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Bluffton's 2010 appropriations by the numbers

Bluffton's council recently approved its 2010 appropriations. A breakdown of where spending will occur this year follows:

Village dodges financial bullet in 2009

As bad as 2009 was, the Village of Bluffton's budget dodged the financial bullet in the year just past.

According to Nancy Kindle, village fiscal officer, Bluffton's cash balances decreased by $295,008 in 2009. The streetscape program was completed at a cost of $230,244 and $600,000 of the town hall debt was retired. Those figures were revealed at the Jan. 11 council meeting - the first meeting of 2010.

2010 village general fund "only" $2.1 million

Gone are those large village projects:

  • the $1 million Main Street waterline
  • the Main Street streetscape project
  • the $2.5 million town hall renovation
  • the multi-million water tower projects
  • the Ottawa waterline project

It appears 2010 is a "breather" year for the Village of Blfufton budget. Bluffton council okayed its 2010 budget on Dec. 28. The general fund total is $2,138,316. That's lower than the 2009 general fund budget of $2,331,215.

Variance granted at 218 S. Main St.

The Bluffton board of zoning and appeals granted a rear yard variance in a hearing held Dec. 14.

The variance of eight feet was requested by petitioners Sean and JoLynn Burrell and Meg Burrell for a property at 218 S. Main St.

The purpose of hearing was to consider the variance for an addition to the house at the address. A garage and second story will be added to the back of the house into the rear yard.

Village ready to grind brush

As the season changes, village employees switch their work from fall to winter.

At the Dec. 14 Bluffton council meeting Jamie Mehaffie, village administrator, told council members that leaf pickup is completed. "We have received quotes for the grinding of the brush dump," he said. "The low quote was $9,125 and the high, $13,625. My plan is to have this completed as soon as possible so that that material will be ready for spring."

Village switches from fall to winter planning

As the season changes, village employees switch their work from fall to winter.

At the Dec. 14 Bluffton council meeting Jamie Mehaffie, village administrator, told council members that leaf pickup is completed. "We have received quotes for the grinding of the brush dump," he said. "The low quote was $9,125 and the high, $13,625. My plan is to have this completed as soon as possible so that that material will be ready for spring."

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