The Chillicothe City Council unanimously passed an ordinance for a four-way stop to be placed at the intersection of Broadway Street and Polk Street.

The Chillicothe City Council unanimously passed an ordinance for a four-way stop to be placed at the intersection of Broadway Street and Polk Street.
Street Superintendent Barry Arthur voiced his concern for the lack of a four-way stop, stating that this intersection will be extremely busy due to traffic from the new bridge. This, combined with the already heavy traffic flow on Broadway Street and travelers’ tendencies of speeding through the area, gave Arthur the idea for the four-way stop.
“I’m just sure that this is going to keep us from having accidents in the future,” he said.
The four-way stop will be installed around 8 a.m. tomorrow (Wednesday). There will be an increase in police presence at the intersection after the four-way stop is complete to increase travelers’ awareness of the new addition.
The city’s approval for this traffic signage came during the regular council meeting Monday evening at City Hall.
The council also unanimously approved an ordinance accepting a new insurance plan for the city. City Administrator Ike Holland stated that if the city was to retain its current policy with Blue Cross Blue Shield, the rates would increase by 28.9 percent, which the city would be unable to afford. However, Holland recommended continuing the city’s health coverage with Blue Cross Blue Shield, but adopting a higher deductible PPO Plan. With this plan, the increase in premium would be just over 8 percent. Holland also recommended creating a FLEXible savings account, where the city would contribute $500 to the employee for medical, dental or vision insurance. The city currently provides $400 per year to every employee for medical, dental or vision care, so this is an increase in $100 from last year's insurance plan. If the money is not used by the employee, it will roll over to the next year.
Council members on Monday also discussed the recently-awarded grant to the city that allows 41 dilapidated residential structures within the city limits to be demolished. An ordinance was passed accepting the lowest bid for administrative services for the project, which went to the Green Hills Regional Planning Commission for $13,750. An ordinance was also passed to accept the lowest bid for asbestos inspection services of the residences. The bid from Linville Inspection Service for $195 per single residential structure was accepted. The asbestos inspection will begin in the near future.
The last ordinance discussed Monday regarding the demolition process will accept the lowest bid for asbestos abatement services, which was provided by Allstate Environmental, LLC. This, however, cannot be decided until the asbestos inspection is complete; Allstate needs to know how much asbestos will need to be abated before the bid is finalized. Their current bid is estimated at nearly $24,000 for the abatement, but could increase depending upon the inspection results. This ordinance will be tabled roughly until January 2014.
In other business Monday evening, Mayor Chuck Haney recommended E.L. Reed to serve a second term on the Airport Advisory Board, which the council approved. Reed served a partial three-year term on the board and was chosen to serve a second term for four years on the advisory board.
A new ordinance developing the new Railroad Advisory Board has been drafted, but Haney has requested that it be tabled until the two current board members can be present for the discussion. This ordinance will be discussed at the next city council meeting.
Haney also recommended Ed Douglas to serve a second term on Chillicothe Municipal Utilities’ Board of Public Works. Douglas said that he enjoys serving on the utility board and appreciates the opportunity he was given to do that. The council approved Haney’s recommendation, and Douglas will serve a second, four-year term on the board.
Administrator Holland recommended extending a depository agreement for one more year with Citizens Bank and Trust. The current agreement will expire in December. The council approved this recommendation.
Holland declared two items as surplus to the city. The empty lot at 344 Jackson Street, where a building was demolished, is currently clean and ready to be sold. There is also a 30-year-old speaker system from the old prison facility, including a microphone and 15 speaker boxes, that will be open for bids as well. To bid on these items or for further information, stop by City Hall or call 660-646-2424.
In closing comments, Holland stated that an emergency alarm system will be installed at City Hall. This in-house alarm system will be able to be controlled through the Mayor’s office, the City Administrator’s office and the administration area of the building, and it will be used in the case of an intrusion or other emergency situations. Holland also said that the hospital is still set for substantial completion on Dec. 20.
“It's really looking good,” Holland said. “Doors are going up, exit signs going up, carpet's going down ... they still have some work to do.”
The rest of the concrete was poured on Mohawk Road yesterday (Monday), and the road will be open in about a week.
The city council will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9, in the Council Chambers at City Hall.