The Chillicothe City Council met in regular session Monday night with a full agenda.
Prior to those discussions was the hospital update by Hedrick Medical Center’s C.E.O. Matt Wenzel. He says that just three weeks since the final switch over to the new facility, expectations are high and the hospital is operating at capacity. Wenzel also notes that most things needing to be adjusted are minor.
The hospital will also hold a closed auction for medical staff, employees and board members in April, allowing those connected to the old hospital to bid on non-city assets. Wenzel explained where the auction’s proceeds will go.
Council members were introduced to two of three new officers and formally informed of two current members’ promotions. Police Chief Rick Knouse talks about the coming weeks ahead for the new officers.
Officer Jordan Webb hails from Mountain Grove, Mo. And Michael Smith is a known Chillicothe Native. Jon Maples made the lateral move from Sergeant to Detective while Officer Jeremy Stephens was moved to the position of Sergeant.
Chief Knouse says he is looking forward to having an officer committed full time to solving complicated cases.
Several area non-profits also made their presentations for funding leading up to the final hearing on the 2014 Fiscal Year Budget. The meeting also included an ordinance to enter into a contract with Oates Transportation.
Mayor Chuck Haney noted during proceedings that the final date to approve or amend the 2014 Fiscal Year Budget will be in three weeks on March 31.