Council kept trash pickup billing simple - and $5 higher...and heard that the Coppel Soccer Complex is closer to reality.
Even after mention of the possibilities of using a tag system for trash bags, a senior citizen discount, and a different rate for downtown pickup...the trash collection fee ordinance remained basically unchanged when passed by council.
The new monthly flat fee is $15, effective in the next billing.
Finance chair Jeremy Siberell said old Water Department software is used to bill for trash collection, and the new system is not yet ready.
He said the finance committee discussed the situation, and realized the new ideas were impossible to administrate.
But once the software is operational - hopefully by spring - the possibility of these complicated billing procedures can be reconsidered.
hear Jeremy Siberell on unchanged trash collection fee hike
Parks & Recreation chair Tom Trutschel had some good news about the long-awaited soccer fields on the far west side. In the last few days, McDonald's has made a $10,000 grant, and PACCAR / Kenworth has given $85,000 towards building the park.
Soccer participation fees have already contributed to the funds for the park. Trutschel said these grants for grading and seeding and other work can leverage matching grants to get even more work done.
Earth-moving equipment seen there recently might be from the county or state, helping to do some preliminary site work.
hear Tom Trutschel on good news about long-awaited soccer fields
Council also voted to allow moving some funds to cover salaries, to keep the budget in the black by the end of the year.
At the start of the session, they also went into an executive session "concerning personnel," for about five minutes...excluding Council President Alan Davis.
Kevin Coleman regularly reports on Chillicothe & Circleville councils