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Two residents express concerns about trash pick-up (Audio included)

Donna Stephenson and Amber Newkirk addressed Bellefontaine city council Tuesday night during council’s first meeting of 2018.  They both have unresolved issues with their trash being picked up.

Stephenson told council that the company will not empty her garbage cans.  She called the company seven different times to complain.  Each time they failed on their promise to empty the cans.  She told council that the company will dispose of the blue bags she had to purchase.

The company told both Stephenson and Newkirk that their cans were too heavy. Neither Stephenson nor Newkirk contacted the utilities department or safety service director Jim Holycross’ office.

Mayor Stahler discusses medical marijuana status and first ordinance of 2018.

Holycross told them that residents are required by ordinance to pay for their trash disposal.  The company is contracted by the city and must meet certain expectations.  Holycross said that the main way the city finds out about whether those expectations are being met is from resident feedback.

Jim Holycross addresses trash concerns.

The first ordinance of the year was adopted.  The three-reading rule was waived.  Effective immediately BSI will handle the inspections of businesses and some residents of their backflow systems. It is a cost cutting measure by the city.  The three reading rule was waived because inspections need to begin in January.

Resident Jack Haven again addressed council supporting the allowing of medical marijuana to be dispensed in the city.  Haven appeared at the public hearing the city conducted on the issue in December.  Council president David Henry assigned the issue to the Diane Hager led Rules Committee. No ordinance in support or opposition to medical marijuana has been generated from that committee.

Council approved Mayor Ben Stahler’s three recommendations to fill expired Planning Commission terms.  Jeff Martin and Fred Brentlinger were already members. Joenee Purcell was a first-time selection.

This meeting served as the organizational meeting for 2018.  Deb Baker was approved as President Pro Tempore.  Bonnie Campbell was again approved as the clerk.  Council remains intact after the recent election but changes were made to the committee chairs.  Zeb Wagner heads Finance, Diane Hager lead Rules, Peter DeSomma- Safety, Kyle Springs-Utilities, Allen Hadley-Streets, Deb Baker-Sidewalks, Curbs and Parks and Mick Lile-Audit.

Code Enforcement officer Wes Dodds told council that 767 code violations were reported in 2017. Grass violations were the most common with 319.  556 of the 767 were resolved.

Police Chief Brandon Standley told council that Amber Balling has been hired and has begun training as the new dispatcher.  She replaces Krista McDonald who passed away on October 14th of last year.

Council will next meet on Tuesday, January 23rd at 7:30 P.M.  

We encourage open dialogue among people who may disagree. Difficult conversations must be had sometimes to make progress. If you disagree, please disagree respectfully. Cruelty will not be tolerated. This is a family friendly group.
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