Crown announces plan for facility expansion

By Sandy Rose Schwieterman - For the Sidney Daily News

NEW BREMEN – An expansion for an existing company was discussed at Monday night’s New Bremen Council meeting. With adequate local and state support, Crown Equipment is planning to build a new 500,000-square-foot industrial facility at an estimated cost of $40 million.

Council local support would involve a 10-year 100 percent tax abatement on the planned new installation. Mayor Jeff Pape said the cost of the deferred taxes would amount to $7.6 million over the 10 year period. He added that Crown would donate the $2 million the local school district would have received over 10 years. He also said that the new building would result in approximately 197 new jobs over a 3-year period. The new construction would be located north of the current facility.

To facilitate this project, council agreed that the New Bremen Community Improvement Corporation will enter into a Community Reinvestment Area agreement with Crown Equipment.

In other business, council approved a first reading of an ordinance adjusting pay-scale classification ranges for full-time and part-time patrolmen, after research showed the village’s pay scale a little lower than the surrounding area.

Council declined to send to the state legislature any recommendations concerning the Small Cell Wireless legislation

The council approved a second reading of an ordinance allowing a 10 percent increase in 2019 water and wastewater rates. Thereafter the council plans to raise rates annually by 3 percent for the following 3 years.

Third readings of ordinances were approved to purchase a $101,190 dump truck from Rush Truck Center, to adopt the American Legal Code of Ordinances for the Municipality of New Bremen, to amend 2018 appropriations for the Front Street/Eastmoor Drive reconstruction project, and to annex 2.04 acres of land from Jackson Township.

Also approved was a second reading of a resolution to apply for an Ohio Public Works Commission (OPWC) grant application for upgrades to Franklin and Ash streets.

Council then adjourned for an executive session to discuss personnel. No action was taken after they returned to open session.

By Sandy Rose Schwieterman

For the Sidney Daily News