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    December 13, 2018

 Regarding the possible annexation of the City of Chillicothe into the surrounding Chillicothe Community Fire Protection District, we received a notification of a hearing at 10:00 on January 4th at the Peoria County Courthouse during which a judge will decide if the issue will be voted upon in an April referendum.  Assuming the judge rules to do so, we will begin scheduling public forums to educate the citizens of the City of what this means to them.  Once scheduled, please try to attend.  Your voting decision should be based on data and facts, and not just rumors and assumptions you might hear around town.

 In my last article, I described the City’s Snow Route ordinance which requires those on a marked snow route to move their cars off the route in the event of a snow fall over two inches so that the street can be plowed.  We have been pretty lenient of enforcing the ordinance.  But, this year, we are planning on stronger enforcement, especially on Second Street in the downtown area in order to enhance accessibility to the shops and businesses.  And so, please be forewarned that your car could get towed. 

Due to the Holidays, there is no second Council meeting in December; we’re on break for the rest of the year.  At our last meeting, we listed the accomplishments we had in 2018.  Here are some of the highlights…. 

We won the FLM gravel pit case west of town; it now goes to an appellate court.  We secured a grant in order to hire a consultant to prepare a Fourth Street Corridor Improvement Study and we began implementation.  We brought the new Dollar Tree to town.  We approved a senior housing project that, if approved by the State, will be constructed behind City Hall.  We took ownership of the Bacon Building downtown and entered into a redevelopment agreement with a developer who is now in the process of improving the property.   We also approved one for Owens Design Group to move into the building next to the Bacon Building. 

We honored Navy Seal Ryan Owens by dedicated Fourth Street and the Post Office in memory of him and his service.  We demolished the historic home at the corner of Elm and Third, after the fire, and then negotiated a deal in which a new Dollar General will be constructed on this lot and the adjacent lot on Fourth Street where High 5 Sports was located.  City park signs were installed at four City Parks.  We handed out façade grants improving the curb appeal of several businesses around town.  We approved an Intergovernmental Agreement with the Community Fire Protection District in anticipation of a referendum this coming April determining weather of not the City will be annexed into the District.  We revised the video gaming ordinance to make it more fair and effective.  We executed and agreement with Advanced Medical Transport for another five years of ambulance service.  We approved a redevelopment agreement for the expansion of FlexiSnake.  The Grill 2 came to town.  The site was readied for a new Casey’s on Fourth Street.    We purchased the old Jerry’s Muscle Car site in preparation for a new CEFCU ATM and a video billboard that will announce local sites and events.  We started a bike trail that will be ultimately be expanded throughout town.

 It’s been a good year!

  Enjoy the season!  More to come next year! 

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




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