Bellefontaine council meets in regular session


The Bellefontaine city council met in regular session Tuesday night and faced a light agenda.

In his remarks, Mayor David Crissman informed the council that he has been working closely with Service-Safety Director Wes Dodds and is becoming familiar with the committees he is now a part of and looks forward to working with the various city departments. Service-Safety Director Dodds echoed Crissman’s comments and said that the transition is going smoothly.

Dodds also thanked the city service crews for their efforts over the last few weeks, handling several waterline breaks in the frigid weather.

City Auditor Fred Brentlinger informed the council that the Airport Improvement Bond was paid off at the end of 2023. The bond, which went towards improvements at the airport, was completely paid using monies from the airport fund.

Police Chief Chris Marlow told the council that a new cruiser received by the department has been marked and will be scheduled for outfitting soon. He also received word that another cruiser that had already been ordered is scheduled to be built in March of this year. Marlow also said that the Tasers that had been purchased from a grant the department received have recently come in. Now, each officer will be issued a Taser.

The Legislative portion of the meeting saw several ordinances given readings. Two ordinances were passed on their first reading, one of which would allow a grant award management agreement with Ohio First Responders Grants, LLC, and the other that would allow for the application and acceptance of the Assistance to Firefighters grant to fund a new tanker truck. Chief Fissel talks more about the details:

Also, several ordinances were given their second readings, including one that would allow the Service-Safety Director to advertise for bids for the Garfield Avenue sanitary sewer improvement project and another that would allow for bids for street resurfacing this year. Another ordinance given its second reading would allow for bids for improvements to the Blue Jacket Park walking path. Kris Myers talks more about the path:

The council will next meet on February 13, 2024, at 7:30 PM.