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August 23, 2019

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ODOT planning I-75 rehab project around Bluffton

Will also affect SR 103 ramps

Bluffton council will hear an update on a plan by the Ohio Department of Transportation to rehabilitate a section of Interstate 75 on Monday evening.

The project involves a stretch from the bridges over Riley Creek in Allen County to just south of the State Route 235 interchange in Hancock County,

The rehabilitation includes resurfacing I-75 and the ramps at State Route 103, and the repair of bridges over County Road 33.

Three new teaching contracts offered for 2019-20

Additional first grade teacher hired due to increased first grade enrollment

Three new teachers were offered contracts for the 2019-20 school year during the April 15 Bluffton school board meeting.

One-year contracts were offer to:
• Jacob Allton, middle school math
$38,755, 150 hours, Step 0

• Nicole Winhover, middle school science
$40,729, BA, Step 3

• Brooke Unterbrink, first grade
(additional first grade teacher due to larger class coming next year)
$38,755, 150-hours, Step 0

Winhover replaces Sue Epp who is retiring at the end of this school year.

Council approves swimming pool admission charges and wages for staff

Bluffton council approved the final reading of a resolution establishing 2019 admission charges and wages for the staff of the Bluffton Community Swimming Pool. The resolution is attached at the bottom of this story.

Beaverdam Contracting awarded Jefferson Street projects

Bids came in below engineer's estimates

Bluffton council awarded bids to Beaverdam Contracting, Inc., of Bluffton, for both Jefferson Street projects planned for this spring and summer.

Council meet in a special meeting on Monday to award the bids. Bids were opened on March 15. Jesse Blackburn, village administrator, said that the winning bids are lower than the engineer's estimate for both projects.

Engineering estimates combining both projects were listed at $1,242,264. The winning bids totaled $961,498, or $280,766 below the estimate.

Two projects were bid and all bidders are listed below:

Bluffton council getting ready to dive in the pool

Here are proposed wages and rates under consideration for 2019

Bluffton Community Swimming Pool salaries and rates legislation for 2019 is working its way through Bluffton council this month.

The first reading of the proposed legislation passed on Feb. 25. If approved, the following wages and rates will take place this year.

19 spring and fall coaching posts on Monday's board agenda

School board will also act on budget commission's general property tax report

Bluffon school board will act on a list of 19 coaching openings for this spring and next fall at Monday' school board meeting.

The list may be viewed below this story. It is also part of the boad packet attached at the bottom of the story.

Also on the agenda is approval of the Allen County budget commission's general property tax report for 2019. An additional chart below shows that information.

The chart shows that the school district will receive $4.1 million from levies outside the 10 mill limiation.