At last week's Chillicothe City Council meeting the council approved the new emergency services agreement.

At the recent Chillicothe City Council meeting, members voted to accept a bid for concrete for the city’s sidewalk improvements plan and also approved the reimbursement agreements for emergency management services.

The council approved the 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.

City Administrator Darin Chappell said under the program helps businesses and residents improve the sidewalks in front of their property.

“If a resident or business wants to have sidewalk improved upon they are responsible for cost of labor, but the city provides the concrete,” he said.

There are not typically many requests at any certain time, but Chappell noted that overtime it does help maintain the city’s sidewalks.

Those owning homes or businesses along with streets with sidewalks are responsible for maintaining them, according to city ordnance.

For years emergency management services for the City of Chillicothe have been contracted to one individual, who lived outside of town. Recently, the city, county and Hedrick Medical Center entered into an agreement beginning April 1, which allows the city to appoint two individuals to handle the services, in an effort to “provide efficient and professional emergency management services for the citizens of Livingston County,”

Through this agreement the city agrees to have two emergency management services personnel for the purpose of providing services, which, Chappell stated is completing paperwork and ensuring trainings are taking place.

“In these roles these men will make sure all EMS paperwork is filled out, oversee training and certifications,” Chappell said. “This just simply allows everyone to be on the same page - in house, if we do it ourselves that we are maintain all certifications we need.”

In addition to his duties as Chief of Police, Jon Maples will serve in this role, in addition to Cpt. Derrick Allen. The duties in this agreement are in addition to the duties the men were already providing in their current roles, and due to that Maples is being compensated $3,000 for his new duties. Allen is being given $4,200 for his new duties. The $7,200 in funds are from grant monies that were given to the past provider, now is being divided between the two local providers, Maples and Allen.

Funds also come through Hedrick Medical Center and Livingston County, each contributing $2,500 and 33.33 percent of reimbursable expenses as approved by each organization after they received an invoice from the city for the services,.

“By splitting this up the way we have it ensures that a member of the fire or police department, who are local, will be there in case of an emergency situation,” Chappell said.