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School board acts on resignations and hirings

Bluffton school board will act on several resignations and hirings during its Thursday, June 23, board meeting. Action anticipated includes:

(The entire June 23 agenda is an attachment at the bottom of the story)

Council hears final reading of water-sewer surchange tonight

On Monday evening, Bluffton council will act on the final reading of an ordinance set a surcharge on water and sewer accounts in the village.

The surcharge is based upon meter size. The range of meters in the village is from 5/8 inches all the way to 6 inches.

The accompanying charge shows the monthly surcharge.

Council will also act on adopting 2016 asphalt sealing project schedule. Street and alley committee has recommended using Nonnemaker, a Columbus Grove firm, for this project, at a cost of $11,870.

Council awards bids on two major village projects

On Monday Bluffton council awarded contracts for two major village projects to begin this summer.

West side interceptor sanitary sewer project
Council awarded the project to Beaverdam Contracting, Inc. The firm provided the low bid on the project at $1,444,767.

"We received four bids for the interceptor project, ranging from $1,444,767 to $1,743,672," Jamie Mehaffie, village administrator, told council members. 

The project is anticipated to begin near the end of the month.

Council sets several committee meetings

Bluffton council set several committee meetings on Monday. Those meetings follow:

• Thursday, June 9, 5 p.m. - Finance committee, to discuss financing of west side interceptor sewer project
• Thursday, June 9, 6 p.m. - Special council meeting, to vote on second reading of water hike ordinance
• Tuesday, June 14, 6 p.m. - Insurance committee
• Tuesday, June 14, 6:30 p.m. - Street and alley committee, to review sealing of village parking lots

2nd reading of Bluffton water hike ordinance June 9

Bluffton council will  hold a special meet at 6 p.m., Thursday, June 9, in the town hall.

The purpose of the meeting is to discuss utilities and to vote on the second reading of Ordinance 9-16, which increases water rates in the village.

The ordinance's first reading passed on June 6.

Tree Commission meets June 7

The Village of Bluffton’s Tree Commission will meet at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 7, in the town hall, according to Nancy Kindle, village fiscal officer.




Here's Apollo Career Center's May 26 board agenda

Contracts for 2016-17 school year are a major item on the Thursday, May 26, Apollo Career Center school board agenda.

One of those items to be considered is the hiring of  Karen Falk, Family and Consumer Science instructor for the 2016-17 school year, on the Bluffton salary schedule and fringe benefits following the Bluffton school calendar.

The complete list of contracts to be offered and the May 29 board agenda is in an attachment at the bottom of this story.

If council passes water surcharge on Monday all water bills go up $19 per month

Bluffton council will consider the final reading of an ordinance that sets a surcharge on water and sewer accounts during its Monday evening meeting.

If enacted, the legislation will add $19 per month to every resident's water bill.

In other action, council will review a report of property maintenance violations going back to 2013 of a residence at 145 W. Riley St.

School board acts to approve 2016 grads on Monday

Bluffton school board will act on approving the graduates of the class of 2016 on Monday evening during the regular May board meeting.

The list is an attachment to this story, as is the Monday agenda.

Surcharges, Shannon Cemetery, Airport, garbage-refuse rates all on Monday's council agenda.

Bluffton council will act on nine pieces of legislation Monday covering everything from surcharges on water and sewers, Shannon Cemetery, Bluffton Airport, garbage and refuse service and pay rates.

Copies of the ordinances involved are part of the council packet, which is an attachment at the bottom of this story.

In other action, Jamie Mehaffie, village administrator, will provide updates on the village west side interceptor and waste water treatment plan project. Bids will go out on May 4 with bid openings May 27.