City of Chillicothe Public Safety Committee met November 7
City of Chillicothe Public Safety Committee met November 7.
Here is the minutes as provided by the committee:
The Public Safety Committee met on November 7, 2017, at 4:30 p.m. in the council chambers at City
Present: Chairman Hughes, Alderman Sharp, Alderman Braun, Mayor White, Attorney Seghetti
Acting Fire Chief Benisch, Police Chief Mettille, Office Manager Passage
Chairman Hughes called the meeting to order.
Amendment – Zoning Fees
Office Manager Passage stated that the Mayor and she met with building inspector Scott Wolf
to review the building permit process. Mr. Wolf recommended that the city change the fee for
accessory buildings other than garages, by changing the square foot cost to be greater or smaller than
200 square feet instead of 100 square feet. Manager Passage stated that when the fees were set the
committee said that it may have to adjust the fees as we go forward. She recommended that we hold
off making the change at this time until we see what other changes may come forward. The Mayor also
agreed with this recommendation. The consensus of the committee was to follow the recommendation.
Rezoning – 1734 Santa Fe
Office Manager Passage stated that this was for informational purpose only. She advised the committee
that the city had received an request to rezone the property at 1734 Santa Fe from a C-2 zoning to C-3
zoning to open a Doggie Day Care Facility at said property. The request has been forwarded to the Plan
Commission to hold the public hearing, which is scheduled for November 7, 2017. She stated that this
would be an agenda topic to pass the ordinance to rezone the property at the November 13, council
meeting should the vote from the Plan Commission be favorable. The consensus of the committee was
to proceed with the passing of the ordinance, should the Plan Commission’s recommendation be to
Parking on Second Street
Chairman Hughes stated that Second Street, in the downtown area, is not being swept due to cars being
parked on the street. He stated the main reason for this being on the agenda was because of the
problem with sweeping the street. He stated that he would bring it to the public works committee.
The consensus of the committee was to refer this issue to the public works committee.
Engine 1 Update
Acting Chief Benisch reported to the committee that Engine one is still out of service. He stated that the
city has invested $7,000 in this vehicle to have the engine and transmission inspected. He stated that
the following additional repairs need to be made to make the engine comply with the ISO standards:
Engine repairs $ 5,139.91
Front/rear Springs $ 2,448.00
Replace rear springs $ 3,473.00
Engine hose, belts, etc $ 1,800.00
Cooling system repairs $ 4,621.50
Rear traffic arrow light $ 1,800.00
Pump Shaft replaced $ 6,000.00
He explained that the estimated value as is was $10,000.00, estimated trade-in value after repairs
$25,000.00, estimated value if we sell $35,000.00
He stated that the city had the following options:
1. Pay the $25,282.41 to repair and this would possibly give the life of the vehicle 3 to 5 years
2. Purchase a new Chassis for the vehicle for a cost of $300,000 and this would possibly give the life of
Vehicle 25 years
3. Purchase a new Demo vehicle at a cost of $420,000.00
The consensus of the committee was to take to council the recommendation to repair the vehicle at a
projected cost of $25,282.41. With this recommendation the committee should continue to plan for a
purchase of a vehicle within the 3 to 5 year time frame.
Purchase Fire Hose
Acting Chief Benisch stated that Engine #1 would need 1200 feet of 5” hose - $6,540.00 and 200 feet of
1.75” hose - $476.00. This could be budgeted for in the next fiscal year. The consensus of the
committee was to defer this cost to the next years budget.
Acting Chief Benisch stated that the 2017 hose test for other vehicles revealed that the following hose
Needs to be replaced:
500’ – 5” hose $2,725.00
250’ – 2.5” hose $ 715.00
300’ – 2.75” hose $ 714.00
Total cost $4,154.00
This replacement must be done to keep the vehicles in compliance. The consensus of the committee
was to present to the council for approval at the November 13 council meeting.
Purchase Fire Gear
Acting Chief Benisch stated that during the 2017 Osha inspection the following gear was outdated and
must be replaced:
3 coats @ $1,185.00 $3,555.00
4 pants @ $ 885.00 $3,540.00
3 helmets @ $412.00 $1,648.00
2 boots @ $390.00 $ 780.00
Total cost $9,523.00
A discussion ensued regarding the disposal of fire gear. The consensus of the committee was to present
to council for approval the purchase of replacement gear at the November 13 council meeting.
Acting Chief Benish stated that he has six recruits in the recruit program and they would need gear. He
explained that should existing gear fit the recruits then they would receive existing gear and the new
gear would be used for existing firemen. The cost to equip six recruits is as follows:
6 coats @ $1,185.00 $7,110.00
6 Pants @ $885.00 $5,310.00
6 helmets @ 412.00 $2,472.00
6 Boots @ $390.00 $ 2,340.00
6 gloves @ $98.00 $ 588.00
6 Flashlights @ $58.00 $ 348.00
6 Safety wrench @ $38.00 $ 228.00
6 Pass device @ $580.00 $ 3,480.00
6 SCBA hood @ $31.00 $ 186.00
6 Radio/Holster @ $2,835.02 $17,010.12
Total cost $39,072.12
Total cost per recruit $6,512.02
Mayor White stated that not all recruits may make it through, therefore; could we lower the amount
needed. Acting Fire Chief Benisch stated that the purchase of three would be a must however; four
would be nice. Mayor White explained that this is a substantial expense that was not budgeted.
Manager Passage stated that she would need an opportunity to look at the appropriation ordinance to
insure that we have the potential expense in the appropriation. The consensus of the committee was to
hold off on this purchase until the Acting Chief had an opportunity to review the cost with Office
Manager to insure we have the authority to spend per the appropriation ordinance and to determine
what fund or funds would pay for the expense.
Update- Fire Department
Acting Fire Chief Benisch presented the incident report. He gave an update as to the status of the osha
inspection as follows:
Fire gear is in compliance and is closed, Hep. B shots first round has been given or declined by each
fireman, Fit test is completed, and the medical evaluations are in process.
Acting Fire Chief Benisch presented information from the Peoria journal star regarding Firefighters often
unaware of hazards from chemicals, toxic smoke. He stated that this was for informational purpose.
1020 Benedict – Police Chief Mettille reported to the committee that he has been working with the
property owner and has seen improvement. A discussion was held regarding how to regulate. Mayor
stated that the stance the city has taken is that as long as the property owner is working with the city
and we see improvement no action is taken. Police Chief Mettille stated that due to winter approaching
the issue is somewhat resolved, however; looking to spring the committee will need to decide how they
will address the issue. The consensus of the committee was that no action will be taken at this time.
City Parking Lot – Behind Second Street – Chairman Hughes withdrew this agenda item
Dispatcher Consolidation Update
Chief Mettille stated that the city has a contract with Peoria Heights for dispatching through December
2018. He stated that he is working on obtaining costs from the other to municipalities and will bring
back the costs once obtained to the committee. At this time, going with Bartonville looks like it may be
the city’s best option.
School Resource Officer Contract
Chief Mettille requested that he have permission to work with Illinois Valley School District 321
regarding the continuation of the Intergovernmental Agreement between the City and the District,
to provide for a School Resource Officer. This would be a two year agreement and the cost would be
divided between the City and the District. Chairman Hughes stated that he has received no complaints
regarding the School Resource Officer. The consensus of the committee was to give permission to the
Police Chief to work with the District and report back to the committee with projected final costs.
Special Event Supplies
Chief Mettille requested to purchase supplies for special events that are given to children. The cost for
the supplies is $1,814.00. This would be for 6,500 items. He stated he does have this budgeted. The
consensus of the committee was to request approval at the November 13, council meeting.
Chief Mettille informed the committee that the Board of Police and Fire Commissioners should have a
recommendation for the city council meeting to hire the replacement police officer.
Chief Mettille presented the status for Impound vehicles, and Ordinance Zones (attached)
Chief Mettille stated that he has received a request from Tom Harms and Jeff Anderson to have the
streets surrounding the VFW Memorial on Friday, November 10 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Streets are: Pine to Chestnut on Santa Fe, Chestnut to Finney, Pine to Chestnut on Finney. They
apologized for the late notice. They did not intend for the ceremony to become so large as the local
schools will be bring a large number of children as well as the band. Chief Mettille stated that he would
have his officer or work with public works to inform the citizens in said area of the street closing and if
approved he would have public works set up barricades from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The consensus of
the committee was to allow the streets to be closed.
Chief Mettille stated that he will be working with the New owner of Davis Trailer Park and feels all parks
Attorney Seghetti stated that the affidavit for the property has been filed, and the required summons
has went out regarding the 1807 Finney property. He stated that he anticipates that the city would get
title to the property around the first of the new year.
Second Hand Dealers License
Attorney Seghetti presented proposed language changes to the ordinance dealing with second hand
dealers. A discussion ensued. Mayor explained reason for change. He questioned about online sales
and Attorney Seghetti stated that there was no way to enforce at this time. Office Manager Passage
stated that there were two Second Hand dealers that do not have their bond at this time. The
consensus of the committee was to have the attorney prepare the proposed language change in
ordinance form and present to the city council for approval at the November 13 meeting.
There being no further business the meeting adjourned at 5:50 p.m.