Council reviews 2014-15 spending plan

Marlo Guetersloh TimesNewspapers

A $12 million spending plan will go before the Chillicothe City Council at its June 23 meeting.

Alderman Jim Thornton presented the City Council with a draft of its annual appropriations ordinance during its May 27 meeting. Thornton is chairman of the council’s finance committee.

The ordinance outlines spending for $12.1 million from the city’s major funds including its general, road and bridge and water.

The appropriations ordinance generally mirrors the city’s budget that was approved earlier this spring by the council.

A public hearing on the appropriations ordinance is set for 6:45 p.m. June 23 at City Hall. The ordinance is for the city’s 

current fiscal year which started May 1.

In other matters, the council approved a $60,160 bid from Gensini Excavating to construction sidewalks and ramps at Eagle Landing. The council also approved a change order that would eliminate work on a set of steps. The cost of the project, by eliminating the stairs, is $50,760. The project is part of the city’s continuing effort to improve the riverfront area near Cutright Park.

Alderman Dennis Gould said the original bid included steps that go to an unfinished area of Eagle Landing and the steps were currently not needed.

The council also agreed to spend $1,600 for J.M. Smith & Associates to provide appraisals of the city’s public works property on Santa Fe Avenue and the property at 248 Moffitt St.

“It’s important to know the value (of these properties) so that we know what kind of values we have if there is any future discussion on the sale of or repair of these buildings,” Thornton said before the council’s vote.