Like all other municipalities, Chillicothe will be replacing a lot of signs in the near future.



“This is another unfunded mandate from the state,” said Alderman Denny Gould.



The reasoning for the replacement is due to the standards found in the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices. All signs are expected to maintain a minimum level of retroreflectivity.


Like all other municipalities, Chillicothe will be replacing a lot of signs in the near future.

“This is another unfunded mandate from the state,” said Alderman Denny Gould.

The reasoning for the replacement is due to the standards found in the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices. All signs are expected to maintain a minimum level of retroreflectivity.

Combined with vehicle’s headlights, the age of the sign exposed to the elements and the sheeting material of the sign factor into how far away a driver can see the sign.

The council unanimously approved, minus Mel Witte who was absent, paying Michael Todd $1,977 for 50 stop signs and 20 snow route signs at its Feb. 13 meeting.

City Engineer Ken Coulter said the timeframe to replace all the signs is in limbo as the final federal rule has not been announced. Originally, he said, a plan to replace the signs had to be ready by January.

Superintendent of Public Works Josh Cooper said there are 351 stop signs within the city.

“We haven’t counted street names or yield signs,” said Cooper.

Coulter said originally street signs were included in the mandate, but it may have been changed due to
municipalities and economic woes.

In other items, the council:

• Approved the software and hardware support services maintenance agreement with Midwest Meter Inc. and Badger Meter Inc. The measure handles the service of how the city reads the radio-read water meters. About one-third of the city has been switched to the new meters, Cooper said.

• Approved a priority one project of a computer system to pay Dell $800 for a computer to update the Chillicothe Public Works system.

• Rejected all the bids received for a 1991 Ford L8000 single axle dump truck with plow and single axle trailer. There was only one bid on each.

• Approved a priority one project of City Hall renovations for $2,250. Engbrecht Concrete will repair the landing and replace the sidewalk near the handicap accessible door.

• Went into closed session to review closed session council and committee meeting minutes.