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Where the Rails Cross the River

FROM THE DESK OF THE MAYOR

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November 25, 2020

Our last Council meeting was somewhat uneventful…. Things at City Hall tend to slow down this time of year. We have only a few committee meetings between now and the December 14 Council meeting and then no meetings until after the new year as we traditionally cancel the second Council meeting in December due to the Holiday.

For those of you interested in our proposed bike path project, we have submitted our grant request and I’ve heard that about 250 requests were submitted; about half in the Chicago area. Our region submitted eleven. I’m told that because of the large number of requests, we probably won’t hear if we are awarded a grant until next March. Keep your fingers crossed!

Erection of the observation tower at Eagle Landing Park will occur during the week of November 30. I would expect it to take the entire week to construct it.

A few Holiday programs are in the works….

Shademakers are holding their second annual “Light Up Chillicothe” – a Holiday Spirit Lighting contest. They are seeking nominations for the best lighting decoration of a home within the City. One winner will receive $150 worth of value gift cards from local businesses plus an honorary yard ornament to proudly display in your front lawn. Nomination forms can be found on facebook and at City hall and are due to be submitted at City hall by 3:00 on December 4. So, light up your house and take an evening drive around town to enjoy the Holiday spirit!

Also, the Chamber of Commerce is promoting a fun retail event – “Countdown to Christmas”. Twenty-three retail businesses are participating and offering prizes on $100, $200, and $500 of Holiday dollars to lucky winners. The event runs from November 28 through December 12; the drawing will be on December 12 and the Holiday dollars can be redeemed until January 31.

With a new wave of COVID surging, the Governor has issued a directive enacting Tier 3 Resurgence Mitigation requirements in all regions of the State.

The Tier 3 guidelines aim to limit gatherings and encourage people to stay home to the greatest extent possible. The sad news is that we are moving away from “normal”. The good news is that a vaccine seems to be in the works. Also, while the previous Tier 1 restrictions didn’t make sense to some; so, some decided to ignore the requirements, these Tier 3 requirements are very “black and white” and enforcement is more easily understood. Here they are….

Retail – 25% occupancy capacity for all stores except groceries and pharmacies which can have a 50% occupancy capacity. Restaurants/Bars – no indoor dining/drinking; no video gaming; outdoor dining allowed from 6:00 am till 11:00 pm with tables six feet apart; no more than six at a table. In all cases, precautions are to be taken such as social distancing, face masks, sanitation, signage, etc.

Regarding retail stores, the directives won’t have as a drastic effect as on restaurants and bars. For restaurants and bars, the directive is for outdoor areas only and due to the colder weather upon us, outdoor dining and retail isn’t as easy as it was when we moved into Phase 3 a few months ago.

So, please do your Holiday shopping at our local retail shops and please help or local restaurants by using drive-throughs and take-out services! They need your support to survive!

On a different subject, the deadline for submission of election petitions for serving our local government has come and gone. At the time of this writing, I don’t officially know who is running for which positions. But I can tell you that several positions have more than one person running, including for my position as Mayor. Campaigns will probably not begin for a while; the election isn’t until April. Stay tuned and get to know the candidates!

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

Don

 

       

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