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Monday, April 22 Bluffton Town Council Report

by Kathryn Tschuor   The Village of Bluffton’s Council held a regular meeting on the night of April 22, 2013 to discuss four ordinances regarding village sidewalks, bed & breakfast establishments in Bluffton, the Tax Incentive Review Council and the Annual Appropriations Ordinance.

Small House Bluffton Breaks Ground on First Home Project

   Small House Bluffton has officially begun, the newest home construction business in town. Owner Andy Chappell-Dick has developed a reputation for quality of workmanship in renovation and fine woodworking, with an emphasis on historical restoration, and he has also worked as a site supervisor for Habitat for Humanity for the last several years. Small House Bluffton will specialize in innovative and ecological approaches to new construction and remodeling. One way Chappell-Dick plans to do this is by constructing small homes built to unusually high quality standards; by integrating design and construction; by providing expertise in the latest “green building” technologies and certifications.

Noticeable Renovations in Progress at First Mennonite Church

by Austin Arnold   If you have passed by the intersection of Church and Jackson Streets recently, you may have noticed some work taking place on the exterior of First Mennonite Church. Over the past couple of weeks, workers from Quality Construction, of Marion Ohio, have been restoring the church’s bell tower/steeple. In the refurbishing process, the brick on the tower has been cleaned and repaired, and on the very top, the roof of the steeple is being replaced as well.

MHCO Breaks Ground on New Duplex Units to be Constructed at Maple Crest

   On April 10, 2013, Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio (MHCO) began a six-month construction project at the Maple Crest campus’s Crimson Maple Court cul-de-sac.  The $850,000 project will create four new independent living duplex units.  Each unit has a different floor plan and range from 1,617-1,820 square feet.  Floor plans vary between two and three bedrooms, but all include cathedral ceilings in the great room, a utility room, kitchen (including all appliances), two baths and a two car garage.  Three of the four units under construction have been sold.   Following the completion of this project, there will be 14 units in the seven acre Crimson Maple Court addition with only one lot remaining to construct one more b

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