Chillicothe city officials allow citizen organizations to proceed with projects

| October 31, 2017
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CHILLICOTHE, MO – At a meeting of the Chillicothe Council Monday evening, board members renewed discussion of a recently discontinued plot of ground used for a community garden. The potential, new stewards of the project sought to prove to board members that the property could be kept up. Council had previously decided to mow down the overgrown site after the former project leaders could no longer tend to it. City officials entertained the new proposal, but also declared, the project may have to be moved eventually, due to interests in developing the parcel. Council made a motion to allow the continuance of the community garden for a year at a new location.

Citizens declared interest in the possibility of forming a fundraising group for future projects involving city parks. The funds raised would be outside the scope of regular park funding and the general city budget. At the meeting, some city officials were trepidatious, having experience with a previous fundraising group that reportedly sought to exert control over the authority of city boards. In allaying the fears of council members, Attorney, Robert Cowherd, said the city always retains the right to reject any gift that may be offered with unreasonable stipulations attached. Future projects speculated for Danner Park, include a motion-wellness system, and a gazebo that would be paid for by a previous donation.

An updated revision of national and state food handling codes was adopted by the city during the meeting.  The action was a formality regarding food codes established in 2013 already observed and enforced by inspections in the city.

Surplus city inventory was accounted for by departments, and by recommendation from the city clerk, were accepted by the city council as slated for future sale by bidding process.

The council entered into a closed session for the discussion of confidential matters.


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