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January 15, 2019

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First council meeting of 2019

New village solicitor, several committee reports, $139,450 FFA grant

It will be a busy council meeting on Monday (tonight, Jan. 14), as the village governing body meets for the first time in 2019.

A 31-page agenda is attached at the bottom of this story

Among items on the agenda include the introduction of Elliott T. Werth, as the new village solicitor. He is with the Findlay law firm of Hackenberg, Beutler, Rasmussen and Feighner.

Several committee reports are on the agenda:

Bluffton school board reorganization meeting Monday

Bluffton school board will reorganize for 2019 at Monday's meeting. In addition, meeting dates will be set, and a few contracts will be offered.

The board's agenda is attached.

Bluffton council hires Findlay law firm for solicitor services in 2019

Stephen Chamberlain's contact was not renewed

Bluffton council switched solicitor’s on Monday.

The contract for Stephen Chamberlain, which expires on Dec. 31, was not renewed. Chamberlain of Lima, worked as village solicitor for over 10 years. No reason was given by council for the change on Monday.

Powerlifter supporters ask for school assistance

Nearly 30 students, parents, former students attend school board meeting

Nearly 30 persons attended Monday’s school board meeting to request assistance for a powerlifting group of students. Their requests went unanswered.

As an informal group, Bluffton students have participated in powerlifting competition for eight years. The specific request from the group was for the board to approve a volunteer to assist powerlifters in the Ricky Matter weight room.

At the present time there is no approved volunteer. Powerlifting is a winter sport. In Bluffton it is primarily a sport involving girls, however there are also boys who participate.

Bluffton council legislation directed to landowners of rented or leased properties

Will require landowners to report names of tenants to village

In its final regularly scheduled meeting of 2018, Bluffton council will finalize a three-month appropriation piece of legislation on Monday. Tonight’s meeting was originally set for Dec. 24, but moved to Dec. 17.

Several additional legislative pieces will be on the table. These include:
|• Ordinance to enable a comprehensive access management plan (2nd reading)
• Ordinance amending income tax ordinance to require landlords of rental or leased properties to report name of their tenants over the age of 18

School will act to proceed with 2 levies on May 2019 ballot

Both are renewals; one is for permanent improvements; the second is for general operations

Bluffton school board will take the next step on Monday to place two renewal levies on the May 7, 2019, Ohio primary election ballot. In November the board went on record to pursue the renewals. Monday’s action will state the board’s intent to proceed with placing the levies on the ballot.

The first renewal is for the permanent improvement one-half percent income tax first passed in May of 2007. It is renewed in three-year. It will expire Dec. 31, 2019, and generates $700,000 per year for the school district.