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May 3, 2016


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Surcharges, Shannon Cemetery, Airport, garbage-refuse rates all on Monday's council agenda.

Bluffton council will act on nine pieces of legislation Monday covering everything from surcharges on water and sewers, Shannon Cemetery, Bluffton Airport, garbage and refuse service and pay rates.

Copies of the ordinances involved are part of the council packet, which is an attachment at the bottom of this story.

In other action, Jamie Mehaffie, village administrator, will provide updates on the village west side interceptor and waste water treatment plan project. Bids will go out on May 4 with bid openings May 27.

Contract night for Bluffton school board

It was contract night on April 18 for the Bluffton school board as many contracts for this spring and for next school year were approved.

Action involved:

• Seventeen certified contracts for 2016-17
• Four classified contracts for 2016-17
• Twenty-nine supplemental contracts for 2016-17

Also, the board approved several Saturday school supervisors and classified employees.

Class fees and handbooks for elementary, middle and high school for 2016-17 were also approved.

Council may raise water-sewer rates; discussion on Monday agenda

Bluffton council will hear the first reading to consider a water and sewer rate increase to village customers on Monday.

The proposed increase could take effect in the July 2016 billing cycle. A chart on the council packet spells out the rates for cutomers.

In other council business preparations for the 2016 swimming pool season are underway. Council will discuss the pool's heater problems. The recreation committee is recommending that the village accepts a quote from M&R Plumbing and Heating to install a gas boiler systerm for an estimated cost of $15,000.

Village finance meeting April 18

The Village of Bluffton’s Finance Committee meet Monday, April 18, at 7 pm. at the town hall, according to Nancy Kindle, village fiscal officer.


2016 village sidewalk program will begin soon

Spring is here and the 2016 village sidewalk program will begin in the next two weeks – weather permitting.
Bluffton council’s streets, alleys, lights and sidewalk committee, meeting on March 29, recommended several items to be on the council’s Monday night agenda.
Among those is a statement in the committee meeting minutes stating that reminder letters for the west side of the village will be sent out by April 6.
It was also noted that the village is finishing up some items on the village east side.

Airport Advisory Commission meeting moved

The Village of Bluffton’s Airport Advisory Commission meeting is rescheduled for noon on Thursday, March 24, at the Bluffton Airport, according to Nancy Kindle, village fiscal officer.

Several contracts on Monday's board agenda

Bluffton school board will act on several contracts and one resignation at its Monday meeting.

Contracts will be offered to:
• Bethany Ackerman, substitute secretary
• Noah Altenburger, substitute teacher
Supplemental contracts:
• Jose Moser, high school track coordinator
• Nathan Little, high school track assistant
• Jeffery Richards, high school track assistant
• Jon Sprague, volunteer boys' tennis
• Julie Althaus, middle school track assistant

$188,361 street maintenance program on Monday's council agenda

Bluffton council will act on a proposed 2016 street maintenance paving schedule during Monday's meeting.

Heres the street and alley committee 2016 recommendation with estimated costs:
• Kibler Street - $39,697
• Garmatter Street - $57,525
• Harmon Road - Bentley to Garau - $27,781
• Church Street - Main to Jackson - $15,575
• Jackson Street - Church to Elm - $23,970
• Ethan Circle - $16,813
• Striping - $7,000

Request to name airport terminal in memory of Dottie Anderson, Bluffton female pioneer pilot

Bluffton council may hear a request from the Bluffton Airport Advisory Commission for a suggested tribute to the late Dottie Anderson, a lifelong pilot at Bluffton Flying Services.

Committee for Better Schools hosts levy info meetings

The Committee for Better Schools announced three community levy informational meetings, according to Greg Denecker, Bluffton superintendent.

These are held at 7 p.m. in the elementary library:
• Wednesday, March 2
• Monday, March 7
• Wednesday March 9 

These meetings concern the renewal of a one-half percent income tax renewal for permanent improvements. The levy is on the Tuesday, March 15, ballot.