Chillicothe seeks improved enforcement after holiday traffic issues

| November 28, 2017
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CHILLICOTHE, MO – At a meeting of the Chillicothe City Council Monday evening, the subject of holiday weekend crashes and casualties was the catalyst for talks regarding intensified enforcement of traffic laws.

A discussion led by City Administrator, Darin Chappell, touched upon a fatal crash Saturday that killed one Chillicothe resident near the intersection of Calhoun and Washington Streets.  Mayor Chuck Haney additionally mentioned up to twelve accidents occurred in a 48-hour period.  Two of those crashes involved police vehicles.  Requisite investigations led by Highway Patrol concluded city police followed procedures accurately.  Administrator Chappell said he was working with the chief of police to find solutions.  It was intimated that police would be enforcing speed limits more strenuously on Washington Street/U.S. 65 Highway.

Another discussion with the city administrator focused upon a railroad bridge over Muddy Creek.  The discontinued bridge was purchased by the city with a portion of railroad line.  The main concern with the bridge is its height.  If it is replaced, it would have to be reconstructed to allow for more debris to flow underneath.  The recurrent debris accumulation regularly floods the area, including farmland.  Other concerns, also voiced by citizens present at the meeting, included the dangers of crossing the bridge by opportunists while it is in a dilapidated state. Council members were in favor of inquiring as to the possibility of a reclamation company to remove the bridge for the value of materials.

The chief of police, Jon Maples, came before council to request funding for decals to be placed on police cruisers.  Decals that read, “In God We Trust,” would cost under $100.  Council members approved the funding.

Councilman, Paul Howard, also recommended to Chief Maples efforts to inquire about grant funding for drones to be used by the department.  Council considered drones potentially useful tools that would ultimately be cost-effective long term.

Council also approved the conversion of a 4-H building on airport property for use as a storage shed for mowing equipment.  The city administrator would ascertain whether the building had been abandoned by 4-H interests.

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