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May 23, 2019

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John George, Sue Epp, Bluffton teachers, retirements announced

2019 Bluffton HS graduates listed

Bluffton school board will approve the list of 2019 graduates at Monday’s board meeting. The list is attached at the bottom of this story.

Also on the agenda is the announced retirement of John George, high school teacher. He joins Sue Epp, middle school teacher, who announced her retirement last month.

Several supplemental coaching contracts for next school year are on the agenda.

The Bluffton Public Library budget hearing date and a five-year revised forecast from the school treasurer, covering 2019-2023, will be considered for approval.

Council approves resolution in support of USDA Development loan

Bluffton council passed a resolution of support for the application of Bluffton University to a United States Department of Agriculture Development Loan on Monday.

A copy of the resolution is attached at the bottom of this story.

ODOT planning I-75 rehab project around Bluffton

Will also affect SR 103 ramps

Bluffton council will hear an update on a plan by the Ohio Department of Transportation to rehabilitate a section of Interstate 75 on Monday evening.

The project involves a stretch from the bridges over Riley Creek in Allen County to just south of the State Route 235 interchange in Hancock County,

The rehabilitation includes resurfacing I-75 and the ramps at State Route 103, and the repair of bridges over County Road 33.

Three new teaching contracts offered for 2019-20

Additional first grade teacher hired due to increased first grade enrollment

Three new teachers were offered contracts for the 2019-20 school year during the April 15 Bluffton school board meeting.

One-year contracts were offer to:
• Jacob Allton, middle school math
$38,755, 150 hours, Step 0

• Nicole Winhover, middle school science
$40,729, BA, Step 3

• Brooke Unterbrink, first grade
(additional first grade teacher due to larger class coming next year)
$38,755, 150-hours, Step 0

Winhover replaces Sue Epp who is retiring at the end of this school year.

Council approves swimming pool admission charges and wages for staff

Bluffton council approved the final reading of a resolution establishing 2019 admission charges and wages for the staff of the Bluffton Community Swimming Pool. The resolution is attached at the bottom of this story.

Beaverdam Contracting awarded Jefferson Street projects

Bids came in below engineer's estimates

Bluffton council awarded bids to Beaverdam Contracting, Inc., of Bluffton, for both Jefferson Street projects planned for this spring and summer.

Council meet in a special meeting on Monday to award the bids. Bids were opened on March 15. Jesse Blackburn, village administrator, said that the winning bids are lower than the engineer's estimate for both projects.

Engineering estimates combining both projects were listed at $1,242,264. The winning bids totaled $961,498, or $280,766 below the estimate.

Two projects were bid and all bidders are listed below:

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