August 29, 2014


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Bluffton Council/School Board

Council candidates submit interest to village by Sept. 10

Bluffton council will have a vacancy in September.

Interested Bluffton citizens, who have been residents for at least one year, may submit their letter of interest to Council President David Steiner by email

Or they may be mailed to:
Village of Bluffton
Attn: Dave Steiner
PO Box 63
Bluffton, OH 45817

Letters of interest are due by Sept.10.

Special council meeting Aug. 21 to discuss Kingsley replacement

Interested in becoming a Bluffton council member?

With Mitch Kingsley stepping down from council on Sept. 1, the council has 30 days to appointment his replacement. If council fails to do so, the appointment is made by Mayor Judy Augsburger.

On Aug. 18 Dave Steiner asked for a council-meeting-of-the-whole. The meeting is set from 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 21, in council chambers on the third floor of the town hall.

Steiner said that the purpose of the meeting is to discuss how the council should proceed in selected a new council member.

School board agenda focus on final preparations for 2014-15 school year

Bluffton schools start on Monday, Aug. 25, and the Bluffton school board will act on several items tonight (Aug. 18) to finalize preparations for the new school year.

On the board agenda includes:
• Executive session to discuss employment of personnel
• A long-term substitute teacher contract to Erin Oberly, effective Aug. 22
• Service resolution with Lugibihl Spray Service
• Substitute teacher action for 10 persons
• Approval of transportation routing plan
• Contracts and assignments for eight coaches

Insurance carrier's initial payment on town hall damage reaches $146,645

The Village of Bluffton's insurance carrier has okayed an initial payment of $146,645.64 for the damage caused to the town hall as a result of the sprinkler head that broke in May.


In his report to council, Jamie Mehaffie, village administrator,  will inform council that this amount was based on an initial claim of $174,378.98 submitted by the adjustor. It was reduced by the village's $1,000 deductible and $26,733.34 in depreciation.

Bluffton council has until end of September to appoint replacement for Mitch Kingsley

With the July 7 announcement by Mitch Kingsley that he will resign his Bluffton council post on Sept. 1, the council is again in the search for a new member.

The 30-day clock starts ticking on Sept. 1 for council to replace Kingsley. If that does not happen, Mayor Judy Augsburger will appoint his replacement.

Council has not announced whether it will directly appoint a replacement for Kingsley or will invite Bluffton residents to apply for the post.

Council will consider surveillance cameras at Service Department garage

On Monday, Bluffton council will hear a request for surveillance cameras to be placed at the village Service Department Garage on Spring Street.

Jamie Mehaffie, village administrator, says that for years the village has discussed placing cameras there.


Jessica Grandy offered assistant treasurer post

Jessica Grandey was offered a position with the Bluffton schools as assistant treasurer. The Bluffton school board approved offering Grandey the contract during a special meeting on July 26.

The contract is for two years with an annual salary of $39,000 for fiscal year 2015, with an exception for days not worked prior to commencement date of Aug. 6, 2014.


Special board meeting July 26

The Bluffton school board will meet in special session at 7:30 a.m., Saturday, July 26, according to Paula Parish, school treasurer. The meeting is in the superintendent's office.

The purpose of the meeting is to consider the hiring ao an assistant treasurer.

School board acts on $14,058,262 appropriations for 2014-15

Bluffton school board will act on approval of $14,058,262 appropriations for 2014-15 at Monday night's July school board session. 

In addition, as the new school year gets closer, the board will finalize several last-minute items. Among those are:

Town hall, Sunset Drive updates provided at Monday's council meeting

Bluffton council will hear several updates on village projects from Jamie Mehaffie, village administrator, during Monday’s council meeting. A summary of those updates follow. The complete council agenda is in an attachment at the bottom of this story.

Town Hall
According to the village insurance adjustor, he will submit the file to the insurance carrier this week. Supposedly, we should have a response in seven to 10 days.