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The City of Chillicothe will hold
a public forum on September 25, 2019
at 7:00 p.m. in the City Council Chambers
908 N. Second St.
regarding Cannabis

Where the Rails Cross the River


mayorimageAugust 28, 2019

As you probably know, our southern boat docks, the ones by Eagle Landing Park, were hit by a barge and badly damaged. The docks actually broke away and began floating down the river. The original grain elevator barge pilings were also badly damaged making it difficult to reinstall the docks in their original configuration. We are fully aware of the barge and barge company responsible for the accident and we are coordinating with the Coast Guard. An independent “appraiser” is in the process of calculating the costs involved. Insurance companies are also involved. There are unanswered questions on rebuilding the docks, etc. More to come….

Speaking of boat docks, the northern dock in front of Banana’s were damaged over the winter by the flood and ice. By the time you read this article, they should be repaired. Repair costs will be partially covered by our insurance.

At our last Council meeting, we approved an expenditure supporting an Eagle Scout project in Moffitt Park. We have been funding one such project each year over the last several years – not a lot of money. This year’s project is the construction of a sort of “conversation” area with three benches forming a circle; along with associated landscaping.

We are also looking into issues that need to be addressed due to laws passed by the State of Illinois earlier this year; one of which is the recreational cannabis law – a lot of unanswered questions. But, no matter what, the State law will allow adults over the age of twenty-one to possess up to 30 grams of pot and be allowed to consume it in their private residence, but not in public places or in close proximity to underage people. This cannot be controlled by the City.

The biggest question the City will need to decide is whether or not we will allow a dispensary in in town that sells recreational marijuana. We will decide that as time goes on and invite you to our Judicial Committee meetings to give your input. Chances are slim that you’ll see one in town soon, even if we allow it. There are a limited number of State licenses available each year and medical marijuana dispensaries will have the first chance. As a precaution, we plan to adopt an ordinance allowing us to tax it if we were to ever have a dispensary.

Again, in this article, 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” and, 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 counting people.

Here is a fact you might want to be aware of. Some people are fearful that the Census will provide information to “big brother” that might be used against you. But, by law, the individual data collected in a census is required to be kept confidential for 72 years. So, if you’re an Ancestry.com user, for example, you’re out of luck!

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


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