Chillicothe aldermen heard Monday night of ideas for the future in working with Three Sister Park officials and Jay Goldberg Events and Entertainment.



Police/fire committee chairwoman Judy Cantwell apprised the aldermen of the committee’s annual meeting about security at Summer Camp. The consensus, she said, was the event went “well,” but there are always improvements possible for safety.



A bigger improvement would be a possible access road made into the front of the park to alleviate traffic.


Chillicothe aldermen heard Monday night of ideas for the future in working with Three Sister Park officials and Jay Goldberg Events and Entertainment.

Police/fire committee chairwoman Judy Cantwell apprised the aldermen of the committee’s annual meeting about security at Summer Camp. The consensus, she said, was the event went “well,” but there are always improvements possible for safety.

A bigger improvement would be a possible access road made into the front of the park to alleviate traffic.

“Both sides would like to see an access road cut adjacent to Route 29 … We’re trying to be able to get more traffic off the highway quicker and route that deeper into the park that way,” said Cantwell. “It would be a joint effort to pay for this between the three entities—the city, Jay Goldberg Productions and Three Sisters with the bulk of it being the other two, hopefully.”

City engineer Ken Coulter will be looking into the subject.

Additionally, Cantwell said the Zac Brown Band, which was scheduled for Three Sisters Park but had to be changed to the Peoria Civic Center, is booked for a three-day event next year.

“They are shooting for one major event a month next year,” Cantwell said about Three Sisters Park.

She also said since there is a “dead zone” in the park for communications, a tower may be built.

Also related to events is a change in the city’s amusement tax ordinance.

City attorney Mike Seghetti said the change cleaned up language so that any event which has a ticket price of more than $50, which is subject to the tax, applies to all the tickets for that event. The council approved that change unanimously, with alderman Mel Witte absent, and also discussed possible future changes.

“I know Jay (Goldberg) had brought up he would like to see the amusement tax spread out into other events other than his own,” Cantwell said. Summer Camp, held during Memorial Day weekend, has been the only event which is taxed so far.

“If there is any way that we could put a number — any function with an attendance of 500 people,” said Cantwell. “He’d like to see the balloon fest also included in on that. It wouldn’t be a large amount, the ticket sales are not as expensive, but he would like to see other events.”

Judicial committee chairman Danny Colwell said the judicial committee did discuss other events, but many are charitable causes which are excluded.

“… I don’t feel that any other events that take place in Chillicothe that draw those kinds of numbers, they’re either charitable or they are community oriented type events, so I guess really we would strictly focus on Three Sisters Park.”

The judicial committee will review the subject again.

In other items, the council:

• Concurred with the mayoral appointment of Clyde S. “Sid” Crabel to the Plan Commission. Childers said with Crabel’s knowledge of sewers and water lines since he was the superintendent of public works, he would do well on the commission.

• Approved paying the Chillicothe Chamber of Commerce $400 to promote and market Cornfest and the Citywide Garage Sale July 30.

• Approved a Priority One project for Office Manager Denise Passage to attend the Illinois Municipal League Conference Sept. 15-17 in Chicago.

• Approved amending the zoning map to allow for the rezoning of 808 First St. from Industrial-1 to Residential-1 and granted a special-use permit for Richard Hamm to construct a house in the flood plain at that address. A foundation will be built at that location and a home will be moved to that lot, aldermen said.

• Granted a special use permit to Robert Koener to build a free-standing deck in the flood plain at 418 Second St.

• Approved a traffic signal master agreement between the city and the Illinois Department of Transportation from the day of the council meeting until June 30, 2021, for the operation of the stoplights.

• Approved the following applications for the sidewalk program: Michele Pomberg, 1123 Fifth St., $1,000; Steve Martin, 1141 Cedar St., $1,000; David DeFord, 606 Fifth St., $320; Thelma McMillan, 612 Fifth St., $968; and Sandra Snare, 721 Moffitt St., $1,000. The program grants money to homeowners to assist them in building new or fixing existing sidewalks. Applications may be picked up at City Hall. The balance of the fund is about $7,800. Alderman Denny Gould said some residents are choosing to do a portion of the sidewalk one year and the remaining portion the next.

• Hired Joseph Rudolphi and Derek Masterson as part-time public works employees, subject to various employment testing, effective July 20 at an hourly rate of $9.75.

• Awarded a contract to Communication Construction Inc. for $4,802 to relocate an antenna for the water control system at the Santa Fe tower, which will be torn down in the near future.