Chillicothe Council Considers DORA...and Again Hears About Piketon

Both Chillicothe's downtown, and North Plaza Boulevard hotels, are asking for a chance at a different kind of alcohol regulation. 

Randy Davies, head of the Chillicothe-Ross Chamber of Commerce, spoke on behalf of the "Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area," or DORA. 

This would allow serving of alcohol outside without fencing, or special permits to allow patrons to carry plastic containers of alcohol beyond one property but within only a certain area. 

Davies said the state created the legislation in April, and it has met with success in towns such as Worthington and Hilliard.  He said a DORA has the ironic effect of REDUCING drinking because patron aren't cooped up in one location. 

The DORA allows up to 80 acres, which has been mapped to include the downtown as well as the four hotels across the river.  

The deadline to pass the proposed legislation is January 5th. 

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The low-grade radioactive dump...or waste the decommissioned Piketon Atomic Plant, again dominated the public session in Chillicothe Council Monday evening. 

Representatives of the facility brought in ten-foot displays and spoke in favor of the project - while opponents again blasted it. 

Council did not read their resolution opposing the project, meaning it will return at second reading. 

Jean Kerney called for a committee meeting 6:15 Wednesday to discuss the resolution, which they sponsored, and then to probably call for a review session next Monday. 

Kerney said she doesn't expect any change, but wants to allow more fact-gathering.  

Chillicothe Council had heard about the topic September 25th, October 9th, October 16th, and November 13th

Council also met in executive session regarding the sale or lease of property. 

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

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