Council awards pool contract

By Sandy Rose Schwieterman - For the Sidney Daily News

NEW BREMEN – Pool repairs and a new park manager position were discussed at the New Bremen Council meeting Monday, Feb. 22.

Council approved an ordinance to award a contract to Shinn Brothers of Celina to replace the various drain pipes around and under the municipal pool at a cost of $105,200. Astro Pools offered a bid of $113,433. Shinn Brothers said they planned to begin the project April 15, 2021.

Village Administrator Brent Richter said replacement of the drain at the deep end of the pool may have to wait until fall because the village may not have enough time to obtain a permit from the Ohio Department of Health. He said they could not proceed with the permit process until they had a contract to repair the pool He added now that they have a their contractor on board, they can begin the process of obtaining the permit.

The pool had been losing thousands of gallons of water last summer. Inspection of the pool’s structure showed the drain pipes had been leaking.

In other action, council approved the first reading of an ordinance to create a park manager position. A similar position had been vacant for two years. Mayor Robert Parker said they already have a couple of promising candidates. Applications for the position will close on Thursday, Feb. 25.

In his report to council, Richter said that bids had gone out Feb. 12 for replacement of water plant’s filter media. Deadline for submission of bids is March 1.

In preparation for the 2022 street construction on Jefferson, Richter said Vectron will begin replacing gas lines in that area in August 2021.

Council also approved the final reading of an ordinance for the improvement of Koop Ditch in conjunction with a 2022 ODOT highway project.

Council President Jacob Larger reported that monthly revenue was $1,133,717.58 and expenses were $764,026.21.

Parker also noted village crews had received many compliments for their efficient handling of snow removal during the recent snowstorms.

Council adjourned to executive session to discuss wage ranges for the new park manager position. No action was taken.

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.