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Bellefontaine Council votes to correct Rutan Park boundary (Audio & Video included)

Bellefontaine City Council adopted an ordinance for a property exchange near Rutan Park Tuesday.

The exchange is the result of surveying that was done for a current sewer project in the area of Allison Road. The survey discovered that a fence built years ago as the park's boundary did not follow the property line. To resolve the issue, the property owners, Randall and Teresa Marker, and the city have agreed to exchange triangle parcels of property to correct the boundary.

Law Director Howard Traul also reported to council that funds have been secured from the Clean Ohio Fund to the Girl Scouts for Camp Myeerah. The Girl Scouts will then be allowed to convey the funds to the trust for public land. That will then deed the property to the city and a closing will be done within the next 30 days.

Traul discusses the property exchange and Camp Myeerah.

The finance committee had three ordinances adopted.

Council approved the permanent budget ordinance on its third reading. The overall budget comes to around $23,246,000 and the general fund amounts to around $8,339,000.

Council adopted an ordinance on its second reading for a contract with Flex Bank, Inc. The ordinance was passed due to insurance changes from the end of last year. The ordinance is for a healthcare reimbursement account for city employees.

Another ordinance purchased three vehicles for city departments. The street department will receive a one ton truck and a three-quarter ton truck to replace older vehicles. One will be fitted with a utility box and the other with a snow plow. The city also purchased a 2009 Crown Victoria K-9 unit cruiser from GovDeals.com for just over $10,000.

Finance committee chair Deb Baker comments on the finance ordinances.

Mayor Adam Brannon gave an update on the bike path project. He reported that funds are still being raised for the project match. Just under $22,000 is still needed. He also said a change has been made to the path's ending point. The end of the path is now set for Carter Avenue where a parking area will be built just east of the railroad. The original plan was to go to Lake Avenue then out to Southview Park but gaining access to the park was creating issues. The city is still talking to CSX about extending the path to downtown, but most likely that will have to be done through another project.

Brannon speaks about his update to council.

Bellefontaine Council will meet again on March 11th at 7:30 pm.

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Watch council vote on the evening's ordinances.

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