Council approves equipment purchases

Bellefontaine’s police and fire departments and the Bellefontaine Municipal Court can move ahead with equipment purchases after City Council members approved spending ordinances Tuesday.

Around $70,000 total will be spent to purchase eight in-cruiser camera systems for the police department; $28,600 for a heavy-duty pickup truck for the fire department; and $18,000 for a sedan the municipal court bailiffs will use to transport defendants for court appearances.

The current camera systems are outdated and no longer function.

Police Chief Brandon Standley said he has removed or disabled the systems because repairs are not possible.

The new cameras will provide better quality video. He was able to land more than $31,000 in grants to help pay for the units.

Fire Chief Andy Fissel reported his department has lined up a deal through Anderson Ford for a 2015 Ford F350 which will be used to haul equipment and trailers as needed for emergencies.

A Ford Explorer will be transferred to the police department for conversion into a cruiser.

The municipal court is switching from a large passenger van to a Ford Fusion as the court no longer needs to transport large numbers of defendants for arraignments and court appearances.

Judge Ann Beck has been utilizing video links to handle much of the court’s docket so jailed defendants do not have to leave the Logan County Jail.

The sedan will be more economical to operate.

Two other approved ordinances cleared the way for employment of two interns and three part-time police dispatchers.

One intern will work 160 hours in the engineer’s office and one will work with the administration to earn up to $1,000 in scholarship funds.

The three part-time dispatchers will replace Cindy Padgett who retired April 30.

The Rules Committee will meet at 4 p.m. June 5 to talk about zoning.

Council members next meet at 7:30 p.m. June 10.