CHILLICOTHE, Mo. – At the City Council meeting in Chillicothe Monday, June 27, 2016, council moved to table three resolutions, one of which was the city putting up 15% of the money needed by Sonoco to build a rail spur expansion to allow for the company’s growth as well as job creation in the community.

Finance Chairman and Councilman-at-Large David Moore made a statement before the vote to table the resolution.

When asked what information was lacking Councilman Moore and City Administrator Ike Holland explained that the city is looking to provide rail materials and a cash amount to provide the 15% needed for the $1.96 million dollar project. They do expect to move forward at the next council meeting in July.

It was going to be a brief city council meeting, but a citizen came forward to voice concern over the treatment of the Forest Park Cemetery.

Local resident, Tim Runyon addressed Chillicothe City Council Monday, June 27, 2016 about his growing frustration of the lack of upkeep and respect shown to his grandfather's and others' loved one's graves at Forest Park Cemetery.

Local resident, Tim Runyon addressed Chillicothe City Council Monday, June 27, 2016 about his growing frustration of the lack of upkeep and respect shown to his grandfather’s and others’ loved one’s graves at Forest Park Cemetery.

Tim Runyon introduced himself to the council and holding a tennis ball and golf ball, presumably from the adjacent country club near Simpson Park, he spoke of his frustrations about his grandfather’s grave, that of an American Veteran.

Council assured Mr. Runyon that his concerns are being taken seriously and at the last meeting council moved forward to do a title search and survey of the property because the city could not legally act on enforcing the boundaries and general upkeep of the property.

Mr. Runyon eventually thanked the council and looked forward to seeing progress made.

City leaders assured those concerned that every part and plot of the cemetery would stay at that location. The title search to find the current owner is underway and after that council will know whether or not the city is actually by default able to claim the land.

For more information about the community of Chillicothe, visit the city’s website.