NB council discusses pool maintenance

By Sandy Rose Schwieterman - For the Sidney Daily News

NEW BREMEN — New Bremen Village Council, Monday night, Nov. 12, approved a first reading of an ordinance entering into a 2019 pool management agreement with the YMCA.

The village would pay a $12,500 management fee to the Auglaize/Mercer Y to hire and manage pool personnel and operate the concessions. Don Kuck, council Park Committee chairman, explained that since the village pool manager had resigned, they had realized the council could see savings this way. Pool mechanical maintenance would still be done by the village water department. The village will still set the hours and rates.

Mayor Jeff Pape reminded village residents to keep their leaves off the streets as the village decides how to replace its leaf collection equipment, which was heavily damaged in an accident last August. Village Administrator Chris Dicke said that since it was so late in the season, they should make no decisions yet as to how to replace the unit.

The village of Minster had been collecting leaves on Wednesdays until its equipment recently broke down. New Bremen rented a leaf collection unit for one day as a back up. A new unit would cost $187,000. The village expects to recoup some of the costs through insurance.

Also approved was a second reading of an ordinance to vacate a section of Cardinal Street next to the high school. Before voting, the council heard comments from Cardinal Street resident Steve Vondenhaur, who expressed his preference that Cardinal be terminated in a cul-de-sac, rather than a gate or stop signs. Although no final plans have been set, the school had expressed an interest in closing off the road with a gate. Vondenhaur felt there were safety concerns in closing the road with gates. Pape thought perhaps a final reading might be held off until the school’s plans for the street were clear.

In her report to the council, Dicke said that funding for the $19,000 overage for the Eastmoor/Front streets project would probably come from the Permissive Tax fund. She said the overage occurred when there were problems with quite a bit of bad sub-base. She also said village crews were busy now winterizing the parks and getting ready for the tree-lighting ceremony on Nov. 26.

Council also approved a second reading of an ordinance to accept annexation of 2.047 acres from Jackson Township and a third reading of an ordinance granting a CRA agreement with JD Gilberg Investment LLC.

Finally, council agreed to a special holiday meeting schedule. There will be no second meeting in November. The council will meet Dec. 10 and 17.

By Sandy Rose Schwieterman

For the Sidney Daily News