• Bluffton, Indiana, was nicknamed “The Parlor City” over a century ago because its paved streets (a new phenomenon at the time) made the city “as clean as your parlor." 

January 30, 2015

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Bluffton moves to all-day kindergarten next school year; two-year, half-day program will continue

Next school year Bluffton Exempted Village Schools will implement all-day kindergarten in tandem with the existing two-year, half-day program.

During the Jan. 15 Bluffton school board meeting all-day kindergarten proposal passed by a 3-2 vote. Voting in favor of the plan were Ken Lugibihl, Rene Smith and Jeremy Scoles. Voting against the plan were Wes Klinger and Brad Fruchey.

Greg Denecker, Bluffton superintendent explained to the Icon, the reasoning for the change, saying that there are many reasons for moving to an all-day format for our students.

Abandoned gas station and restaurant on SR 103 on village radar

Discussion of the abandoned gas station and restaurant on State Route 103 were among discussion points at the Jan. 15 Bluffton Airport Advisory Committee meeting.

School board reorganizational meeting Thursday evening

Bluffton school board holds is reorganization meeting at 7:30 p.m.,Thursday, Jan. 15, in the elementary media center.

Several annual assignments are on the agenda for approval. Those include:

• selection of board president and vice president
•  monthly meetings at 7:30 p.m. on the following dates in the elementary media center:
Feb. 16
March 16
April 20
May 18
June 25
July 20
Aug. 17
Sept. 14
Oct. 19
Nov. 16
Dec. 21

School board meets Jan. 15

The Bluffton school board has rescheduled its January meeting. The new date is 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 15, in the Elementary media center.


Edmiston, Kindred, McKinley to retire at end of school year

Bluffton school board on Monday accepted the resignation of three teachers who have made lasting impacts on Bluffton students for several decades.

The resignations are effective at the end of this school year for:
• Mary Edmiston with 37 years teaching in Bluffton
• Julie Kindred with 17 years teaching Bluffton
• Susan McKinley with 24 years teaching in Bluffton

In addition to that action, the board approved several items including:

Council's Monday agenda loaded

It’s a packed agenda for Bluffton council on Monday. In addition to regular agenda items, Monday agenda includes:

• Final reading of 2015 appropriations
• Action that amends the sidewalk ordinance
• First reading of legislation proposing a water rate increase
• First reading of legislation proposing a sewer rate increase
• Fixing rates for Spring Street recycle center
• Action to vacate an alley on North Main Street.

Details on Monday’s meeting can be found in the agenda, which is an attachment to this story.

Utility meeting Dec. 15

The Village of Bluffton’s Utility Committee will meet at 7:30 PP.M. on Monday, Dec. 15, at the third floor of Town Hall.

Nancy Kindle
Fiscal Officer
Village of Bluffton

Village prepares for winter - here's the update

The Village of Bluffton is preparing for winter. Here's a portion of the report Jamie Mehaffie, village administrator, will give to Bluffton council on Monday. The entire council agenda is in an attachment at th bottom of this story.

Farm Leases
The advertisements for the two farm leases have been published  the last two weeks and we will be accepting those sealed bids until Friday, Nov. 21, at 11 a.m. At that time, the sealed bids will be opened and read aloud.

Supplemental contracts on Monday's school board agenda

Bluffton school board will take action on several supplemental contracts during its November board meeting on Monday evening.

Among those contracts include:
• class advisors
• middle school winter coaches

Also on the agenda is action on substitute teacher contracts at $80 per day for:
• Kayla Reffit, Sara Jackson, Bradley DeVier, Martin Jacobs

The board will also act on offering contracts for substitute secretaries, educational aides and long-term substitutes.

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

Village will proceed with Garmatter and Kibler water main projects

Fall is here. Bluffton village crews are current sweeping leaves from curbs. According to Jamie Mehaffie, village administrator, “The crew starts on one side of town and works its way to the other before starting the process again. With both residents and mother nature providing ample piles of leaves over the past week, it can easily take a number of days to make one pass through town.”

Mehaffie provided the leaf pick up progress and several other matters to council members on Monday, Nov. 3.