New Phase of Bluffton Bike and Pedestrian Path Begins this Summer

   Dick Ramseyer, president the Bluffton Lions Foundation and chair of the Bluffton Pathway Board, presented a $16,370 check to the village at its July 18 council meeting.
   The foundation is actively involved in securing financial resources to construct the Pathway system identified in the Comprehensive Bike and Pedestrian Pathway Master Plan with a goal of encircling the village with a pedestrian and bike path.
   The Bluffton Pathway Board established by Bluffton council is responsible for implementation of the master plan.

Suter’s Produce − Business is in the Field, Not the Barn

by Paula McKibben   On Saturday, July16, Suter’s Produce lost a pole barn to fire. In it were tractors, planters, a four-wheeler, specialty equipment like a strawberry transplanter, and items for the corn maze.
   Two women were passing the Suter home when they noticed fire shooting out the roof of the barn. They called 911 and stayed to assist the Suters by driving out trucks that were parked under the side porch of the barn.

Summer School, the Hot New Craze

by Paula McKibben   Summer school didn’t used to exist around here. Nobody went to school in the summer. Students simply repeated the class or the grade – and kept their summer vacations pristine.
   Things have changed.

Petition Asking for Referendum to Water/Sewer Surcharge Ordinance Gets Rejected

by Ron Geiser   What is the next step for the committee that tried to call off the village’s looming water/sewer surcharge increase?
At the July 18 Bluffton Village Council meeting, Fred Steiner stated that a petition of 300 names seeking a referendum of Ordinance 09-16, passed June 20, had been presented to Nancy Kindle, village fiscal officer. The committee sought to have the issue placed on the ballot and decided by voters in November.
   But in a July 21 letter from F. Stephen Chamberlain, village solicitor, to all five members of the committee seeking the referendum, the move to place the issue on the ballot was rejected.

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