During Monday night's Chillicothe City Council meeting, the council voted 5-0 to offer their support for an application for a medical marijuana cultivation and manufacturing facility in Chillicothe. Retired Army Lt Colonel Todd Scattini addressed the council as a representative of Big Canoe Health LLC. Scattini said Big Canoe LLC has applied with the state of Missouri for a license to grow and manufacture medical marijuana in Chillicothe. The company also has provided the city a letter of intent to purchase a 23-acre piece of land near WireCo, where they expect to build facilities for the business, once their application is approved by the state.

Scattini said the business will employ at least 55 people, and will ultimately make products infused with medical marijuana available for sale.

In other business, the council approved an additive bid for $13, 928 from Vance Brothers, Inc., for paving fabric to be added to the city's chip and seal projects. Jeff Gillespie, Chillicothe Street Department superintendent said the fabric locks the chip and seal into place. The addition was also recommended by the project's engineer; and Chillicothe City Administrator Darin Chappell said that with the addition to the original bid, the project is still $3,000 under budget.

The council also approved an ordinance allowing the construction of Tiny Houses and “In-laws Houses” in the City limits of Chillicothe. The ordinance allows each home to house up to two people and be placed in areas zoned R2, R3 and Mixed-Use.

The Tiny House is a dwelling of 400 square feet or less, and, according to the ordinance, an In-law house is 401 to 720 square feet. The residence must have a separate and enclosed bathroom, a kitchen, be placed on a permanent foundation, with no wheels or axels, cannot be a camper or shed and must have their own utility hook-ups.

Under the ordinance, no more than two Tiny Houses or In-law houses can be built on a lot in R2 Zoning and four in R3 zoning. Mixed-Use lots can have up to six units and must have at least one off-street parking space per unit.