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October 13, 2015


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Council committee meetings set for October

Several Bluffton council related meetings were announced at Monday's council meeting. These follow:

• Oct. 15 - Finance committee, town hall, noon
• Oct. 15 - Airport Commission, airport, 7 p.m.
• Oct. 15 - Shannon Cemetery Commission, town hall, 7:30 p.m.
• Oct. 19 - Fire station, space review by council, 7:30 p.m.
• Oct. 19 - Bluffton council, town hall, 8 p.m.


Village to receive $1,121 in payment salt price-fixing settlement

Bluffton council will hear updates on several fall village projects on Monday. 

Jamie Mehaffie, village administrator, will provide current information on many of those projects. Here's a summary of his anticipated report:

The village had a preconstruction meeting for the Trihalomethane Removal System project last Thursday. As long as fabrication moves forward as scheduled, the contractors are scheduled to begin the installation of the TRS the last week in October.

Regional Planning commits $50,000 for traffic study on SR 103

A much-needed study of Bluffton’s busy State Route 103 corridor between Interstate 75 and County Line Road is in motion.

Monday evening Bluffton council is prepared to approve preliminary legislation to authorize the study.

The Transportation Coordinating Committee (TCC) of the Lima-Allen County Regional Planning Commission has approved $50,000 for the study. No Bluffton funds will be used unless the study exceeds $50,000. At that point, the village contributes to the project.

Three staff advancement approvals on Sept. 14 school board agenda

Bluffton school board will consider several contracts, assignments and advancements at its Sept. 14 board meeting.

On the agenda includes certificate advancement for three teachers:
• Rebecca Boblitt
• Jaime Combs
• Kyle Cutnaw

Supplemental contracts will be offered to 12 persons involving winter sport coaching positions. The sports include:
• Girls’ varsity basketball
• Boy’s varsity basketball
• Boys’ freshman basketball
• Middle school volleyball
• Varsity wrestling
• Middle school wrestling

Cemetery Commission will get community input through a survey

The Shannon Cemetery Commission, meeting Sept. 3, agreed to use a survey devised by one of its members to get a pulse of the community's views on the cemetery's future.

Harriet Moyer of the commission created the survey that was approved by the commission.

"This is an outreach attempt to look at other segments of the community," she said about the survey.

The survey is an attachment at the bottom of this story.

Alley closing legislation on council's Tuesday agenda

Bluffton council will act on legislation that provides a stated proceedure to close an alley in the village.

The first of three readings of the ordinance is on Tuesday's council agenda. If enacted one of the parts of the process includes an alley vacation checklist. Here is the checklist under consideration: 

School superintendent provides update of school system; lists permanent improvement projects

By Greg Denecker 
Bluffton school superintendent

We hope you have had a great summer and have been able to spend some time with family and friends.


Apollo board meets Aug. 31

Apollo Career Center board of education will meet at 7 p.m., Monday, Aug. 31. Bluffton's representative on the board is Brad Fruchey.

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

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.