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September 25, 2021

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Council reviewing police department vacation issues

Covid-19 and several other issues causing scheduling challenges

Taking no action, Bluffton council reviewed scheduling issues in its police department during Monday’s council meeting.

The situation, reported by the council personnel and finance committee, which met on Aug. 5, specifically concerns vacation time.

The department has challenges due to several events, including a pregnancy and two surgeries involving officers.

Combined with that, Police Chief Ryan Burkholder anticipates problems scheduling vacations due to the continuous full-time department work during the covid-10 period that began in March.

Bike racks coming to Main Street

Bentley Road pathway extension ribbon cutting in September

Bluffton council heard updates on several bike-related topics on Monday.

Bluffton’s council streets and alleys committee, meeting Aug. 4, reported that bike racks will soon appear in several Main Street locations, encouraging the use of bicycles in the village.

Thanks to a $5,000 grant from the Allen County Health Department’s "Creating Healthy Communities,” bike riders will have 17 places to park on Main Street.

2021 village budget estimated at $4.1 million

General fund listed at $2.5 million

Bluffton council is looking at a projected $4.1 million 2021 village budget. Discussed at the July 27 council meeting, the budget must be approved and sent to the Allen County commissioners by the end of July.

Then, in December, council takes the budget and it becomes 2021 allocations. Several changes could take place in the village financial document between now and the end of the year.

Here are some of the specific budget category expenditures anticipated for 2021:

Dunkin' Donuts coming to Bluffton

And, village planning commission discusses two possible projects

One for certain and two development discussions.

Jesse Blackburn, village administrator reported plans for a Dunkin’ Donuts restaurant to go into the former Burger King restaurant at 499 State Route 103.

The announcement was part of the administrator’s report during the July 27 Bluffton council meeting. The new owners plan to raze the Burger King building beginning Aug. 3 and replace it with a new structure by mid-November. Watch the Icon developments on this project.

Board set to sign 1-year agreements with BEA and OAPSE

School's appropriations will reach $20.3 million

Bluffton school board will act on several items pertaining to the 2020-21 school year at tonight’s board meeting.

Village cleaning up its act on inoperative motor vehicles

Building permits reached $1.5 million in first six months of 2020

Although it is mid-summer, a time Bluffton traditionally slows to a halt, that’s not the case this year.

Several village projects are underway or will begin soon. Jesse Blackburn, village administrator, updated Bluffton council on several of these at the July 13 council session.

At the top of the list is legislation affecting storage of inoperative motor vehicles. 

The issue concerns the definition of the word “building.” A change was made to clear up that definition to disallow car ports without walls and tarps as vague descriptions of “buildings.”