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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.

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:

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