by Ron Geiser Flooring that’s better than the original is the way to describe what you now walk on in the third floor meeting room of Bluffton’s Town Hall. Following the malfunctioning of a sprinkler head on the third floor last May, outside group functions and formal council meetings took place on a cement floor that was under the wood flooring that was severely damaged by water. As of earlier this month, however, a high quality ceramic tile floor now is expected to provide a “lifetime” of usage. Councilman Roger Warren displayed a small section of the flooring after council’s first October meeting.
The public is invited to a ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony for the Lions Way Bike and Pedestrian Pathway in Bluffton at 4 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 21, according to Richard Ramseyer, chair of the pathway board. The event will take place at Comfort Inn, 117 Commerce Lane, at the eastern entrance of the pathway. The pathway follows the abandoned Akron, Canton and Youngstown Railroad from Comfort Inn to its western entrance near Tower Automotive, 18717 County Road 15. Lions Way was named to recognize the efforts of the Bluffton Lions Club and Bluffton Lions Foundation, which spearheaded the project.
by Ron Geiser Water, salt, finances, safety concerns, a nuisance property and personnel hirings were among topics discussed and acted upon by Bluffton Village Council at its first October meeting Monday night. And they welcomed their newest member into the fold. Phill Talavinia, selected the previous week following a series of interviews of local residents seeking to replace Mitch Kingsley, was sworn in prior to the meeting and became a voting member immediately. Most of the voting was routine.
The Bluffton Exempted Village Schools Board of Education held a special meeting last Saturday morning to hire Mike Wilson, who will be serving as the new maintenance supervisor. The position became open after the resignation of the school’s current maintenance supervisor, Bob Holt, was accepted by the board during its last meeting on September 29. Holt, who has been with the Bluffton school district for nearly 17 years, will be retiring once his resignation becomes effective on December 31, 2014. Wilson is currently the transportation supervisor for Shawnee Local Schools and has held that position since 2009. Previously, Wilson served a very similar role for Cory-Rawson Schools for 13 years.