Police force up to nine officers

Marianne Gillespie
Chillicothe City Hall

The Chillicothe Police Department is back up to a full staffing.

Jack Nieukirk IV was sworn in by City Attorney Mike Seghetti as the newest police officer at the Oct. 13 Chillicothe City Council meeting. He is a probationary patrolman for the city, effective Oct. 14.

The council also approved for the Police & Fire Commission to look for another police officer to hire, which would be the city’s 10th officer for the department. The department normally has nine officers, but the city was left with vacancies after two officers resigned and another plans to retire next year.

The council also approved a memorandum of understanding between the city and the Fraternal Order of Police which changes the officers to 12 hour shifts beginning Dec. 17.

In other items, the council:

• Concurred with the mayoral appointment of John Unes to the Police & Fire Commission to fill an unexpired term ending in 2016.

• Approved a letter of understanding between Teamster Local 627 and the city to amend a labor contract for public works labor classification and definition.

• Approved paying Advanced Asphalt Co. $132,947 for this year’s city overlay program.

• Approved paying Peoria County Highway $3,211 for sealcoating various streets.

• Approved an agreement between the city and the state for improvements to the city’s three traffic lights. The upgrade and maintenance work includes replacing LED lights and batteries for the emergency back-up system, as well as replacing cable and a hand hole. The city will pay $5,520 for the improvements.

• Instructed Seghetti to draft an agreement between the city and the RiverSound developer to allow for the construction of a sewer line in the subdivision.

• Approved paying Alexis Fire Equipment $1,212 to repair Engine No. 1.

• Granted a special-use building permit to John Myers of 106  S. Bay Drive for a non-permanent shed in the flood plain.

• Declared a building at 1345 Court St. a dangerous building and authorized Seghetti to start the process of having the structure demolished. There was a fire recently at the house, which allegedly is abandoned.