Council discusses variety of topics

Marianne Gillespie

The Chillicothe City Council heard a variety of topics at its meeting Oct. 24.

One resident complained to Alderman Mel Witte about loud music from the downtown that could be heard in northtown.

Mayor Troy Childers Sr. reminded Witte and the public that the city does have “teeth” in its noise ordinance, and if residents have problems, they should call the Chillicothe Police Department.

From noise to nuisance, Alderman Danny Colwell said he witnessed residents purposefully blowing their leaves into the streets, which then plugs up the city’s drywells.

Residents are asked, just like during the winter with snow, to not push leaves into the street. The yard waste drop off program is still available until Nov. 30, or residents may burn their leaves as well, according to the city’s ordinance.

Resident Sally McElhaney also asked the council if a charitable organization could be found that accepts old school books.

She said she has seen many books in the Chillicothe Junior High dumpster and thinks they are a “terrible waste.”

The problem, she said, is Wigand charges the school district to recycle them.

The mayor suggested she contact Rescue 33 to see if the books could be recycled with Rescue 33’s recycling program.

In other items, the council:

• Did not field any questions during a Truth-in-Taxation hearing for the city’s tax levy, which is the amount of money the city seeks from Peoria County through property taxes. The city is seeking a 6.5 percent increase, amounting to about $30,000 in additional money, finance chairman Chris Boyer said. The county’s equalized assessed valuation may be going down. The council adopted an ordinance for the city’s fiscal year.

• Approved a Project Facelift application for Jay Close, 1039 N. Second St. for $938. The program assists business owners in fixing up the facades of their buildings. The balance in the program is $26,976.

• Approved a final payment of $55,752 to Advanced Asphalt Co. for paying the parking lot at 10 W. Elm St., where the Archer Daniel Midland grain elevator used to stand.

• Approved the next section of RiverSound Subdivision after developer Jim Paul makes the following improvements: completes a sidewalk on a lot, installs streetlights and disconnects extra water lines on duplex lots. The motion was on the council’s agenda at its last meeting but was pulled due to questions of staking the property, which were answered.

• Approved a notice for special event held on public property for the Chillicothe Chamber of Commerce to use and close Second Street from Cloverdale Road to Cedar Street at noon Nov. 19, close the west side of Second Street at Pine Street at 7 a.m., close Chestnut Street from Second Street to the city stage and use City Park for the Winterfest Celebration and Santa Claus Parade.

• Granted a special use permit to Plum Creek Builders to build a house in the flood plain at 130 N. Second St.

• Approved paying Peoria Roofing $2,450 for the aluminum coating of the police station roof.

• Went into closed session to discuss the purchase or lease of real estate. No action was taken after the session and no details were released.