Chillicothe City Council members briefly discussed options before giving approval to the mascot and logo for Chilli Bay, the city's new water park, expected to open next year.

The council supported the recommendation made by a committee that had explored options, and settled on a grinning shark.

The committee's goal was to choose a mascot that is appealing, fun and playful for the entire family, recognizeable from a distance, unique, something children would find attractive, and something which could be used on everything from coffee mugs to T-shirts.

The designs considered were professionally made and trademarked. It cost $299 for these designs to be made.

"This goes back to the concept that we are trying to have more than a water park," said City Administrator Ike Holland. "We are trying to market it so that people will make it a true event when they come to our water park, and make it memorable for the children and the families."

He stated that the committee felt that many of the suggestions could be used; however, the shark was the overall winner.

Holland sought and received a concensus to proceed with plans for the Chilli Bay logo and mascot.

Janice Shaffer, a member of the Chillicothe Parks and Recreation board, stated that the shark logo and mascot matched the committee's criteria.

"The playfulness of the shark seems to run the gamut of ages," she said.

In other business, the council approved minutes from its previous meeting. At that Sept. 10 meeting, the council was introduced to Jonathan Nolan, recently promoted to a full-time firefighter paramedic; and to Dustin Southward and John Maples, both recently hired as full-time police officers. Also introduced were April Locke, who was promoted to sergeant, and Scott Chubick, who was promoted to lieutenant with the CPD.

The council also confirmed Mayor Chuck Haney's reappointments of Mel Gregg to the Railroad Board, and Jim Fox to the Parks and Recreation board.

Tammi Venneman, code enforcement officer, presented discussion regarding a conditional use permit for a portable shed at 325 Third Street. The Planning and Zoning board approved the request unanimously and no one was present to speak against the request. The council approved the measure with a 3-0 vote, with Councilman David Moore abstaining.

Zoning Officer Donnie Vandevender presented discussion regarding new sign regulations. The Planning and Zoning Board approved the proposal and the council passed the measure with a 4-0 vote.

Tonya Lohman, of the Missouri Department of Transportation, presented discussion regarding traffic issues at Mitchell Road and Highway 36. Signs on Business 36 are the city's responsibility. Lohman suggested that a community group be formed consisting of community, county and city representatives. The group needs to come up with possible solutions and present them to MoDOT, Lohman said, noting that a group effort of solutions and funding is needed.