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City Council expedites Bike Trail Construction; approves pay raises (Audio included)

Bellefontaine City Council was a buzz with activity Tuesday night when they conducted their first meeting in March.

Ten ordinances, all coming from the finance committee, were passed and adopted. All but two bypassed the required three readings.

Two of the ordinances concerned the construction of the bike trail connecting Urbana and Bellefontaine.  Two concerned contracts signed to continue construction projects and repair damage caused to city buildings because of the June 29th windstorm.

Five ordinances approved 2% pay increases for city employees. The increases are retroactive to the beginning of this year.

The remaining ordinance allows for appropriations for current expenses.

Service-Safety Director Jim Holycross reported that it has been a year since the city has begun selling their used physical assets through the website govdeals.com. Sales through the site have generated $82,100 in income for the city.

Police Chief Brandon Standley announced that 14 members of the department’s police academy will graduate May 2nd.

Chamber of Commerce head Paul Benedetti shared that the county has 300 unfilled, available jobs.

Council heard presentations from two citizens. Robert Green of 117 West Brown Avenue expressed his concerns about the unhealthy living environment provided by his landlord. Law Director Howard Traul provided Green with a remedy for his predicament.

Craig and Kathy Weaver, the new owners of Tree Links Golf Course, presented council with the proposed physical changes that they want to make to the course and outlined their overall objectives. The plan requires access to city water and sewer services. The Weavers' concerns will be handled by councilman Dave Haw’s utilities committee.

Bellefontaine City Council will next meet on March 26th at 7:30 p.m.

Brannon talks bikes, pay raises and construction.

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