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Diamond Sports asks for ball diamond improvement assistance

Shannon Cemetery monument moving ahead; village will purchase new police cruiser in 2021

Bluffton Diamond Sports is hoping Bluffton council will share half the costs of an improvement to one of the village park ball diamonds in 2021.

Council’s park and recreation committee, meeting on Sept. 30, was approached by the summer youth sports group to assist in the project.

The project would add roughly 100 ton of material on the playing field that faces County Line Road. The estimated total cost for the upgrade is between $10,000 and $12,000, according to Ben Stahl, council member.

Bluffton water usage down 15 percent

Due to university, schools and business closing as a result of covid-19

Bluffton’s water usage decreased by 15.5 percent this year due to Bluffton University, Bluffton schools and businesses shut down due to covid-19.

David Steiner of the council utility committee appraised council of that fact on Monday. 

The cost of water production allocated to Bluffton is $550,304 compared to last year’s cost of $549,355.

The Bluffton rate per 100 cubic foot of water will increase from $2.06 to $2.44 due to the decreased volume of water spread over approximately the same fixed costs of production.

North Main parking expands by 24 spots

Chamber will install directional signs in village for visitors

There’s a new municipal parking lot in Bluffton and this week it gets its stripes.

Village-owned property north of the fire station on North Main Street was paved in the past month. It will soon have 24 parking spaces, Jesse Blackburn, village administrator, told council members on Monday.

Of those spaces at least four will be reserved for fire department use.

The village purchased two properties north of the station several years ago anticipating either expansion of its fire station or for use as a parking lot.

2020 swimming pool revenues fall flat

Originally projected at $66,000; looks more like $33,000

This should come as no surprise – 2020 Bluffton Community Swimming Pool receipts fell flat, thanks to covid-19.

According to a report by Bluffton council's parks and recreation board, initial pool receipt projections of $60,000 look more like $33,000.

Several village expenses came before Bluffton council on Monday.

The Bluffton Community Swimming Pool –  Some seams on the pool bottom are being replaced.

 An additional 4-inch equalization value is being added to the deep well to ensure pressure from water table does no further damage to the pool. 

School board puts final touches on 2020-21 opening

Will enter executive session to discuss hiring

The board's complete agenda is attached at the bottom of this story -
Bluffton school board puts final touches on the start of the 2020-21 school year at its meeting on Monday. The agenda also includes a planned executive session to discuss employment of personnel.

Two resignation and several new classified employee hirings is on the agenda. Cheryl Morris and Leisa Stratton announced their resignations.

Council reviewing police department vacation issues

Covid-19 and several other issues causing scheduling challenges

Taking no action, Bluffton council reviewed scheduling issues in its police department during Monday’s council meeting.

The situation, reported by the council personnel and finance committee, which met on Aug. 5, specifically concerns vacation time.

The department has challenges due to several events, including a pregnancy and two surgeries involving officers.

Combined with that, Police Chief Ryan Burkholder anticipates problems scheduling vacations due to the continuous full-time department work during the covid-10 period that began in March.

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