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January 21, 2019

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Village accepts 2019 water rate charge from Ottawa

Council continues to study entrances on State Route 103

Bluffton council accepted a 2019 water rate charge increase from Ottawa on Monday. The recommendation was brought to the council by its utility committee (Dave Steiner and Jerry Cupples).

The negotiated water rate in 2018 is $1.86 per 100 cubic feet. The 2019 rate is $1.98 per 100 cubic feet, which takes effect Jan. 1. Dave Steiner of the utilities committee said that he was glad that the rate was able to remain under $2.

Village moving ahead with two annexation requests

One in Orange Township; one in Richland Township

The Village of Bluffton is moving ahead with two annexations requests, which would enlarge the village in Orange Township and Richland Township.

The two include:
• Property in Orange Township, owned by Josh Brown
• Property in Richland Township, owned by Bluffton University

Council passed separate emergency resolutions on the requests on Monday.

Both resolutions state the village intents to provide municipal services to the parcels. Municipal services include water, sewer, police protection, fire and other village services.

Expect village recycling charges to increase

Pickup may change to every other week

Bluffton recycling customers will soon experience an additional cost for recycling plus changes in local pickup.

Jesse Blackburn, village administrator, updated Bluffton council on Monday following a meeting with Republic Services, the village recycling provider. Republic's contract expires this fall.

Here’s a summary of Blackburn’s report to the council. Attachments at the bottom of this story provide additional details of the “China Sword” mentioned in his report.

Two meeting set prior to Monday's council meeting

Two meetings were schedule by the village on Friday. Both are set prior to Monday's 7 p.m., regularly scheduled council meeting.

Jesse Blackburn, village administrator, said, "We’ll be discussing upcoming projects that need council agreement on completing in 2019.  More specifically it will involve work on East Jefferson Street from Main St to County Line Road.

Those meeting details follow:

7th graders overnighter at Camp Berry; 8th graders headed to D.C. in May

Both trips on Monday's school board agenda

Bluffton seventh graders will have an overnight learning experience in October. Eighth graders will take a trip to the nation’s capital in May.

Both trips are annual experiences for junior high students. Bluffton’s school board will make these official during its Monday night school board meeting.

Seventh graders will participate in Outdoor School at Camp Berry, Arlington, Wednesday through Friday, Oct. 10 to 12. Eighth graders have an option to participate in a trip to Washington, D.C., Monday to Thursday, May 20 to 23.

Buckeye park will have new restrooms

75 trees hoped for are not coming to the village; paper work never completed

Bluffton council accepted the low bid from Schimmoeller Construction of Kalida, to construct new restrooms at the Buckeye Park.

The Monday night action accepted the Kalida firm’s base bid of $119,997 for the project, which is under the $120,800 engineer’s estimate. Council did not accept an addition proposal of  $16,497 to add a porch to the building.

Schimmoeller has until June 15, 2019, to complete the building. Council approved the contract as an emergency in the hope that construction would begin very soon.

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