Substantial infrastructure upgrades are on tap in the weeks ahead for the east side of Bellefontaine to accommodate a new housing development in the area.
An ordinance authorizing the city to advertise for bids for replacement of water lines and widening of pavement in the vicinity of 900 east Sandusky Avenue was passed Tuesday in a regular meeting of the Bellefontaine City Council.
The three reading rule was waived and council passed the ordinance on first reading only.
Work to replace existing water lines and expand lanes of travel in the area of the Hyland Hills Plaza is set to begin this fall, as construction of a new, residential apartment complex continues in that area.
Water lines will be replaced and a third lane of travel will be installed to be utilized as a turn lane for both east- and westbound traffic.
Tuesday’s meeting was conducted online through the Zoom virtual meeting platform, as council determined it was more prudent to meet via computer because of Gov. Mike DeWine’s statewide mask mandate. Council chambers have been closed to the public since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, but until the governor’s mask requirement, council was still meeting in-person.
Council emphasizes that residents may still have their comments heard by members and read into the record, no matter how meetings are being conducted.
Any submissions should include the full name and address of the individual sending the message to be read by council. Submissions should be sent by 6 p.m. on the Sunday prior to the next regular council meeting. The next regular city council meeting is 7:30 p.m. Aug. 11.