August 9, 2021

Roll call showed the following members present for the meeting on this date at 6:30 p.m.  Burnell, Kronenberger, Larger, Lomakin, Kuck and Wuebker.  Also, present were Mayor Parker, Solicitor This, Fiscal Officer Speelman, Village Administrator Richter and Chief Skinner.

Visitors attending were Dan Condon and Sandy Schwieterman from Sidney Daily News.

Minutes from the July 26, 2021 regular meeting were approved.  Motion by Lomakin.  Second by Wuebker.  Six ayes.

Mayor Parker’s Report:

  • Fines fees and forfeitures for July were $3,555.
  • NKTelco has announced a pending merger with Schurz Communications Inc, a 5th generation Indiana based company. Merger is awaiting shareholder and regulatory approval.
  • Trick or Treat will be Sunday, Oct 31. Beginning at Pavilion with Cider Time, arrive at 1:00, parade begins at 1:30.  Trick or Treat will follow Cider Time from 3:30-5:30pm.

Village Administrator Richter Report:

  • Bike Path and Crosswalk project will begin August 9.
  • Milling for the Resurfacing project will begin August 16.
  • Waste Water Plant Ohio EPA Draft 5 year permit – Received response from EPA. The loading requirements did not change but the compliance dates were extended.  Recommended to shut off lagoons one at a time and mechanically dredge to clean them out.  Quotes are being compiled.  Deciding best solution for damaged blower now that we know the compliance schedule.
  • NKTelco completed Wi-Fi on North and South Water Towers and well fields. Artesian of Pioneer is now connecting SCADA equipment at water plant.
  • Vectren gas line replacement on Jefferson St. is 80% complete.
  • NB-NK Rotary Story Book Project dedication was August 9 at 5pm.

Village is eligible to apply and receive funds from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).  Will receive two equal payments in 2021 and 2022.  Expect to receive a total of $310,377.40.  Must apply for funds by September 4.  A special revenue fund will be established.  Village is discussing possible uses for the funds.  Funds must be used by Dec 31, 2024.

Lomakin made a motion to suspend the rule.  Second by Kuck.  Six ayes.  Declaring Emergency Resolution 2021-08-09 Request and apply to receive share of funds from American Rescue Plan and establish a Special  Revenue Fund.  Motion by Kronenberger.  Second by Larger.  Six ayes.

Discussed participation in the National Opioid Distributor Settlement Agreement.  A participation form must be completed and sent to Ohio Municipal League by August 13.  This will allow the village to receive settlement funds if we are eligible.

Wuebker made a motion to suspend the rule.  Second by Burnell.  Six ayes.  Declaring Emergency Resolution 2021-08-10 Accept terms of the OneOhio settlement for the National Opioid Settlement Agreement.  Motion by Kronenberger.  Second by Larger.  Six ayes.

Discussed annexing properties currently in German Township.  2.937 acres owned by Craig Schnelle, 1.650 and 1.083 acres owned by Patricia Sharp, 2.920 acres owned by Susan Wissman.  Properties are located between Minster Bank and Dollar General on State Route 66.  Village will provide necessary service to the proposed properties.

First Reading Ordinance 2021-08-17 Annexation agreement with German Township, Schnelle 1.650 acres, Sharp 1.650 and 1.083 acres and Wissman 2.920 acres.

Due to the expected cost of Ohio EPA recommended improvements to Waste Water Plant, a Sewer Capital Reserve fund will be established.   Purchases from the fund must be used by 2031.

First Reading Ordinance 2021-08-18  Establish Sewer Capital Fund for future capital expenditures.

The Village participates in certain programs, partnerships and task forces that may result in asset forfeiture funds being distributed to the Village.

First Reading Ordinance 2021-08-19  Establish Special Revenue Fund for Asset Forfeitures.

The 1991 fire engine failed pump test and has been taken out of commission.  Discussed purchasing a replacement in 2019.  Chief Voress is requesting pumper be replaced as soon as possible.  Lead time is 1 – 1.5 years.  Most recent estimate is $822,238.  50% can be paid at order and remaining 50% at delivery.  25% of purchase will be paid by German Township.  Chief will verify pumper cost with Atlantic Emergency Solutions.  The old engine will be sold.

First Reading Resolution 2021-08-11 Purchase Pierce Enforcer Top Mount Pumper.

Request to amend 2021 appropriations for purchase of pumper truck, resurfacing project and establish ARPA fund.

Larger made a motion to suspend the rule.  Second by Kronenberger.  Six ayes.  Declaring Emergency Ordinance 2021-08-20 Amend 2021 appropriations to be a total of $20,249,221.42.  Motion by Kuck.  Second by Burnell.  Six ayes.

The rental of Komminsk Farm Land for 2022 season will be published to go out for bid in the next week.

Recommendations by the Planning Commission to amend the zoning map.  Portions of Bunker Hill Industrial Park change from I-1 to I-2; to match the first phase.  North Substation changes from residential to I-1.  Dedicate parcels as right of way on Boesel Ave, Franklin St and Main St.

Second Reading Ordinance 2021-07-15 Approve amendments to the official zoning map to the recommendation of the Planning Commission.

Mescher Properties LLC is purchasing Lot 10 in Bunker Hill Industrial Park.  New Bremen CIC has approved a CRA Agreement for a tax  abatement of 45% for 8 years.  The same has been done for other companies with a similar investment.

Second Reading Ordinance 2021-07-16  Enter into CRA Agreement with Mescher Properties LLC, 45% for 8 years.

Received from Auglaize County Budget Commission amounts for general property tax of $204,812 and EMS levy of $166,580.

Third Reading Resolution 2021-07-08  Accept Local Government Funds and Rates set up by Auglaize County Budget Commission.  Motion by Kronenberger.  Second by Kuck.  Six ayes.

Lomakin updated council that directional street signs for Lockkeepers House are in.  Will be discussing outdoor sign with Historical Society at next committee meeting.

Larger made a motion at 6:58 p.m. to enter executive session to discuss property.  Second by Kronenberger.  Came out at 7:10 p.m. with no action.

Lomakin made a motion to adjourn at 7:10 p.m.  Second by Kronenberger.   Six ayes.