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February 24, 2020

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2018-19 contracts, class fees on Monday's agenda

Elementary teacher, Jane Steinmetz, will retire at end of school year

Bluffton school board will act upon the resignation of Jane Steinmetz, academic intervention teacher at the elementary school, during its April meeting on Monday.

In addition the board will act on 10 certified contracts for the 2018-19 school year.

Other contacts on the agenda include four extended service contracts, nearly 30 supplemental contracts and one classified service contracts.

2018 village appropriations lists income at $2.9 million

13-page document anticipated expenses and income for Bluffton

Bluffton council passed its 2018 appropriations on Monday. They now go to the Allen County Commissioners.

The appropriations, part of the village budget process, list estimated general fund income at $2,962,386. It lists estimated general fund expenses at $4,029,886.  A carry-over from 2017 should make up the different between these two line items.

The 13-appropriations lists every anticipated expense in the village in 2018.

Five council committee meetings set

Bluffton council set several committee meetings at its Monday meeting. Those meetings follow and all meetings are in the town hall unless otherwise noted.

• Wednesday, March 28 - Personnel, 4 p.m.
• Wednesday, April 4 - Street and alleys, 5:30 p.m.
• Wednesday, April 4 - Bluffton in Bloom, 6:30 p.m.
• Thursday, April 5 - Pathway, Marbeck Center, noon
• Tuesday, April 10 - Tree Commission, 7:30 p.m.

Council meeting of the whole on March 26

Bluffton council will meet as a committee of the whole immediately following the regular Monday, March 26, council meeting. The meeting of the whole concerns personnel and will take place immediately following the regular session.

The meeting is in the third floor of the Bluffton town hall.

Board considers $211,755 air conditioning bid for new gym

Marching band planning a trip to Disney World in 2020

The Bluffton school board will act on an agreement on Monday for the construction of new air handlers, controls and piping for air conditioning in the new high school gym.

A bid of $211,755 from All Temp Refrigeration is being considered for the project. The board is part of the Interlocal Purchasing System (TIPS) Program and TIPS had approved the bid.

Greg Denecker, Bluffton superintendent, told the Icon that the gym is not currently air conditioned.

Jefferson Street bridge slated for 2019 replacement

Reports from personnel, streets and finance committees also on Monday's council agenda

Bluffton council will act on legislation on Monday that will put into motion the replacement of the Jefferson Street bridge over Riley Creek.

The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) project is on the 2019 project calendar.

ODOT and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) will pay for the bridge replacement. Should the village request certain features not in the ODOT-FHWA plans, the village will pay for those features.

A start date and projected completion date are not yet determined.