During audience participation segment of Feb. 13 council meeting
Posted by Fred Steiner on February 14, 2017 - 4:34pm
Two Bluffton residents received no answer to their question, “Why did the village get rid of its administrator?”
The question was posed to Mayor Judy Augsburger during the Feb. 13 Bluffton council meeting. It concerned the Jan. 23 council termination of Jamie Mehaffie as village administrator. He held the position for 13 years.
During the audience participation segment of the meeting Joe Schorer and Mitch Giesige each raised the question to the mayor.
Several additional purchase items on Monday's agenda
Posted by Fred Steiner on February 12, 2017 - 7:44pm
Bluffton council will consider approve several purchase requests on Monday.
The largest purchase is for a new dump truck. A quote through the state bidding system is $77,803. The village had budgeted $65,000 and eliminated several options, bringing the revised quote to $67,069.
Other purchase requests include: • Two mowers - $14,354 quote
• Adobe Pro Software - $3,920 quote for 10 users; village asked for quote for three users, which is not yet received (estimate is $1,200)
Okays $199,500 for materials, installation of new gym bleachers
Posted by Fred Steiner on February 10, 2017 - 3:09pm
Bluffton school board initiated the bid process for an 84-passenger transit school bus during its Feb. 8 board meeting. The board will open bids for the bus at 9 a.m., Wednesday, March 8, in the superintendent’s office.
The board also accepted a contract totally $199,500 for materials and installation of bleachers in the high school gym. The contract is with Hussey Seating Co., and Farnham Equipment Co.
The current bleachers are the original bleachers and are nearly 30 years old. The project could begin as soon as April and should be completed later in the spring.
Council passes emgergency legislation okaying the town's participation
Posted by Fred Steiner on January 24, 2017 - 4:35pm
Bluffton council reversed course on Monday and voted 6-0 by emergency to approve Bluffton being on the U.S. and State Bike Route network.
This means that Bike Route 25 between Lima and Findlay will pass down Bluffton’s Main Street.
The program is part of an Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) long-range plan, Access Ohio 2040. It’s a coordinated effort with local jurisdictions like Bluffton to get the bike route network in place.
Posted by Fred Steiner on January 24, 2017 - 2:56pm
Bluffton council voted to give $5,000 to the Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce this year.
Gen Akroyd, chamber director, made the request at the Jan. 23 council meeting. She said that the village collects hotel-motel taxes to promote the village and that the chamber would like $5,000 for promotional purposes.
Phill Talavinia asked if there is enough to also support Bluffton Center For Entreprenuers, which has also asked and received $5,000 annually for the past three years.
BCE has not yet asked for its village hotel-motel tax allotment.