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School will act to proceed with 2 levies on May 2019 ballot

Both are renewals; one is for permanent improvements; the second is for general operations

Bluffton school board will take the next step on Monday to place two renewal levies on the May 7, 2019, Ohio primary election ballot. In November the board went on record to pursue the renewals. Monday’s action will state the board’s intent to proceed with placing the levies on the ballot.

The first renewal is for the permanent improvement one-half percent income tax first passed in May of 2007. It is renewed in three-year. It will expire Dec. 31, 2019, and generates $700,000 per year for the school district.

Council focusing on State Route 103 road cut legislation

Seven-page draft on tonight's agenda

Bluffton council will discuss a draft of legislation to regulate access to public streets in the village on Monday evening.

Titled “an access management plan,” it came about specifically to address road cuts on State Route 103 between County Line Road and Interstate 75.

Council’s ordinance committee (Joe Selhorst, Mitch Kingsley) met on Dec. 3. They have worked with Tom Mazur, of Lima Allen County Regional Planning Commission, and Choice One, an engineering firm, used by the village to craft a draft for discussion.

Leaf pick up ends Dec. 6

Council will interview 3 for solicitor position

Monday's council agenda attached at bottom of story -

About those falling leaves.

The village will continue its leaf pick up until Thursday, Dec. 6, announced Bryan Lloyd, assistant village administrator, during Monday’s Bluffton council meeting.

The weather, of course, had hindered this fall’s leaf pickup. Lloyd said that after Dec. 6 residents with leaves may place them in biodegradable bags at the curb for Wednesday brush pick up. Residents may also continue to use the Spring Street brush dump for leaf deposit.

Special council meeting to discuss personnel on Tuesday

Bluffton council has scheduled a special meeting for 7 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 20, according to Jesse Blackburn, village administrator.

The meeting, in the third floor of the town hall is for the purpose to discuss personnel.

School board will act to place two renewal levies on May ballot

On Monday's board agenda

Bluffton school board will put into motion resolutions to place two renewal levies on the May 2019 ballot. The action is on Monday’s school board agenda.

Greg Denecker, Bluffton superintendent, provided The Icon will the following details on the first levy:

“The first renewal is for the Permanent Improvement one-half percent income tax first passed in May of 2007.

“It has been renewed in three year increments for the purposes of permanent improvements in the district. 

Winter coaching supplemental contracts on board agenda

Bluffton Soccer Club donates $500 to school in memory of Bill Gaines

Bluffton school board will act on several supplemental contracts on Monday. Each one relates to winter sports coaching positions.

Other action includes offering a contract to Christy Garmatter as a long-term sub and adjusting Larry Diller’s bus contract from 7 hours to 5.5 hours per day. Twelve substitute teacher contracts will be considered as will a substitute educational contract and substitute custodian contract.

The board will also act to accept a $500 donation by the Bluffton Soccer Club in memorial of Bill Gaines.