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Jan Basinger will be operator of waste water plant

Village hopes to separate yard waste from other brush to make a better quality mulch product along with a composting type material

Jan Basinger, Bluffton EMS chief and member of the village public works department, will be the new Bluffton operator of records of its waste water plant.

The decision was made during a Bluffton council personnel committee meeting on Jan. 8, and reported to council on Jan. 11.

Basinger replaces Dan Bowden, who retired from the position at the end of 2020. Basinger holds a Class II license and is working on a Class II license, required for the position.

Wes Klinger will lead Bluffton school board in 2021

Larry Hoffman named vice-president

Bluffton school board selected Wes Klinger as its president for 2021 during its Jan. 11 reorganization meeting.

Several additional board appointments were made. Those follow:
• Larry Hoffman, vice-president
• Brad Dailey, official delegate to the 2021 Ohio School Board Conference
• Larry Hoffman, alternate delegate
• Brad Dailey, legislative liaison to the Ohio School Board Association
• Wes Klinger, student achievement liaison

Council will rebid Jefferson Street Phase II

Monday's action follows a protest from one of the initial bidders of the project

On Monday, following an executive session to discuss contracts, Bluffton council rescinded earlier action that awarded a contract for Jefferson Street Project Phase II.

The rescinded contract was passed during a special meeting held Jan. 4., and was awarded to Helms and Sons Excavating Inc., Findlay. It was initially considred as a first reading, but was changed and passed as an emergency reading.

Monday’s action followed a protest from one of the bidders of the project.

School board reorganizes for 2021 on Monday

Board agenda attached to this story

Bluffton school board reorganization and regular January meeting is at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 11, with several beginning-of-the-year actions on the agenda.

These include:
• Election of officers
• Several standing authorizations
• Establishing 2021 meeting dates
• Appointing representatives to several organizations
• Contracts, assignments
• Agreements with several programs and councils

The agenda is attached at the bottom of this story.

Bluffton council holds Zoom meeting Jan. 4

All January and February council sessions will be via Zoom

Bluffton council closed 2020 with several end-of-year emergency pieces of legislation in its Dec. 28 session.

A special meeting was called for 7 p.m., Monday, Jan. 4, to deal with contracts. The meeting will take place via Zoom. Contact Jesse Blackburn, village administrator at blackburnj@luffton-ohio.com for a Zoom invitation.

On Dec. 28, council decided to hold all January and February meetings via Zoom. The Icon will keep viewers updated on those dates and invitations to participate prior to each meeting.

Special council meeting Monday

To consider request for temporary vestibule structure at 133 N. Main

A special council meeting will take place to consider a request for a license to install a temporary vestibule structure onto the sidewalk at Luke's, 133 N. Main St.

The meeting is at 7 p.m., Monday, Dec. 21, via Zoom. Contact Jesse Blackburn at blackburnj@bluffton-ohio.com for the Zoom invitation.

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