Litchfield Details Goals In Comprehensive Plan

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The City of Litchfield has big plans for the future and on Thursday, June 3, they approved an ordinance adopting the city’s comprehensive plan, which will hopefully bring those plans to fruition.

Prior to the start of Thursday’s meeting, Adam Stroud of PGAV spoke to the council about the comprehensive plan during a public hearing. Stroud said the goal was to update the plan that was created in 2008, eliminating some narrative elements and making it more simple to follow.

A future land use map for the city and unincorporated areas within one and one-half miles of the city’s borders was added to the plan, as well as a public safety section with input from the chief of police and fire chief.

Stroud explained that the comprehensive plan has no legal authority to tell anyone what they can do with their property, but is a document that states what the city would like to happen. Codes and ordinances are different than the comprehensive plan and give the city legal authority to make requirements for property owners.

In addition to the new maps and goals for the city that were added to the plan, which will help assist department heads and elected officials in reaching objectives for the city, the updates also eliminated goals that were no longer applicable.

The council also had a public hearing on amending the requirement for zoning notices. The hearing drew no questions or comments and closed after three minutes, but City Attorney Kit Hantla said the changes will bring Litchfield in line with state statutes. City Administrator Tonya Flannery said that notice of the change will be in the citywide newsletter and will be on the July agenda.

In addition to the adoption of the comprehensive plan, the council also approved the minutes from the May 20 meeting, approved the transfer of funds and payment of bills and approved three other motions.

Two motions pertained to the ambulance service, with the purchase of a Lifepak 15 V4 Monitor/Defibrillator from Stryker Medical at a cost of $28,325.19, and the remounting of Ambulance 816, a 2011 TraumaHawk Type I Box on to a 2022 Ford F550 4x4, 6.7 Scorpion by American Response Vehicles, the original manufacturer in Columbia, MO, at a cost not to exceed $163,173. Alderman Dwayne Gerl asked about upgrades that were included in the price of the remounting. Fire Chief Joe Holomy said that the cost includes fixing of any dents and imperfections to the box, reupholstering the interior and upgrading equipment to the current standards.

The other motion approved was for pay request #5 to Gelly Excavating and Construction for the south side ditch project in the amount of $25,000. Alderman Gerl asked if grating was going to be placed over the large concrete culverts at the site, saying that they might be a safety concern for children. Special projects manager Art Levoy said that they usually don’t do that because debris collects after large rains and has to be cleaned out, but he would look at the possibility.

The meeting adjourned at 6:41 p.m, with the next meeting set for June 17 at Corwin Hall at 6:30 p.m. 

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