January 28, 2019

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 and Associates, Jenna Gilbert representing The Evening Leader, Sandy Schwieterman representing Sidney Daily News and Jeff Elking representing The Daily Standard.

Minutes from the January 14 meeting were approved.  Motion by Kuck.  Second by Richter.   Six ayes.

Larger made a motion to approve total expenditures for January in the amount of $1,101,370.77 and December total receipts in the amount of $1,115,286.24.  Noted finance committee reviewed bank reconciliations for December.  Second by Kronenberger.  Six ayes.

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

  • January 30 & 31 are electric peak days.  Due to the weather, we may hit the peak.  This will affect the overall rate paid for electric.  Conserve electric where possible.
  • Village crews did a great job with snow removal during the recent winter storms.

Thieman Quality Metal Fab has offered to donate a fire ring in Bremenfest Park.  The fire ring would be located near the West Shelter House.

Discussed current ordinances regarding campfires and burning of yard waste.  Chief Skinner and Solicitor This will meet to discuss and will recommend if changes are needed.  Vote of approval to accept the fire ring from Thieman Quality Metal Fab.  Six ayes.

Village Administrator Dicke gave the following report:

  • RCAP, company completing GIS for water and sewer, is getting ready to begin electric.  Estimate for services is $49,900.
  • Will be hiring a Utility Operations Manager.  The job will be posted this week.  This position will work closely with the Village Administrator and will help in the transition of new Village Administrator when the current administrator retires.  Committee to assist in the hiring process will be Dicke, Speelman, Larger and Burnell.  Council will make final approval.
  • Woehrmeyer Ditch Petition, ditch behind YMCA, the village will be assessed $4,000-$5,000 for improvements to the ditch.
  • The leaf truck is being repaired and rebuilt.  They anticipate 2-3 weeks and repairs will be complete.

John Freytag presented council with a request from Dianne Komminsk to add a NEOS 360 from Playworld to Komminsk Legacy Park.  H.A. Dorsten will install at the same time they are installing the swings.  Project will be paid for by Dianne Komminsk.  Vote of approval to accept the addition of NEOS 360 to Komminsk Legacy Park.  Motion by Richter.  Second by Parker.  Six ayes.

Mote & Associates have submitted final assessments for Front Eastmoor Dr Street Reconstruction project.  Sidewalk actual cost was approximately $20,000 higher than estimate.  Council will further discuss at next meeting.

Planning Commission met to discuss the use of office space at 112 N. Main St., zoned R2.  Council discussed conditional use, C1, for Nitro to create office space on the first floor and living space on the second floor and the back portion of the first floor.  Parking will be in the back of the building.  The building will need an exterior sign.  The sign will be submitted and approved at a later date.

First Reading Ordinance 2019-1-2 Conditional Use for Office space at 112 N. Main St.  Motion by Parker.  Second by Larger.  Six ayes.

Second Reading Resolution 2019-1-1  Name the sledding hill in Bremenfest Park White Mountain.  Motion by Parker.  Second by Kronenberger.  Six ayes.

Third Reading Ordinance 2018-12-36  Amend parking ordinance to prohibit parking on a portion of Plum Street.  From the north curb line from Crown Equipment’s driveway east 20 feet and on the south curb line from Crown’s driveway east to the corner of Franklin Street.    Motion by Burnell.  Second by Kuck.  Six ayes.

Third Reading Resolution 2018-12-9  Thomas Guillozet magistrate for 2019 and 2020.  Entering into a 2 year agreement.  All service fees will remain the same as prior years.  Motion by Parker.  Second by Larger.  Six ayes.

Kuck made a motion at 7:38 p.m. to enter executive session to discuss property.  Second by Larger.  Came out of executive session at 7:51 p.m. with the following action.

In 1852 the Koop Family donated the property known as the Bus Barn located near the current Elementary School.  Property has a restrictive covenant that it must be used for public or school use.  Authorizing $5,000 to research locating the heirs of the Koop Family to remove the restrictive covenant.

Second Reading Ordinance 2019-1-1  Amending annual pay of Fire Chief to $6,000 and Assistant Fire Chief to $2,000.  Tabled until pay increase is discussed with German Township.

Larger made a motion to adjourn at 7:55 p.m.  Second by Parker.  Six ayes.