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July 22, 2019

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Capital improvements report at mid-year

Four major 2019 projects total cost $1.4 million

At the year’s mid-point, Bluffton council reviewed its 2019 capital improvement budget.

The review took place during the July 8 council meeting. A copy of the budget is at the bottom of this story.

New projects on this year’s budget total $2.6 million. The major projects include:
• $827,341 East Jefferson Street reconstructions
• $113,200 East Jefferson Street water/sewer improvements (from Main to Vance)
• $137,000 Village communications update
• $353,2723 East Jefferson Street water/sewer improvements (from Huber to County Line)

2019-20 school appropriations $19,952,960

2 teacher hirings, 1 resignation on tonight's board agenda

Bluffton school board will act on its 2019-20 appropriations at the July 15 school board meeting. The appropriations total $19,952,960. Also, on the agenda is action on two teacher hirings and one teacher registration.

Amanda Temple resigned as middle school science teacher. She joined the teaching staff last year.

Amanda Markley will be offered a one-year teaching contract (master’s, step 13) at $62,848; and Natalie Townsend will be offered a one-year teaching contract (master’s, step 1) at $41,789.

Special council meeting tonight

Bluffton council will hold a special meeting to discuss personnel. The meeting is at 6:30 p.m., Monday, July 15, in the town hall.

Bluffton council hears more "animals in the village" discussion

Ordinance committee continues to research whether to create legislation limiting types of animals in the village

Responding to the June 24 Bluffton council meeting discussion of what type of animals are permitted in the village,  Nina Koontz of 180 Garmatter addressed the council on the subject.

At issue is whether the village has an ordinance prohibiting certain animals within the village limits. Village official state that they are not aware of any such ordinance.

She and her husband, Dan, own two mini-pigs that she says are household pets and also live outdoors.

A pig and chickens in the backyard

Village residents bring objections to Bluffton council

A “barnyard in Bluffton” question was posed to Bluffton council members on Monday.

Everett and Susan Collier, 109 Eurgo Court, speaking during the open session at the meeting, shared what they called a neighborhood concern of a Garmatter Street resident who has a pet pig living outdoors. Previously the neighbor also had several chickens, said the Colliers.

School board action will involve several 2019-20 issues

Janelle Bogart announces her teacher resignation

Bluffton school board’s Monday evening agenda includes several back-to-school items.

Among items on the agenda include:
• Approval of payment for transporting students to private schools
• Increase the BHS student PSS Ocean Focus fund by $1,795
• Textbook disposal of eight books (7 middle school; 1 high school)
• Enter an agreement with Pandora-Gilboa schools for special education