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Council meets, accepts election results

Angie Talken
Chillicothe News

During Monday night’s Chillicothe City Council meeting, members voted 4-0 to accept the results of the June 2 election. On the June 2 ballot was the proposed sales tax increase of ¼ of 1 cent. Chillicothe voters passed the measure with 716 yes votes and 471 no votes. Chillicothe City Clerk Roze Frampton, explained that the sales tax will begin to be collected in October, and the revenue from the collected tax will begin to appear in December for the police department fund.

Mayor Theresa Kelly made a recommendation to re-appoint Jim Hinrichs to the Chillicothe Park Board and the council approved  unanimously.

Councilwoman Pam Jarding was unable to attend the teleconference meeting.

Chillicothe Fire Chief Eric Reeter requested changes in the organizational chart for the fire department at Monday’s City Council meeting. Reeter requested to reinstate the position of engineer, lieutenant and assistant fire chief. He noted that expects the position of battalion chief to open through attrition, in the next several years and that position would be eliminated and a third captain would be hired.

Reeter noted with the changes one shift would currently contain a battalion chief, lieutenant and engineer; the other shifts would have a captain, lieutenant and engineer. The department plans to keep the assistant chief in the organizational chart for future use, but will not be filling the position at this time. All positions Reeter is seeking to fill will be done so from within the department and will be discussed during the city council’s executive session meeting next week.

The council approved the changes 4-0.

The use of the City of Chillicothe’s sporting facilities by the Chillicothe R-II School District was discussed and City Administrator Daren Chappell recommended no action be taken by the council on a new contract until early fall because the district pays for the use of facilities a year in advance and due to COVID-19 the district did not use facilities for spring sports like baseball and tennis.

After a discussion, the council asked City Attorney Robert Cowherd to draft a new contract.

Chappell also commented that currently, the city seems to be ahead for sales tax revenues.

“Not to say there are not businesses suffering,” he said. “But I think as a city we are in this position because we did not shut down the city like so many others did. We are able to say we are not seeing any of the losses like our sister city’s are.