The former Archer-Daniels-Midland Co. grain elevator will no longer be part of the view at the Chillicothe riverfront.


The former Archer-Daniels-Midland Co. grain elevator will no longer be part of the view at the Chillicothe riverfront.

The Chillicothe City Council unanimously approved the demolition of the grain elevator at 10 W. Elm St. at a cost of $43,412 at the June 14 meeting.

River City Demolition is to do the work. Included in the bid was asbestos testing, city engineer Ken Coulter said, but the cost may increase if asbestos needs to be removed.

Alderman Chris Boyer said the work will not begin until after Fourth of July fireworks, which will be on the riverfront like normal.

City officials are discussing putting a pavilion in that area.

Also approved at the meeting was for Coulter to complete a structural analysis of 940 to 944 Second St.

The buildings used to house Jane’s Ceramics. But after Jane Prince died a few years ago and did not have a will, according to officials, it is unknown who owns the building.

“We did have a meeting and we need to do something very quickly about this,” said alderwoman Sandi Levell.

She added she had walked by the building and a horrible stench can be smelled on the sidewalk.

Former mayor Don White also attended the meeting. He owns 946 Second St., just north of buildings in question.

He explained that after the 1890s fire which burnt most of the downtown to the ground, his building, along with the buildings in question, were built interconnected.

As an architect, he offered his assistance to the city, and noted that if the buildings were to be torn down, it may leave his building with structural problems, a gaping hole and insulation problems.

In other items, the council:

• approved paying Crawford & Brinkman Door and Window Co. $719 to repair the garage door at the fire station at 1201 Bradley Ave.

• approved the annual appropriation ordinance, which began May 1 and ends April 30, 2011

• approved a notice for a special event held on public property for Pearce Community Center to use city streets for the 17th annual Run for the Health of It 5K and 2-mile walk from 6 to 7:30 a.m. July 10

• heard alderwoman Judy Cantwell address a letter from resident Judy Gajdik, who was also in the audience.
Gajdik questioned the use of the city’s picnic tables by Three Sisters Park for Summer Camp.

Alderwoman Judy Cantwell, who formerly headed the cemetery/parks committee, said in the past, Art Jackson took care of which picnic tables the festival could use. After his death, she forgot to tell public works superintendent Dave Tutterow the normal procedure. She added that city workers do not transport the picnic tables, and if any are broken, the festival would be in charge of replacing them.

If other public groups ask to use the picnic tables and will pick them up and return them, she said she thought committee chairman Danny Colwell would approve the measure.

• heard Colwell ask if there would be a burn day set due to the storm damage. Aldermen seemed to agree that residents could put their limbs to the side of the road for public works employees to pick up.

• heard Cantwell say that not all residents can hear the emergency sirens on the north of Truitt Avenue. Chillicothe Fire Chief John Myers, who also serves as the emergency director for the city, said the city has requested for two years another siren but it has been turned down by the Peoria County Board. In light of the recent tornado in Elmwood, Mayor Troy Childers Sr. said possibly the city could have another if they request it again.

• heard Cantwell say that July 16 will be Sgt. Dean Baize’s last day as a police officer for the city of Chillicothe

• approved a request by Dean Braun of the American Legion Post 9 for live entertainment in its outdoor pavilion July 23 and to extend the playing of amplified music from 11 p.m. until midnight

• approved paying Walker Excavating Co. $1,100 for pavement cutting on Truitt Avenue to allow for fixing a water leak

• approved two sidewalk applications for Terry E. Freeman of 820 Hushaw for $1,000 and Mary Geddes of 615 Hickory for
$1,000. The balance in the sidewalk program, which assists homeowners in replacing or building new sidewalks, is almost $15,600. Applications and more information may be obtained at City Hall.

• and approved its annual prevailing wage ordinance.