CHILLICOTHE, Mo. – The Chillicothe City Council gathered Monday evening for a regular session that included the approval of the lowest bid for railroad ties to be used for the short city rail line’s upkeep.
The 500 Grade 3 ties will be supplied by Missouri Tie LLC for $18,350. The board approved the purchase unanimously.
After the payment of bills and other financial procedures council moved to a public hearing on the 2016 Tax Rates.
City Auditor Theresa Kelly informed council that there would be a slight increase of .60% from .8799 to .8859 per one hundred dollars of assessed value. The increase is per state auditor recommendations and would increase city revenue by approximately $1,508.
There was only an inquiry from a resident as to what he tax is applied to and was informed it is for personal property and real estate. The council approved the rate 5-0.
Next up Micah Landes with Chillicothe Main Street announced to the council that she was able to obtain a parklet, a small portable seating area for people to eat lunch at or have a small gathering. It takes up a single parallel parking space and two slanted spaces.
It would be placed downtown near Birthright and a few neighboring businesses for the upcoming wine stroll. It would then be put up during the winter season to allow for snow removal and protect it from the elements.
Council seemed in favor of the additions though with some concerns of vandalism and potential city liability. City Attorney Robert Cowherd stated that liability coverage would be needed.
The council also wanted to make sure that business owners would allow the portable seating area in front of their establishment and sign an encroachment agreement. Council hopes to make a decision at the next regular session.
Tammy Venneman and Chuck Greever addressed council on the proposal to put an ordinance in place to ensure rental units inside city limits met standards for occupancy. There are a small number of owners that rent out units that are not keeping them in livable condition and the code and inspections would allow officials to inspect properties before a new tenant moves in.
Some local property owners voiced concerns about the proposal. Councilman Moore stated this has to be a universal standard to get at the chronic offenders and no one is being singled out. Council did agree that the ordinance as presented does need to be fine tuned and a vote would be held at a later date.
Not on the agenda was a public comment brought forth by residents of the Graysville neighborhood which is right across from the Fire Training Facility.
City planners have talked about developing a firing range at the location in partnership with the National Guard and local police force. There was discussion of also allowing a local youth firearms organization using the facility periodically.
Jim Barnes organized his neighbors and they were present Monday night to voice strong opposition to the possibility of the firing range. For nearly an hour council listened to the residents concerns and City Administrator Ike Holland wants them to know those concerns will be seriously considered as they move forward.
Following the public comment period council adjourned into a closed session.