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FROM THE DESK OF THE MAYOR

From the Desk of the Mayor

June 15, 2017

Last weekend was a busy time here in Chillicothe; baseball tournaments, Claud-Elen Days, and the Tri 2 Beat MS kid’s triathlon.  Lots of fun for the residents of Chillicothe; plus, the events brought in a lot of people from out of town.

Speaking of bringing in people from out of town, Summer Camp brought in over 20,000 people from throughout the country over the Memorial Day weekend!  Some of you reading this article are opponents of Summer Camp, and some will continue to be opponents no matter what I write here.  Others are proponents and love Summer Camp enjoying the fun and music that can be had there.  From the City’s perspective, it provides a large economic benefit.  The campers spend a lot of money while in town which benefits certain retailers and creates a spike in the sales tax revenue received by the City.  And, the event doesn’t cost the City anything because the promoter of the event pays our police officers for their time spent at the park.  Additionally, the promoter has contributed over $250,000 to local charities and organizations in our community.  From my perspective, it’s a great event and, hopefully, it will remain here for years to come.

The first Summer Camp occurred in 2001.  I was Mayor at that time, and there were a little less than 900 people in attendance.  It was pretty rough in the beginning.  But, over the years, it has been continuously better controlled through the cooperation between the promoter and various law enforcement agencies, and increased law presence and enforcement has decreased the number of instances. To give you an idea, the Chillicothe Police Department had only 21 arrests.  If we assume other law enforcement agencies had a similar number of arrests, the total might have been in the range of 80 to 100 people.  If we assume there were 20,000 people in attendance, that would equate to only 0.5% arrests related to this year’s event.  I would venture to say that this is less, on a percentage basis, than most large festivals or sporting events.

Changing the subject to another fun event, the Downtown Thursday event on June 29 will feature the “Taste of Chillicothe” where all of the restaurants in town have been invited to set up a booth along Second Street downtown so that we can test out the various menus that they have to offer.  It will give you a chance to taste the food offerings from restaurants that frequent and perhaps try out the food from restaurants that you may not have ever visited.  So, plan on coming downtown, try out the food and visit our downtown businesses.

Speaking of food, at our last Council Meeting we read Proclamation congratulating Track Inn for forty years of continual operations as a restaurant in Chillicothe; that’s quite an accomplishment in that kind of business, or for any business for that matter.  As the name implies, Track Inn helps to keep the rich railroad history of Chillicothe alive.  So, I invite all of you to visit Track Inn – breakfast, lunch, or dinner – and congratulate them for their 40th anniversary.

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

 Don

    

gratulating Track Inn for forty years of continual operations as a restaurant in Chillicothe; that’s quite an accomplishment in that kind of business, or for any business for that matter.  As the name implies, Track Inn helps to keep the rich railroad history of Chillicothe alive.  So, I invite all of you to visit Track Inn – breakfast, lunch, or dinner – and congratulate them for their 40th anniversary.

 

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

 

Don

  

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