On Monday evening, the 105th Chillicothe City Council accepted bids for fuel and sidewalk concrete, marking the last time that council and mayor would handle the city’s business. The council will meet again at noon on Wednesday briefly, before a new mayor and city council member and other city officials are sworn in.
After a motion by Councilman at Large, Tom Ashbrook, seconded by Second Ward Councilman Wayne Cunningham, the council voted 4-0 to accept the results from the April 2 municipal election.
Following Wednesday’s noon meeting of the current city council, the city’s new mayor, Theresa Kelly and new Third Ward Councilman Michael Smith will be sworn in. Hannah Fletcher will also be sworn in as the new city auditor. Current city officials who retained their seats, including: Roze Frampton, city clerk; Police Chief Jon Maples, city constable; Tom Ashbrook, councilman at large; Denny Albertson, First Ward councilman; Wayne Cunningham, Second Ward councilman; and Pam Jarding, Fourth Ward councilperson.
At the April 8 meeting, the current council accepted the sole bid for bulk oil, fuel and self-service pump service for the city’s police, fire, ambulance, golf, street and parks departments. Frampton said no other companies submitted a bid, adding that MFA Oil has provided this contracted service to the city for several years.
The council also approved a bid from Penny’s Concrete, Inc., for concrete material for the City Sidewalk Improvement Program with a bid of $103.10 per cubic yard. The ordinance passed the council with a vote of 3-0, as First Ward Councilman Denny Albertson abstained from the vote.
The council also approved an ordinance delegating authority to Airport Manager Bill Kieffer to enter into contracts with aerial applicators who use the Chillicothe Airport.
City Administrator Darin Chappell said while Chillicothe has not had any issues with aerial applicators other cities have with clean-up and dumping of chemicals after they complete their work.
“We want to make sure we do not get at a point where we do have issues to contend with,” he said.
Robert Cowherd, city attorney, said the ordinance gives Kieffer the ability to enter into contracts that state the appropriate, EPA approved areas to dispose of leftover chemicals and state the proper clean-up procedures.
The aerial applicator operating permit, which the council approved 4-0, is similar to what other cities, like Carrollton have, Cowherd said.
The permit states the aerial applicator must have a Missouri Department of Agriculture Commercial Pesticide License, a Missouri Department of Transportation Commercial License, proof of liability insurance on all aircraft and trucks and equipment. The applicator must also submit a chemical storage plan, Material Safety Data Sheet for all chemicals stored on the airport property for more than 24 hours and a site-specific Incident Response Plan. There are also requirements of each of the pilots who will be providing applicator services.
According to the ordinance, “All designated airport tenants are allowed to have a maximum of two aerial applicator aircraft flying for them so long as the aircrafts based on the field and are not regarded as “transient” aircraft. All transient aerial applicators and tenants in excess of two aerial application aircraft are subject to a fee of $500 per two additional aerial aircraft per calendar year.