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No school Monday, but lots of events on the calendar

Elementary calendar full of activities in March

There's no school on Monday to observe President's Day. However, there's lot of events on the February-March calendar in the schools.

Here's an update on activites at the elementary:

Feb. 20  - No School – President’s Day
Feb. 23  - Chinese Drumming Assembly – a.m.
Feb. 24 - Midterms go home with students
Feb. 27 - 5th & 6th Grade Quiz Bowl, 4:30 p.m.–Shawnee MS
Feb 27 -Third Grade (Mrs. Schulte) Lion & Lamb “Culture”, 9 a.m.
Feb. 28  - Third Grade (Mrs. Kingsley) Lion & Lamb “Culture”, 9 a.m.

SR 103 corridor project could cost $10.4 million

Bluffton council exploring several options to move forward

One suggested fix resulting from Bluffton’s State Route 103 corridor safety study comes with a $10.4 million price tag.

That solution considers solving the following:

• Poor access management
• Lack of pedestrian facilities
• Need for crosswalks
• Separate bike and pedestrian facilities
• Congestion by the businesses
• Lack of turn lanes
• Poor sight distance at County Line Road

Council street-alley committee discusses Main-College

Parkview and Main also on agenda

Bluffton council’s streets, alleys, lights and sidewalk committee meet Feb. 2 with seven agenda items.

These included:
• Asphalt sealing
• Alley vacation
• Riverbend lighting
• 2017 sidewalk connectivity
• State Route 103 corridor study
• South Main and College intersection
• Parkview-Main Street-State Route 103 intersection

Much of the discussion involved the Main-College intersection. Four possible solutions to the safety of the intersection are under discussion.

Tree Commission and Lions Club discuss joint tree planting projects

Looking as several locations in the village

The Bluffton Tree Commission is in conversation with the Bluffton Lions Club for a tree planting project in several locations in the village.

The commission met Feb. 7. During the meeting Gene Long of Lions presented a club tree planting project. Commission members are receptive to the plan. The first steps are to inspect sites along Snider Road and 313 North Main Street to hlep form a planting plan.

Several additional items were on the Feb. 7 agenda. The minutes of the meeting are attached.

ODOT seeks comments on proposed local project

The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) District 1, in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)  seeking public comments regarding a project in Allen County.

Concrete Pavement and Ramp Repairs – This project proposes to make repairs to concrete pavement sections and ramps at the state Route 696 and U.S. Route 30 interchange approximately 0.5 miles east of the village of Beaverdam.

Time to sharpen up on your village income tax questions

Here's some assistance from the village

It's tax season.

Here's an overview concerning Village of Bluffton income taxes from the village tax administrator, Rhonda Hohenbrink.

A full description of the Village of Bluffton’s income tax requirements is on the village’s website at www.bluffton-ohio.com, under the Income Tax tab.

The link to the ordinances can be found on the left-hand side of the page in the Search Tax Forms box called Income Tax Ordinance.

Bluffton elementary students introduced to music from China

During Feb. 23 assembly by trio of Chinese musicians

FROM ADA ICON - A trio of Chinese musicians will perform traditional music from their homeland during an assembly at Bluffton elementary school on the morning of Thursday, Feb. 23.

The musicians include:

• Yunhe Wang, a recent graduate of Minzu University in Beijing. She plays the sheng, which is similar to a harmonica, and the dizi, a type of flute.

DTR Industries becomes SumiRiko Ohio on March 1

No change in ownership, management or daily operations

Bluffton's DTR Industries has a new name.

As of March 1 it will be SumiRiko Ohio, Inc., according to Takahisa Kato, president and COO.

DTR manufactures anti-vibration products for the automotive industry. It was established in Bluffton in 1988 and employs 600 associates.

The name change announcement, made today also stated that there is no change to DTR Industries’ ownership, management or daily operations.

Community health assessment survey coming

2,400 residents will be selected randomly

Over the next two months, 2,400 Allen County residents will be randomly selected to participate in a community health assessment survey, according to Monica Harnish, director of health planning services of the Allen County Public Department.

 The committee is working closely with the Hospital Council of Northwest Ohio and researchers at the University of Toledo to conduct the survey.

Residents of Allen County who are randomly selected are urged to complete and return the survey.

More I-75 construction around Findlay starts this spring

Beaver Excavating Co., Canton, is the apparent low bidder for a project, which will reconstruct and widen Interstate 75 through Findlay and Hancock County beginning this spring.

The apparent successful bid was $113.2 million. The contract will be officially awarded in approximately two weeks once a review of all bidding documents is complete.

The project will take place from just south of Harrison Street/County Road 144, which is just south of the Ohio 15/U.S. Route 68 interchange, to the County Road 99 interchange in Findlay.