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Council tables Henry Street ordinance indefinitely (Audio included)

Bellefontaine City Council indefinitely tabled an ordinance Tuesday night that finally closes the negotiations with Robinson Investments concerning the Henry Street extension.

The ordinance was on and off council’s agenda for several months. Mayor Adam Brannon explained that negotiations with the Robinsons were lengthy. The ordinance was a backup plan in which eminent domain would be enforced in case an agreement couldn’t be reached.

The Robinsons received $50,000 for the property. The money comes from a state grant that is funding the construction project.

Service-Safety Director Jim Holycross indicated that those driving in downtown Bellefontaine will soon see additional signs indicating where public parking is. Holycross explained that public parking, though ample, is sometimes difficult, especially for outsiders, to find. Holycross said that universal blue “P” signs will soon appear on downtown streets directing drivers to available lots.

Brannon told council that $300,000 needed for the bike project has been raised. However, because the process to raise the money has lasted 2.5 years, Brannon estimates that another ten to twenty thousand is needed. Bids for the project begin Friday morning at ten.

Brannon discusses Henry Street and bike project.

Holycross is excited about the potential installation of two electrical vehicle charging stations at the parking lot across from the post office. Holycross indicated that infrastructure is already in place. Final negotiations to have them installed are nearly complete. Holycross appreciated the funding of Dayton Power and Light to make the stations possible.

Jim Holycross discusses city park signs and electrical stations.

An ordinance accepting certain real estate adjacent to County Road 32 North for a street right-of-way passed on first reading only. The ordinance would have waived the three-reading rule and been adopted but there were not enough council members present for that to happen. The right-of-way will be called Foundation Drive when adopted.

Jack Haven of Hi-Point Hyzers again appeared before council pleading for work to be done to get the disc golf course in Mary Rutan Park to full working order. Haven wants temporary baskets installed so that all holes are available. Haven appeared at the last council meeting and the last park board meeting expressing his concerns. Councilman Pitzer reinforced to Haven that he needs to continue to maintain contact with Park Superintendent Kris Myers.

Police Chief Brandon Standley announced that the Outreach Party planned at Deer Village for June 14th has been pushed to June 28th. 

Council next meets on June 24th at 7:30 p.m.

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