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Summary of September 26 village council meeting

Energy aggregation renewal
Steering comm. open house Oct. 19
SR 103 easement negotiations
Hydrant flushing and water main replacement
Bentley Rd. crosswalk improvements
Police Dept. incident statistics

The first Village of Bluffton regular council meeting of the fall began with a lengthy presentation from a representative of Toledo-based Palmer Energy Company, which negotiates large-scale energy aggregation deals. Palmer groups together Ohio entities like cities, towns, and counties to solicit cheaper utility rates. After a referendum about a decade ago, Bluffton voters agreed to join an electric aggregation deal.  That deal is up for renewal and Council was informed that gas aggregation can be added, if we are willing to place the question on an upcoming ballot again. 

If passed, all Bluffton ratepayers would become part of the program, but anyone can opt out at any time. Council asked for more details so that planning can begin as soon as possible. Several comments were made in favor of the proposal, citing the volatile trends of natural gas prices.

Next came a couple brief Committee reports. Joe Sehlhorst called attention to the upcoming "Bluffton Beyond Tomorrow" open house, set for October 19. This will be a drop-in event at the middle school, where residents are invited to provide feedback on topics generated by a July survey

Safety Services committee meeting on Sept. 26

The Village of Bluffton has announced a meeting of the Safety Services committee at noon on Monday, September 26.

The meeting will be at the Bluffton Town Hall, 154 N. Main St.

September 19 Bluffton Board of Education meeting summary

Pirate Cart coffee service, MS Overnight School at Camp Berry, Elementary School field trips resume, $8K grant for water bottle fillers 

All board members were present for the September 19 meeting of the Bluffton schools Board of Education. President Larry Hoffman conducted the 7:30 p.m. meeting in the media center of Bluffton Elementary School.

Several parents were in attendance to see the introduction of the Pirate Cart, a small business-style project being operated by students Nathan Taylor and Aiden Koontz. The Pirate Cart sells coffee and treats on Thursdays. The students are supervised by High School Intervention Specialist Emily Spallinger and classroom aide Cindy Prowant. The board and guests were treated to coffee, water and homemade marshmallow candies.

Bluffton Beyond Tomorrow and Village Council meetings announced

The Village of Bluffton has announced the following meetings at Bluffton Town Hall

Bluffton Beyond Tomorrow – Wednesday, September 21 at 7:30 p.m.

Village Council – Monday, September 26 at 7:00 p.m.

Summary of Sept. 12 Bluffton Council meeting

By Andy Chappell-Dick

  • Agreement for full-time police officer in Bluffton Schools
  • Appropriation of easements on SR-103
  • Oct. 19 public forum for strategic planning

With summer's end, the agenda facing Village Council has returned to its normal size. At the Monday, September 12 regular meeting at Bluffton Town Hall, there were six pieces of legislation to consider, five of which were in emergency "hurry up" mode. One prompted a lengthy executive session. Even though all six passed unanimously with little discussion, the meeting lasted nearly
two hours.

Council packet archive on the Classifieds page

While our council reporter prepares a summary of the September 12 meeting of the Bluffton village council, you can access the packet prepared for the public below and all 2022 packets to date on our Classifieds page.

September 12, 2022 Bluffton Council packet