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August 23, 2019

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Bluffton council legislation directed to landowners of rented or leased properties

Will require landowners to report names of tenants to village

In its final regularly scheduled meeting of 2018, Bluffton council will finalize a three-month appropriation piece of legislation on Monday. Tonight’s meeting was originally set for Dec. 24, but moved to Dec. 17.

Several additional legislative pieces will be on the table. These include:
|• Ordinance to enable a comprehensive access management plan (2nd reading)
• Ordinance amending income tax ordinance to require landlords of rental or leased properties to report name of their tenants over the age of 18

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.