Bellefontaine City Council Approves School Resource Officer


The Bellefontaine City Council met in regular session Tuesday evening.

After some usual city business, several ordinances were passed on second reading, including the creation of a School Resource Officer for Bellefontaine City Schools. Mayor Ben Stahler explains what the next steps are to filling that position:

Ordinances for 1st reading:

  • A resolution authorizing and directing the police chief of the city of Bellefontaine to apply for and accept a Loves community grant to purchase two tactical electronic devices.
  • A resolution declaring the necessity of levying supplemental income taxes in the City of Bellefontaine, Ohio, in excess of one percent for purposes of Parks and Recreation and providing for the submission of said questions for the approval of the electors thereof.

Ordinances for 2nd reading:

  •  An ordinance to approve, adopt and enact the 2023 replacement pages to the codified ordinances of the City of Bellefontaine.

Ordinances for 2nd reading and final were passed & adopted:

  • An ordinance authorizing the Service-Safety Director and Police Chief to enter into a memorandum of understanding with the Bellefontaine City School District for the provision of a seasonal School Resource Officer.
  • An ordinance vacating that certain public East-West alley between lots 1901 and 1934 on the North and lot 1902 and lot 1935 on the South, in the City Of Bellefontaine, Lake Township, Logan County, Ohio.
  • An ordinance vacating that certain public North-South alley between lot 416 on the West and lot 415 on the East, and that certain public East-West alley between lot 415 on the North and lot 418 on the South in the City of Bellefontaine, Lake Township, Logan County, Ohio.

Mayor Stahler reported that the Planning Commission is working closely with two entities to bring new housing to Bellefontaine. Ludlow Ridge will include over 300 living units and will be located at the intersection of Ludlow Road and Township Road 181. A second, smaller addition of condos will possibly be built near Kelley Way & The Lake Addition. Former City Council Member, Rick Gildow was appointed for a six-year term on the Planning Commission.

City Law Director, Josh Stolly, announced to the council that Jim Gudgel of Sidney is the new Municipal Court Prosecutor. Gudgel took his position on July 3rd. Stolly encouraged council members to stop by the Municipal Court to introduce themselves and welcome him to the community.

You can catch the next Bellefontaine City Council Meeting on Tuesday, July 23rd at 7:30 PM in council chambers.