CHILLICOTHE, MO – Chillicothe’s Chief of Police came before council members Monday with an equipment request.

Chief Jon Maples was eyeing a used CVSA machine to assist with investigations. Although voice stress analysis is not allowed in court as evidence, the machine still has its uses, according to Maples.

Council approved the purchase with the stipulation of a future budget amendment if needed.

The chief was also able to officially introduce three new employees to council, part time officer Brian Schmidt, and dispatchers, Kaylee Ramsey, and Kaitlyn Howell.

Chillicothe officials heard from the city attorney regarding compliance with a new state law concerning medical marijuana.

Advisor Robert Cowherd said the most problematic part of the law, may reside with police in enforcement issues.

The language also strongly restricts what local governments may do in response to the legislation. The city is only allowed to govern the time, place, and manner of facilities allowed, which include cultivation, testing, and dispensary facilities.

Ordinances must be updated to reflect the new law. Cowherd advised council that city regulations should consider nuisance issues as well, such as odor mitigation, through zoning.

City Administrator, Darin Chappel wanted to remind residents that pothole problems may persist until warmer weather.