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Animal zoning ordinance may happen in Bluffton

Discussion centers on non-traditional animals

Bluffton council may soon address an animal zoning ordinance.

Council’s ordinance committee, meeting on April 29, discussed criteria for an ordinance proposed by Mitch Kingsley, according to the committee’s minutes of the meeting.

The minutes were part of the recent council agenda, and the council voted to go forward with an ordinance, although one is not yet ready for council’s action.

No salary increases proposed for school administrators in 2020-21

Board acts on four-year contracts on Monday

Bluffton school board will act on contracts for its administrative staff on Monday.

The contracts cover a four-year period, and include no salary increases for 2020-21. Depending upon the staff member, contracts cover either July 1, 2020, to June 30, 2024, or Aug. 1, 2020, to July 31, 2024.

27 village employees get raises

Council also reminds residents of clean up week and recycle-refuse cart disposal

Bluffton council provide raises for 27 village employees at its May 11 council meeting – conducted in a virtual format. The raises are effective Jan. 1, 2020.

It also established requirements and starting wages for members of its police department and village employees, full-time, part-time and salaried.

The salaries lists and details of employee requirements is attached in the May 11 council package at the bottom of this story. Details are on pages 19 through 27.

This week's Bluffton council schedule

Here are this week's meetings for the Village of Bluffton. All meetings will be held using Zoom video conferencing. Those interested in attending should contact Jesse Blackburn at [email protected] to request an invitation. 

• Utilities – Monday, 5/11 at 1 p.m.
• Personnel – Monday, 5/11 at 6:30 p.m.
• Council Meeting – Monday, 5/11 at 7 p.m.

Because of COVID-19 Jefferson Street phase 2 won't take place in 2020

And, this year's street program slashed in half

Two 2020 Bluffton village projects became victims of COVID-19 on Monday.

Bluffton council placed its Jefferson Street Phase 2 project, scheduled for 2020, on hold, and the council slashed its 2020 street program nearly in half. The action is due to anticipate lower village and state revenues this year.

Unless state health order is lifted, distance learning will continue until the end of school year

Denny Phillips resigns effective May 28

• April and March board agendas at the bottom of this story

Bluffton’s school board will act on a resolution on Monday, which continues distance learning until the earlier of:
1 - the expiration of the Ohio Director of Health’s order, local board of health order, or an extension of any order, or
2 -  or the end of the 2019-20 school year.

In addition to that, the board’s primary focus is on action pertaining to next school year.