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Jefferson Street phase II bids 22% lower than estimated

Council recognizes Dan Bowden upon his year-end retirement

Council’s packet attached to this story -
Bids opened for the Jefferson Street Phase II project next summer are encouraging, Jesse Blackburn, village administrator, informed Bluffton council members on Monday.

“The bids were opened on Dec. 3 and range from $838,539 to just over $1 million,” said Blackburn.

He added that the village engineering firm, Choice One, has provided the village with a bid review and the project should be awarded at the next council meeting.

School board acts on purchase of new 84-passenger bus

Anticipated from Cardinal Bus at $92,890

Bluffton school board prepares for the end of 2020 as it meets one final time this year. The agenda is attached at the bottom of this story.

The board will act on the purchase of a new 84-passenager school bus at a cost of $92,890, from Cardinal Bus Sales and Service. The purchase is through a joint purchasing program with The Southwestern Ohio Educational Purchasing Council.

The board will act to renew a seven-year term on the Bluffton-Richland Public Library board for Emily VonStein, covering January 2021 to December 2027.

Council close to adopting an animal ordinance

Topic addresses permits, animal nuisances, appeals and penalties

Once upon a time nearly every household in Bluffton had a horse, possibly a cow and perhaps chickens.

These were animals serving an important function including travel and food. Those days are gone and it is doubtful they will return.

However, some animals as pets, other than dogs and cats, are appearing within the village limits.

Bluffton has few legal animal regulations other than dogs must be on leashes.

Village considers annexation of Motter Metro Park

Park and rec committee exploring retention ponds at village park to mitigate flooding

Council packet attached below this story -
Bluffton council’s park and recreation committee explained projects on its plate during Monday’s council session.

The committee is looking into an annex procedure of the 105-acre Motter Metro Park, which is owned by the Johnny Appleseed Metropolitan Park District. The park is located at 10740 Columbus Grove Road.

One of the long-term goals of the committee is to include a way to get from the Parkview subdivision to the Motter Metro Park walking paths.

Jefferson Street phase II scheduled for 2021

Work will cover the street from the railroad to the County Line Road

Jefferson Street phase II is back.

Jesse Blackburn, village administrator, provided Bluffton council members with a 2021 timeline for the project originally scheduled for the spring of 2020. The one-year delay was due to state funding issues related to covid-19.

Blackburn said that the estimated bid date for the project will be in November. Bids will be awarded in December or January. 

Sanitary and storm improvements will begin in March and roadway construction is set for April with a completion date of June.

Diamond Sports asks for ball diamond improvement assistance

Shannon Cemetery monument moving ahead; village will purchase new police cruiser in 2021

Bluffton Diamond Sports is hoping Bluffton council will share half the costs of an improvement to one of the village park ball diamonds in 2021.

Council’s park and recreation committee, meeting on Sept. 30, was approached by the summer youth sports group to assist in the project.

The project would add roughly 100 ton of material on the playing field that faces County Line Road. The estimated total cost for the upgrade is between $10,000 and $12,000, according to Ben Stahl, council member.

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