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June 25, 2017

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Council utility committee meets June 27

Bluffton council's utility committee will meet at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 27, in the town hall, according to Judy Augsburger, mayor.

Former Bluffton resident Jack Huber named village administrator

Action in special council meeting on June 14

At a special Bluffton council on June 14, council voted unanimously to hire Jack Huber as Bluffton’s next village administrator. 

In a news release from the village, Huber, formerly from Bluffton, said that he is looking forward to working with the mayor, council, and staff and serving the community at large. 

Huber holds a bachelor’s degree in public administration and has a diverse professional and managerial background, working in both public and private sectors, according to the news release.

Bluffton council has personnel hiring meeting Wednesday

Will review water line project on Monday

Bluffton council will hold a special meeting at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 14, in the town hall, according to Nancy Kindle, village fiscal officer. The purpose of the meeting is personnel - hiring.

The village will review engineering proprosals for the West Elm Street water line project at 9 a.m., Monday, June 19.
 

No more stop signs at County Line railroad crossing

Only two very slow trains a day pass through town

The stop signs are gone.

The stop signs at the railroad crossing on County Line Road have been removed. There are now crossing signals there to warn traffic. On Monday Bluffton council will act on legislation to repeal the ordinance authorizing a penalty for failure to stop at the stop signs.

The stop signs were put in place in the 1980s after a fatal accident occurred at the crossing. Since that time frequency of trains has decreased to two a day and the speed of those trains is at a very slow pace.

Village intends to remove stop signs at County Line railroad crossing

Only two very slow trains a day pass through town

More more "Stop, Look and Listen" at the County Line Road.

Bluffton council plans to remove the stop signs on County Line Road at the Norfolk Southern Railroad, stating the signs are "no longer necessary."

The first reading of the legislation will be read on Monday. The stop signs were put in place in the 1980s after a fatal accident occurred at the crossing. Since that time frequency of trains has decreased to two a day and the speed of those trains is at a very slow pace.

Council personnel committee meets Tuesday

The Village of Bluffton’s personnel committee will meet on Tuesday, June 6, at 4:30 p.m. in the town hall, according to Nancy Kindle, village fiscal officer.
 
 

Light agenda for Bluffton council

It should be a short Bluffton council meeting on Monday. The agenda includes the reading of an alley vacation ordinance and reports from committees.

Council meets at 8 p.m. in the town hall. The agenda is attached.

School board approves Tim Closson retire-rehire contract

Also hires HS English teacher and HS guidance counselor

On Monday, Bluffton school board accepted the resignation of Tim Closson, elementary principal effective June 30, and his rehire beginning Aug. 1. In August his salary will be reset at $70,000.

Greg Denecker, Bluffton superintendent, told the Icon that if Closson remains as principal for five years the school system will get one year free plus an average savings of over $14,000 per year.

In addition, two new hires were approved for next school year on Monday.

Council considers rate and fee ordinance

Village administrator interviews are underway

Bluffton council will consider an ordinance that sets rates and fees for village services on Monday evening.

The rate ordinance covers all types of fees include:
• safey services
• cemetery
• administrative and
• recreational

The fee structures are part of the council packet attached at the bottom of this story.

In other village news in the packet Bluffton swimming pool opening details are released.

Council committee will recommend $11,730 for safety features

Main - College intersection

Bluffton council’s streets and alleys committee will recommend spending $11,730 for safety features at the Main and College intersection.

The recommendation list is in the council packet attached to this story. The council meets on Monday.

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