Monday evening, Chillicothe Council heard the city is looking far ahead for a new western fire station.
Beth Neal mentioned her committee assignment for the city to get an option to buy a lot at 50 Centennial Boulevard, across from Adena Urgent Care and near Kroger on Western Avenue.
She said the fire chief recommended the city be proactive to protect the existing and new condominium developments around Stone Ridge Drive on the western edge of the city limits. Neal said they are just outside the safe time to get to them.
She said there is another reason to replace the western fire station atop University Drive - they have outgrown the facility since it is too small for the firetrucks and required new safety equipment.
Neal said the city just plans to secure the property, and that there is no educated guess for the time frame to build.
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Dave Tatman was relieved to see one land issue passed, but was cautions about another.
He said a land swap on Stone Ridge Drive took forever. A strip wide enough to park a car on it has taken six months to go through all the paperwork, and he felt sorry for the owner.
He chuckled about it, saying it was "government at work."
And then where Price Insurance wanted part of an alley abandoned near Water & Bridge streets, now the Nourse dealership wants the same. Tatman said that has taken a year because the paperwork was not done properly, but it should be done by the end of the year.
Tatman had that ordinance put on pause at first reading to double check the paperwork.
Kevin Coleman regularly reports on Chillicothe & Circleville councils and local culture