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City looks to take sole possession of the former armory (Audio included)

Bellefontaine City Council heard the first reading of an ordinance Tuesday evening that would give the city sole possession of the former armory.

When the armory was taken out of service it was deeded back to the original property owners. The armory sits on two parcels of land. One parcel is owned by the county and the other by the city. The two entities have been sharing the building for the past several years and are currently looking to find a purpose for the building. The ordinance states that the county will deed its parcel over to the city and the city will then determine the future of the property. The ordinance could see up to two more readings before being adopted.

Service/Safety Director Jim Holycross comments on the ordinance.

Two ordinances were adopted on third reading. The first approves an agreement between the city and Bellefontaine Post Office, LTD regarding the former post office building. This allows the group to renovate the building. The city has promised $30,000 to the project. Due to the group taking over the project the city is saving roughly $34,000 to $40,000 because the building was set for demolition. The second ordinance adopted interest allocation and credit card policies. The policies will be used to establish procedures for fiscal management.

Two ordinances for first reading were adopted. The ordinances were time sensitive because the state contract purchasing program would be expiring in the coming weeks. The first ordinance purchased two trucks for the waste water department and one for the water department. The trucks were in this year's budget and will cost between $26,000 to $28,000. The second ordinance would purchase two interceptor cruisers for the police department. The cruisers are expected to cost between $33,000 to $35,000.

Finance Committee Member Zeb Wagner discusses the ordinances.

City Engineer Tim Notestine said that LeVan's Excavating will be conducting work in the north-south alley west of Main Street and north of West Columbus Avenue Wednesday. The work is being done for NetGain and could require an overnight closure.

A street committee meeting was scheduled for September 20th at 7:30 am. The meeting will discuss additional downtown parking and an alley vacation.

Bellefontaine City Council will meet again on September 26th at 7:30 pm.

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