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Council committee meeting date moved to Aug. 31

The Village of Bluffton’s Streets, Alleys, Lights, and Sidewalks Committee meeting scheduled for Sept. 8, has been rescheduled to Monday, Aug. 31, 2015 at 7 p.m., according to Nancy Kindle, village fiscal officer.


Looks like Bluffton school board is ready for the new school year

Based on Monday's Bluffton school board agenda, you'd think that school is about to start. Of course, it is.

The agenda includes offering of several last-minute back-to-school agenda items.

Among these are:
• Activity account transfers
• Contracts and assignments for several supplemental positions
• Substitute teacher contracts
• Saturday school supervisors

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

Major changes coming to several Main Street intersections prior to school starting

A major change is coming to several Main Street intersections this month.

During Monday’s council meeting, Jamie Mehaffie, village administrator, will update council on a Main Street street marking project scheduled to take place before Aug. 31 by Zimmerman Painting.

Street and Alley Committee meets Aug. 17

Bluffton council has the following meetings set on Monday. Aug. 17, in the third floor of the town hall:

• Streets and Alleys Committee, 7:30 p.m.
• Council, 8 p.m.
• Public hearing, Marcum-Wenger alley vacation, 8:15 p.m.

Shannon Cemetery Commission's first meeting is Thursday evening

The newly-appointed Shannon Cemetery Commission’s initial meeting is at 7 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 6, in the first floor dining room of Maple Crest, just off Augsburger Road.

Mayor Judy Augsburger announced at Monday’s council meeting that Nathan Ulrey will chair the commission. She named the commission members in July.

Other members are John Murray, Evan Skilliter, Fred Rodabaugh, Bob Amstutz, Samuel Diller, Richard Boehr, Harriett Moyer, Jesse Blackburn, David Steiner and the mayor. Paula Scott, a non-voting member, is the commission recorder.

Council's safety services committee looks at College-Main intersection issues

Bluffton council’s safety services committee discussed the College-Main intersection during a noon meeting on July 28.

The minutes reflect several points discussed. Those include:

• Greg Denecker, Bluffton school superintendent, agreed to place information in a letter to school-age parents regarding cross walk safety.

• Requested the superintendent to talk with teachers and bus drivers to raise awareness of cross walk safety.

• The village will provide safety coloring booklets to students in grades one, two and three.

New persons appointed to village Board of Zoning Appeals

Three persons have replace retiring members of the Bluffton Board of Zoning Appeals, according to Judy Augsburger, mayor.

New members are Nate Bogart, Deb Weihrauch an Don Burris. Paula Scott is an alternate.

Retiring members are Gordon Diller, Dave Miller, Bill Gable and John Harbison. 

The new members held an orientation session earlier this week. Their first meeting is at 6 p.m., Thursday, July 30 in the town hall to hear a variance request on Grove Street.



Two council committee meetings set

Two Bluffton council committee meetings are set for the next few weeks. Those meetings follow, with both meetings in the town hall:

• July 28 - Safety services, noon

• Aug. 3 - Street and alleys - discussion: Crossing on Main and College and policies and proceedures for vacating alleys, 7 p.m.


Mayor announces Shannon Cemetery Commission members

Mayor Judy Augsburger announced appointment of a commission to oversee the Shannon Cemetery during Monday’s Bluffton council meeting.

Members include: John Murray, Evan Skilliter, Fred Rodabaugh, Bob Amstutz, Nathan Ulrey, Samuel Diller, Richard Boehr, Harriett Moyer, Jesse Blackburn, David Steiner and the mayor. Paula Scott, a non-voting member, is the commission recorder.

School board will act on $14,732,484 appropriations

Bluffton school board will act on approving its annual appropriations certificate on Monday.

The 2015-16 appropriations total $14,732,484, according to the July 20 board agenda.

In other action, as the board prepares for the coming school year, breakfast and lunch prices will be set. Proposed prices are:

• Breakfast
Elementary, middle, high school   $1.50
Adults     $2.00

• Lunch
Elementary  $2.50
Middle School $2.50
High School  $2.75
Adults   $3.25