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Summary of December 12 Bluffton Council meeting

New internet provider announced; two stop sign supplements installed

By Andy Chappell-Dick

The December 12 regular meeting of the Bluffton Council was brief, just 35 minutes. (Scroll down on for an archive of meeting packets.)


Utilities - Councilor Dave Steiner made an announcement that noticeably energized the room. The Cincinnati-based tech startup Omni Fiber will become Bluffton's newest internet service provider next year, when it plans to install a network of fiber optic cables in town. The new fiber optic cables will be added to existing AEP utility poles, and buried in neighborhoods where services are already underground.

The Omin Fiber website states that standard speeds are "up to" 500 Mbps, with enhanced packages of four times that speed. Costs will be comparable to the existing providers.

Tree Commission - Councilor Ben Stahl reported for the Tree Commission. Several tree maintenance tasks around town were handled by commission members themselves, rather than hiring out the work.

Board of Education meets at 5:30 p.m. on December 12

The Bluffton Exempted Village Schools Board of Education will meet at 5:30 on Monday, December 12, rather than at 7:30 p.m., to accommodate attendance at school concerts later in the evening. Board meetings are held in the Elementary School media center.

The agenda includes:


- President Pro Tempore for January Organizational meeting.      

- Substitute Teacher at $95.00 per day taught: Jared Breece, Sophia Bricker, Mackenzie Jackson, Perry Luhn, Maegan Bouchonville

- Substitute Educational Aides Contract at $12.00 per hour worked: Kim Kirkendall

- Substitute Bus Driver Contract at $17.50 per hour worked: Brian Hilty

- Classified Contract: Jon Jay Stratton – Bus Driver, Step 1, $19.54 Per Hour, 4 Hours Per day. Effective – November 30, 2022

- Students For Other Students Coordinators: Andrew Armstrong, $20.00 per hour worked for a maximum of 60 hours


Utilities Committee meeting scheduled for Dec. 9

A Utility Committee meeting has been scheduled by the Village of Bluffton council. The meeting will be at the Bluffton Town Hall.

Utility Committee - Friday, December 9 at 1:30 p.m.

For more information on committees and their members, visit


Tree Commission meeting announced

The following meeting has been added to the December public meetings schedule for the Village of Bluffton. These events are held at Bluffton Town Hall, 154 N. Main.

Tree Commission - Thursday, December 8 at 7:00 p.m.

Holiday message from Apollo Career Center

The following message was issued by Apollo Career Center on December 1, 2022.

Happy Holidays from Apollo Career Center!

All of us at Apollo Career Center sincerely thank you and the community for supporting Apollo’s maintenance renewal levy. The continous support we receive throughout the year is greatly appreciated and never taken for granted.

Special meeting called by JAMPD board

The Board of Commissioners of the Johnny Appleseed Metropolitan Park District will hold a special Board meeting on Wed. Dec. 7, 2022 at 9:00 am at the Park Conference Room,1682 Slabtown Rd., Lima, OH 45801.

The board will be amending resolutions that passed in October and November for renewal levies that will be on the ballot in spring 2023.

The park district owns and manages Motter Metro Park, 10740 Columbus Grove-Bluffton Rd, Bluffton, a 105 acres park with 1.5 miles of mowed grass trails along Little Riley Creek.