Bluffton hosts Amerifest

The Bluffton Hometown Amerifest, an annual event, was held Saturday and Sunday morning, June 26 and 27.

The event merged three separate functions, the Festival of Wheels, Relay for Life, and Freedom Fest.

"It went well, not perfect, but overall it was a nice day and a great event," said Dick McGarrity, of the Bluffton Lions Club. "For a small community to raise $50,000 in a single event is really remarkable."

Approximately $25,000 was raised via the sales of Corvette raffle tickets. Joan Swank, of Van Wert, won the raffle and was handed the keys to the 1990 Corvette on Monday, June 28 at Bud's Chevrolet-Buick, Inc. in St. Mary's, Ohio.

The Bluffton Relay for Life event raised over $22,000 and counting. Donations will continue to be accepted until August 20. Please contact Relay for Life organizer, Tracey Steele, for more information.

"I'd like to thank everyone who gave their time and especially those who donated cakes for the cake walk activity," said Steele. "It was great for all three organizations involved and will continue to improve year after year.

Next year's Hometown Amerifest is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, June 25 and 26. In its beginning stages of planning, Amerifest 2011 may be blended with the sesquicentennial celebration planned for next summer.

Assistant village administrator position eliminated

In an effort to preserve the budget, Bluffton town council voted to eliminate the position of assistant village administrator at the June 14 meeting.

The responsibilities of the position, held by Nancy Benroth, will be absorbed by other members of village administration.

"We looked at each department and decided what we could eliminate without diminishing service to residents," said village administrator, Jamie Mehaffie.

The move will save the village an estimated $51,000 per year in wages and benefits.

The elimination was effective June 15. Nancy Benroth had been a village employee for 13 years.

Dixie Highway annexation survey underway

A third and final reading of two ordinances raising water and sewer rates in the village was approved by Bluffton council at Monday's regularly scheduled meeting.

Also, a proposal to annex property owners on South Main/Dixie Highway is currently being reviewed by village council. A total of 21 of 34 property owners have signed a petition requesting to be annexed into the village. The annexation would mean property owners on the edge of town would be included in the village's sewer and water systems.

The proposed annexation has been in discussion for twenty years, said Mayor Fred Rodabaugh. The project became more serious when the village received a state grant that would cover 50 percent of the sewer extension.

Currently, the village is conducting an annexation survey. One west Dixie Highway homeowner attended Monday's meeting to address council after finding survey workers in her front yard.

"They were in my front yard with a drill," said the Bluffton resident. "There haven't been any letters sent from the village and no one seems to know what's going on."

Village administrator Jamie Mehaffie said council hasn't been pushing either way for the annexation.

"We held a public hearing a year ago to see how residents felt about the annexation. It will take time for the project to be completed," said Mehaffie.

Property owners with questions or concerns about the proposed annexation are welcome to call Jamie Mehaffie. To contact town hall offices, call 419-358-2066.

Separately, the annual Consumer Confidence Report has been mailed to all Bluffton citizens and those who receive village water. The OEPA requires the village to send this report annually to inform consumers about their drinking water.

Residents who do not receive the report in the mail, but would like one, may pick up additional copies at town hall, Community Market, Bluffton Public Library, or the post office.

Bluffton Hospital construction update: June 21

  • Working on construction footers in the operating room
  • Installing the inner door at the Emergency Department temporary entrance
  • Prepping and starting on curb in the new parking lot
  • Clinical equipment coordination meetings are underway
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