Council taking steps to move public works headquarters

Marianne Gillespie
mgillespie@timestoday.com
Chillicothe City Hall

The Chillicothe City Council may approve a building swap in the near future.

At the Sept. 8 meeting, aldermen nodded to continuing steps to move Public Works headquarters from 1707 N. Santa Fe Ave. to Moffitt Street.

After closed session, the council approved a public hearing to exchange the building with David Kelone’s property at 316 W. Moffitt Street, near Moffitt Nature Park, along with the city paying $195,000. The Moffitt property includes about 2.4 acres as well.

Additionally, the city would allow Kelone, for $1 per month until Dec. 31, to use part of 217-223 Cedar St. as storage to help facilitate the move.

While the Moffitt building is only 100 to 200 square feet of space bigger than the city’s Santa Fe property, Mayor Doug Crew said the building is set up better than the current Public Works building as now there is some unused space for offices. The building used to house the police department years ago.

“This is a much more suitable facility for Public Works,” Crew said.

The public hearing on the matter will be at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 13 before the council meeting.

In other items, the council:

• Heard resident John Girsch, who lives on Hushaw Avenue, ask about the street flooding problems. He essentially asked what was going to be done and when to fix the problem, which he said he had asked three years ago. Crew said while smaller steps have been taken to try to fix the problem of drywells apparently not working, public works will continue working to solve the problem. The next step is to have a boring done. Additionally, problems of residents blowing yard waste into the street also contributes to the drywells filling up, he said.

• Heard Alderman Ron Beaumont report that the problems in RiverSound subdivision that he spoke about at the last council meeting had been resolved except for mowing some weeds.

• Heard Alderman Denny Gould report that problems in Sycamore Trail where some construction companies were dumping concrete and other construction waste was removed by Public Works. The developer ordered a sign stating no dumping for the area. Alderman Mike Hughes said when people are complaining about people dumping in that area, they should also report, when possible, who it is doing the dumping.

• Approved a sidewalk program application for Patrick Donovan at 1424 Logan St. for $996. The balance left in the program’s fund is $13,438. Applications can be picked at City Hall.

• Approved paying $2,449 to H.D. Supply for a fire hydrant and valve at Sixth and Moffitt. While at a fire near Finney and Moffitt streets, the firemen discovered a problem with the hydrant.

• Had a motion fail on the table for an oversized foundation monument pad in Chillicothe City Cemetery at the request of Renee Crawford.

• Amended the city’s liquor classifications, which adds liquor classification P to the city code. City Attorney Mike Seghetti said the classification provides for longer hours to sell liquor during Summer Camp at Three Sisters Park during Memorial Day weekend like last year’s test run. There is no “sunset” on the allowance now. Additionally, the council approved the playing of amplified music until 2 a.m. for the music festival, which was also done last year.

• Authorized Chillicothe Police Chief Scott Mettille to advertise for the sale of a 2009 squad car.

• Approved Mettille to attend a seminar, “Managing the Small Law Enforcement Agency,” in Moline Dec. 9-10.

• Approved hiring Michelle J. Bailey as a part-time dispatcher.