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Augsburger Road pathway project slated to start Sept. 21

Project completion date is Oct. 31

Work on the Augsburger Road pathway project will begin on Sept. 21. Jamie Mehaffie, village administrator, will update Bluffton council on the project on Monday.


When completed, the pathway will exend from Bentley Road (north side of Augsburger), to Maple Crest. A completion date is Oct. 31.

Mehaffie said that initially, construction will be limited to the areas of the project that are outside of the Bluffton University Nature Preserve.

Contracts and staff adjustments on school board's Monday agenda

An assortment of contracts and staff adjustments will be addressed at Monday’s Bluffton school board meeting.

Certified teacher advancements to be considered (each one master to master plus 15) are for Todd Boblitt, Janelle Bogart, Kimberly Fritsch and Stephen Lemley.

Kaye Phillips will be offered a classified contract as an educational aide. The board will also act on the resignation of David Glick as an educational aide.

Other staff action is listed in the board agenda, an attachment at the bottom of this story.

Bluffton council committee meeting schedule set

Several Bluffton council committee meetings and other village-related meetings were announced at the Sept. 6 council session:

• Thursday, Sept. 8 - planning commission, 7 p.m.
• Tuesday, Sept. 13 - State Route 103 corridor study public meeting, 6 p.m.
• Wednesday, Sept. 14 - tree commission, 7:30 p.m.
• Thursday, Sept. 15 - airport advisory commission, 7:45 p.m.
• Monday, Sept. 19 - council meeting, 8 p.m.

Mayor Judy Augsburger set trick-or-treat night in Bluffton for 6 to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 27.

Public input meeting on SR 103 corridor study set Sept. 13

Meeting intended to gather feedback from public

 A public involvement meeting that focuses on the State Route 103 corridor study project takes place from 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 13, in the town hall.

According to Jamie Mehaffie, village administrator, the meeting is for the purpose of getting feedback and to gather information from residents and businesses along the corridor study area.

Choice One, the engineer firm on the project, has invited residents and businesses along the corridor to the meeting, according to Mehaffie.

Bluffton Airport on Monday's council agenda

Bluffton council will be updated on work at the Bluffton Airport on Monday.

Jamie Mehaffie, village administrator, has received a quote from Nonnemaker Asphalt Sealcoating of Columbus Grove to seal the asphalt at the airport.

The Airport Commission intends to paint a compass rose on the airport apron. The asphalt needs to be sealed before the compass is put in place.

Several coaching supplemental contracts on Monday school board agenda

Bluffton school board hopes to put on the final touches in preparation for the coming school year on Monday night.

The board will act on several coaching supplemental contracts and substitute teacher contracts.

Also on the agenda, the board will act on accepting the resignation of Emily Kriegel, teacher, who accepted a contract in July.

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

Apollo board considers school bus purchase

Apollo Career Center board of education will meet at 7 p.m. on Monday, July 15, at Apollo.

One of the items on the agenda is to accept a bid from Cardinal Bus for a 72-passenger school bus at $75,178.

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

Over 300 voters call for referendum on water-sewer surcharge ordinance

Over 300 signatures of registered Bluffton voters were delivered to Nancy Kindle, village fiscal officer, on Monday.

The signatures are part of citizen-led initiative to referend Bluffton council’s Ordinance 9-16, passed on June 20.  The ordinance establishes a surcharge on water and sewer accounts in the village.

Those passing the petitions provided the following statement:

“If the ordinance went into affect a typical Bluffton family using 400 cubic feet of water per month will experience a 28 percent increase in their monthly water and sewer bill.

Elizabeth Cogley teaching resignation on Monday's school board agenda

Bluffton school board will act on a host of contracts at its July meeting on Monday.

In addition one teacher resignation will be acted up on.

Elizabeth Cogley, high school teacher and senior class advisor, has announced her resignation.

One certified employee contract will be acted upon for Emily Kriegel. Her’s will be a one-year contract and if hired she will enter the system as a master’s step 2 and will be offered a salary of $39,966.

Bluffton's north water tower renovation project starts soon

Interior paint renovation on the north Bluffton water tower (Snider Road) will begin next week.

According to Jamie Mehaffie, village administrator, the tower whille be out of service for four to five weeks to allow for adequate coating curing time.

The water tower project is one item in the administrator's report to Bluffton council on Monday evening.

During the meeting council will receive an update on a drainage project.