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Administrator suggests to extend refuse contract 1 year

Residents will see a $3.02 monthly increase in their bill

Bluffton council has a full agenda tonight.

One topic that impacts most residents is a refuse hauling contract. A three-year contract was awarded in June 2016 to Republic Refuse. It included an option to extend the contract for one year should Bluffton approve a proposed monthly rate change.

That change jumps from the current $15.23 per month to $18.25 per month for residential refuse pick up from June 1, 2019, to May 31, 2010.

Jesse Blackburn, village administrator, will propose to accept the extension and bidding on a new refuse hauling contract in 2020.

Wesley Klinger named 2019 school board president

He was board vice president last year; Ken Lugibihl is 2019 VP

Wesley Klinger is president of the Bluffton school board for 2019. His election was made during the board’s Jan. 14 reorganization meeting. He replaces Brad Fruchey as board president.

Klinger was first elected to the school board in 2014. He holds past memberships on the Bluffton Family Recreation board and Bluffton Preschool board. He served as board vice-president in 2018.

First council meeting of 2019

New village solicitor, several committee reports, $139,450 FFA grant

It will be a busy council meeting on Monday (tonight, Jan. 14), as the village governing body meets for the first time in 2019.

A 31-page agenda is attached at the bottom of this story

Among items on the agenda include the introduction of Elliott T. Werth, as the new village solicitor. He is with the Findlay law firm of Hackenberg, Beutler, Rasmussen and Feighner.

Several committee reports are on the agenda:

Bluffton school board reorganization meeting Monday

Bluffton school board will reorganize for 2019 at Monday's meeting. In addition, meeting dates will be set, and a few contracts will be offered.

The board's agenda is attached.

Bluffton council hires Findlay law firm for solicitor services in 2019

Stephen Chamberlain's contact was not renewed

Bluffton council switched solicitor’s on Monday.

The contract for Stephen Chamberlain, which expires on Dec. 31, was not renewed. Chamberlain of Lima, worked as village solicitor for over 10 years. No reason was given by council for the change on Monday.

Powerlifter supporters ask for school assistance

Nearly 30 students, parents, former students attend school board meeting

Nearly 30 persons attended Monday’s school board meeting to request assistance for a powerlifting group of students. Their requests went unanswered.

As an informal group, Bluffton students have participated in powerlifting competition for eight years. The specific request from the group was for the board to approve a volunteer to assist powerlifters in the Ricky Matter weight room.

At the present time there is no approved volunteer. Powerlifting is a winter sport. In Bluffton it is primarily a sport involving girls, however there are also boys who participate.