medical Center to Simpson Park following a hearing Monday evening during the city council's regular meeting at City Hall. The city conducted the hearing and the council unanimously passed a resolution supporting the application to be made through the Missouri Department of Transportation's alternative transportation program. The total cost of the proposed project is $200,000 with $160,000 of that being federally funded and, if approved, $40,000 funded by the city. The city applied for the grant two years ago but was unsuccessful in receiving funding. Applications are expected to be reviewed in November, with the announcement of funded applications to be made in January. The approved resolution states that the city pledges to maintain the improvements for free to the public and to maintain the asset for 25 years from the date of completion.

The sidewalk application was among several topics addressed by the City Council Monday evening. Another item discussed was interest in someone taking over maintenance of a portion of the city's short line railroad property near Sumner. City Administrator Ike Holland explained that he had been contacted by someone regarding the possibility of the city of Sumner taking over a portion of the property for walking and biking (no motorized vehicles) mostly in the city of Sumner and south of Sumner leading to Swan Lake National Wildlife Refuge. The maintenance would include cutting brush and picking up trash. Future discussions are expected.

Also Monday, the council tabled action on an ordinance regarding an economic development contract with Sonoco for a rail spur (action is expected at the next council meeting); heard a report regarding a request for placement of a 120-foot tower; heard a report regarding a police officers labor union, and heard a report regarding water damage at City Hall.

The council also heard remarks from Ed Allender, of the American Legion, regarding drainage issues on the legion hall property as a result of a new retail store just south of the building. The new store, Dollar General, is located at the site of the former Overton Motors business. Runoff from the property has caused deep ruts in the legion hall parking lot, Allender stated. Codes enforcement officer Chuck Greever stated that the company installed an inlet to catch water, but it is insufficient and that the company had told him that a landscaper will add a berm to keep water back. As of Monday night, the berm had not yet been constructed.

Prison Demo - On Monday, City Administrator Ike Holland informed the council about the latest discovery of the underground pipes and asked the council to approve a change order for the contractor to remove the remaining asbestos around the pipes in the tunnels. The council approved the request and a change order in the amount of $22,000 was approved.

City Addresses Water Issues at 1926 Building
October 13 2016

Some small measures soon will be taken to help stop moisture from entering into Chillicothe City Hall, and an engineer soon will be drawing up detailed specifications for a more extensive solution. City Administrator Ike Holland discussed the condition of the 1926 City Hall building during the city council's regular meeting Monday evening at City Hall. He presented the findings of a walk-through evaluation conducted by an engineer with Allstate Consultants, LLC. Moisture staining and damage was observed on the ceiling at several locations within the building, including the upper level stairway and in the auditorium, and mold growth was evident in the auditorium. Several areas were identified as having cracks and mortar degradation. Chuck Greever, city code enforcement/inspector, also was on hand Monday evening to provide information. Holland stated that the city will immediately address some small needs and that an engineer will draw up specifics for masonry work. "There are some small things the city will get fixed with local contractors," Holland said. "We hope to have some of those things fixed within the next week or two." Overall, the roof appeared to be in good condition, the consultant stated in the report. The primary cause of the observed moisture damage inside the building appeared to have been caused by degraded upper cornices. The consultants issued a recommendation and stated that repairs to the structure should be completed by a qualified contractor with experience working with masonry buildings of this type.

City May Help Construct Rail at Sonoco
10/12/16

Chillicothe City Council members discussed but took no action on ordinance authorizing a cooperative agreement with Sonoco Plastics, Inc., in regard to upgrading the railway serving the plant and all acts necessary to carry out the terms of the agreement. The project is expected to result in the addition of eight jobs at the plant. The city owns the railway that services Sonoco. Attempts to obtain Community Development Block Grant funding for the project were made but the city and Sonoco had encountered significant delays and such funding did not appear to be available on a timely basis. The cost of the project, including all soft costs and construction costs, is estimated at $471,000, with the city paying $70,000 as matching money on the project. Although Sonoco would be providing the largest share of the rail's construction cost, to expedite the project, Sonoco is willing to donate to the city an amount equal to the cost of the project less the $70,000 to be paid by the city. The project includes construction of a new product rail spur. The spur will allow the facility to stage three additional railcars on the site to hold raw materials for the business. No action was taken during the meeting as the contract is still being reviewed. It is expected to be presented again at the council's next meeting.

Company Requests to Place 120-foot Tower in Town
Chillicothe City Council members discussed but took no action Monday night on a request from a company to install a 120-foot tower on city right-of-way near the corner of Elm and Second streets. City Administrator Ike Holland said that Mo Network Utility, of Chicago, Illinois, had contacted the city asking for approval to place a tower at that location. Holland stated that the company's representative explained that the tower would not be a cell phone tower, but would be a tower providing services to enhance cell phone reception. Discussion of the matter was brought up during the city council's regular meeting Monday evening. Council members explained concerns about the tower being located where the company had requested, stating it is in a residential area. The council instructed city attorney, Robert Cowherd, to draft an ordinance dealing with rights-of-way. Having an ordinance will not empower the city more than state statutes, Holland said, but the city currently does not have a system set up addressing permits for cell towers. The city administrator noted that an ordinance can establish criteria for the cost of a business to utilize the city's right-of-way. State and federal laws provide little authority to deny a permit, according to Cowherd. "The city could pass an ordinance that would give the city some rights, but it still does not permit you to say no," Cowherd said. Holland said he will discuss with the company an alternative location for a tower. The alternate site identified Monday night would be on city-owned property on the south side of the railroad tracks near Milbank Mills.

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City to Consider Sidewalk Grant Application
The city of Chillicothe will have a public hearing Monday, October 10, 2016, regarding a grant application for a sidewalk from the hospital to Simpson Park. The hearing will be part of the City Council's regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. in the council chambers at City Hall. The council will also consider a resolution supporting the application. The resolution to be considered states that the Missouri Department of Transportation has announced the 2017 round for the Transportation Alternatives Program for which the city is applying to construct a sidewalk extension on Washington Street from the new Hedrick Medical Center to Simpson Park. The total cost of the proposed project is $200,000, with $160,000 of that being federally funded and $40,000 as the city's match. The resolution also states that the city pledges to maintain the improvements for free to the public and to maintain the asset for 25 years from the date of completion.

The City Council also will consider an ordinance authorizing a cooperative agreement with Sonoco Plastics, Inc., in regard to upgrading the railway serving the plant and all acts necessary to carry out the terms of the agreement. Tonight's discussion involves an economic development contract with Sonoco for a rail spur.

Also tonight, the council will discuss a trail by Swan Lake National Wildlife Refuge near Sumner. City leaders also will discuss cell towers and permits.

An executive session, closed to the public, is scheduled to follow the regular meeting if necessary.

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