NEW BREMEN – The New Bremen Village Council met Monday to move along several ordinances, although one was tabled. An emergency ordinance to move funds to ongoing projects was approved.
The Wierth Ditch project ordinance, which will involve the installation of 18 inces of drainage pipe from Plum Street to the southern boundary of town, had its second reading. Work is expected to begin after Bremenfest.
Annexation of two properties had its third and final reading. The two properties are Lot 1 and 2 of Dicke Subdivision and 22.719 acres of land south of town.
Passed as an emergency was an ordinance to amend 2018 appropriations by $339,430. Finance chair John Schwartz said the figures were approximate, with the money distributed as follows: $100,000 for the General Fund, $100,000 for the Front Stret/Eastmoor Drive street repair project and $130,000 for the Wierth Ditch project.
Tabled was an ordinance to approve an application process for installation of small cell technology. This ordinance is in response to House Bill 478. According to the website http://www.govtech.com, this bill will give municipalities the ability to regulate the placement and appearance of radio equipment called small-cell technology — such as antennae, boxes and wires — that companies fasten to traffic lights, utility poles, street signs and other public structures to provide connectivity for cellphones and other wireless devices. The law also regulates construction of new signal towers, which are much smaller than the tall macro-towers regulated under current law.
The annual insurance renewal for property, vehicle and equipment also was given its third and final reading. Cost for the policy is $75833.
Chris Dicke, village administrator reported to council that the Eastmoor/Front Street project was continuing to move forward with the continued installation of sanitary sewers. She said the contractor plans on completing one half of the project soon, then moving on to finish the other half.
In other news, she said the cost for the $1.9 million safety building has come in at $40,000 less than anticipated. The new building has amenities used by both emergency services squad and the police department.
Dicke also said work is going on start along the Miami Erie Canal from the bridge to the YMCA to clear weeds and brush. Thereafter a layer of stone will be added.
She reported that her department was looking at how to deal with leaks at the public library. Included in the discussion was the possibility of construction improving the pitch of the roof.
Dicke also said she was meeting with Auglaize County Commissioners about village wastewater upgrades.
Mayor Jeff Pape reminded everyone that the Children’s Fishing Derby was coming up July 26 and the Fireman’s Picnic July 28. Also, on Thursday, July 12, 2018 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nacho Pig food truck will be at the Pavilion, for those who want to enjoy something different to eat.
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