The city of Chillicothe is moving forward with plans to create an adult motion wellness system at Danner Memorial Park.
Chillicothe Parks and Recreation Director Josh Norris presented to City Council members three possible locations within Danner Park for placement of the equipment. The council unanimously selected a location on the north side of the park, which is near parking, a shelter house and the walking trail. The council viewed a photograph and information about the equipment during their regular Monday meeting, and Sherry Weldon, administrator of the Livingston County Health Center, explained benefits of the equipment. The system purchase price is $27,775 and funds have been raised through local foundations and the health center to buy the equipment. The city will construct a concrete slab on which the equipment will be placed. The wellness system is targeted for adults through the Aging in Place initiative; however, it can be utilized by people of all ages. The system will include several fitness stations, including: stair walk steps, a hand bike, tai chi wheels, zig-zag pipe with a ring, rope bridge walk, shoulder wheel, sitting hand throttle bars, balance and hip twist, balance beam, rope net floor and a snake pipe with ring. The exercise equipment comes with a 100-year guarantee. Placement of the adult wellness equipment as among several City Council decisions made Monday evening. The council also approved the recommendation of two purchases for Chillicothe Municipal Utilities. The first was a refuse truck, which will be purchased from Downing Sales, Phillipsburg, Mo., for $167,533. This price reflects a $20,000 trade-in which the city is making for the purchase. The second purchase was a telescopic articulating aerial device (bucket truck) in the amount of $129,110, from Drake-Scruggs Equipment, of Springfield, Ill. The purchase price reflects a $33,000 discount given due to the city trading in an older model. In other business Monday evening, Tammi Venneman, code and zoning enforcement officer, presented an ordinance establishing permit fees for 2018-19. Discussion and approval is an annual process at which time the city reviews actual costs for permit fees and makes adjustments as necessary. The council unanimously approved the new permit fees. In other business, Chillicothe Police Chief Jon Maples led discussion regarding parking in the 1300 block of Locust Street, across from the intersection of Elmdale Road and Locust Street. The topic was brought to the police department’s attention by Councilman Wayne Cunningham. The parking spot is just under the crest of a hill, posing a traffic hazard, Maples said. Most of Locust Street, north and south of this location is a no parking zone, the chief said. After hearing discussion regarding the matter, council members requested that an ordinance be drafted and presented at a future meeting to designate this area as a no parking zone. Parks Director Norris presented a calendar of events for the parks system, seeking approval to close the park during the events, as needed. These include the Darin Bryan Memorial FCA Race (May), Livingston County Relay for Life (June), Grillin’ and Chillin’ BBQ Contest (June/July), YMCA Freedom Run (July), Freedom Festival (July), Chillicothe Car Show (July), Boy Scouts District Camporee, overnight (August), Chautauqua, overnight (September), Chillicothe High School cross country meet (September), and Festival of Lights (November). In other business Monday, the council: • heard a report from Eric Turner regarding the community ONE project, in which community members will volunteer their time to make Danner Memorial Park improvements on Saturday, April 28, from 2 until 6 p.m., with a cookout at 5 p.m. • recognized Chillicothe Police Officer Jeremy Stephens for his 10 years of service with the police department. The council met in executive session following the regular meeting. No action was taken, according to City Clerk Roze Frampton.