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Possible SR 103 projects could start in 2022

Choice One holds second public meeting on State Route 103 corridor study

Although it sounds like a very long way off, it is possible that in 2022 two separate projects from the current State Route 103 corridor study could get underway.

Choice One Engineering hosted the second public meeting on July 6 of its corridor study. The entire project is still in the early planning stages.

The study was funded by $50,000 from Allen County Regional Planning and $15,420 from the Village of Bluffton.

The study considered points on State Route 103 from the Norfolk Southern Railroad to Pocono Drive on the east side of the interstate.

2018 village budget's general fund projected at $2,925,690

Council holds its 2018 budget hearing Monday night

Bluffton council will hold its 2018 budget hearing at 8:15 p.m. Monday during the July 10 council session. The proposed budget projects a general fund with a beginning balance of $2,925,690. The budget contains 21 pages of information.

Once the budget is approved – it is a fiscal roadmap for the village - the council acts on 2018 appropriations. That action generally takes place in the final meeting of 2017. The appropriations are much more clearly defined that the budget.

The proposed budget is attached at the bottom of this story.

Bluffton police receive over 500 calls for service in June

Third month in a row of 500+ calls; that nearly 20 per day

The Bluffton Police Department report that calls for service numbered above 500 for the third month in a row. In June the department had 537 total calls for service, which is an average of 17.9 calls per day.
Total Calls for Service (CFS) – 537
Total Reportable Offenses – 28
Traffic Crashes Handled – 3

June 1


Laffalot summer camp registration open through Sunday

For youth at BFR July 10 - 14

Registration for Camp Laffalot held at Bluffton Family Recreation is extended to  Sunday, July 9, according to Joseph Beagle, BFR director.

The camp will run from Monday to Friday, July 10-14. Persons with questions please browse the Camp Laffalot site or contact the director Pat Nymberg directly at  (513) 313-2076.

Laffalot Summer Camp offers youth ages 6 to 12 a week of fun-filled activities. Camp is held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Led by well-trained counselors, campers will spend the day playing high-energy sports and games that help them:

Boedicker performs during Saturday's Ride to Remember at Buckeye

You've heard him at the Bluffton Farmers' Market. Jim Boedicker, local performer, will be at the Saturday Ride to Remember from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. He will perform as bike riders return from their routes.

Boedicker will perform in the small shelter house at the Main Street side of the Buckeye.

In addition, The Dough Hook will sell lunches to riders and the general public. The Dough Hook will have lunches available in the shelterhouse.


Here's area road work from ODOT

The following is work scheduled to occur in the coming week on state highways in the Bluffton area.

Interstate 75 southbound ramps at Bluelick Road will be closed for one day each for sealing of bridge decks. The closures will occur generally from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day according to the following schedule. Work is being performed by the ODOT roadway services department:

Exit ramp from Interstate 75 southbound to Bluelick Road will close July 11.

Entrance ramp from Bluelick Road to Interstate 75 southbound will close July 12