The Chillicothe City Council will have a workshop meeting at 5:30 p.m. tonight at City Hall, followed by the regular council meeting.
The Chillicothe City Council will have a workshop meeting at 5:30 p.m. tonight at City Hall, followed by the regular council meeting. Council members will be updated on the LifeFlight hangar project during the workshop meeting in the conference room at City Hall and also discuss city finances. The regular meeting is slated to begin at 6:30 p.m. in the council chambers. Agenda items include a request from the Livingston County Humane Society to build a feline sanctuary at the animal shelter. The sanctuary project was proposed more than a year ago to be located at the Forrest O. Triplett Animal shelter to help alleviate overpopulation at the shelter. Because space is an ongoing issue at the shelter, feline euthanizations have remained high. Statistics from 2014 showed that of the 393 homeless cats that entered the shelter in 2014, 252 were euthanized. The number was similar in 2015. There are several use options for the proposed sanctuary, said Lesley Patek, shelter guardian. The facility could be used as a quarantine area to keep sick cats away from the general population, or to house pregnant cats. Additionally, the sanctuary could provide a quiet area – away from dogs and the noisy shelter environment – for individuals seeking to adopt a cat to be able to sit down and socialize with the cats before selecting one to take home. “We want it to be an area where cats are loose and people can come in an interact with them in a quiet location with lots of windows,” Patek said. The sanctuary could house 12 cats and would be funded through donations and not city funds. Twelve cats doesn’t sound like a lot, but it should make a big difference, Patek said, noting that keeping the sick cats away from the general population will reduce the spread of illnesses that can lead to euthanasia. The council on Monday will also hear a request from Police Chief Rick Knouse for a canine drug dog. The chief will also introduce Eric Menconi as a new full-time police officer. Mayor Chuck Haney plans to recommend someone to serve on the Planning and Zoning Board. Fire Chief Darrell Wright will discuss and present an ordinance for consideration to contract with Adam Perry as the Emergency Management co-assistant director, along with an intragovernmental agreement for cost reimbursement with the county commissioners and the hospital. The fire chief will also discuss and present an ordinance regarding training cost agreements. City Attorney Robert Cowherd is on the agenda to discuss and present an ordinance regarding insurance payments for loss to a building or structure. An executive session, closed to the public, is expected to follow the regular meeting. It is anticipated that the council will consider a final contract for the recommended candidate for Chillicothe city administrator.