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March 23, 2019

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Board considers $211,755 air conditioning bid for new gym

Marching band planning a trip to Disney World in 2020

The Bluffton school board will act on an agreement on Monday for the construction of new air handlers, controls and piping for air conditioning in the new high school gym.

A bid of $211,755 from All Temp Refrigeration is being considered for the project. The board is part of the Interlocal Purchasing System (TIPS) Program and TIPS had approved the bid.

Greg Denecker, Bluffton superintendent, told the Icon that the gym is not currently air conditioned.

Jefferson Street bridge slated for 2019 replacement

Reports from personnel, streets and finance committees also on Monday's council agenda

Bluffton council will act on legislation on Monday that will put into motion the replacement of the Jefferson Street bridge over Riley Creek.

The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) project is on the 2019 project calendar.

ODOT and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) will pay for the bridge replacement. Should the village request certain features not in the ODOT-FHWA plans, the village will pay for those features.

A start date and projected completion date are not yet determined.

Planning Commission meets Monday

A Bluffton Village Planning Commission meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Monday, March 12, at the third floor of the town hall. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the Parkview Development.

Mikesell, Probst promoted on EMS

Village prepares for Feb. 22 West Elm Street meeting

Nicki Mikesell and Levi Probst received promotions in the Bluffton EMS squad this month. Bluffton council approved Mikesell and Probst promotions to lieutenants upon the recommendation of Jan Basinger, EMS chief.

In addition, two persons completed EMT training and were approved for placement on activity duty on EMS. The two newest members are Olivia Sneary and Emily Buckell. They were both approved as probationary EMTs for the six-month period beginning in June.

2018 tax revenue streams

On Monday's school board agenda

Bluffton school board will act to approve 2018 tax revenue streams on Monday.

The action includes approving amounts required from the general property tax and from the county auditor’s estimated tax rates.

The attached school board packet breaks down in detail, general property taxes approved and the county auditor’s estimated tax rates.

It also shows the school district’s general fund and bond retirement and permanent improvement fund amounts.

Committee report night

Seven council committee provide reports of meetings on Monday

Seven Bluffton council committee reports are on Monday's Bluffton council agenda.

The unusual number of reports is due, in part, to a new year and a new council committee structure.

Reports will be from:
• Safety services
• Streets, alleys, lights and sidewalks
• Finance
• Ordinance
• Parks and recreation
• Utilities
• Cultural affairs

The minutes of those committee meetings are in the council packet attached at the bottom of this story. Below is a list of council committee and members of those commitees.