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May 27, 2015


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Bluffton Council/School Board

School board accepts three resignations, hires four teachers

Four new certified employees were offered teaching contracts and three resignations were accepted at the May 11 Bluffton school board meeting.

New contracts were offered to:
• Emily Warner, 1-year contract, MA +15-Step 8, $50,558
• Amy Butte, 1-year contract, MA-Step 6, $45,611
• Becky Boblitt, 1-year, MA-Step 12, $55,110
• Angela Francis, 1-year, MA-Step 12, $55,110

Richard Johnson will join Bluffton council tonight

Richard Johnson will be sworn in as Bluffton's newest council member on Monday. He was selected to replace Everett Collier who resigned in April.

Several other reports are on the agenda. Jamie Mehaffie, village administrator, will update council on the following:

• Beaverdam Contracting has completed the water line replacement projects on Kibler and Garmatter. Both Kibler and Garmatter are scheduled to be resurfaced in 2016. Bluffton Paving will perform some sealing of joints to help the surface maintain until the resurfacing.

Council appoints Richard Johnson to vacancy

Bluffton council didn't take much time selecting a replacement for Everett Collier, who resigned his council post on April 20.

In a special meeting on April 28 council voted to name Richard Johnson as Collier's replacement. Johnson will be sworn in at the May 4 council meeting.

Dave Steiner, council president, told The Icon that the vote in favor of Johnson was 5-0 and that there were no other candidates under consideration. Steiner also said that Johnson has taken out petitions to seek the office in the general election in the fall.

Four council committee meetings set

Several Bluffton council committee meetings are scheduled. Those follow:

• Thursday, April 23, personnel, 3:15 p.m.
• Wednesday, April 29, finance, 7 p.m.
• Monday, May 4, 7 p.m., utilities, 7 p.m.
• Monday, May 4, recreation, 7:30 p.m.

Everett Collier resigns as Bluffton council member

Everett Collier resigned from his Bluffton council seat on Monday. Collier, who was first appointed to council in January 2012 later ran and was elected, and was serving his first full elected term.

Collier did not give a reason for his resignation.

His absence opens a vacancy on council that will either be filled by council appointment or by mayoral appointment. Council has 30 days to select a replacement. If council does not fill the vacancy Mayor Judy Augsburger will appoint his replacement.

Village launches spring projects; mulch available at recycle center

Several spring-related projects are on the village agenda this month. Jamie Mehaffie, village administrator, will update council on several of these items at Monday's council meeting.


Garmatter-Kibler street projects

Beaverdam Contracting is in the process of wrapping up both the Garmatter and Kibler Street projects. On Garmatter, all of the water services are connected to the new main line.

Lots of 2015-16 items on school board agenda

Bluffton school board's Monday focus is on the 2015-16 school year. Several considerations for next year are on the monthly agenda.

Those items includes:
• Elementary, middle school and high school fees
• Several contracts and assignments
• Three classified contracts
• Supplemental contracts
• Handbook approvals

The board will also act to approve a planned high school band trip to New Orleans, La., from March 2-6, 2016.

Village of Bluffton insurance committee meets April 20

The Village of Bluffton’s insurance committee will be meeting on Monday, April 20 at 7:30 p.m.

Watch for a familiar logo being painted on the east Bluffton water tower this spring

The Bluffton Interstate 75 water tower gets a paint job this spring.

Watch for a familiar purple logo to be part of the projec. On Monday night Bluffton council approved a motion to allow the Bluffton University logo to be placed on the water tower.

The University will pay $2,000 a year over the next 10 years to enable the logo to be on the water tower.

Also during the otherwise quiet meeting, council to table for 60 days the reading of legislation to vacant an alley in the 360 block of South Jackson Street.

Village street and alley committee meets with Pathway board April 2

The Village of Bluffton’s Streets and Alleys Committee will be meeting with Pathway Advisory Board on Thursday, April 2, at noon in the third floor of town hall, according to Nancy Kindle, Village of Bluffton fiscal officer.