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FROM THE DESK OF THE MAYOR


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     January 18, 2019

 

  I took some time off from this article over the Holidays, but now I’m back.
 So, let’s start the new year!

 Here’s the newest regarding the City’s fight against allowing the FLM gravel pit just west of town. As mentioned in earlier articles, FLM has appealed the decision against the gravel pit to a higher court. The next steps are for both sides to submit written briefs to the new Judge. This process will go into March; so, no more hearings until then. The wheels of justice move very slowly.

 Two ordinances were approved at our first Council Meeting of the year. An ordinance was passed concerning trailers being pulled behind golf carts. It requires utility trailers and passenger trailers, sometimes referred to as tagalongs, to be stickered and inspected for appropriate seatbelts, lights, etc. There will be a $20 fee for the trailer inspection unless it is inspected at the same time as the golf cart; then it remains at $40. Passenger trailers can only be used for special events such as parades.

 Another ordinance was passed allowing outdoor cafes to be located on a City sidewalk outside of an eating establishment. This will go into effect next Spring and insurance and a small licensing fee will be required, along with a few obvious rules and regulations. This should make our streetscapes more inviting and usable, especially downtown.

 The first step has been taken in an exciting chain of events that will transform and improve Fourth Street. As I’m sure you have heard, our Dollar General will be relocating to the corner of Fourth and Elm Streets; construction should begin in a month or so. In order to make room, the CEFCU ATM has been removed from that site and a new ATM will be installed at the corner of Fourth and Beech Streets, across from Beck’s; hopefully in mid to late summer. Until then, CEFCU customers can use the ATM at the CEFCU building at the south end of town. The last step will be for the City to install a video billboard at the new ATM location that will promote non-profit events here in town. Keep an eye out…. 

 And, save the date for one such event. A few years ago, people took a historic train ride between Chillicothe and Henry, and back; it was a popular event that will happen again on May 18. Tickets go on sale starting February 1 and will be available at City Hall, Pearce Community Center, and at the Chamber of Commerce Office. Proceeds will again go to the Fire Department. All aboard!

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

 Don   

   

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