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April 28, 2015


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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.

Village personnel committee meeting canceled

The Village of Bluffton’s personnel committee meeting scheduled for Thursday, March 19, at 4 p.m. has been canceled, according to Nancy Kindle, village fiscal officer.


School board acts on spring supplemental contracts among other items Monday

Bluffton school board will act on three spring supports supplemental coaching contracts on Monday.

Those contracts are for Clay Atkins, assistant baseball; Adam Burris, assistant softball and Deron Geiser, volunteer boys’ tennis.

Also on the agenda is the approval of six substitute teachers at $80 per day. They are Jennifer Mann, Carolyn Hensley, Mark Anderson, Julie Klingler, Michael Liles and Megan Byrne.

Spring coming soon - park buildings opening, potholes appearing, mulch on the way

Bluffton council will receive an update on several projects from Jamie Mehaffie, village administrator, on Monday. Here's a summary of those updates:


Beaverdam Contracting was scheduled to pressure test the newly installed on Garmatter MRCH 13 and are planning on performing the bacteriological testing this week week. Once the testing is successfully completed they will be able to connect services to the new water main.