Annexation resolution to build residential development approved on first reading
Bellefontaine City Council members were made aware Tuesday, March 14, during a regular meeting of the police chief’s intention to step down after nearly three decades of service on the department.
Police Chief Brandon Standley has submitted his resignation for the purpose of retirement. He has served 28 years in the Bellefontaine Police Department, including the last 12 as chief of police.
“You’ve helped our police department make great strides toward developing a top notch police force,” Mayor Ben Stahler said. “As mayor, and an old friend, (I wish you) all the best in your future endeavors.” An exact date has not yet been set for the chief’s retirement, but that it will happen, “in a few short weeks,” Mayor Stahler said.
Action taken by council during the meeting was headlined by approval on first reading of a resolution to annex some 70 acres of land on the east side of town in the area of Ludlow Road and Township Road 181 into the city of Bellefontaine from Lake Township.
Adoption of the resolution would pave the way for a housing development to be constructed in that area. The land is owned by LeVan Investments LLC, which is seeking to develop that tract of land just south of Bellefontaine Middle School into single- and multi-family residential housing.
Logan County Commissioners, as well as the city’s planning commission have approved the annexation and recommended rezoning the area R-3 that would allow for multi-family residences.
Some public concern was expressed during a hearing on the annexation conducted before the regular council meeting. Increased traffic and the potential for flooding are issues of concern.
City administrators have said they will work closely with developers to look into traffic patterns as well as ways to mitigate flooding.
City council meets again March 28.