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January 21, 2019

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School board reorganizes for 2018 on Monday

Brad Fruchey, Ken Lugibihl and Wes Klinger begin new four-year terms

Bluffton school board reorganizes for a new year on Monday. Three re-elected board members will take the oath of office for another four years and several board appointments will follow.

The three re-elected board members are Brad Fruchey, Ken Lugibihl and Wes Klinger.

Among appointments are:
• Board president and vice-president
• Over a dozen standing authorizations affecting the treasurer and superintendent
• The 2018 meeting schedule
• Board representatives to various committees, delegates and liaisons

New but familiar council meets for first time in 2018 on Monday

They will chose a council president and may also pick a replacement for one council vacancy

It’s a new year and Bluffton council meets in its new-yet-familiar look for the first time in 2018 on Monday.

Monday is Richard Johnson’s first official meeting as mayor. It is also the first meeting for new council members Jerry Cupples, Mitch Kingsley and David Steiner.

The Monday agenda is largely a reorganization session. Although not on the agenda, council has the option of selecting a council member to replace Johnson who became mayor at the resignation of Judy Augsburger at the final 2017 meeting.

Four council members swearing in on Friday

Jerry Cupples, Mitch Kingsley, David Steiner, Phill Talavinia

A swearing in of Bluffton’s council winners from the Nov. 7 general election takes place at 10 a.m., Friday, Dec. 29, in the town hall, according to Laura Ewing, village fiscal officers.

Four council members who will begin their four-year terms are Jerry Cupples, Mitch Kingsley, David Steiner and Phill Talavinia.

Cupples, Kingsley and Steiner each served previously on council and are returning after a few years of absence. Talavinia already serves and was reelected to his seat.

Judy Augsburger resigns as Bluffton's mayor

Council president Richard Johnson is the new mayor

In a surprise announcement, Judy Augsburger resigned her position as Bluffton mayor at the conclusion of Monday’s council meeting (Dec. 18).

Her resignation was not on the agenda distributed on Friday.  However, it must not have been a total surprise to the council because at the end of the meeting she was presented a plaque for her years as mayor by Richard Johnson.

Upon the resignation of a mayor, the council president assumes the mayoral position. Johnson, council president, was immediately sworn in as mayor upon Augsburger resignation.

Looks like there's a 2018 BHS biology field trip to the Florida Keys

School board will act on Monday

Bluffton school board will consider on some year-end actions at its Monday night school board meeting.

Among action to be consider is approval of:
• a bus bid from Cardinal Bus Sales
• Nancy Yeager to a 7-year term on the Bluffton Public Library board
• several board policies ranging from non-discrimination on the basis of sexual harassment to truancy
• 2018-19 open enrollment policy

The board will also act on approval of a high school biology field trip to Florida Keys June 4 to June 12, 2018.

Bluffton council goes for three-month 2018 temporary appropriations

Rather than acting on a 12-month appropriations ordinance

Bluffton council taking a cue from the federal government and, rather than passing a 2018 appropriations, will act on Monday for legislation covering three months of 2018.

Council held a special meeting on Dec. 4 for the purpose of finalizing the 2018 appropriations. The special meeting started at 7 p.m.  Council entered executive session at 8:45 p.m. to discuss personnel wages. Roger Warren moved and Ralph Miller seconded the motion.

At 9:15 p.m., council exited the closed-door session and returned to regular session.