Monday evening, Chillicothe Council committees covered several topics...including mobility.
The Transit Department asked for funding to look at mobility, differently. But the request came from Astie Powell, a Community Health Specialist at the Ross County Health District.
She asked council to provide little more than $3,000 for the remainder of matching funds for an ODOT grant to hire a "Mobility Manager" in Transit.
She says the position will focus on seniors and the disabled, but includes all the public, to gather information on buses, cars, taxis, sidewalks, biking, walking...all private and public transportation - how to connect everybody to work, leisure, medical needs, and more.
Council can help fund the manager position by simply approving next year's budget. That manager will then process a public survey that is ongoing through the end of this year.
The survey is available on the Chillicothe Transit Department webpage, the Ross County Health District website, the "Partners for a Healthier Ross County" Facebook Page, and elsewhere. You can also phone Transit or the Ross County Health District, and printed copies are available.
The Development Committee discussed buying a property at Borland's Crossing next to the Yoctangee Park annex that has become available, and accepting land near the Coppel Soccer Fields off Western Avenue.
Council President Bruce Arnold led council on a short tour to consider locating the Law Director's office in the mostly vacant old City Hall...and then proposed funding some "Band Aid" renovation of the Administration Building and demolition of the city services building on Riverside Avenue.
Kevin Coleman regularly reports on Chillicothe & Circleville councils and local culture