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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. 

Winter coaching supplemental contracts on board agenda

Bluffton Soccer Club donates $500 to school in memory of Bill Gaines

Bluffton school board will act on several supplemental contracts on Monday. Each one relates to winter sports coaching positions.

Other action includes offering a contract to Christy Garmatter as a long-term sub and adjusting Larry Diller’s bus contract from 7 hours to 5.5 hours per day. Twelve substitute teacher contracts will be considered as will a substitute educational contract and substitute custodian contract.

The board will also act to accept a $500 donation by the Bluffton Soccer Club in memorial of Bill Gaines.

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.