As an update on the FLM gravel pit issue west of town, I previously reported that the Judge denied a motion by FLM’s lawyer to “reconsider” his opinion in favor of the City of Chillicothe.  I’ve just been informed that FLM has appealed its defeat in the Circuit Court of the Third Appellate Court in Ottawa. We should soon receive a “briefing schedule” providing deadlines for each side to submit their written arguments. I’ll keep you posted. 

If you’ve driven along Bradley Avenue lately, between Cloverdale Road and Sycamore Street, you probably noticed some new marking on the pavement at the side of the road. One set of markings indicate a bicycle lane. The other set of markings are called “sharrows”; these are used when there is not a wide enough shoulder for a bicycle lane, and are meant to warn motorists that the road is being shared with bicycles.

Well, this is the first step in a long-awaited bicycle trail throughout town. For our next phase, we have applied for, and are in the running for, a $30,000 PPUATS TAP grant to extend the path further. We will hear if we received the grant on December 5. Keep your fingers crossed!

At our last meeting, the Council turned down a tax levy that would have funded needed equipment for the City Fire Department. Without this additional funding, the Council will now need to cut funding for other projects and/or services as we begin preparing next year’s budget over the next few months. It’s going to be a tough budget session!

Its not too late! Packets are now available on the web for those interested in running for a Council Alderman position – one Alderman for each Ward. Contact the City Clerk with any questions. Don’t be shy!

That’s all for this time. See you around town!

Don White