Chillicothe street signs updated

Marianne Gillespie

Some of Chillicothe's street name signs are getting a facelift.

The Chillicothe City Council approved paying $1,781 to Michael Todd & Co. Inc. for 40 street name signs and hardware at its Sept. 23 meeting.

Afterward, Superintendent of Public Works Josh Cooper said the signs will either replace old signs or ones that are missng.

The older style signs are comprised of individual letters for the street name, making them more susceptible to peeling, Cooper said.

The newer variety is made of one piece.

Some residents noticed a month or so ago that quite a few of the tree-named streets off Fourth Street all of the sudden faded to the point of not being able to read them.

Cooper said he did not know why that happened, but those signs have been replaced.

He said he hopes that in next year's budget there will be enough money to finish replacing all of the old-style street signs.

Not related to the street name signs motion, Cooper said a previous project of changing out all the city's yield signs, minus those along the railroad tracks, is complete.

In other items, the council:

• Approved the following applications for the sidewalk program: Jacob McCord at 1403 Fifth St. for $973 and Carl Gross at 1120 Walnut St. for $720.

• Approved paying $5,550 to H.D. Supply Co. for three Mueller fire hydrants, subject to Heritage Enterprises submitting a building permit for the building project at RiverSound.

Public Works Chairman Denny Gould said fire department officials suggested $46,000 worth of changes to the plans in relation to where fire hydrants are located. The company asked the city to purchase the fire hydrants, Gould said.

The building permit has not been approved yet, but the fee is expected to be roughly $20,000, officials said, which would pay for the fire hydrants.

"That's probably one of the largest building permit fees we'll ever get," Gould said.

The $11.5 milion project features assisted living apartments and is expected to begin before the end of the year.

• Approved two notices for special events held on public property, including the IVC Student Council using City Park and closing Second Street from Cedar to Elm streets from 2:30-4:30 p.m., which was Friday; and for the Chillicothe Chamber of Commerce to use Second Street from Cloverdale Road to Chestnut Street and use City Park for the 63rd annual Christmas parrade from 1-4 p.m. Nov. 23.

• Accepted the city engineer report of street surfacing of Taylor Drive from Sycamore Street to Stanley Drive, First Street from Chestnut to the north end, Beech Street from First to Second streets, Sycamore Street from First to Third streets and Walnut Street from Fourth to Front streets. Patching also occurred on Second and Elm streets, Bradley Avenue and Ridgewood and Sweetbriar drives. The total estimated cost was $60,000 in Tax Increment Financing funds and $117,000 in Motor Fuel Tax funds.