Council thanks employees for ‘snow’ fun

By Sandy Rose Schwieterman - For the Sidney Daily News

NEW BREMEN – New Bremen Council members took the time to thank village’s employees for guaranteeing winter fun and then heard about the progress that had been made to prepare for a summer during its meeting Monday night, Feb. 8.

Council president Jacob Larger and other council members offered thanked village employees, including the police department, for guaranteeing that the White Mountain sledding hill had an adequate snow cover by use of their snow making machine on the weekend of Jan. 28-29.

Larger said, “They made sure to get the machine in the proper place, ensuring approximately 100 people at the site could enjoy the slide.” He went on to say that they are working with various businesses to create and install signage on the hill.

The snow making machine was acquired by the village last year and was used one time last winter, when the weather permitted.

The repair of the municipal pool before summer were also discussed. Village Administrator Brent Richter said on Feb. 19 they will open bids for a project to repair multiple pipeline leaks discovered under and around the pool. He said that they expected a good bidding process since there had been multiple requests for bid packets.

The pool had been losing thousands of gallons of water in the summer of 2020. Inspection by the original construction company Astro Pools found six of the nine lines around and under the municipal pool had leaks. The blame was placed on the use of schedule 40 pipe when the pool was built in the late 1990’s, which was the standard at that time.

Council approved a $26,031.25 project for Donald A Sommer Inc. to place sanitary sewer line to six houses along Walnut Street from Amsterdam Road to Amsterdam Center, on the east side of state Route 66. The homes already have a municipal water supply. The work is expected to begin in February.

Council approved an ordinance extending up to 10 days of Family First Coronavirus Response Act Emergency Paid Sick Leave to March 31, 2021. CARES funding for the paid sick leave program expired Dec. 31, 2020, but the village agreed to pay for the sick leave from municipal funds.

Also given a second reading was planned improvements of Koop Ditch in conjunction with a 2022 ODOT highway project.

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.