Council begins process to purchase land


By Sandy Rose Schwieterman - For the Sidney Daily News



NEW BREMEN – An agreement to purchase land had its first reading at the Monday night, Aug. 24, New Bremen Village Council meeting.

Council approved a first reading of an ordinance to purchase 139 acres of land from the Komminsk Estate for $1,500,000. The land is located in Shelby County. Before her death, Komminsk had indicated her intention the village be able to acquire her property, which includes a home, woods and farmland.

Mayor Bob Parker said it will be a future trading piece when seeking to acquire land next to the village.

In other action, council approved an emergency reading of an ordinance to install a stop sign at Cardinal Street near the new elementary school.

They also approved the first reading of a resolution to adopt an early retirement incentive plan for village employees. Two employees are within 18 months of retirement and eligible to apply.

Also given a first reading was a resolution to accept $65,488 from Auglaize County as the village’s annual portion of funds and rates.

Village Administrator Chris Dicke said the municipal pool closed for the season on Aug. 23. It will be drained in order to see if they can spot a persistent leak in the pool. The leak, which lasted all summer, drained up to 30,000 gallons per day. They are also intending to set up an appointment with the company who installed the pool liner.

Finance committee chair Jacob Larger reported that the July village revenue was $1,915,527. Expenditures amounted to $804,908.54.

Also, Parker thanked village employees for their service to the village. He said he had received several compliments from the public about the positive interactions they had had with employees.

Finally, Duane Steinecker, who is running for Auglaize County Commissioner as an Independent candidate, spoke to the council members about his campaign.

By Sandy Rose Schwieterman

For the Sidney Daily News

The writer is a regular contributor to the Sidney Daily News.

The writer is a regular contributor to the Sidney Daily News.