Railroad Crossing Safety Concerns in Bluffton Addressed by ORDC, PUCO

by Paula McKibben   The people in Bluffton should start to feel as though they have won the safety lottery. First, it was announced that the village is getting pedestrian beacons to help pedestrians to cross in front of the high school. Now, the village is getting crossing signals and crossing arms at the Norfolk Southern tracks located on County Line Road between John’s Body Shop and Tower.

Village to Purchase Solar Pedestrian Beacons for S. Main, College Ave. Intersection


by Paula McKibben
   Perhaps the solution has been found to the South Main Street-College Avenue safety dilemma.
   The village is purchasing four solar pedestrian beacons known as a rectangular rapid flashing beacon (RRFB) from the R920 series by Carmanah.
   According to the U. S. Department of Transportation Federal Highways Administration, “RRFBs have been found to provide vehicle yielding rates between 72 and 96 percent for crosswalk applications, including four-lane roadways with average daily traffic exceeding 12,000.”

Mercy Health – Bluffton Family Medicine to Open Late Summer in Downtown Spot

   Something’s happening at 204 N. Main Street, the old Groves Bears store. By the end of the summer, it should open as Mercy Health – Bluffton Family Medicine.
   St. Rita’s Medical Center has opened similar operations recently in Ada and Columbus Grove. A couple of years ago, members of the St. Rita’s staff who live in Bluffton wanted a similar facility here, according to Beth Keehn, Director of Marketing and Communications at St. Rita’s Health Partners, Mercy Health. A St. Rita’s focus group was formed to share ideas. Conversations were then held with several groups of Bluffton residents.

Bluffton Village Council April 24 Meeting Report

by Sarah Beechboard   A meeting of the Village of Bluffton Council was held at Town Hall this Monday, April 24. The meeting was called to order at 8 p.m. and was adjourned promptly around 8:30 p.m. As soon as it got underway, both the minutes and bills from the past few weeks were passed without discussion.
   The first piece of legislation brought was simply an amendment of a previous ordinance.
   The second, Ordinance No. 05-17 passed its first reading. It was “to vacate an alley as requested by Thomas W. Schmidt” as council discussed during the last bimonthly meeting.
   The final legislation was Resolution No. 10-17. The resolution “making certain transfers” was passed on its first reading by emergency.

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