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CITY COUNCIL MEETING 10/12/15 (Sewer Project, Wayfinding Sign Program, Airport Grant, City Codes)

City OKs Sewer Project Bid
October 13, 2015

Chillicothe Municipal Utilities is continuing its sewer rehabilitation project, and the city council on Monday evening approved a base bid of approximately a quarter of a million dollars for the project. Chillicothe City Council members unanimously approved a bid of $254,775.50 from Visu-Sewer during their regular meeting Monday evening at City Hall. The sewer rehabilitation project began about 10 years ago and since that time, an estimated 21 miles of sewer lines have been lined, and around 200 manholes have been rehabilitated. The lining process is less expensive than complete line replacement, and is effective in keeping roots and storm water from infiltrating the system.

The council on Monday also confirmed the appointment of Charles Bigler to the Green Hills Golf Board, filling the vacancy created by the late Mel Brown. In making the recommendation, Mayor Chuck Haney said Bigler and his employer, Investors Community Bank, have been supporters of Green Hills Golf Course and that Bigler would make a good addition to the board. Also Monday, the mayor and council extended appreciation to Chad Mayne, who has served on the Parks and Recreation Board for more than two years but is resigning because of scheduling conflicts involving a new job that requires him to travel. It was noted that Mayne served in several roles while on the board and was a strong proponent of the parks system's long-range plan.

The city's wayfinding sign program is advancing with the council's passage Monday evening of an ordinance authorizing the mayor to enter into an agreement with the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission with the city accepting the costs related to the program. City Administrator Ike Holland said that Main Street Chillicothe will pay for the signs and the city will install and maintain them. Because the signs will be placed along U.S. Highway 65, the Missouri Department of Transportation required an agreement in the form of an ordinance.

The council on Monday also passed an ordinance authorizing the mayor to enter into an agreement with the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission regarding a state block grant agreement for airport improvements, with the city paying the 10 percent local match under the agreement.

The council also passed an ordinance amending certain provisions of the Chillicothe city code to comply with Missouri Senate Bill 5 relating to penalties, court procedures and speeding violations. City Attorney Robert Cowherd stated that part of the measure limits the fines on minor traffic offenses. For example, the maximum fine and court costs that can be imposed for the violation of any minor traffic violation shall be $300, and shall not be punishable by imprisonment, unless the violation involved alcohol or controlled substances, endangered the health or welfare of others, involved eluding or giving false information to a law enforcement officer.

The council also approved the request by Fire Chief Darrell Wright to use the old airport vehicle, an Impala, that was identified as surplus property to be used as a propane car fire prop for fire department training.

An executive session, closed to the public, was held following the regular council meeting.

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