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July 5, 2020

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Jefferson Street Phase II on track for 2020

Several year-end legislative pieces okayed by council

Bluffton council passed several pieces of legislation on Monday as end-of-the-year requirements necessitated.

Among action included:
• Final resolution to move ahead with the Jefferson Street Improvement, Phase II
• Emergency resolution to proceed with a Johnny Appleseed Metro Park grant
• Approval of a resolution to submit an airport matching grant
• Passage of a temporary 2020 appropriations – Jan. 1 to March 30

Village will pave parking lot north of fire station in 2020

Need for additional parking grows out of business expansion in that area

Bluffton council approved a recommendation to pave the village-owned parking lot directly north of the fire station on Main Street.

The  recommendation came on Monday from council’s streets, lights, alley and sidewalk committee (Joe Sehlhorst and Jerry Cupples). 

The project will go on the village’s 2020 paving schedule at an estimated cost of $23,750. The 1,136-square-foot parking lot has space estimated for 34 vehicles.

A need for additional North Main Street parking comes from a growth of businesses in that location.

Tonight's council session includes lots of financial items

Leaf pick up continues until Dec. 4

Leaf pickup update: The village will continue to pick up leaves through Wednesday, Dec. 4.

Lots of financial matters make up Bluffton council's agenda tonight.

For starters, council will hear an update on 2020 airport planning. The Bluffton Airport Commission met Nov. 19. Among discussion points includes taxiway rehabilitation to be presented to the FAA next year. The village share of the estimated $600,000 project is $30,000.

Brad Dailey joins Bluffton school board

Board updates several policies

Brad Dailey joined the Bluffton School board on Nov. 18. He replaces Brad Fruchey, who announced his resignation in October. Dailey's term runs through Dec. 31, 2021.

Fruchey served on the board for 18 years. He resigned due to his purchased of Riley Creek Sportswear, which presents a conflict of interest for him as a board member.

Jefferson Street nears completion

New playground equipment installed at Buckeye on Tuesday

Bluffton council will get an update on several village projects at Monday’s council meeting.

Among items on the agenda include:
• The Jefferson Street bridge will be grooved on Tuesday, as the asphalt was installed today. Also, on Tuesday will be street line striping. Once completed the roadway will open.

• New playground equipment for the Buckeye park playground arrived last week. It will be installed on Tuesday.

• Leaf pick up will begin this week.

• Twenty-six ADA curb ramps were completed in the village in 2019.

School board picks Brad Dailey to replace Brad Fruchey

He will join the board in November

Brad Dailey of Bluffton was appointed to the Bluffton school board, which met last night (Nov. 21).

The board selected Dailey to complete the term of another, Brad...Brad Fruchey, who resigned in October. Dailey will be sworn in as a member in the November board meeting.

Dailey is the assistant manager of the Glandorf Feed Co.

His term will run through Dec. 31, 2021. Watch the Icon for an interview with the new board member to be posted soon.