Chillicothe Council passed a single resolution to support the Carlisle developer Monday night...and only that.
The first-reading item was passed unanimously. It was requested by the Chesler Group, who appear to still hope to renovate the Carlisle Building, to add to their application for tax credits.
Development chair Nancy Ames introduced the resolution, which was only a statement of support - and nothing more - with no financial commitment. The rush with a special session was because Chesler's application deadline is in three days.
Chamber CEO Marvin Jones, and Economic Development Director Chris Manegold, spoke in favor of council's vote.
Manegold mentioned the possibility of tax abatements to aid the work, as well as free advice offered to him in the past by a consultant who looks at attracting employers. The Site Selection Consultant said "you guys have gotta do something about that, because it reflects on the image of the community."
Manegold said that even with the city pulling out of the project, the effort is not over. He said "things are in a positive mode," and that "conversations are continuing."
hear Ames explain statement of support for the Carlisle Building
hear Manegold speaking in favor of the vote and hint at possibilities
Kevin Coleman regularly reports on Chillicothe & Circleville councils