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At midnight on July 31, 2019, The Chillicothe Fire Department
will have merged with the Chillicothe Community Fire District

Where the Rails Cross the River


mayorimageFrom the Desk of the Mayor

August 14, 2019

At our last Council Meeting, we approved façade grants to two more downtown businesses. Over the last couple of years, numerous façade grants have been approved; most of which have been downtown. Your business doesn’t have to be downtown to apply for a façade grant; any business in town can do it. When you apply, the City will grant you a certain percentage of the costs up to a certain limit. Call City Hall to obtain an application. Next time you’re downtown, take notice of the storefronts that have been upgraded; it’s looking pretty nice!

Speaking of downtown, the last Downtown Thursday event – the Corn Boil – was a great success! There were lots of vendors, lots of people, and lots of food. The next, and last, Downtown Thursday event is August 29 and the theme is “Back to School”. It’s a family event with vendors, food, and fun. Come on down!

We’ve been asked by a citizen to investigate the pros and cons of the City’s mosquito spraying program. So, we’re researching the risks in spraying versus the risks of not spraying. More to come….

We are also beginning to look into a couple of other issues that need to be addressed due to laws passed by the State of Illinois earlier this year – the new sports gaming law and the recreational cannabis law. With both, especially the cannabis law, there are a lot of unanswered questions concerning the laws and their enforcement. The City’s new Judicial Committee is beginning to try to educate itself on both issues, and then determine what to do next. Again, more to come….

In this and future articles, I will try to provide additional information about the upcoming 2020 Census. Again, the goal of the 2020 Census is “to count everyone once, only once, and in the right place”. Between March 12 to March 20, 2020, you will receive you Census packet in the mail, and not until then; that’s when they will start trying to count people.

The push right now is to do an address canvassing process to confirm houses, apartments, nursing homes, and other places where people might live in order to create a listing of places that is as accurate and complete as possible – the “right place”.  You might see employees around town, and one might knock on your door. They are not yet counting people, just places.

These census employees are required to have 2020 census badges with photo ID’s and an official laptop. They will be doing this canvassing between now and October 8. Let’s all try to be counted!

That’s all for this time. See you around town!


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