October 20, 2014



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Board will act on resignations, contracts and student teaching assignments

Bluffton school board will act on several resignations, contracts and student teaching assignments during its Monday board meeting.

The complete board agenda is in an attachment at the bottom of this story.

• Hannah Slechter – high school head cheerleading advisor, effective Nov. 1
• Brianna Atkins – high school cheerleading assistant advisor, effective Nov. 1
• Julie Althaus – volunteer cross country, effective Aug. 1

Leaf pick-up will start within next two weeks - here's the details

Within the next two weeks, the Village Service Department will begin the annual leaf pickup throughout town, according to Jamie Mehaffie, village administrator. He will provide leaf pick-up details during Monday's Bluffton council meeting. 

The entire council agenda is in an attachment at the bottom of this story.

"As the mowing duties begin to slow down, we will begin picking up leaves on a part-time basis," he said.  "Depending on the weather and the leaves, we anticipate the leaf pick-up will last through the end of November."

Airport Commission meets Oct. 16

The Village of Bluffton’s Airport Commission will be meeting on Thursday, Oct. 16, at 7 p.m. at the Bluffton Airport, according to Nancy Kindle, village fiscal officer.

Board hires new school maintenance supervisor

Michael Wilson, transportation supervisor for Shawnee schools, accepted a contract as maintenance supervisor for Bluffton schools on Oct. 4.

He replaces Bob Holt who retires on Dec. 31. Wilson will begin his Bluffton duties on Nov. 3 during a transitition period. He accepted a two-year contract ending June 30, 2016, at an annual salary of $58,000.

Council may declare East Elm Street property a nuisance

Bluffton council will act on Monday whether to declare a Bluffton property as a nuisance.

The property is at 128 E. Elm St., located at the corner of Elm and Vance. It is an abandoned car wash. Documentation of the planned legislation is part of the council packet, which is an attachment at the bottom of this story.

In other council action, Jamie Mehaffie, village administrator, reports that Diller Flooring completed the installation of the new flooring on the town hall third floor on Oct. 3. The new flooring was required due to the town hall water main break this spring.

School board will act on purchase of Triplett parking lot at tonight's board meeting

The Bluffton school board will act on the purchase of approximately 2.23 acres of property along Triplett Drive-Harmon Road at its Monday night meeting.

The property is the parking lot of the former Triplett Corp. The land extends from East College Avenue to the north edge of the Steinmetz Soccer Field. The purchase price is $50,000.

Bluffton University athletic director, Phill Talavinia, appointed to Bluffton council seat

Phill Talavinia is Bluffton’s newest council member.

Following interviews with eight potential candidates, the five Bluffton council members chose Talavinia by a 3-2 vote to replace Mitch Kingsley on the council.

Action took place in a special meeting held Sept. 25.

Rich Johnson was initially nominated for the vacancy. Acting on the motion to name Johnson to the vacancy, council voted 2 in favor and 3 against. Voting for Johnson were Sean Burrell and Roger Warren. Voting no were Everett Collier, Dave Steiner and Joe Sehlhorst.

$310,206 price tag for fire truck under council's consideration

Bluffton council will act on the purchase of a new fire truck and new turn out gear later this month. The vehicle under consideration would replace the 1984 Ford that is in the department.

Council heard a presentation on Sept. 15 from a village safety services meeting held earlier. Details of the turn out gear and fire truck are in an attachment at the bottom of this story.

Council is considering the purchase of a 2015 Rosenbauer smart cab firefighter at a purchase price of $310,206. If purchased the vehicle will be delivered next fall.

Eight persons indicate interest in Bluffton's vacant council seat

Bluffton council will hold two special sessions in the next two weeks to interview potential candidates for the open council seat created when Mitch Kingsley resigned from council.

According to Judy Augsburger, Bluffton mayor, eight persons have expressed an interest in the seat. Council set special meetings for Thursday, Sept. 18, and Thursday, Sept. 25. Both sessions start at 6:30 p.m.

Both sessions will be in executive session with four interviews scheduled each evening.

Sidewalk repair deadline moved to July 15, 2015

On Monday, Sept. 15, the Bluffton council Street, Alleys, Light and Sidewalk Committee recommended to the full council to amend Ordinance No. 07-13 to extend the deadline for sidewalk repairs until July 15, 2015, for properties on the east side of Main Street.  

Jesse Blackburn of the village, told The Icon, "The committee was pleased with the current 42% response rate from residents regarding sidewalk repairs."