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Estimates coming in on several village spring projects

Bluffton council received updates on several spring construction projects on March 8. Jamie Mehaffie, village administrator, reviewed the projects with council.

He told council that he is seeking estimates next week for the Swiss Park Storm Drainage Phase II project. Three contractors have submitted bids. He said that he hopes to bring a recommendation to council on March 22.

Several council committee meetings set

The following committee meetings were set at the Feb. 22 council meeting:

Spring Street bridge may be repaired this summer

The village is finalizing details on the Spring Street bridge deck replacement project. Jamie Mehaffie, village administrator, provided a report to council on Feb. 22.

His report stated that he met recently with Brion Rhodes on the project. As the schedule stands currently the project is projected have bid advertisements in April. Those bids may be awarded by council at the second meeting in May.

Construction could take place from early July through October. No cost estimates were issued on the project on Feb. 22.

Village ponders its role in the Groves building

What is the role of the village concerning the Groves' Bear building? That question was discussed during the Feb. 22 Bluffton council meeting. The answer, according to Steve Chamberlain, village solicitor, follows: The role of the village in this issue is safety and general zoning.

The issue was discussed as a result the heavy snow, which caused an apparent structural problem to the building last week. The building has been closed to the public since Thursday.

Village, schools, ODOT meet to discuss Main-College intersection

Bluffton council learned on Feb. 8 that the village and school representatives have met with Eric Pfenning of Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) to discuss the school zone flashers and the College-Main intersection.

Jamie Mehaffie, village administrator, told council that he and Rick Skilliter, police chief, and Greg Denecker, school superintendent met with ODOT.

Bluffton officials asked ODOT to have school zone flashers activated from 7:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. The flashers are property of ODOT and under their control.

Council okays hospital rezoning request; mosquito misting approved for 2010

On Jan. 25, Bluffton's council okayed a request from its board of zoning appeals to allow the Bluffton Hospital to construction a garage across from the hospital on Garau Street.

On the surface it may not appear to be major action, but it is another step in the hospital's renovation and expansion that should take place this year.

The action was required because the land in question needed to move from residential to commercial zoning. The complete minutes from the hearing on the zoning change request are found in the Bluffton council tab in The Icon.

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