Lighthearted banter was the mood of the Chillicothe City Council meeting Monday night.



Aldermen joked with each other and the mayor, along with making short work of its agenda.


Lighthearted banter was the mood of the Chillicothe City Council meeting Monday night.

Aldermen joked with each other and the mayor, along with making short work of its agenda.

The council discussed the safety of its public works employees as they work on lift stations around the city, which can have a more than 20-foot drop off inside the lift station.

To that end, aldermen approved purchasing a lanyard retrieval unit for $1,910 from Fastenal.

It is a portable unit that can be used at any of the lift stations, and Superintendent of Public Works Dave Tutterow said should something happen to an employee while working in the area, the unit allows someone to bring them back to ground level.

The unit complies with Occupational Health and Safety Administration regulations and employees do receive confined space training, aldermen said.

The council also approved paying Pipco $11,145 for repairs to two lift stations: Sycamore and Hickory.

In other items, the council:

• approved a notice for special event held on public property for the 45th annual Claud-Elen Days June 5-12 at City Park and also authorized the use of various streets

• granted the request from the Chillicothe Park District to remove the necessary trees from Santa Fe Park to make way for future improvements of a water playground. When city officials allowed the park district to take over the park, one of the conditions was for park district officials to put in writing its improvements, cemetery/parks committee chairman Danny Colwell said.

• approved this year’s yard waste drop off schedule, which begins March 9. The popular program allows residents to bring their yard waste to the front of Moffitt Nature Park where a public works employee then directs them where to get rid of their leaves, tree branches and more. The schedule is similar to last year’s except the committee added evening hours in November.

• heard aldermen Denny Gould say he had comments from residents about resolving the downtown parking issue, which currently does not allow anyone to park between 3 to 5 a.m. Judicial committee chairman Rich Underwood said it is still in committee, and he would be calling a meeting before May 1 to take care of all the judicial items.

• and heard Sandi Levell say residents told her the snow removal was “excellent” during the storm. Colwell said two people contacted him asking about when their streets would be plowed. He said he explained to them the priority of the streets in town.
Mayor Troy Childers Sr. said the supervisors are meeting to critique how things were handled this year and how they could be streamlined. Once that is done, then Childers said residents will be made aware of how their streets are on the list.