September 9, 2019

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

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

Minutes from the August 26 meeting were approved.  Motion by Kuck.  Second by Larger.  Six ayes.

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

  • Fines, fees and forfeitures for August are $1,742.
  • New Bremen Pumpkinfest will be on September 27 & 28.

Village Administrator Dicke gave the following report:

  • Construction of North Substation, will advertise for bids in September with bid opening mid-October.
  • Traffic signal bid opening is scheduled for September 18 at 11am.
  • Will be evaluating trees that are near intersections and in tree lawns. Overgrown trees will need to trimmed or removed.

Angela Hamberg discussed establishing a TIF (Tax Increment Financing) Fund.  A tool used by municipalities and private companies to create a long-term revenue stream for funding public infrastructure improvements such as public roads and highways, water and sewer lines and land acquisition.  The Village would exempt the increase in assessed value in the TIF area from property taxation and, with respect to that increase in assessed value, require the property owners to make dollar-for-dollar service payments in lieu of tax.  Property owners would continue to pay regular property taxes on the value of the property before the enactment of the TIF ordinance (base value).  Property tax recipients would continue to receive the same property tax distributions with respect to base value.  New Bremen Schools have been notified and will continue to receive service payments.  The TIF ordinance under consideration is specific to the current expansion on the Crown campus.  Not all projects are suitable for TIF implementation.  Due to the large investment of this project, implementation of a TIF is ideal for long-term community planning.

First 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 Richter.  Second by Parker.  Six ayes.

Franklin Ash St Reconstruction will go out for bid in early November.  Bid will be awarded before year-end.  Mote & Associates are working on the assessments.  Public meeting will be planned for mid-October.

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

Discussed the next possible OPWC project, North Jefferson Street.  Estimating the project cost of $1 million.  Will apply for $245,000 in grant funds and $245,000 in 0% OPWC loan.  The remainder $510,000 would be paid from local funds.  The OPWC deadline to apply is October 7 with the project beginning late 2021 or early 2022.  Access Engineering is leading the project.

First Reading Resolution 2019-9-10  Submit OPWC application for North Jefferson Street Improvements.  Motion by Larger.  Second by Burnell.  Six ayes.

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

Third Reading Ordinance 2019-8-17  Amend appropriations for EMS Levy Fund.  Motion by Kuck.  Second by Kronenberger.  Five ayes.  Parker abstained.

Larger made a motion at 6:50 p.m. to enter executive session to discuss property.  Second by Burnell.  Came out of executive session at 7:10 p.m. with no action.

Third Reading Ordinance 2019-8-18  Petition Auglaize County Commissioners for land in German Township.  A portion of the Voress property is located outside the village.  Motion by Parker.  Second by Burnell.  Six ayes.

Larger made a motion to adjourn at 7:11 p.m.  Second by Kronenberger.  Six ayes.