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Simon Kenton Bike Path discussed during council meeting (Audio included)

Bellefontaine Mayor Adam Brannon gave an update on the Simon Kenton Bike Path during a council meeting Tuesday.

Mayor Brannon reported that a conditional letter of approval from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources has been received for the Clean Ohio Trail Fund Grant. The $500,000 grant will be used to extend the Simon Kenton Trail from Urbana north through West Liberty and into Bellefontaine. Mayor Brannon also reported that the Simon Kenton Pathfinders have collected over $130,000 of the $300,000 needed to complete the project.

Mayor Brannon comments on the bike path.

Council adopted its 2013 temporary budget. The general fund is projected to amount to $7,508,706 and the total budget is projected to be $23,824,685. The city will be able to maintain its services going into 2013 and depending on revenue there is a chance that the budget could be balanced in 2013.

Council also adopted an ordinance that allows Service-Safety Director Jim Holycross to enter into contract with various vendors through 2013. Some of the contracts he is authorized to enter into are gasoline, street resurfacing, elevator maintenance, fire alarm maintain, and annual township ambulance and fire contracts.

Finance Committee Chair Mark Fissel explains the budget and ordinance.

An affinity agreement resolution with DPL Energy was adopted during the meeting. DPL Energy has an optional program that could save city residents on their electric rate. Residents who have not changed their rates from about nine cents per kilowatt hour could receive around a 35 percent decrease in their electric rate if they opt into the program. The agreement allows DPL Energy to offer the program to Bellefontaine residents.

Service-Safety Director Jim Holycross reported to council that an ODOT property was recently purchased at auction. Aldi purchased the property and is planning to build a new store on the parcel.

Holycross discusses the property and the affinity agreement.

Law Director Howard Traul reported that the city received $49,000 in attorney fee rebates from the Davila v. City of Bellefontaine case.

Police Chief Brandon Standley reported that a meet-and-greet will be held in council chambers Thursday at 7:30 pm for Arco, the new K-9 officer.

The next regularly scheduled council meeting was moved to Monday, December 17th at 7 pm.

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