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13 legislative pieces on Bluffton council's Monday agenda

Final reading set to fill in village park pond

In year-end housekeeping action Bluffton council on Monday will act on 13 pieces of legislation, nine of which are by emergency. Council’s agenda, listing those pieces are an attachment at the bottom of this story.

One ordinance, which has caught attention of several Bluffton residents, is the final reading “authorizing and directing that the village park pond be filled in as soon as possible with construction demolition and other legal materials.”

Contracts, policy approvals, student teacher action on Monday's agenda

School board will also approve 2017-18 school calendar

Bluffton school board will act on several contracts, classroom assignments, student teacher action and one resignation on Monday.


The agenda includes:
• Three student teaching assignments
• One long-term sub
• Students for Other Students coordinator
• Three classified employee contracts
• One bus driver resignation
• Several supplemental coaching contracts

Council will act on legislation controlling dumping of dirt and constuction material

Leaf pick up continues until the end of the month

Bluffton council will act on three pieces of legislation affecting dumping of dirt and other debris in the village during its Monday council session.


Village park pond – Council wants the pond at the entrance of the village park on County Line Road filled in. Emergency action is planned, meaning the resolution will have one reading.

Planning committee meets Nov. 14

To act on approval of final plat for Parkview Subdivision

The Village of Bluffton Planning Commission will meet on Monday, Nov. 14, at 5:30 p.m. in the third floor community room of the town hall. 

The meeting will include the application for approval of a final plat for the Parkview Subdivision, according to Jesse Blackburn, assistant to the village administrator.

Hospital plans to expand its parking on Harmon Road

Will remove house at 565 Harmon

During a public hearing, held at Monday’s Bluffton council meeting, the council okayed a request from Bluffton Hospital to rezone a property on Harmon Road.

The zoning change enables the hospital to raze a house, which it owns, at 565 Harmon Road, and to create additional parking at the hospital. (see attached map).

The property is currently Residential I and will move to Residential II.

The property is directly south of the Bluffton Women’s Care building at 559 Harmon Road. 

Emergency legislation permits Sean Burrell to remain on council during convalescence

The council member is recovering from surgery; is unable to attend meetings

Thanks for modern technology a member of Bluffton council will continue to serve in office while being unable to physically attend meetings this fall and winter.

On Monday council passed an emergency resolution regarding Sean Burrell, who has undergone surgery. That surgery prevents him from leaving his home during his convalescence.

$290,000 Airpark Master Plan Study will focus on Bluffton Airport

Village share of project could be as low at $14,500

A projected $290,000 Airpark Master Plan Study for the Bluffton Airport will become a reality, according to Jamie Mehaffie, village administrator.

He will update Bluffton council on Monday about the project, which includes a 90 percent grant from the Federal Aviation Administration.

The village still awaits official notification from the Ohio Department of Transportation, which may provide an additional 5 percent toward the grant. That application went to the Ohio Office of Aviation.  Its total is $14,500.

Sooner than you think...as the mowing season ends the leaf pick-up season starts

Followed by catch basin clean-out

Jamie Mehaffie, village administrator, will inform Bluffton council of the fall leaf plan at Monday’s council meeting. The entire Monday agenda is in an attachment at the bottom of this story.

Weather always dictates when the village launches its fall leaf pick-up. Mehaffie, said that it’s likely to begin the last week of October.

“As grass mowing slows down, leaf pick up increases,” he said, anticipating that it will continue through November.

After the leaf pick-up concludes, village employees will turn their focus on cleaning out catch basins.

School board action involves winter coaching supplemental contract action

13 contracts on the agenda Monday

Several winter supplemental coaching contracts are on Monday’s Bluffton school board agenda.

Thirteen contracts to be acted upon involve boys’ basketball, freshman boys’ basketball, middle school boys’ basketball, girls’ basketball and wrestling. The list is in the board agenda, an attachment at the bottom of this story.

Other board action involves:

Street discussion all the way to 2019 on Monday's council table

Streets, Alleys, Lights and Sidewalk Committee will bring recommendation

Bluffton council is looking as far ahead as 2019 in its street program.  Action on all or part of the multi-year recommendations will be considered on Monday evening.

The streets on the schedule and their projected costs are part of the attachment at the bottom of this story.

Bluffton Paving Co., cost estimates for 2016 total $383,294. Five additional projects were later added to the original 2016 street program at an estimated cost of $93,669.