Mayor Crissman Dubs March American Red Cross Month


Bellefontaine Mayor Dave Crissman declared March 2024 American Red Cross Month at the Bellefontaine City Council meeting Tuesday night. On hand to accept the proclamation was Uriah Langmeyer, a member of the Miami Valley Red Cross Chapter Outreach Team. Langmeyer discusses the importance of the proclamation:

Interested citizens can call 1-800-RED-CROSS to get more information about volunteering with the Red Cross.

The text of the proclamation is included below.

In his report, Service Safety Director Wes Dodds reminded the council that the eclipse is less than a month away. He urged citizens to be prepared for an influx of visitors, advising to have vehicle gas tanks filled up and other general preparedness steps. He reminded the council that all city offices would be closed that day. He said that the police department will be working 12-hour shifts and every firefighter will be working in case there is a need for response.

He said that all the city parks will be available for parking, especially Southview and Raetleff. Additionally, shuttles will be running to take folks to various locations.

Logan County Chamber of Commerce President Ben Vollrath spoke to the council and told them that the Downtown Business Partnership and the Chamber of Commerce have posted the position of Event Coordinator. Vollrath discusses the position: 

A detailed job description can be found at as well as the Chamber of Commerce Facebook page. More information is available by calling the Chamber at 937-599-5121.

In the Legislative portion of the meeting, two resolutions were adopted:

  • 24-23, a resolution that would authorize the Chief of Police to enter into a memorandum of understanding with the Logan County Sheriff’s office regarding participation in critical incidents, tactical operations, and training;
  • 24-24, a resolution that would name the Bellefontaine Engineer as a member of the District 13 Ohio Public Works Integrating Committee, with the Service Safety Director as the alternate;

Additionally, several ordinances were given various readings, including an ordinance involving prescription assistance services to city employees, appropriations for current expenses and other expenditures for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2024, naming Priority Power Management for electric and natural gas aggregation services, and the amending of several zoning ordinances.

The council will next meet on Tuesday, March 26, 2024, at 7:30 PM.

Below is the text of the proclamation read by Mayor Dave Crissman:

WHEREAS, March is American Red Cross Month – a special time to recognize and thank our Everyday Heroes – those who reach out to help their neighbors when they are in need; and
WHEREAS, This generous spirit is woven into the fabric of our community and advances the humanitarian legacy of American Red Cross founder Clara Barton-one of the most honored women in our country’s history who nobly dedicated herself to alleviating suffering; and
WHEREAS, American Red Cross heroes are on the front lines every day. They volunteer their time, give blood, take life-saving courses, or provide financial donations to help those in need; and
WHEREAS, We would like to recognize our heroes here in Bellefontaine who continue to provide help to those in need. They work tirelessly to help in times of disaster when someone needs life-saving blood or the comfort of a helping hand. They provide round-the-clock support to members of the military, veterans, and their families, and teach lifesaving classes in CPR, aquatics safety, and first aid; and
WHEREAS, Across the country and around the world, the American Red Cross responded to hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, and wildfires; and
WHEREAS, When an injured service member ended up in a hospital far from home, the American Red Cross offered comfort. When a hospital patient needed blood, American Red Cross blood donors helped them. When a lifeguard jumped in to save a drowning child or someone stepped up to help a heart attack victim, the American Red Cross was there; and
WHEREAS, We dedicate the month of March to all those who support the American Red Cross’s mission to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies. Our community depends on the American Red Cross, which relies on donations of time, money, and blood to fulfill its humanitarian mission; and
NOW, THEREFORE, I, David A. Crissman, Mayor of the City of Bellefontaine do hereby proclaim March 2024 as American Red Cross Month. I encourage all citizens to support this organization and its noble humanitarian mission.