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February 8, 2016

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Shannon Cemetery Commission meets Feb. 9

The Shannon Cemetery Commission will meet at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 9, in the third floor of the Bluffton town hall, according to Nancy Kindle, village fiscal officer.


Ralph Miller, new council appointee, has a long history in the community

Bluffton’s newest council member, Ralph Miller, 126 N. Jackson St., is a relative newcomer as a Bluffton resident, but his work in Bluffton goes back nearly a half century.
Miller was appointed to a vacancy on council on Monday. He is an eight-year Bluffton resident, however in 1969 his company, Ralph Miller Construction, built what is today the Chase building on South Main Street. At the time of its construction it was Central Savings Association.

Council will hear good news on Monday concerning TTHM levels in Blufton water

A Jan. 21 report from the Bluffton council’s utility committee includes good news concerning the monitoring of Trihalomethane (TTHM) levels in water samples taken from Ethan Circle and Maple Crest.

The report is part of Monday's council meeting.
According to minutes from the utility committee:

Ralph Miller selected to fill vacant seat on Bluffton council

Bluffton council members have selected Ralph Miller to fill the vacant seat on council. Seven persons were invited to be interviewed for the opening.

According to Judy Augsburger, mayor, council met on Jan. 28 and conducted interviews for the seat.

Council interviews candidates Jan. 28 for vacant council seat

Bluffton council members will hold a special meeting at 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 28, in the town hall, according to Nancy Kindle, village fiscal officer.

The purpose of the meeting is to conduct interviews for one open council seat.


Maple Grove Cemetery trustees meet

The Village of Bluffton’s Maple Grove Cemetery trustee board will meet Monday, Jan. 25, at 7 p.m. in the town hall, according to Nancy Kindle, village fiscal officer.

No action anticipated Monday on vacant council seat

Although its not yet mulch season, Bluffton council received two quotes for brush dump grinding this winter. Bids are from Winter Go Green, Findlay, for $21,225, and Park Enterprise Construction, Marion, for $15,650. 

Park informed council that they are able to perform the work as early as two weeks from the acceptance of the quote. Action on awarding a contract is anticipated at Monday's Bluffton council meeting.

Bluffton school board will offer football coaching contract to Jeff Richards

Jeff Richards will be offered a contract as head varsity football coach at Bluffton High School during the Jan. 11 Bluffton school board meeting.
He is a 2004 Bluffton High School and 2008 Bluffton University graduate and played football for both the Pirates and Beavers. His father, Mike Richards, was a previous BHS football coach.
Richards currently teaches third grade at Bath Elementary. He is also head wrestling coach at Bath.

Burrell appointed, Steiner nixed as Bluffton council acts to fill two vacancies

A vacancy exists on Bluffton council due to an unusual and somewhat complicated drama that unfolded at the Jan. 4 council meeting.
With two former council members sitting in the audience – Sean Burrell and David Steiner – because their seats expired on Dec. 31, the four-seated council members acted in the following fashion on the two council vacancies:
• By a 4-0 vote, council appointed Burrell to fill one vacancy.

Council has one vacancy to fill on Jan. 4

Bluffton council reorganizes for 2016 on Jan. 4. Among agenda items is the discussion of how to proceed with one vacant council seats. One of those seats is Judy Augsburger's seat currently held by David Steiner.

Council's agenda follows: