Chillicothe City Council on May 31st approved an order authorizing a cooperative contract with Livingston County for the expenditure of American Rescue Plan Act funding for recreational purposes.
City administrator Rozanne Frampton reports that the contract includes the resurfacing of the Dannar Park tennis courts and the conversion of the Simpson Park tennis court into four pickleball courts.
Resurfacing the Dannar Park tennis courts will cost approximately $700,000. The Town of Chillicothe agreed to contribute $250,000 and the County of Livingston agreed to match that amount. It is hoped that additional funds will come from local foundations for $200,000.
Converting the Simpson Park tennis court into pickleball courts is expected to cost $34,000. The city is willing to contribute $17,000, and the county is willing to match that.
Two orders regarding ownership of the Strand Hotel were filed for continued discussion at the June 13 meetinge Chillicothe Town Council meeting. One of the orders involves a donation agreement with Strand Properties, LP regarding the donation of the property to the city. The other order involves a development agreement with Zabka Properties, LLC regarding the redevelopment of the property.
City Council approved the recommendation to reappoint Raymond Hamilton to the Airport Board.
There was a discussion regarding watering flower pots downtown. The city has an annual contract with Main Street Chillicothe to water flower pots in an area approximately 14 blocks away. Frampton says Main Street Chillicothe is asking for an additional $6,000 due to unbudgeted costs and labor. The council will discuss the issue further on June 13e and consider an addendum to the contract for a one-time authorization to give the organization funding this year to cover unforeseen expenses for watering the flower pots.
City council entered a closed session for employees and/or staff and documents related to a negotiated contract.