Council again hesitated to act on eliminating a police chief position to help budgeting, and Nancy Ames gave not just a list of how to deal with council's current building, but a tour of it.
Mayor Jack Everson addressed the proposed ordinance to eliminate one police captain position, which is unfilled. He says it would allow enough in the budget to hire one officer on the street...but not two.
He said the balanced payroll for the police budget is an illusion this year...one officer has resigned, and another is on medical leave. That means their salaries are unpaid...but the ranks are short by two.
With F.O.P. members in the audience, council still had more questions - including reducing the ability for advancement in the ranks.
Everson says he hoped to get what they need, so they can vote next Monday.
The mayor also said the Carlisle project is on track, after a being in jeopardy for a few weeks...the proposed Pilot truck stop on East Main Street has been slowed down by company legal issues, but is still a probability...and planning for new trash trucks continue.
Ames said that, after looking into different city properties for council to meet in, she thinks old City Hall is the best solution, and can be worked around.
One issue has been resolved - the $5,000 fee to continue operating the elevator has been negotiated to nothing.
Other aspects include: renovations for council chambers...farming out furniture and equipment to city departments and then auctioning off the extras...allowing the court a year to process their records still stored there...and reducing insurance coverage for all the empty space.
The city engineering department and CCI warden offered help, too.
Pat Patrick said the water and sewer rate hike by the review committee was justified by rising costs and pending retirements...And, Tom Trutschel said he is working on the deer bowhunting ordinance ahead of time, and proposes to make it permanent this fifth year.
Kevin Coleman regularly reports on Chillicothe & Circleville councils