December 10, 2018

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

Visitors were Jerry McClannan from Mote & Associates, Jenna Gilbert representing The Evening Leader, Sandy Schwieterman representing The Sidney Daily News, Jeff Elking representing The Daily Standard, Steve Vonderhaar, Jason Schrader, Aaron Topp and Matt Krieg. 

Minutes from the November 12 meeting were approved.  Motion by Larger.  Second by Richter.   Six ayes. 

Larger made a motion to approve total expenditures for November in the amount of $1,506,046.73 and total receipts for October were $1,367,610.81 and noted Finance committee reviewed bank reconciliations for October.  Second by Kronenberger.  Six ayes.

Mayor Pape made the following announcements in his Mayor’s Report:

  • The village has launched a new website.  Check it out at
  • Budget meeting set for Saturday, Dec 15 at 9 a.m.
  • Thank you to the village employees who helped put up the Christmas Lights.  You did a great job!
  • Submitted the reconstruction of N Franklin and Ash St to OPWC.  We have made the top 5.  The project will move onto Columbus.  Applied for $500,000 loan and $500,000 grant.  The remainder of project cost will be paid by local funds.

Kronenberger noted that the Recycling center is only accepting plastics with a number 1 and number 2.

Village Administrator Dicke gave the following report:

  • This week is on-site for Asset Management Software, Dude Solutions.
  • Minster continues to help out with collecting leaves.   New Bremen leaf truck is being repaired and will be ready for next season.  Thanks for your patience this leaf season.

Artesion of Pioneer received the salt bid for the water treatment plant in 2019.  Price is $130.25 per ton plus free cleaning and inspection of Brine tank. 

First Reading Resolution 2018-12-8  Accept 2019 salt bid from Artesian of Pioneer for Water Treatment Plant.  Motion by Kuck.  Second by Larger.  Six ayes.

Road salt is purchased through Auglaize County Program.  The salt prices are dictated by supply and demand and the past few winters have seen high demand.  Price is increasing from $49.76/ton to $100.71/ton for pure salt.  Currently, our salt bins are full.

An additional $2,500 is needed for the Mayor’s Court fund in December.  Need to move $25,000 of operating funds in the Electric fund to wages in the Electric fund.

Kuck made motion to suspend the rule.  Second by Parker.  Six ayes.  Declaring Emergency ORDINANCE 2018-12-32 to amend 2018 appropriations for Mayor’s Court fund and transfer funds within the Electric fund.  Motion by Richter.  Second by Burnell.  Six ayes.

Discussed annual COLA adjustment for employees.  Will be discussed further at budget meeting on Dec 15.

First Reading Ordinance 2018-12-33  Annual COLA adjustment.  Motion by Larger.  Second by Parker.  Six ayes.

Safeway Packaging upgraded to LED lighting at their headquarters in Michigan.  Their power provider gave them a $25,000 rebate on the upgrade.  They are making the same energy-efficient upgrade at the New Bremen facility and are looking for a similar rebate option.  This option is not available through AMP Public Power.  Over the past 4 years they have invested $2.5 million in the New Bremen Facility.  CIC board is recommending at 10% tax abatement for 3 years.  They are New Bremen’s second largest employer with 135 employees. 

First Reading Ordinance 2018-12-34  Safeway Packing CRA – 10% tax abatement for 3 years.  Motion by Burnell.  Second by Larger.  Six ayes.

Upgrades to village web page has led to discussion about social media pages and who will maintain the social media post and respond to questions or comments.  Mayor met with Raci Zimpfer from Anna, Ohio.  She will handle all social media post and questions.  Anticipate it will be 4 hours a week at a cost of $100 per week.  We will evaluate after 3 months and see if the community notices an improvement in our social media post and responses.  Richter added that Auglaize County has also contracted someone to handle their social media. 

Vote of approval to contract Raci Zimper 4 hrs a week at a fee of $100 per week to do social media post and answer questions and comments.  Six ayes.

Board of Zoning Appeals voted 3 to 1 to approve Redbird Armory to open a business in an exterior building on their personal residence.  Approval was given for 1 year and will be re-evaluated after 1 year.  Hours will be by appointment only.  There will be no normal business hours.

First Reading Ordinance 2018-12-35  Redbird Armory 1 year approval.  Motion by Parker.  Second by Kuck.  Six ayes.

Mayor Pape is speaking with a firm from Columbus to get clarification on the roles and duties of Planning Commission and Board of Zoning Appeals.

First Reading Resolution 2018-12-9  Thomas Guillozet magistrate for 2019.  Motion by Burnell.  Second by Larger.  Six ayes.

Received petition from New Bremen Schools requesting a portion of Cardinal Street be vacated effective April 1, 2019.  Matt Krieg requested that as decorative light poles are removed, they be returned to the village so they can be reused.  Jason Schrader agreed with Matt’s request to return light poles.  There may need to be a rental agreement with New Bremen Schools for any remaining light poles.  Lee Kuenning from New Bremen Fire Department requested Cardinal Street to remain open to allow access if there is ever a need for emergency vehicles.  Steve Vonderharr expressed concerns of non-school traffic entering a school drive once a portion of Cardinal Street is vacated.   Jason Schrader believes this traffic will be minimal.

Third Reading Ordinance 2018-10-27 Vacating a portion of Cardinal Street.  Motion by Kuck.  Second by Parker.  Six ayes.

Second Reading Resolution 2018-11-7  Management agreement between the Village of New Bremen and YMCA of Greater Dayton.  Motion by Larger.  Second by Kronenberger.  Six ayes.

Third Reading Ordinance 2018-10-28 Accept annexation from Jackson  Township 2.047 acres (former Gagel property).  Motion by Kronenberger.  Second by Parker.  Six ayes.

The original CRA No.1, Ordinance 2008-4-9, defined the area of the CRA.  Recent annexations were out of the CRA area.  Amending the CRA will redefine the area of the CRA.

Burnell made motion to suspend the rule.  Second by Kuck.  Six ayes.  Declaring Emergency ORDINANCE 2018-12-31 to amend CRA No.1, Ordinance 2008-4-9) to include recent annexations.  Motion by Kronenberger.  Second by Richter.  Six ayes.

Larger made a motion at 7:22 p.m. to enter executive session to discuss personnel.  Second by Parker.  Came out of executive session at 7:57 p.m. with no action.

Second Reading Ordinance 2018-11-30 Appropriations for 2019.  Motion by Larger.  Second by Kronenberger.  Six ayes.

Larger made a motion to adjourn at 8:00 p.m.  Second by Kronenberger.  Six ayes.