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July 31, 2014


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Bluffton Council/School Board

Jessica Grandy offered assistant treasurer post

Jessica Grandey was offered a position with the Bluffton schools as assistant treasurer. The Bluffton school board approved offering Grandey the contract during a special meeting on July 26.

The contract is for two years with an annual salary of $39,000 for fiscal year 2015, with an exception for days not worked prior to commencement date of Aug. 6, 2014.


Special board meeting July 26

The Bluffton school board will meet in special session at 7:30 a.m., Saturday, July 26, according to Paula Parish, school treasurer. The meeting is in the superintendent's office.

The purpose of the meeting is to consider the hiring ao an assistant treasurer.

School board acts on $14,058,262 appropriations for 2014-15

Bluffton school board will act on approval of $14,058,262 appropriations for 2014-15 at Monday night's July school board session. 

In addition, as the new school year gets closer, the board will finalize several last-minute items. Among those are:

Town hall, Sunset Drive updates provided at Monday's council meeting

Bluffton council will hear several updates on village projects from Jamie Mehaffie, village administrator, during Monday’s council meeting. A summary of those updates follow. The complete council agenda is in an attachment at the bottom of this story.

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According to the village insurance adjustor, he will submit the file to the insurance carrier this week. Supposedly, we should have a response in seven to 10 days.

School board sets administrators' salary increases by 1.5%

Although it’s mid-summer, the Bluffton school board approved several items on June 26 in preparation for the 2014-15 school year.

The board okayed the following percent salary increases:
• Timothy Closson, Gregory Denecker, Marden Herr, Robert Holt, Kyle Leatherman, Michael Minnig, Paula Parish and Rebecca Gerschutz – each 1.5 %

• Secretarial:
1.25 % July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2015;
1.5 % July 1, 2015, to June 30, 2016; and
1.75 % July 2, 2016, to June 30, 2017.

At mid-year Bluffton council's agenda is full

At mid-way point of 2014, Bluffton council will address several issues on Monday. Here's a summary of the village administrator's report to council. The report is part of the council agenda, in an attachment at the bottom of this story.

History in the making - Judy Augsburger named Bluffton's first woman mayor

Mayor Judy Augsburger.

For the first time in the 153-year history of the Village of Bluffton, a woman presides in the mayor’s office. The historic event occurred during the Monday, June 2, council meeting.

Judy Augsburger, who became a council member on Jan. 1, 2014, is that woman. She succeeds Dennis Gallant as mayor. Gallant accepted a new job in Sandusky and resigned from his position on Monday evening.

Resignation of Dennis Gallant, Bluffton mayor, anticipated in tonight's council session

The Icon anticipates the resignation of Dennis Gallant, Bluffton mayor, during tonight's (June 2) council meeting. Watch the Icon tonight for how the mayoral succession and selection process for a potential vacant council seat takes place.

In the meantime, Jamie Mehaffie, village administrator, provides an update on several village issues. His report follows:

Town Hall

Village solicitor offers legal opinion concerning succession of mayor and council members

Who's on first? 

This question may apply to the current Bluffton council and mayoral situation. Given the potential resignation on June 2 of Dennis Gallant, Bluffton mayor, a complex set of circumstances will take place. These circumstances affect the make up of Bluffton council and the potential for persons to seek future seats on council and as mayor.

Stephen Chamberlain, Bluffton village solicitor, addressed this issue at the May 19 council session.

Amended sidewalk ordinances passes; toned-down version intends to "connect" sidewalk gaps in the village

Ordinance 03-14, the most talked about Bluffton council ordinance in years, passed on May 20.

Better known as the Bluffton sidewalk ordinance, it technically amends an earlier sidewalk ordinance 07-13. That earlier ordinance stated that sidewalks be constructed and maintained in "all" residential area of the village.