Bluffton mayor plans to step down

By BRIAN LESTER
STAFF WRITER

BLUFFTON — Bluffton Mayor Dennis Gallant announced at Monday’s council meeting that he will be stepping down from his position at some point this summer.

Gallant told the council members he has accepted a job in Sandusky, but told them he wasn’t ready to resign as mayor just yet. He said he plans to use the next couple of months to prepare for the move and will set a time for his resignation at a later date.

Gallant took over as mayor on an interim basis in March of last year when Eric Fulcomer resigned. At the time, Gallant was serving as council president. He was elected to the mayor’s office last November.

Separately, council voted to table the third reading of the amendment to the sidewalk ordinance.

Council President Mitch Kingsley asked council to vote to table the final reading because he wanted the Streets and Alleys Committee to have a chance to look over all of the changes to the amendment to make sure they approved of everything.

“I think we will have a better final product if the committee looks it over first,” Kingsley said. “I want to make sure it’s what they want before we have the reading of it.”

The committee meeting has been scheduled for May 14 at 7 p.m. If the committee gives its approval, the third reading of the amendment will be given at the May 19 council meeting.

If the amendment is approved, the village will pay for the cost of installing sidewalks in areas where they are needed.

Under the original ordinance, residents would have paid for the work on their properties. The village sent out 92 letters last year notifying property owners they would have to install sidewalks. Letters also were sent out to 97 residents last year notifying them that they would have to repair or replace their sidewalks.

If the amendment is approved, residents would still be responsible for upkeep of existing sidewalks.
Separately, Bluffton Paving will soon be paving County Line Road between Ohio 103 and the railroad tracks.

Separately, the Service Department was able to take care of work in the stone alleys this past week. The process used to take two to three weeks to complete, but because of new equipment the village purchased last year, the process only takes a couple of days.

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