Former Chillicothe Police Detective Johnny Maples was congratulated Monday night on becoming the Hamilton, Mo. Police Chief, but was also praised and thanked for the remarkable positive impact he had on the community.

Former Chillicothe Police Detective Johnny Maples was congratulated on becoming the Hamilton, Mo. Police Chief, but was also praised and thanked for the remarkable positive impact he had on the community.

CHILLICOTHE, Mo. – The Chillicothe City Council had a full agenda Monday, July 11, 2016, including a public hearing and a set of resolutions tied to a Community Development Block Grant. Click to hear KMZU’s Mike Stone speak with City Administrator Ike Holland.

First up though was recognition by the city and police department of a departing officer moving on to a new opportunity, according to City Administrator Ike Holland.

The public hearing was on an addition to the fire department training grounds.

There were no comments from the public, either for or against the expansion, though 2nd Ward Councilman, Wayne Cunningham, brought up the issue of noise. Police Chief Rick Knouse explained that the noise will not be deadened completely, but the direction of fire will be to the west, away from residences. The majority will be daylight firing, but about a weeks’ worth of public notice will be given before night time exercises.

Later Council made a resolution to provide 15% of the funds needed for a rail spur expansion for local manufacturer Sonoco.

City Administrator Ike Holland explained that the city decided to provide approximately $62,850 in cash and $7,800 in materials and labor, which is required for a Community Development Block Grant.

There were two other resolutions to be made in connection to the federal funds, including a commitment to fair housing and the prohibition of excessive force in relation to civil protests. Those were passed.

Street Superintendent Barry Arthur, also went before council requesting permission to purchase a new utility and parks bucket truck for $45,500 dollars.

The 2009 Dodge Ram is used but was subjected to a full multi-point testing and inspection. Council agreed to the acquisition.

Council then convened into a closed executive session.

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