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Expect village recycling charges to increase

Pickup may change to every other week

Bluffton recycling customers will soon experience an additional cost for recycling plus changes in local pickup.

Jesse Blackburn, village administrator, updated Bluffton council on Monday following a meeting with Republic Services, the village recycling provider. Republic's contract expires this fall.

Here’s a summary of Blackburn’s report to the council. Attachments at the bottom of this story provide additional details of the “China Sword” mentioned in his report.

Two meeting set prior to Monday's council meeting

Two meetings were schedule by the village on Friday. Both are set prior to Monday's 7 p.m., regularly scheduled council meeting.

Jesse Blackburn, village administrator, said, "We’ll be discussing upcoming projects that need council agreement on completing in 2019.  More specifically it will involve work on East Jefferson Street from Main St to County Line Road.

Those meeting details follow:

7th graders overnighter at Camp Berry; 8th graders headed to D.C. in May

Both trips on Monday's school board agenda

Bluffton seventh graders will have an overnight learning experience in October. Eighth graders will take a trip to the nation’s capital in May.

Both trips are annual experiences for junior high students. Bluffton’s school board will make these official during its Monday night school board meeting.

Seventh graders will participate in Outdoor School at Camp Berry, Arlington, Wednesday through Friday, Oct. 10 to 12. Eighth graders have an option to participate in a trip to Washington, D.C., Monday to Thursday, May 20 to 23.

Buckeye park will have new restrooms

75 trees hoped for are not coming to the village; paper work never completed

Bluffton council accepted the low bid from Schimmoeller Construction of Kalida, to construct new restrooms at the Buckeye Park.

The Monday night action accepted the Kalida firm’s base bid of $119,997 for the project, which is under the $120,800 engineer’s estimate. Council did not accept an addition proposal of  $16,497 to add a porch to the building.

Schimmoeller has until June 15, 2019, to complete the building. Council approved the contract as an emergency in the hope that construction would begin very soon.

Several contracts, assignments, one resignation

At Monday's Bluffton school board meeting

Bluffton school board puts some actions into place for the 2018-19 school year at its Monday meeting.

Among agenda items include:
• Contracts, assignments and resignations – Those include several contracts for supplemental coaching, substitute teacher, substitute educational aides, substitute secretary and substitute cafeteria workers.

• One student teaching assignment – Lauren Roberts of University of Dayton with Elizabeth Smith

Bluffton schools 2018-19 appropriations reach $19 million

News middle school science teacher to be hired


Bluffton school board will act on the hiring of a new teacher at its Thursday board meeting. Amanda Temple will be offered a one-year contract to teach sixth and seventh grade science. She will replace Lauren Moser, who has resigned.

If hired, Temple will join the system with a master’s, step 3, one-year contract at $44,023 per year.