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Sooner than you think...as the mowing season ends the leaf pick-up season starts

Followed by catch basin clean-out

Jamie Mehaffie, village administrator, will inform Bluffton council of the fall leaf plan at Monday’s council meeting. The entire Monday agenda is in an attachment at the bottom of this story.

Weather always dictates when the village launches its fall leaf pick-up. Mehaffie, said that it’s likely to begin the last week of October.

“As grass mowing slows down, leaf pick up increases,” he said, anticipating that it will continue through November.

After the leaf pick-up concludes, village employees will turn their focus on cleaning out catch basins.

School board action involves winter coaching supplemental contract action

13 contracts on the agenda Monday

Several winter supplemental coaching contracts are on Monday’s Bluffton school board agenda.

Thirteen contracts to be acted upon involve boys’ basketball, freshman boys’ basketball, middle school boys’ basketball, girls’ basketball and wrestling. The list is in the board agenda, an attachment at the bottom of this story.

Other board action involves:

Street discussion all the way to 2019 on Monday's council table

Streets, Alleys, Lights and Sidewalk Committee will bring recommendation

Bluffton council is looking as far ahead as 2019 in its street program.  Action on all or part of the multi-year recommendations will be considered on Monday evening.

The streets on the schedule and their projected costs are part of the attachment at the bottom of this story.

Bluffton Paving Co., cost estimates for 2016 total $383,294. Five additional projects were later added to the original 2016 street program at an estimated cost of $93,669.

Augsburger Road pathway project slated to start Sept. 21

Project completion date is Oct. 31

Work on the Augsburger Road pathway project will begin on Sept. 21. Jamie Mehaffie, village administrator, will update Bluffton council on the project on Monday.


When completed, the pathway will exend from Bentley Road (north side of Augsburger), to Maple Crest. A completion date is Oct. 31.

Mehaffie said that initially, construction will be limited to the areas of the project that are outside of the Bluffton University Nature Preserve.

Contracts and staff adjustments on school board's Monday agenda

An assortment of contracts and staff adjustments will be addressed at Monday’s Bluffton school board meeting.

Certified teacher advancements to be considered (each one master to master plus 15) are for Todd Boblitt, Janelle Bogart, Kimberly Fritsch and Stephen Lemley.

Kaye Phillips will be offered a classified contract as an educational aide. The board will also act on the resignation of David Glick as an educational aide.

Other staff action is listed in the board agenda, an attachment at the bottom of this story.

Bluffton council committee meeting schedule set

Several Bluffton council committee meetings and other village-related meetings were announced at the Sept. 6 council session:

• Thursday, Sept. 8 - planning commission, 7 p.m.
• Tuesday, Sept. 13 - State Route 103 corridor study public meeting, 6 p.m.
• Wednesday, Sept. 14 - tree commission, 7:30 p.m.
• Thursday, Sept. 15 - airport advisory commission, 7:45 p.m.
• Monday, Sept. 19 - council meeting, 8 p.m.

Mayor Judy Augsburger set trick-or-treat night in Bluffton for 6 to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 27.

Public input meeting on SR 103 corridor study set Sept. 13

Meeting intended to gather feedback from public

 A public involvement meeting that focuses on the State Route 103 corridor study project takes place from 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 13, in the town hall.

According to Jamie Mehaffie, village administrator, the meeting is for the purpose of getting feedback and to gather information from residents and businesses along the corridor study area.

Choice One, the engineer firm on the project, has invited residents and businesses along the corridor to the meeting, according to Mehaffie.

Bluffton Airport on Monday's council agenda

Bluffton council will be updated on work at the Bluffton Airport on Monday.

Jamie Mehaffie, village administrator, has received a quote from Nonnemaker Asphalt Sealcoating of Columbus Grove to seal the asphalt at the airport.

The Airport Commission intends to paint a compass rose on the airport apron. The asphalt needs to be sealed before the compass is put in place.

Several coaching supplemental contracts on Monday school board agenda

Bluffton school board hopes to put on the final touches in preparation for the coming school year on Monday night.

The board will act on several coaching supplemental contracts and substitute teacher contracts.

Also on the agenda, the board will act on accepting the resignation of Emily Kriegel, teacher, who accepted a contract in July.

The August board agenda is an attachment at the bottom of this story.

Apollo board considers school bus purchase

Apollo Career Center board of education will meet at 7 p.m. on Monday, July 15, at Apollo.

One of the items on the agenda is to accept a bid from Cardinal Bus for a 72-passenger school bus at $75,178.

The entire board agenda is in an attachment at the bottom of this story.