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Council whips through short agenda

Three ordinances dealing with upcoming state highway projects and a measure to increase water rates were the four items on a short agenda Tuesday for the Bellefontaine City Council.

Diane Hager was the lone council member to oppose a first reading of the rate increase, while the other ordinances moved on with 6-0 votes.

Utility Committee Chairman Dave Haw reported water rates have been stable since 2010.

Supplying water is treated like a business enterprise and is supported fully by user fees.

The water fund is solvent, Mr. Haw said, but it does not have the necessary revenues to support future capital improvement projects, a key component in the business plan for the city operation.

If the measure is adopted, rates would go from a base of $12 per month to $14 per month which covers up to 2,000 gallons of water. Water usage above that would increase from $2.60 to $2.86 per 1,000 gallons of use.

Mr. Haw also reported City Engineer Tim Notestine estimates it will cost about $650,000 to run water and sewer lines to Tree Links Golf Course on County Road 10 near U.S. Route 33. It is 1.8 miles to the nearest city lines.

“That would have to be Tree Links’ cost,” Mr. Haw said, “unless council is feeling extremely generous.”

Two Ohio Department of Transportation ordinances dealt with projects on the Sandusky Avenue bridge over the CSX Railroad and the Main Street bridge over U.S. Route 33.

Both are rehabilitation projects and will cost the city nothing.

Each ordinance received a first reading.

A third ODOT measure was passed on first and final reading as it combined several previously passed ordinances into one. The project involves paving Main from Brown Avenue to the U.S. 33 overpass.

Council’s Finance Committee will consider a resolution in support of the Logan County Health District’s upcoming 0.75-mill operating levy. If it is approved, it would save the city from making a required $100,000 annual payment to the district.

The council’s next meeting is at 7:30 p.m. April 9.

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