October 24, 2022

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

Visitors attending were Erin Gardner from Daily Standard, Sandy Schwieterman from Sidney Daily News, Dave Goodwin, Mark Schemmel from ODNR-Division of Wildlife and Jerry McClannan from Mote and Associates.

Minutes from the October 10, 2022 regular meeting were approved.  Motion by Larger.  Second by Wuebker.  Six ayes.

Larger reported total expenditures for October in the amount of $1,220,314.38 and total receipts for September were $1,494,036.87; noted Finance committee reviewed bank reconciliations for August.   Motion by Larger.  Second by Condon.  Six ayes.

Mayor Parker’s Report:

  • Cider Time and Trick or Treat is scheduled for Sunday, October 30, 2022. The Cider Time parade will line up at 1pm, in parking lot behind 17 West.  The parade will begin at 1:30pm.  Trick or Treat will follow from 3:30pm to 5:30pm.  NB-NK Rotary and Interact Rotary Club will be helping with the event.
  • NKTelco notified the village of upcoming price increase for their services.

Village Administrator Richter Report:

  • ODNR Canal Cleanup final grant reimbursement was received for $49,000.
  • November 8 will be bid opening for Water Softener bead replacement and Softener salt.
  • Received Ohio EPA Water Plant Inspection report. Backflow/Cross Connection education and Asset Management are largest findings.  Need to respond in 30 days with plan.
  • Synagro will begin dredging lagoons on October 31. Will take approximately 1 month and is dependent on weather.  No rain.
  • Had initial conference with AES Ohio on upgrade to distribution line. Discussed fiber communication with our substations.
  • Jefferson St paving was completed on October 22.
  • State Route 274 Curb and gutter project will advertise Nov 1 & 8. Awarding December 13.

Mark Schemmel from ODNR Division of Wildlife spoke to council about various techniques to remedy the abundance of geese in the community.  Egg addling, requires a permit.  The egg is punctured and left in the nest, causing eggs not to incubate.  In time, this technique will reduce future population.  Site aversions or harassment is another technique.  Use of auditory devices, visual scare devices, chasing dogs, laser pointers pointed at base of feet (the color green is most effective) and brushy shoreline or grass.  Any shooting of geese would require a permit.  Any technique that is used, needs to be persistent and consistent.

Current magistrate contract with Thomas Guillozet expires on 12/31/2022.  Guillozet has agreed to serve as Mayor’s Court Magistrate for a two year contract.

First Reading Resolution 2022-10-12 Thomas Guillozet Mayors Court Magistrate contract calendar years 2023 and 2024.

Establishing internal controls, policies and procedures for bulk fuel inventory and procedures.  The policy documents the current process within the village with the addition of requiring employees to enter odometer readings and  PIN with each refuel.

First Reading Ordinance 2022-10-28 Establish Village of New Bremen Fuel Policy.

The fire department has seen an increase in the number of runs this year and have been longer in time.  Estimating an additional $15,000 to cover wages and benefits for the year.  Requesting to increase the transfer from income tax fund to general fund for fire department wages in the amount of $15,000. 2022 total appropriations of $24,894,158.07.

First Reading Ordinance 2022-10-29 Amend 2022 appropriations.

Village of New Bremen owns parcel C10-021-071-00 on Cherry St.  Parcel is not needed for municipal purposes and village wishes to transfer to New Bremen Community Improvement Corp.

Second Reading Ordinance 2022-10-27 Transfer from Village to Community Improvement Corp Parcel C10-021-071-00.

Larger made a motion to adjourn at 7:20 p.m.  Second by Wuebker.   Six ayes.