$50,000 to be used for new seats



Just one hurdle remains for the Chillicothe Optimist Club to clear in purchasing Town Theatre after Monday night’s Chillicothe City Council meeting.


Just one hurdle remains for the Chillicothe Optimist Club to clear in purchasing Town Theatre after Monday night’s Chillicothe City Council meeting.

The council officially approved its redevelopment agreement with the club for redeveloping the theater, located at 1029 N. Second St.

Due to the theater being located within the Tax Increment Financing district, the city approved a $50,000 TIF incentive to assist the club in putting in new seats and life/safety work.

Economic development director Greg Truninger said he plans to use the accomplishment of the club to bolster business in town.

“If they can do it, a business can do it,” Truninger said.

Optimist treasurer Irvin Latta told the council club members will attempt to secure financing Nov. 18 for the project.

Optimist JB Culbertson told the council about its wine and cheese fundraiser Dec. 10.

A movie will be shown at 7 p.m., but attendees may look around the building an hour before the movie.

Organizers expect to show a seat of the type the Optimists plan to install in the two theaters.

Tickets may be purchased from any Optimist member for $75 apiece.

In other items, the council:

• heard alderman Rich Underwood say a resident was concerned about safety on Cloverdale Road with faint to no striping. Sections of the road have been overlayed at different times. City engineer Ken Coulter said if the striping cannot be done this year, it could be done first thing in the spring.

• approved an ordinance of selling the former K-9 police vehicle for $1,007 to be used as a taxi for Chicago Motors Inc.

• authorized Chillicothe Fire Chief John Myers to attend the Fire Chiefs’ Convention Nov. 4-8 in
Clearwater, Fla. Myers is on the program to speak briefly.

• approved a Project Facelift program application of $825 for Troy Mitchell, 924 N. Second St.

• approved a Priority 1 project of buying a salt spreader for $2,717 from Koenig Body and Equipment Inc. Public works superintendent Dave Tutterow said he plans on two pickup trucks and four trucks being ready for snow this winter.

• heard Mayor Troy Childers Sr. report a successful tire cleanup Saturday. More than 700 tires  — three dumpsters full — were collected, and Illinois Valley Central wrestlers assisted in the cause. Childers and Tutterow said they hope to do it again in two years.

• instructed Coulter to advertise for bids for the Benedict Street bridge project. Due to a southern shift in the Senachwine Creek and high water, the southern slope of the bridge eroding. Coulter is looking for companies to place rip rap on the slope to slow down the erosion.

• adopted a supplemental resolution to appropriate $3,300 of Motor Fuel Tax funds. The overlay of streets came in slightly above what was expected.

• approved paying Accurate Site Specialists $33,300 for the demolition of the city-owned building at 211 Cedar St. Underwood asked about the asbestos check that was done at the building. Coulter said asbestos was found, and it was removed. The building was then reinspected, and no more was found.

After the demolition, a tree was removed from the property as well. Tutterow said there is another rotting tree that will be removed.

• instructed city attorney Mike Seghetti to draft an ordinance which protects landlords from getting stuck with water bills from a former tenant. Aldermen approved a change from a $50 deposit to $75 deposit for water service.

• approved sidewalk program applications for Robert Graham, 1125 Truitt, $492; and M.L. Geiger, 913 Beech, $1,000. The program, which assists homeowners in fixing existing sidewalks or building new ones, was opened to commercial properties recently. Remaining in the fund is more than $4,200.

• heard alderwoman Judy Cantwell say the police/fire committee is looking at enforcing both the smoking ban and burning ordinance more efficiently

• heard Underwood remind the public that the new burn ordinance for leaves and landscape waste still sets parameters for burning. Residents are not to burn on Sunday, holidays (Halloween included) and parade days.

• heard alderman Mel Witte say the property maintenance committee will send six or seven letters to homeowners violating the city’s code

• heard Chillicothe Police Chief Steve Maurer say he and Myers, for the last year, have worked on locking down Illinois Valley Central District 321 schools in case of an emergency. South School is the last to go through a practice soon. Maurer said officials now can physically lock the school down, whereas they could not previously. He said officials plan to practice lockdowns twice a year.