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FROM THE DESK OF THE MAYOR

 From the Desk of the Mayor

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April 24, 2019

At our last Council Meeting, we approved an agreement with OSF Health paving the way for the construction of a new medical facility on Fourth Street directly south of their existing facility.Once the new one is built, the old one will be demolished to make room for parking. The new building will be almost three times larger than the present medical office building. This, along with the other developments underway, will transform Fourth Street’s image and business opportunities. A year from now, things will look a lot different! 

The Council also approved a landscaping ordinance for new commercial properties in town. It won’t affect residential properties or existing businesses. Most communities already have landscape ordinances; in fact, we modeled ours after nearby communities of our size. Just doing what we can to beautify Chillicothe! 

The Police Department has a new crime prevention/solving program, the Community Camera Partnership Reimbursement Program. If you would like an outside surveillance camera at your residence or business, the City will grant you $200 toward the purchase and installation. The only requirements are that the police inspect the installation and that you agree to share any video that might assist in solving neighborhood crimes. The application will be available starting May 1 and can be picked up at the police station. We’ve budgeted $5,000 and grants will be approved on a first-come-first serve basis until we run out of money.

Tickets for the 2019 historic Ride the Rails train ride between Chillicothe and Henry have been sold out! Well over 1,000 people, many are out-of-towners, are taking advantage and City Park promises to be a busy place on May 18. To help with traffic and parking, a shuttle will be available every 15 minutes to and from Shore Acres Park. It will travel along Second Street and through downtown. Along with the train rides, the will be vendors and live music at City Park.Let’s hope for good weather!

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

 Don

 



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