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January 23, 2017


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Council acts on several 2017 contracts on Monday

Second reading of state route bike path through town also on agenda

Bluffton council will act on four pieces of legislation at Monday evening meeting.

Council will:
• consider the second reading of a resolution allow a state bike route through Bluffton.

• consider the first reading of a resolution entering an agreement with Johnny Appleseed Metropolitan Park District for 2017 cooperative park improvement grant funds.

Zoning hearing Jan. 24

 Bluffton Board of Zoning and Building Appeals will hold a public hearing  at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 24, in the third floor of the town hall.

The hearing is to consider a request for the approval of a Conditional Use of a hospital-owned parcel at 565 Harmon Road, currently zoned in the R-II Residential District.

The Conditional Use reqeust involves this property being used as a parking area for medical office use.

Ken Lugibihl will head Bluffton school board in 2017

Several additional appointments made at reorganization meeting

Ken Lugibihl will lead the Bluffton school board in 2017. He was elected board president at the Jan. 9 reorganization meeting. Here are other board appointments:

Bluffton council moves meetings in 2017

Fire department removes holiday garland on Jan. 7

Bluffton council moves its meeting dates in 2017. Meetings will take place at 8 p.m., on the second and fourth Mondays. (In 2016 meetings were held on the first and third Mondays.)

One additional village-related announcement from Jon Kinn, fire chief: Main Street holiday garlands will be taken down on Saturday morning, Jan. 7.

Brad Fruchey re-appointed as Bluffton's rep on Apollo board

Bluffton school board re-appointed Brad Fruchey to a three-year term on the Apollo Joint Vocational School District board during the Dec. 19 Bluffton board meeting.

His new term begins Jan. 11, 2017.

In other board action, the board set its 2017 reorganization meeting for 7:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 9.

A supplemental contract was offered to Lindsey Buettner as assistant middle school cheerleader advisor.

Other items on Monday's agenda are in the board packet attached to this story.

New structure in works for Bluffton police department

If approved by council police will add levels for lieutenant and corporal

Bluffton council will act on legislation on Monday created a new rank structure for the village police department.

Currently the department operates with a chief and a sergeant. All other police department members are officers.

The new structure, to be acted upon as an emergency ordinance – meaning passage required one read and the ordinance takes effect immediately - calls for the following structure:

2017 village appropriations expected to pass at Monday's council meeting

Village anticipates general fund balance on 12-31-17 at $2.4 million

Bluffton council is expected to pass its 2017 appropriations on Monday.

It projects $2,780,429 in the general funds on Jan. 1. Anticipated 2017 revenue totals  $2,493,446 and anticipated expenses totals $1,902,657. With $912,000 in anticipated transfers next year it is anticipated the village general fund balance on Dec. 31, 2017, will be $2,459,218.

There are several other items on Monday’s agenda, which is the final regularly scheduled council meeting of 2016.

The 2017 appropriations summary is in the council packet, attached at the bottom of this story.

13 legislative pieces on Bluffton council's Monday agenda

Final reading set to fill in village park pond

In year-end housekeeping action Bluffton council on Monday will act on 13 pieces of legislation, nine of which are by emergency. Council’s agenda, listing those pieces are an attachment at the bottom of this story.

One ordinance, which has caught attention of several Bluffton residents, is the final reading “authorizing and directing that the village park pond be filled in as soon as possible with construction demolition and other legal materials.”

Contracts, policy approvals, student teacher action on Monday's agenda

School board will also approve 2017-18 school calendar

Bluffton school board will act on several contracts, classroom assignments, student teacher action and one resignation on Monday.


The agenda includes:
• Three student teaching assignments
• One long-term sub
• Students for Other Students coordinator
• Three classified employee contracts
• One bus driver resignation
• Several supplemental coaching contracts

Council will act on legislation controlling dumping of dirt and constuction material

Leaf pick up continues until the end of the month

Bluffton council will act on three pieces of legislation affecting dumping of dirt and other debris in the village during its Monday council session.


Village park pond – Council wants the pond at the entrance of the village park on County Line Road filled in. Emergency action is planned, meaning the resolution will have one reading.