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Mayor Brannon delivers State of the City Address (Audio included)

Bellefontaine Mayor Adam Brannon delivered the State of the City Address during a council meeting Tuesday.

Brannon opened by talking about the budget. He reported that 2012 was a positive year for the general fund. An improving economy and working with reduced budgeted and man power contributed to the gain in revenue that led to a positive budget. The 2013 budget is still being worked on and is currently set at 7.6 million with revenue projected to be 7.5 million.

Brannon also highlighted city projects. In 2012, the city saw the completion of the Water Meter Replacement Program and new efficient lighting around the walking path at Blue Jacket Park. In March, council plans to re-bid the Airport Hangar Project, which once built could be rented and will reduce the amount of airport funds transferred from the general fund.

Mayor Brannon also took time to thank the city's employees for the work they did following the June 29th storm.

Brannon highlights his address.

During the meeting, Police Chief Brandon Standley reported that the Civil Service Commission met Tuesday and approved promotional testing for the position of lieutenant and sergeant on the force. In March, Lieutenant Ron Birt will retire opening up his position. After a sergeant is promoted to lieutenant there will be two vacant sergeant positions. Standley says the force is also going through the hiring process.

Standley discusses his report to council.

Council adopted a Community Housing Improvement Program (CHIP) Funds Ordinance. The ordinance allows the mayor to advertise for professional services to contract for administration of CHIP Funds.

The City of Bellefontaine Council will meet again on February 12th at 7:30 pm.

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