December 20, 2014


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Bluffton Council/School Board

Edmiston, Kindred, McKinley to retire at end of school year

Bluffton school board on Monday accepted the resignation of three teachers who have made lasting impacts on Bluffton students for several decades.

The resignations are effective at the end of this school year for:
• Mary Edmiston with 37 years teaching in Bluffton
• Julie Kindred with 17 years teaching Bluffton
• Susan McKinley with 24 years teaching in Bluffton

In addition to that action, the board approved several items including:

Council's Monday agenda loaded

It’s a packed agenda for Bluffton council on Monday. In addition to regular agenda items, Monday agenda includes:

• Final reading of 2015 appropriations
• Action that amends the sidewalk ordinance
• First reading of legislation proposing a water rate increase
• First reading of legislation proposing a sewer rate increase
• Fixing rates for Spring Street recycle center
• Action to vacate an alley on North Main Street.

Details on Monday’s meeting can be found in the agenda, which is an attachment to this story.

Utility meeting Dec. 15

The Village of Bluffton’s Utility Committee will meet at 7:30 PP.M. on Monday, Dec. 15, at the third floor of Town Hall.

Nancy Kindle
Fiscal Officer
Village of Bluffton

Village prepares for winter - here's the update

The Village of Bluffton is preparing for winter. Here's a portion of the report Jamie Mehaffie, village administrator, will give to Bluffton council on Monday. The entire council agenda is in an attachment at th bottom of this story.

Farm Leases
The advertisements for the two farm leases have been published  the last two weeks and we will be accepting those sealed bids until Friday, Nov. 21, at 11 a.m. At that time, the sealed bids will be opened and read aloud.

Supplemental contracts on Monday's school board agenda

Bluffton school board will take action on several supplemental contracts during its November board meeting on Monday evening.

Among those contracts include:
• class advisors
• middle school winter coaches

Also on the agenda is action on substitute teacher contracts at $80 per day for:
• Kayla Reffit, Sara Jackson, Bradley DeVier, Martin Jacobs

The board will also act on offering contracts for substitute secretaries, educational aides and long-term substitutes.

The complete agenda is in an attachment at the bottom of this story.

Village will proceed with Garmatter and Kibler water main projects

Fall is here. Bluffton village crews are current sweeping leaves from curbs. According to Jamie Mehaffie, village administrator, “The crew starts on one side of town and works its way to the other before starting the process again. With both residents and mother nature providing ample piles of leaves over the past week, it can easily take a number of days to make one pass through town.”

Mehaffie provided the leaf pick up progress and several other matters to council members on Monday, Nov. 3.

Board will act on resignations, contracts and student teaching assignments

Bluffton school board will act on several resignations, contracts and student teaching assignments during its Monday board meeting.

The complete board agenda is in an attachment at the bottom of this story.

• Hannah Slechter – high school head cheerleading advisor, effective Nov. 1
• Brianna Atkins – high school cheerleading assistant advisor, effective Nov. 1
• Julie Althaus – volunteer cross country, effective Aug. 1

Leaf pick-up will start within next two weeks - here's the details

Within the next two weeks, the Village Service Department will begin the annual leaf pickup throughout town, according to Jamie Mehaffie, village administrator. He will provide leaf pick-up details during Monday's Bluffton council meeting. 

The entire council agenda is in an attachment at the bottom of this story.

"As the mowing duties begin to slow down, we will begin picking up leaves on a part-time basis," he said.  "Depending on the weather and the leaves, we anticipate the leaf pick-up will last through the end of November."

Airport Commission meets Oct. 16

The Village of Bluffton’s Airport Commission will be meeting on Thursday, Oct. 16, at 7 p.m. at the Bluffton Airport, according to Nancy Kindle, village fiscal officer.

Board hires new school maintenance supervisor

Michael Wilson, transportation supervisor for Shawnee schools, accepted a contract as maintenance supervisor for Bluffton schools on Oct. 4.

He replaces Bob Holt who retires on Dec. 31. Wilson will begin his Bluffton duties on Nov. 3 during a transitition period. He accepted a two-year contract ending June 30, 2016, at an annual salary of $58,000.