Auditor Luke Feeney convened his monthly budget review, saying the city is in good shape at about $15 million as the budgeting process for next year begins.
Later, he gave a briefing on the recently ended city income tax amnesty. The $70,000 paid in is more than double what was expected to be a success.
A total of 361 individuals and organization saved more than $52,000, through avoiding penalties and interest, by coming clean.
But aside from accepting more than $10,000 of drug and crime seizure money, and passing a permanent ordinance for deer bowhunting...the conversation was dominated by trash hauling and other staffing problems, and Thursday's incident between Police Chief Roger Moore and EEO Director Tamra Lowe.
Pastor Robert Hitchens, Jr., was the first to bring it up. He said he spoke not just as Lowe's brother, but as a citizen who hears the embarrassing reports on his city across the midwest...and he says he will return to council sessions until it the issue is resolved.
Several council members and public speakers said the city is being embarrassed and distracted by the incident, and that action needs to be taken about the chief's recurring behavior.
Mayor Everson said it was a complex situation that is still being investigated, that he would not act prematurely, and that there will probably be a lawsuit either way.
Council also spent 15 minutes in another "council only" executive session on personnel issues, before asking the mayor about a hiring issue involving a delayed ordinance and labor attorneys.
Kevin Coleman regularly reports on Chillicothe & Circleville councils