The Chillicothe City Council approved an ordinance regarding health inspection fees for temporary food stands, discussed adding street signs to the area near Gravesville Park, and decided to change the cell phone allowance during Monday’s meeting. Click to hear KMZU’s Chelsea Wade talk with Mayor Chuck Haney:

Chuck Haney

Additional street signs in an area of southwest Chillicothe could be coming soon. Mayor Chuck Haney said he decided to bring the issue before council because he received a number of complaints. “I personally met with the police, fire, and street departments. We think we have a plan and we’ll check the current ordinances. We’ll come up with some no parking from the corner, new speed limit signs, and four-way stop signs.”

Those effected by the changes would be residents and businesses near Gravesville Park. The changes specifically target Samuel and South Streets as well as Cowgill. Council also approved changes to cell phone allowances at their meeting Monday night. Per council’s decision, the city will give a certain number of employees $26 a month. “There were about 25 cell phones that were being paid by the city. They reduced that number down to around 15. They’ve taken away some of the cell phones from regular employees and some assistants. That’s going to be about a $8,600 savings for the city over a years time,” Haney added.

The new policy will go into effect on the first of September.

When it comes to health inspections for food stands, Haney said they can no longer offer that service for free.  “For many years the health department has provided those at no charge for the city.  That is no longer going to be possible because of budget restraints by the state.  So they had asked the city to undertake the effort to start charging for the permits.  However, non-profits will be excused.”