The full council was in attendance for the regular session Monday, June 13, 2016.

The full council was in attendance for the regular session Monday, June 13, 2016.

CHILLICOTHE, Mo. – During the Chillicothe City Council meeting Monday City Administrator Ike Holland discussed a possible application for a Community Development Block Grant to help a local business build a rail spur expansion.

Holland explained the price of the expansion and how the city might help local employer Sonoco.

Terry Rumery of Rumery & Associates, a local economic development agency, spoke before council and explained how Chillicothe would assist with the grant application.

Apart from concerns of the use of temp employees recently by Sonoco, there was consensus by council to move forward and come up with the city’s portion for the project to move forward.

Also part of proceedings Police Chief Rick Knouse gave the 6-month departmental review. One item discussed was the number of calls for service, which include anything from a burglary or traffic stops, to domestic disturbances or drug related crimes.

In 2014 the department responded to 28,272 calls. That number declined in 2015 to just over 26,800. Chief Knouse gave an explanation.

As of June 8, 2016 there have been 12,860 C-F-S’s.  Chief Knouse also explained the response the step up in pro-active community policing has produced.

Council let the Chief know that they appreciate the job that he and his department have been doing and look forward to more of the same.

Council also approved rezoning about 34.4 acres of land owned by the Chillicothe Education Foundation from Agriculture to Commercial.

Council also approved the appointment of Lou Cowherd to the Parks and Recreation Board and agreed to look into taking over the maintenance and general upkeep of the Forest Park Cemetery. City leaders assured those concerned that every part and plot of the cemetery would stay at that location.

For minutes and other information on the public record contact the city clerk’s office, that number is available at the city’s website.