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September 17, 2019

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No parking 3 to 5 a.m. signs will go

Ordinance will remain in effect

Bluffton council’s streets and alleys committee covered 18 topics in its 77-minute meeting on Sept. 4.

Among items on its agenda included an agreement – approved by the full council on Sept. 9 –  to remove "No parking 3 to 5 a.m. - without permit" signs on 10 village streets.

The signs were installed during an era when Bluffton University students were parking on these streets due to the lack of parking areas on campus. That parking issue was later addressed by the university, making the signs a moot point.

2 overnight trip requests on Monday's agenda

7th graders at Camp Berry; 8th graders to D.C.

Bluffton school board will act on two overnight trip requests for middle school students planned later this school year.

Action is part of Monday’s school board agenda. The two overnight requests have become traditions in the middle school. They are:

• Seventh grade Camp Berry trip – Outdoor school at Camp Berry, Arlington, from Oct. 16-18.

• Eighth grade Washington, D.C. trip – from May 18 to 21, 2020.

The agenda also includes action on several substitute and supplemental contracts.

Monday’s agenda is attached at the bottom of this story.

License plate fees will increase $10 in the village this fall

Village could save $1,639 per year through AEP incentives

Bluffton drivers will start paying an additional $10 per license plate for each plate renewal starting this fall.

Bluffton council passed the first of three readings of legislation to create a levy on annual license taxes. Two separate ordinances of $5 each are passing through council.

Brought to council by its streets, alleys, lights and sidewalks committee, the taxes collected will be used for maintaining, constructing and improvement roadways and bridges in the village.

Jefferson Street bridge, Bluffton in Bloom and many other summer projects

Bluffton council gets update on construction

Bluffton council heard updates on several summer projects in the village during Monday’s council meeting.

• The Bluffton in Bloom committee continues working on the yet-to-be named public space in the former Presbyterian Church alley.

An assortment of seats, tables and planters are now in place. Several donations are making the project possible. Those donors include J&D Snyder Excavating, Bluffton Stone Co., Patriot Concrete and Bluffton Presbyterian Church.

• Within the next two weeks Hohenbrink Excavating will finish the West Elm Street project.

Capital improvements report at mid-year

Four major 2019 projects total cost $1.4 million

At the year’s mid-point, Bluffton council reviewed its 2019 capital improvement budget.

The review took place during the July 8 council meeting. A copy of the budget is at the bottom of this story.

New projects on this year’s budget total $2.6 million. The major projects include:
• $827,341 East Jefferson Street reconstructions
• $113,200 East Jefferson Street water/sewer improvements (from Main to Vance)
• $137,000 Village communications update
• $353,2723 East Jefferson Street water/sewer improvements (from Huber to County Line)

2019-20 school appropriations $19,952,960

2 teacher hirings, 1 resignation on tonight's board agenda

Bluffton school board will act on its 2019-20 appropriations at the July 15 school board meeting. The appropriations total $19,952,960. Also, on the agenda is action on two teacher hirings and one teacher registration.

Amanda Temple resigned as middle school science teacher. She joined the teaching staff last year.

Amanda Markley will be offered a one-year teaching contract (master’s, step 13) at $62,848; and Natalie Townsend will be offered a one-year teaching contract (master’s, step 1) at $41,789.

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