Bellefontaine City Council conducted the first of their two July meetings Tuesday night. Stray cats continue to garner a portion of the evening’s agenda.
Service-safety director Jim Holycross announced that a feral cat hotline established with the assistance and support of the Humane Society is now available for residents to call and provide information about significant numbers of stray cats in their area. The number is 651-3259. After a couple of months, council and the Humane Society will determine the problem, establish a solution, and apply for grants to assist in funding.
Council authorized on third and final reading the funding necessary for expanding the intersection of Main and Reynolds at the north end of Bellefontaine. The project is in conjunction with the Ohio Department of Transportation. ODOT will reimburse the city the money needed for the changes. Holycross expects crews to begin working in the area when the curbing project presently being done in the city is completed.
Holycross mentioned that the weather has slowed the completion of the street paving projects. Pouring concrete is not feasible in rain. Some flooding in the city has occurred but Holycross is satisfied with the pace in which the flooding has been handled.
Local businessman Will Zell, head of the Bellefontaine Entrepreneurial Center in downtown Bellefontaine, urgently pleaded council for financial support. The center provides support and funding to help beginning businesses establish themselves. Unfortunately, costs have been higher than revenue. Unless council can provide financial support the center will close. Zell reasoned that the center is a nonprofit entity and therefore the city would be assisting in promoting economic growth if they partnered with the center. Council took no action on Tuesday.
Parks and Recreation head Kris Myers addressed council and praised the junior track program run by Dr. Janet Dunn. Myers, however, could not identify specifically the reasons for the declining signups for youth football. Councilman Dave Haw, a long-time youth football coach, expressed his concern about the numbers.
Tom Reynolds of 312 East Auburn addressed council and expressed his concern about Safety Town being conducted on July 4th. Reynolds felt by doing so, the respect the holiday deserves was not being provided. Reynolds indicated that the dates for Safety Town should be the first week after the Logan County Fair.
Council next meets on July 23th at 7:30 p.m.
Holycross comments on three topics.