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Museum bid comes in $200,000 under estimates

Council members steamrolled through the final legislative step Tuesday to begin construction of the Logan County Historical Society’s Transportation Museum.

Even though no city money will be used on the project, Bellefontaine’s city officials are now authorized to sign a $2.69 million contract with Robertson Construction Services Inc. of Heath to build the museum addition onto the society’s Orr Mansion, 521 E. Columbus Ave.

The winning bid was $200,000 below estimates, City Engineer Tim Notestine reported.

Funding for the project has come from state and private sources. However, the city is acting as the fiscal agent for the project, a step that will provide public accounting of how the money is spent on the project.

A groundbreaking ceremony is set for 3:30 p.m. Nov. 2 at the mansion.

In other action, the council passed a first reading of supplemental appropriations for the Bellefontaine Municipal Court; this year’s massive paving program which is about 70 percent done; and enterprise fund project funds.

None of the added spending will impact the city’s general fund, the primary source of money for public safety operations and some administrative services.

City Auditor Jack Reser said he expects at least one more such measure before the end of the year as department heads try to cover operational costs for 2012.

A similar measure from the previous meeting — this one increasing resources for police equipment and donations and city income tax refunds — passed on a second and final reading.

Money from the Dr. Earl Sloan Foundation will soon be distributed to 25 Bellefontaine High School students to purchase clothing. Each student will receive a $60 voucher that can be used at select local retailers.

The council’s next meeting is at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 13.

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