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Apollo Career Center board agenda available to Icon viewers

The Apollo Career Center board of education's May meeting is at 7 p.m., Monday, May 23, at the Center.

The agenda is an attachment at the bottom of this story.

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New bleacher at Harmon Field will cost $64,550

Dave York Sports, Inc., of Louisville, Ky., was awarded a bid of $64,550 for installing new bleachers at Harmon Field. The bid was accepted on Monday by the Bluffton school board.

In other signification action involving funds, the Bluffton board awarded its 2011-12 school district insurance plan to Fawcett, Lammon, Recker and Associates. The contract totals $38,123 and covers fleet, property and liability insurance for the district effective July 1 through June 30, 2012.

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Bluffton water and sewer rates going up this summer

Bluffton water and sewer customers should plan on a five percent utility increase reflected in their July bills.

On Monday, council passed the first reading of an ordinance to increase utility rates. According to Nancy Kindle, village fiscal officer, the general fund has helped out the water fund considerably already this year.

"The goal is for water and sewer funds to be self-sufficient and that is not happening," she said. "The general fund can not continue to fund these."

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Change in Monday night council committee meetings

Bluffton council's Fire and Rescue meeting scheduled for 7:30 p.m., Monday, May 9, has been canceled. In its place, a 7:30 p.m. utility committee meeting has been scheduled, according to Nancy Kindle, village fiscal officer.

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Superintendent addresses school plan to deal with shortage of revenue for fiscal 2011

Note: The following column is by Greg Denecker, superintendent of Bluffton schools. The column is part of the current school newsletter. A complete copy of the newsletter is an attachment at the bottom of this article.

I want to bring everyone up-to-date on the plans to deal with a shortage of revenue from fiscal year 2011. The new state budget proposal (which will probably pass close to current projections) will perpetuate a significant decrease in revenue for our district over the next two years.

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April 28 North Dixie Highway annexation hearing cancelled

The Village of Bluffton's North Dixie Highway annexation hearing hit another snag this week. The hearing was set for 10 a.m., Thursday, April 28, in the Allen County courthouse. That hearing is now cancelled.

A letter of explanation is being sent to property owners in the proposed annexation area. That letter follows:

To the Property Owners in the Proposed Annexation Area to the Village of Bluffton

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