Chillicothe Council Hears About Trick-or-Treat and $1.7M COVID-19 Funds


Monday evening, Chillicothe Council met online and heard about COVID funds and trick-or-treat.

Council passed two items on first reading to accept and appropriate CARES Act COVID-19 funding. Auditor Krystal Spetnagel said she expects about $1,700,000 of grant funds for the city, which will have strict requirements.

Mayor Luke Feeney was happy to announce that trick-or-treat WILL be possible, with coordination by the Ross County Health District and other districts across the state. He said "Beggar's Night" will be set at the same time throughout the county to avoid possible cross-contamination, with all townships and villages cooperating...and that details will be released this week.

Feeney also noted the deaths recently of Donna Stevens, who coordinated volunteers at the cabooses on Water Street, and Bob Etling, downtown businessman.

Council passed an ordinance to allow the mayor to grant additional personal leave to non-bargaining city employees. Mayor Feeney said this might have helped keep the city's IT manager.

Auditor Krystal Spetnagel gave a budget review before the session, and listed the dates for upcoming 2021 budget review sessions.

The Mighty Children's Museum requested to use the municipal parking lot at Paint and 4th streets again for their skating rink this winter, running November 15th through February 15th, which council will discuss further.

Next Monday will be several council committee meetings. An ordinance to restore downtown Second Street to two-way traffic will be up for final read next session, October 12th.

Watch the recorded online Zoom session on council's Facebook page.