Chillicothe City Council members will consider issuing a conditional use permit for a tilapia fish growing operation at 601 West Highway 36, the site of the former Wal-Mart store, when they gather for their regular semimonthly meeting at 6:30 p.m., tonight (Monday).

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. The developer — represented by Buttman and co-owner Randy Constant — met with the city's Planning and Zoning Board last week, to provide details about their proposed operation during a public hearing.

The operation would be regulated and inspected by the Missouri Department of Conservation.

Buttman stated that he has facilities in Colorado and Trenton, Mo., and provided photographs of those facilities for the board to view.

Constant stated that a considerable amount of money is being invested, and they want this to be a profitable operation and an asset to Chillicothe. The property is currently owned by a trust, and he stated that he is trying to purchase the property.

Board members raised question regarding the possibility of odors coming from the facility. Chillicothe zoning department representatives Tammi Venneman and Donnie Vandevender met with the owners at their Trenton facility, and did not observe any odor from outside of the building.

It is expected that there will be six or seven employees initially, and later, between 15 to 20.

No one spoke for or against the request during the public hearing. The board voted unanimously to recommend approval for the request, however, did attach some conditions to the permit, because the board had just preliminary documents.

They stated the conditional use permit should be granted, subject to: 1) Satisfying all requirements and concerns raised by the City Engineer, Jon Deshayes, in his email dated Dec. 3, 2012; 2) Obtaining all required permits as required by the state of Missouri; and 3) Bringing back the final site plan noting property lines, easements, set backs, etc., before the greenhouses are erected.

Vandevender will lead discussion at tonight's meeting, and present an ordinance granting the permit. The city council does has authority to approve the permit.

Also tonight, the council will consider an ordinance regarding the financing of Chilli Bay Water Park. The proposal authorizes the city of Chillicothe to enter into a lease purchase transaction, with the proceeds to be used to pay a portion of the costs of constructing additions and renovations to the aquatic center.

In other business, the council will discuss and consider a bid for rescue tools, address hangar rent at the municipal airport, and consider an ordinance regarding a conditional use permit for storage of fill materials at 401 South Washington Street.

Mayor Chuck Haney will present service awards to Tim Riekena for his time on the Parks and Recreation Board, and Jim Summerville for his service on the Airport Board.

An executive session may follow the regular meeting, to discuss litigation, real estate, contract negotiations and/or personnel.