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EMS chief proposes weekend on-call incentives

The Icon is providing expanded and corrected descriptions of two incentive program options provided by EMS Chief Jan Basinger. The proposal document is attached.

EMS Chief went on 486 of 808 calls in 2022

By Paula Scott

On January 9, the Bluffton Council safety services committee met to hear a proposal by EMS Chief Jan Basinger to provide on-call and service frequency incentives for EMS volunteer crew members. He was responding to a 2021 request from the council to create a bonus program for EMS members.

The reason for the new proposal is that calls for service are steadily increasing while EMS volunteer personnel numbers are decreasing.

Board of Education meeting preview, January 11

New 5-year contract for superintendent

By Paula Scott

At 7:30 p.m. on January 11, the Bluffton Exempted Village Schools Board of Education will meet for a re-organization and regular meeting. Board meetings are held in the Elementary Media Center, 102 S. Jackson St.

The organizational meeting agenda gives a partial view of the duties of the school treasurer and superintendent based on the permissions granted to them by the school board.

In regular business, the board will be asked to approve a new 5-year contract for Superintendent Greg Denecker and the reappointment of Carrie Phillips to a 7-year term as a Bluffton Public Library board member.

Reminder: Zoning Board meets January 10

The Bluffton Board of Zoning and Building Appeals will meet at 7:00 p.m. on January 10 in the third-floor Community Room at the Bluffton Town Hall, 154 N. Main St.

Applicants Ryan and Jessica Meyer are asking the Village of Bluffton for permissions to convert the former True Word Tabernacle church at 104 East Elm St. into a multiple apartment facility. Allen County Assessor's records show the 9,844 square foot building was constructed in 1920 and renovated in 2004.

Council packet released for January 9 meeting

A packet for the January 9 regular meeting of the Bluffton Council has been issued. The meeting will take place at 7:00 p.m. on the third floor of Bluffton Town Hall, 154 N. Main.

The 33-page document includes:

- Agenda

- Voucher Report

- Covid- 19 Report from Allen County Health Department (community risk level high)

- Proposed Ordinance No. 01-2023 regarding publishing changes to the Code of Ordinances

Village Safety Committee meets January 9

The Village of Bluffton has announced the following meeting at Bluffton Town Hall, 154 N. Main.

Safety Committee - Monday, January 9 at 6:30 p.m.

Library board of trustees announce 2023 meeting schedule

The Board of Trustees of Bluffton Public Library has announced its meeting schedule for 2023. 

Meetings will be held on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the library's Board Room at 145 South Main St., Bluffton. No meetings will take place in July or December.

Board meetings are open to the public. Board members are:

Bob Beer, president

Nancy Yeager, vice president

Carrie Phillips, secretary

Amy Lehman Mikesell

Robert Scott