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Chillicothe News - Chillicothe, MO
  • City budget hearing on agenda

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  • Chillicothe City Council members are slated to adopt the 2013-14 municipal budget following a public hearing at 6:30 p.m., tonight (Monday), in the council chambers at City Hall.
    The city is looking at projected revenues of $25 million and expenditures of just under $26 million. The city anticipates using reserves from the street fund, capital improvements sales tax fund, fire department tax fund, the hospital fund, and the railroad fund.
    The budget proposal calls for salary increases for the elected mayor, clerk, auditor, and contracted city attorney. No cost-of-living increases were authorized for the employees.
    About a dozen contracts are slated for approval tonight, concerning the upcoming budget year.
    City Administrator Ike Holland will lead discussion and present ordinances regarding the Summer Playground Association, the Chillicothe Chamber of Commerce, the Small Business Development Center, Main Street Chillicothe, University of Missouri Extension Center, YMCA, Freedom Festival, Humane Society, OATS Transportation, Rumery and Associates along with reimbursement agreements, and a city physician (Dr. Suchsland). Representatives from the non-profit organizations presented annual reports to the city during the last couple of months and have made funding requests for the coming year.
    Tonight's agenda also includes discussion regarding the Community Development Block Grant demolition grant being sought to eliminate abandoned and dilapidated residential structures from the city. Discussion will take place regarding a target area for demolition, an ordinance establishing demolition grant guidelines for 2013, and associated resolutions. The resolutions to be considered are: a residential anti-displacement and relocation assistance plan, an excessive force resolution, and an intent to seek grant and secure funding.
    "We have to pass ordinances and resolutions adopting the terms of the grant," said City Administrator Ike Holland. "We also provide incentive for people who own property to try to get some of the abandoned homes that are unsafe torn down."
    The council tonight will also consider an application by the police department, seeking a traffic grant that could provide for overtime for police officers and equipment upgrades.
    Tonight's agenda also includes discussion and approval to apply for a police traffic grant, the reappointment of George Laprade to the Golf Board, an ordinance accepting non-alcoholic beverage bids for the golf course, and an ordinance accepting concession bids for the Parks and Recreation facilities.
    An executive session, closed to the public, is scheduled to follow the regular meeting.
    Chillicothe City Council members plan to start their evening with a 5:30 p.m., workshop regarding the Chilli Bay Water Park now under construction in Simpson Park. The workshop will be held at City Hall.

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