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Council says yes to dog park

By Andy Chappell-Dick

With the approval of Bluffton Village Council, a local group will continue planning and fundraising for a new dog park, with construction set for spring.

At the October 21 Council meeting, Councilor Ben Stahl reported on a series of meetings held by the Parks and Recreation Committee with Matthew Ellerbrock, a local resident who has been exploring the idea.  Stahl stated that the park is proposed for Village-owned land on Lake Street, but would be built entirely with donations.


Pay hikes in the works for Village employees

By Andy Chappell-Dick

Hiring new police officers has been tough lately for the Village of Bluffton, but Council is now considering legislation that should make a big difference not only for this department but for all Village employees.

A wage survey of surrounding communities revealed that other police departments pay significantly more. This sparked a broader look at two similar-sized towns in the area, and the result is a proposal that delivers wage hikes to all Village employees.


Recap of October 2023 Bluffton School Board meeting

By Paula Scott

On Monday, October 23, the Bluffton Board of Education meeting included visitors who addressed the board and an agenda that included approving coaching and advising contracts, recognising donations, and a tax levy renewal resolution.


October 23 agenda for Bluffton Board of Education

The Bluffton school district will hold a 5:30 p.m. meeting of the Board of Education in the Elementary School media center on Monday, October 23.

The agenda includes:

Contracts, assigments and resignations including 18 supplemental coaching and advising contracts and 11 substitute teacher agreements.​

Donations in memory of Deb Herr, a Ford B. Cauffiel $7,500 donation for SOS tutoring, and a Class of 1960 donation for the lunchroom to be presented for approval.

A resolution of necessity to levy a tax renewal for collection in 2024. Adoption shall be presented to electors on March 19, 2024.


Bluffton Council agenda for October 23

The Parks & Recreation Committee will also meet at 6:30 p.m.

The Village of Bluffton will hold a regular Council Meeting at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, October 23, 2023. The agenda includes an opportunity for public comment and reports from the Parks & Recreation Committee and the Tree Commission.

The full agenda and preliminary packet is attached HERE.

Legislation includes:


Board of Education meets October 23

CORRECTING THE CORRECTION: The meeting took place at 5:30 p.m.

CALENDAR CORRECTION: The correct date for this month's Board of Education meeting is Monday, October 23.

The board meets at 7:30 p.m. in the Bluffton Elementary School media center, 102 S. Jackson St.