Chillicothe Council had a short and tidy first regular session of the year...with a couple other meetings too.
That large property near the East Main Street overpass was once a busy railyard for the B&O, and later Chessie, and last CSX railroad. Council passed a resolution to seek a grant that may allow finishing an assessment of the environmental cleanup needed to redevelop the 11 acres of it owned by Ralph Cooper who has the glass shop across Main Street.
Nancy Ames explained that the phase-two testing stage ran out of previous grant funding. A new grant should allow completion of that, and maybe some actual cleanup, depending on the money allowed.
Shops and restaurants may eventually be built where locomotive steamed.
Hear Nancy Ames discuss grant sought to finish environmental assessment of former railyard
Council met in review session to hear more on the redistricting after the 2010 census. Nancy Ames and former council president Bruce Arnold explained the tedious combing of maps and lists...to do a few minor tweaks to the wards....to meet the once-a-decade adjustment....with a lackof help and instructions from the state.
After the state confirms their work, council will pass a resolution making it law for 2013's elections.
Council also met briefly in executive session to discuss union negotiations, before reconvening in regular session.
Kevin Coleman regularly reports on Chillicothe & Circleville councils