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Bluffton Planning Commission meeting set

The Village of Bluffton Planning Commission plans to meet on Tuesday, July 20 at 5:00 p.m. on the third floor of the Town Hall. The meeting will serve as a pre-application conference for a potential major subdivision off of Sunset Drive.

School board will meet tonight at 7:30 p.m.

Agenda includes a review of contracts and assignments

Bluffton school board will review its "Service Fund" at the July 19 meeting.

In addition, the board will act on appointing Paula Parish, treasurer, Wesley Klinger, board president, and Greg Denecker, superintendent, to the Records Commission for the 2021-2022 school year.

The board will also review several contracts and assignments, including changes in hours, new classified employees, supplemental contracts, classified substitutes, and substitute teachers.

Additional action can be found in the board’s agenda attached to this story.

Council discusses credit card policy, street signs, and more

Additional speed radar signs in discussion

The council packet for the July 12 meeting included an update from the Streets, Lights, Alleys, and Sidewalks Committee. The committee's report includes a report of discussion surrounding street parking, speed radar signs, crack sealing, and new street name signs.

The proposed new street name sign design is a white sign with black lettering. Additional information can be found in the council packet.

On the administrator's report is a thank-you to SumiRiko volunteers who prepared twenty planting spots for trees along W. Elm Street scheduled for planting this fall. 

School board will act on three-year OAPSE contract

School administrators to receive 2.9 percent salary increase

Bluffton school board will take action on Monday concerning several back-to-school matters.

In addition, the board will act on a three-year collective bargaining agreement with its Ohio Association Public School Employees (OAPSE) covering July 1 2021, through June 30, 2024.

The agenda also includes a 2.9 percent pay raise for Greg Denecker, Michael Minnig, Joshua Kauffman, Paula Parish and Marden Herr. The raises cover Aug. 1, 2021 through July 31, 2014.

Will someone please turn on the lights

Council committee looking a village nighttime lighting updates

Improved nighttime lighting, sidewalk extensions, crosswalk improvements, sign replacements and another look at village entry points.

These are among topics under review by the members of the Bluffton council streets, lights, alleys and sidewalk committee. Members are Joe Sehlhorst and Jerry Cupples.

Meeting for over 1 hours on May 27, Sehlhorst updated the entire council on discussion points of that meeting during council's Monday session.

The complete minutes are in the council packet attached below this story.

Long-term village strategic planning discussed

Bluffton planning commission's May 18 focus

Bluffton’s planning commission, meeting May 18, held a discussion focusing on long-term strategic planning needs of the village.

This is the first serious discussion on this topic since a Village Visioning Plan developed after a one-year study, which concluded in 2006.