Bluffton Swim Team Donates to Village

   The addition of a new heating unit to the Bluffton pool last summer was less expensive than expected, according to Mayor Augsburger, but still was in the $20,000 to $30,000 range. The swim team, whose president is Jennie Wilson, wanted to show its appreciation to the village for making their mornings in the pool a less numbing experience. On behalf of the swim team, Wilson and vice president Nicole Mikesell, presented the village council a check for $1000 with a promise of more this coming year. Treasurer for the organization is Jason Diller.
   Wilson has worked with the swim team for the last 10 years and has managed the pool for the last two summers. Her goal was to build the swim team into a thriving organization.

Long Discussion of Single Issue Ensues at Council’s First Meeting of the Year

    The first council meeting of the new year on Monday, Jan. 9, at 8 p.m. in the Town Hall turned out to be a long one, with the bulk of the nearly two hours of proceedings being monopolized by a single issue.
   After the opening routine, Roger Warren nominated Rich Johnson as council president, and that was approved.
   Then, three pieces of legislation were passed without any discussion. First, an ordinance establishing a tuition reimbursement program for employees of the village of Bluffton was passed on emergency (without the need for future readings). Ordinance 2-17, also approved under emergency, allowed for the appropriation of funds to the Water/Sewer Improvement Fund.

Bluffton Exempted Village School Board Makes Appointments for 2017

    The Bluffton Board of Education met for a re-organizational meeting and a regular meeting on Monday, Jan. 9 at the elementary media center.
   After the agenda was approved, officers were elected for the 2017 year:
   Ken Lugibihl was elected president and Brad Fruchey was elected as vice president.

Promotions within Police Department Highlight Village Council Meeting

by Ron Geiser   In one of the shortest meetings in the past few years, Bluffton Village Council approved four ordinances and two resolutions at its final 2016 meeting Monday night at Town Hall. Promotions and a new hire in the police department also were enacted.
   Of note was the return of Councilman Sean Burrell after an extended bed stay following surgery. He had listened in on two meetings by way of phone, but had not participated in voting.
   All the new laws were passed under emergency rules, meaning they will become effective at the start of 2017.

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