More than $2.7 million flowing into city projects

Bellefontaine-administered public works projects will total more than $2.7 million this year.

Most of the money is coming from sources outside the city’s general fund, and, in the case of paving west State Route 47, Bellefontaine has to pony up $80,000 for its share of the $400,000 Ohio Department of Transportation project.

The city also will have to spend around $15,000 for sidewalk ramps that are compliant with the Americans With Disabilities Act.

ODOT and the Ohio Department of Development figure heavily in several of the larger projects listed on a white board in the office of Service-Safety Director James Holycross.

The state agencies are helping cover most of the $340,000 Henry Street extension as part of AcuSport Corp.’s $12 million expansion and the $300,000 Foundation Drive development off County Road 32.

Bellefontaine will cover water, sewer, storm drainage and light portions of the projects using enterprise and special revenue funds.

Foundation Drive will be a 1,200-foot city street into Link Commerce Park.

M3, a division of Dublin, Ohio-based IEG Plastics, expands its business into a  33,000-square-foot facility there and will create 40 to 80 jobs within three years.

Williams Avenue near West and Troy streets is in line for a road rebuild complete with new curbs, gutters and sidewalks.

Most of the $270,000 project will be covered by a Community Development Block Grant for low- to moderate-income neighborhoods.

Bellefontaine’s portions will include storm water improvements and paving the road.

The city’s sewer and water funds will cover a $280,000 project to extend a sanitary sewer line along Township Road 179 from Whispering Pines Apartments to County Road 10.

A lift station will be moved from the apartment area to C.R. 10.

In conjunction with the project, a new 12-inch water line will be run from the Hi-Point Career Center water tank to a main along Sloan Boulevard.

The $85,000 project will replace an existing six-inch main.


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