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April 14, 2021

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Bluffton slowly reopens

Returning this summer: Trout Derby, Festival of Wheels and Memorial Day event

Bluffton appears to be seeing the light of day following a 12-month-plus period of covid-related cancellations.

The following events received special permits by the Bluffton council on Monday, and ,please note that several specific details are being worked out on each of these:

Principal candidates interviewed on March 30

Bluffton school board will hold a special meeting to interview candidates for the elementary principal position that opened with the announcement of Tim Closson's retirement.

The meeting takes place in executive session at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 30, in the elementary media center.

Jefferson Street closes to traffic on March 29

Sensus replacing 1,450 water meters

Jefferson Street will close on Monday, March 29, until Phase II is completed near the end of July, according to Jesse Blackburn, village administrator.

The March 22 council packet is attached at the bottom of this story.

He provided Bluffton council with an update on the project on Monday night. It includes road reconstruction, installation of a new sanitary and storm sewer along with curbs and sidewalks.

Tim Closson will retire as elementary principal in June

Board will offer girls' varsity soccer coach post to Jamie Mehaffie

Tim Closson, a fixture in Bluffton schools and currently Bluffton elementary principal, has announced his retirement effective June 30.

Closson, who attended school in Bluffton all 12 years – including fifth to eighth grade in Beaverdam - and graduated in 1979, has served as Bluffton elementary principal for 14 years.

He also graduated from Bluffton College, where he majored in business and education.

Prior to being hired as elementary principal at Bluffton, he was employed in Ada, Shawnee and Wayne Trace school systems.

Village will continue with Anthem BC/BC

Village employees' pay raises listed in packet

Bluffton council's approved a recommendation from its insurance committee   to continue its employee insurance agreement with Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield through April 30, 2022.

The action took place on March 8. Jerry Cupples said that Fortman Insurance provided six base rate quotes from competitive companies and the committee chose to remain with Anthem.

In other action, council set pay increases for village employees. Those are spelled out in the council packet attached to this story.

Sign language

Bluffton council focus on signage in 2021-2-3

Note: Bluffton council will begin meeting in person in the town hall in March.
One of Bluffton council’s focus in 2021 is village signage.

A report of council’s street, lights, alley and sidewalk committee offered several ideas for this year during council’s Feb. 22 meeting.

The focus includes:
• Begin a parking regulations sign replacement program with the aim to complete all streets, with a concentration in the area of the schools by the end of summer 2021.