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Village of Bluffton - Regular meeting March 11, 2019 at 7:00pm.

 

Mayor Johnson presiding. Messrs: Cupples, Sehlhorst, Stahl, Steiner and Kingsley present. 

 

Cupples motioned, seconded by Stahl, to approve the minutes from the regular council meeting held on February 25, 2019.  Roll Call: Yes (4) Messrs: Cupples, Steiner, Sehlhorst and Stahl.  No (0), Abstain (1) Kingsley, motion approved. 

 

Steiner motioned, seconded by Kingsley, to approve the bills as presented.  Roll Call: Yes (5) Messrs: Cupples, Steiner, Kingsley, Sehlhorst and Stahl.  No (0), Abstain (0), motion approved. 

 

Kingsley presented the minutes from the personnel meeting.  The personnel committee is continuing work on the employee manual and recommended a 4% raise for Bluffton Village staff.  Kingsley motioned, seconded by Sehlhorst, to give a 4% raise to all Bluffton Village Staff.  It was then discussed that a resolution would be needed to specify who would be receiving the raise.  Kingsley motioned, seconded by Sehlhorst, to table the motion.  Roll Call: Yes (4) Messrs: Steiner, Kingsley, Sehlhorst and Stahl.  No (1) Cupples, Abstain (0), motion approved. 

 

The fiscal officer gave the following readings:

 

3rd Reading

R-02-19-A Resolution of necessity for the Jefferson St Improvements Project.  Sehlhorst motioned to adopt the Resolution, seconded by Kingsley.    Roll Call: Yes (5) Messrs: Cupples, Steiner, Kingsley, Sehlhorst and Stahl.  No (0), Abstain (0), motion approved. 

 

R-07-19 – A Resolution to authorize the Mayor to enter into a contract with Republic Services for the garbage and refuse services for the Village of Bluffton.  Cupples motioned to adopt the Resolution, seconded by Stahl.  Roll Call: Yes (5) Messrs: Cupples, Steiner, Kingsley, Sehlhorst and Stahl.  No (0), Abstain (0), motion approved. 

 

2nd Reading

R-08-19 – A Resolution establishing positions and wages for swimming pool staff and rates for 2019.  Stahl motioned to approve the reading of the Resolution, seconded by Kingsley.    Roll Call: Yes (5) Messrs: Cupples, Steiner, Kingsley, Sehlhorst and Stahl.  No (0), Abstain (0), motion approved. 

 

Administrator Blackburn discussed a license for the Et Cetera Shop to install steps.  This issue had been discussed at a Streets, Lights & Alleys committee meeting.  Sehlhorst motioned to grant a limited, personal and revocable license to Et Cetera Shop for the installation of steps on the sidewalk of North Main St., seconded by Cupples.    Roll Call: Yes (4) Messrs: Cupples, Steiner, Sehlhorst and Stahl.  No (0), Abstain (1) Kingsley, motion approved. 

 

Administrator Blackburn brought up a line of mostly residential properties along Jefferson St. that are zoned as industrial.  Kingsley stated that this zoning issue has been questioned for over a decade.  Some spot zoning has already taken place.  Stahl inquired how this zoning affects the current lot holders.  It was explained that the owners cannot change anything other than industrial changes.  Kingsley motioned to petition the planning commission to reconsider the zoning of the highlighted area on Jefferson St to an appropriate zoning classification, seconded by Cupples.  Roll Call: Yes (5) Messrs: Cupples, Steiner, Kingsley, Sehlhorst and Stahl.  No (0), Abstain (0), motion approved. 

 

Assistant Administrator Lloyd discussed hiring seasonal mowers for the 2019 mowing season  and would like to get them hired soon for help with cleaning up sticks and other brush as well as rolling grass areas.  Steiner motioned to hire Jewel Dukes and Richard Lichtle as seasonal mowers, starting March 18, 2019 at a rate of $11.75 per hour.  Roll Call: Yes (5) Messrs: Cupples, Steiner, Kingsley, Sehlhorst and Stahl.  No (0), Abstain (0), motion approved. 

 

Chief Burkholder requested approval to create a wall of honor in the police lobby.  Sehlhorst suggested that the Chief take future requests to the Safety Committee before Council.  Sehlhorst motioned to approve the creating of a wall of honor in the police lobby and that the project should not exceed $1,273.25, seconded by Stahl.  Roll Call: Yes (5) Messrs: Cupples, Steiner, Kingsley, Sehlhorst and Stahl.  No (0), Abstain (0), motion approved. 

 

Stahl motioned to close College Street and Main to College Street and Jackson on June 22, 2019 from 7:00 a.m. to Noon for the Friends of the Library run/walk event, seconded by Kingsley.  Roll Call: Yes (5) Messrs: Cupples, Steiner, Kingsley, Sehlhorst and Stahl.  No (0), Abstain (0), motion approved. 

 

Stahl motioned to adjourn the regular council meeting.

 

The following meetings/events were included on the agenda and/or scheduled during the meeting:

 

Tree Commission – Tuesday, March 12th at 7:00pm

Personnel Committee – Thursday, March 14th at Noon

Special Council – Monday, March 18th at 7:00pm

Ordinance Committee – Tuesday, March 19th at 5:30pm

Variance Hearing – Tuesday, March 19th at 7:00pm

Personnel Committee – Wednesday, March 20 at Noon

Cemetery Committee – Monday, March 25 at 6:30pm

Council Meeting – Monday, March 25 at 7:00pm

Public Hearing – Jefferson St. Improvements – Monday, March 25 at 7:15pm

Public Meeting – Jefferson St. Improvement Phase II – Tuesday, April 9th at 7:30 p.m.

 

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MAYOR                                                                   FISCAL OFFICER 

 
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