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Bridgeport City Council Plans for Future, Honors Girls' Basketball Team

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BRIDGEPORT -

Bridgeport City Council met Monday evening to discuss the city's future.

The council approved the second reading of the comprehensive plan update, and the budget for the 2013-2014 fiscal year.

The comprehensive plan is for the next five years.

"Every year we go back in and see how we're doing and if we're staying on course or not," said Bridgeport Mayor Jim Christie.

One of the main focuses of the plan is a need for housing.

"From now until 2025 we need an additional 1300 homes. It could be townhouses or apartments or single dwellings homes, but we need 1300 of them," Christie said.

And the city has an idea of where it wants to put those homes.

"One of the unique trends they are starting to see is called infield development. So we'll be looking within the city district to see if we can redevelop a site into four, five, six lots in something of that nature," said Randy Spellman, Director of Community Development for the city.

The plan also incorporates how to maintain the business climate and bring new business in.

The council also approved the budget for the 2013-2014 fiscal year. The budget for this year is about the same as last year.

"The budget this year is $13,750,000. It's an increase of about ½ of 1% from last year's budget," said Christie.

Mayor Christie said the city tries to be conservative with the budget.

"It's really a bare bones budget. A lot of the big projects we wait to see if there is any fund balance at the end of the year," Christie explained.

The Council also presented the Bridgeport High School Girls' Basketball team with a proclamation after winning the state championship.

"They made the city proud and I think that when a group of girls who have worked so hard over the years, accomplish such an honor, they need to be honored," said Christie.

Bridgeport High School's quiz bowl team also recently won a state championship and Christie said when students and athletes accomplish things like that it makes the city proud and boosts morale.