by Sarah Beechboard Despite the weather, the Bluffton Council conducted its regularly scheduled meeting at Town Hall. The meeting began on Monday night, March 13, at 8 p.m. and was notably brief. After the opening ceremonies, the bills and minutes from the last meeting were approved without discussion. Next, a representative from the Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce came to discuss funding. Plans for the Bluffton National Night Out are already underway, but there has been some confusion when it comes to donations. The Chamber suggested a few ways that the Bluffton Council could help.
by Paula McKibben “America in Bloom provides a framework for continuous improvements in quality of life through its national awards program and educational offerings,” according to the America in Bloom website. It is a grassroots program, begun in 2001, that makes towns better places to live, nurtures volunteerism, awakens community pride and provides a powerful community building tool. Susie Stratton has been involved with America in Bloom for five years now, thanks to a gentle nudge from her husband, Steve.
Hundreds gathered in the Middle School Cafetorium on Wednesday, Feb. 22, to enjoy local chili recipes and entertainment provided by Dancers Elite and Krysti’s Music Studio. The response from the community was so large (over 125) that many of the chili pots were empty by 6:15 p.m. Over $1,300 was raised for the Bluffton Community Assistance Program from the tasting fees, sandwiches and pies. The People’s Choice Award for Best Chili went to Tony Pinks.
by Paula McKibben The wastewater treatment plant project and the west side interceptor project are costing the village 3.7 million dollars. Should we be worried? Absolutely not. We should be grateful. Heading up these two projects are Dan Bowden, superintendent of the wastewater treatment plant and Scott Phillips, Bluffton Village service department foreman. Phillips indicated that projects are chosen through a process where “the worst of the worst” is evaluated and fixed. Mayor Judy Augsburger concurs saying, “Bluffton is ahead of the curve,” for this reason.