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Holycross announces intent to retire, Council hears report on broadband (Audio included)

Service/Safety Director Jim Holycross announced his intent to retire during Tuesday night's Bellefontaine City Council meeting.

Holycross intends to retire on May 4th after 36 years with the city.

Holycross was a firefighter for Bellefontaine from August 1982 to 2000. He became fire chief in 2000 and served in that capacity until former-Mayor Adam Brannon took office on January 1, 2008 and named him service/safety director. In the fall of 2014, Mayor Stahler was appointed to replace Brannon and kept Holycross as his service/safety director.

Mayor Stahler gave this comment about Holycross, "Asking Jim to become safety/ service director was a bold move for Adam Brannon’s early days in office. When I became Mayor, I couldn’t imagine anyone else taking his place. It is a vital role in our local government, and Jim has what it takes. Jim is thoughtful, well organized, and easy to get along with. He has been a true "visionary" for our community. Jim always kept the best interest of our community in mind when making decisions. Jim and I would both give lots of credit to the teamwork of our managers and associates that work for the city. Mr. Holycross can be very proud of the work that has been accomplished over his last ten years as service/safety director. His efforts will be seen for many years to come in our community."

Click here to view Holycross's letter of intent.

Holycross discusses his decision.

Chamber of Commerce President Paul Benedetti reported to council about a collaborative effort in the county. The city has teamed with the county, Logan County Chamber of Commerce, NetGain, and the Logan County Electric Cooperative to conduct a survey on citizens' broadband use and access. The goal of the survey is to allow the county and city to apply for some of the state and federal initiatives regarding technology upgrades.

Benedetti comments on the opportunity.

Two ordinance were adopted.

The first ordinance was adopted on third reading and increased the work hours for the clerk of court and deputy clerks for the Bellefontaine Municipal Court. Previously the employees had worked 37.5 hours per week. The clerks will now have a 40-hour work week.

The second ordinance was adopted on first reading. The ordinance will purchase improvements for Clarifier Number One at the Bellefontaine Waste Water Treatment Plant on Troy Road. The ordinance had the three reading rule waived because it could take longer than six months to receive the equipment for the project.

Bellefontaine City Council will meet again on February 27th at 7:30 pm.

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