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Chillicothe News - Chillicothe, MO
  • Council to meet on Wednesday

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  • Chillicothe City Council members will have a public hearing at 6:30 p.m., tomorrow (Wednesday, Nov. 7), to consider an ordinance amending the city's zoning ordinances regarding parking lots and driveways.
    The meeting date was changed to tomorrow due to the regular meeting date falling on the observed Veterans Day holiday next Monday.
    Also Wednesday, the council will do a site visit at Hedrick Medical Center's future location, at 4:45 p.m. The council will be updated about the hospital construction project during a workshop at 5:30 p.m., in the conference room at City Hall.
    The public hearing will be conducted during the 6:30 p.m. regular meeting, and follows a meeting of the city's Planning and Zoning Board held Monday evening at City Hall.
    The board is recommending that no changes be required for existing properties zoned commercial or industrial with gravel parking lots. However, new parking lots must be constructed with a four-inch layer of base rock, with a one-inch or smaller surface rock. Barriers, consisting of a low brick retaining wall, concrete curb, or a three-foot grass area, must be placed around new gravel parking lots. The new lots must be maintained without potholes, and must be free of weeds. New lots must also meet ADA requirements, and parking spaces are to have parking bumpers and measure nine feet by 20 feet.
    If approved by the council Wednesday evening, existing parking lots, if expanded by 25 percent or more, would be required to be brought up to the new standards.
    The council on Wednesday will also consider an ordinance regarding a residential demolition bid. Red Rock has submitted a bid of $45,000 to tear down houses at the following locations: 220 Calhoun, 316 Martin, 300 Wise, and 1111 Clay.
    The council will also consider a conditional use permit to stockpile concrete at a location east of the post office. The request comes from Perkins Dozing, and calls for allowing for the storage of dirt, rock and chunks of cement. The clean fill is to be at least 200 feet from the road, south of Ryan Lane. The applicant must also provide to the city notarized approval from the property owner. Certain maintenance requirements would be imposed.
    Also Wednesday, the council will consider an ordinance regarding a service contract with Simply Achieving Life's Triumphs organization (SALT) regarding lost or abandoned adult bicycles. SALT is a non-profit organization providing assistance to people of all ages on a non-discriminatory basis, and plans to offer public transportation through its Green Bike Program.
    Also on the agenda will be discussions regarding Friends of the Golf Course.
    Salaries for elected officials are expected to be approved during Wednesday's council meeting. Salaries proposed are as follows:
    Mayor: $15,080, plus $75 per meeting of the city council held after office hours and attended by the mayor, plus $200 per month car allowance, $100 per month phone allowance, and any other board fees the mayor is qualified for under law.
    Page 2 of 2 - Council member: $75 for each meeting, regular or special of the city council;
    City Clerk: Annual salary of $47,840;
    City Auditor: Annual salary of $47,840;
    City Attorney: Annual salary of $1;
    City Constable: Annual salary of $1.
    A tilapia fish growing operation business is planned to occupy the former Wal-Mart property northeast of the U.S. Highway 65 and Business 36 intersection.
    David Buttman, representing Mystic Land Development, LLC, filed an application with the city for a conditional use permit to operate the business. Water tanks and filters will be used for the operation.
    Mystic Land Development has applied for a conditional use permit to construct the business. The application was considered by the city's Planning and Zoning board on Monday, and will be considered by the city council at a later date. The developer is to provide a business plan and preliminary plat of the layout to the city's Planning and Zoning board on Dec. 3.
    Also Wednesday, Mayor Chuck Haney will present a proclamation for Arbor Day 2012.
    An executive session, closed to the public, may follow the regular council meeting.
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