At the regular meeting of the City Council last night (Monday), Chillicothe Mayor Chuck Haney proclaimed Sept. 28, 2013, as Ryan Panholzer Day in Chillicothe. Panholzer, a 10-year-old boy, was alone in his home Sept. 11 when a fire ignited. Panholzer, who had learned fire prevention both at school and in his Boy Scout troop from the Chillicothe Fire Department, extinguished the fire with a fire extinguisher, called 9-1-1 and went to a neighbor's house. The home received light damage from the extinguisher dust. Mark Simmer, of the Chillicothe State Bank, presented Panholzer with a piggy bank filled with gold coins worth about $20. Haney presented him with the proclamation certificate, City Administrator Ike Holland presented a gift certificate and members and mascot of the Chillicothe Fire Department attended the meeting to honor Panholzer's actions.
Loss Control Specialist Jeff Arp of the Missouri Intergovernmental Risk Management Association (MIRMA) presented the Chillicothe Police Department with a MIRMA Risk Grant for $5,695. This grant will be used to purchase items that will reduce liability exposures such as bulletproof vests, emergency lights or communication equipment.
The Missouri Municipal League Innovation Award was presented to Mayor Chuck Haney by Director of Parks and Recreation Josh Norris, recognizing the city's new Chilli Bay Water Park. The project received the award in the medium-sized city category, and was chosen from among 22 applicants.
An ordinance was passed accepting a bid to secure the old prison buildings. Copeland Development will take on the project for $26,162. Nearly 160 windows and 40 doors will be sealed on the 23 buildings on the property, preparing the buildings for inclement weather.
City Administrator Ike Holland declared two generators, a Kawasaki Mule, a Cushman Truckster, a 2007 Crown Victoria, a dump truck and an ex-ambulance as surplus items. Later this month, these items will be displayed for two weeks and sold in a silent auction.
Street Superintendent Barry Arthur presented an update on the city street projects. Work began Monday on the Mohawk Road, and the first 100 feet are now closed. Park Lane is nearing completion, and should open in about a week. Once Park Lane is complete, work will start on a small section of Morningside Drive near its intersection with Park Lane.
The next City Council meeting is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 14.