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AcuSport reapplies for zoning agreement (Audio included)

Bellefontaine City Council heard some positive economic news at Tuesday night's regular meeting.

AcuSport has applied for a new enterprise zone agreement because the expansion project is going to cost more than the original $3,000,000. The project is now expected to cost closer to $12,000,000. The expansion, which is expected to be completed in the spring of 2014, will bring an additional 80 jobs to the city.

Jim Holycross talks about AcuSport.

An initial ordinance approving the 3 million dollar enterprise zone was approved last month. Council is expected to vote on the new agreement in two weeks.

Utilities Superintendent Vicki Stratton updated council about two items concerning trash collection. Pay-As-You-Throw, a trash-billing policy established in 1996, is being updated to encourage customers to recycle more and dispose less. Encouraging recycling brought concerns about the bins. The number of bins that have to be replaced has increased over the years. Bins cost approximately $8 to replace. Bar coding the bins is one way to keep better track of the location of the existing bins.

  Vicki Stratton discusses refuse changes.

Police Chief Brandon Standley reported that the first annual police academy is going well. The program is designed to orient 15 applicants with the day-to-day police operations. Eventually, the hope is to garner volunteers from this group to assist with various police-aided functions.

Council waived the third reading and adopted an ordinance allowing Service-Safety Director Jim Holycross to advertise for bids and enter into a contract with the successful bidder for sewer, water, and curb improvements.

Two ordinances were introduced to council. The first concerns a wage agreement between Bellefontaine and the Police Benevolent Association Union. The agreement calls for a 2% wage increase. The second concerns a clean trail project for the Urbana-Bellefontaine bicycle connector.  Holycross is hoping for funding from the state for the project.

Council will next meet on Tuesday, February 26th at 7:30 p.m.

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