September 23, 2019

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

Visitors were Jenna Gilbert representing The Evening Leader, Jerry McClannan from Mote & Associates and Jeff Elking representing The Daily Standard.

Larger made a motion to approve total expenditures for September in the amount of $969,934.80 and total receipts for August were $1,031,607.27 and noted Finance committee reviewed bank reconciliations for August.  Second by Kuck.  Five ayes.

Minutes from the September 9 meeting were approved.  Motion by Larger.  Second by Richter.  Five ayes.

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

  • Congratulations to Gongoozlers! Ribbon cutting was held on September 20.
  • New Bremen Pumpkinfest will be on September 27 & 28.
  • On October 2, County Commissioners, Mayors, Economic Development and Business Owners will be meeting with Lieutenant Governor Husted to discuss housing and economic development in Auglaize County.
  • Mayor Pape and Solicitor This met with Brian and Stephanie Alig to discuss easement to the substation.

Village Administrator Dicke gave the following report:

  • The Pumpkin People are out. Please place your votes!
  • Splash pad will remain on while weather is good.
  • Pool heater, will need to discuss replacement.
  • Good turn out for entries into Tree Lottery
  • North Substation planning continues to move forward.
  • Traffic signal bid opening was September 18. Only one bid was received and much higher than estimate.
  • Mote and Assoc will have Franklin Ash St Assessments prepared later this week. Public meeting date will be announced soon.  Warranties, grass planting and any concerns will be addressed.
  • RE Source Recyling had equipment breakdown and are not able to complete job at yard waste facility. Will schedule another company.
  • Planning Jefferson St as the next OPWC project.
  • SR 274 will receive a 2 inch overlay in 2024. Will plan to replace any sewer and water lines before the resurfacing.

Discussed the transfer of ownership for a portion of the canal from ODNR to the village.  The location would be 50 ft. south of ODNR foot bridge by Spring Creek to the center line of Lock Two Rd equaling 13,345 ft.  No survey is needed.

First Reading Ordinance 2019-9-22  Transfer Canal Lands 50 ft. south of ODNR foot bridge by Spring Creek to the center line of Lock Two Rd equaling 13,345 ft to Village of New Bremen.  Motion by Richter.  Second by Burnell.  Five ayes.

Discussed contracting Garmann Miller Architects for architectural and engineering services for renovations to the existing village administrative building.  The main focus of the project is to expand the council chambers and renovate the entry vestibule and utility office area.  Vote of approval to enter into agreement with Garmann Miller with fees not to exceed $40,000.  Motion by Kuck.  Second by Larger.  Five ayes.

Agreed earlier this year to participate in a Fire EMS combined services study with Minster.  There were two companies that submitted proposals for council to review.  Preference was go with the lower cost option.  Mayor Pape will let Minster know of our preference.  Also discussed if New Knoxville should be included.

Second Reading Ordinance 2019-9-21  Granting exemption for real property taxation and designating infrastructure improvements.  Establishing a TIF project for the current expansion on the Crown campus.  Motion by Parker.  Second by Richter.  Five ayes.

Second Reading Resolution 2019-9-9  Necessity for improving N Franklin and Ash St.  Motion by Kuck.  Second by Larger.  Four ayes.  Burnell abstained.

Burnell made a motion to suspend the rule.  Second by Larger.  Five ayes.  Declaring Emergency Resolution 2019-9-10  Submit OPWC application for North Jefferson Street Improvements.  Motion by Parker.  Second by Larger.  Five ayes.

Third Reading Resolution 2019-8-8  Accept Local Government funds and rates set by Auglaize County Budget Commission, $74,269.23.  Motion by Richter.  Second by Larger.  Five ayes.

Larger made a motion at 7:11 p.m. to enter executive session to discuss property.  Second by Kuck.  Came out of executive session at 7:29 p.m. with no action.

Larger made a motion to adjourn at 7:30 p.m.  Second by Parker.  Five ayes.