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Summary of March 13 Village Council Meeting

By Andy Chappell-Dick

At the March 13 regular meeting of the Bluffton council, Mayor RIch Johnson's first order of business was to call upon Police Chief Ryan Burkholder. The chief announced that the department's Citizen of the Year for 2022 was Chad Cupples, who has done extensive advocacy following last year's on-duty death of Officer Dominic Francis. Cupples' work was instrumental in pushing forward memorials for Francis on Interstate 75 and in town. He was present to accept the award and received a round of applause.

Summary of February 27 Village of Bluffton Council Meeting

Trash and recycling contract approved, employee wage increase, new leaf picker upper, gas aggregation on May ballot-public meeting scheduled

By Andy Chapell-Dick 

After opening the February 27 regular meeting of the Bluffton council, Mayor Johnson called first for a report from the Utilities Committee, because a pair of guests from the Rumpe company were on hand seeking renewal of the contract for residential trash and recycling collection. Village Administrator Jesse Blackburn said the committee had a few options, including opening the contract for bids.  

Packet for February 28 Bluffton council meeting

The Village of Bluffton has distributed the attached packet for the 7:00 p.m. regular Bluffton Council Meeting on February 27.

Action items include:

Apollo Board meeting includes approval of levy amounts

The 7:00 p.m. Regular Meeting of the Apollo Board of Education on February 27, 2023 will include action on amounts to be derived from levies. The agenda is attached.

In addition to Jeremy Scoles of Bluffton, members of the board are 

Mike Carpenter
Spencer Clum
Ron Fleming
Dennis Fricke
Dan Marshman
Yvonne Marrs
Ron Mertz
Jackie Place
Brian Spallinger
Ned Stechschulte

Village Utilities meeting scheduled February 24

The Village of Bluffton has announced a new meeting:

Utilities Committee - Friday, February 24 at 12:30 p.m.

Other upcoming public meetings are:

Joint Personnel Committee & Finance - Friday, February 24 at 11:30 a.m.

Council Meeting - Monday, February 27 at 7:00 p.m.

All meetings are at the Town Hall, 154 N. Main St. unless otherwise noted.

Summary of February board of education meeting

By Paula Scott

Bluffton Exempted Village Schools Board of Education held its February 20 meeting at 7:30 p.m. in the Elementary Media Center. The meeting was called to order by Board President Brad Dailey. All members were present including Larry Hoffman, Roni Kaufman, Wes Klinger and Jeremy Scoles.

Approval of the agenda, minutes and reports was unanimous without discussion.

Icon editor Paula Scott stepped out of her role as a reporter to share an email she sent to board members earlier that day. Scott noted that local residents had attended a recent Bluffton council meeting to express concerns about pedestrian safety on Main St., especially near the High School. She described a Catch-22 situation: the location needs more pedestrians to be considered for a traffic signal, but is avoided because it is considered dangerous.