Parks & Recreation Director Dave Tener spoke to council about his five-year-plan, which he developed since his hiring in February in part to respond to concerns by Mayor Jack Everson. 

It was mentioned that this was probably the first such plan for the department.  Tener said he took specific recommendations from the "outstanding" master plan for the parks. 

Replacing playground equipment is part of it the five-year plan for all city parks. 

Parks & Rec chair Bill Bonner wanted the first two years of the plan endorsed by council on first reading, but decided against that, but decided against that after criticism. 

Bonner also introduced an ordinance to fund the first year of the plan during the session, but it was voted down after complaints that an almost quarter million dollar ordinance needs more time for review. 

He pointed of a few committee meetings where it was discussed. 

Bonner said endorsing a plan from a city department is unusual, but mentioned he did not know of any other department that has "a voted-in dedicated stream of money" like Parks & Rec. 

Kevin Coleman regularly reports on Chillicothe & Circleville councils and local culture