Council updated on new residential subdivision

By Sandy Rose Schwieterman - For the Sidney Daily News

NEW BREMEN – The development of a new residential subdivision is anticipated to begin in the fall of 2022, according to the village administrator at the Monday, July 11, New Bremen Council meeting.

Village Administrator Brent Richter told the group that Crown Equipment Corporation plans to develop 21 shovel-ready lots in a residential subdivision in an area bordered by Plum Street, Park Street and Eastmoor Drive in the village. The area is the school district’s former football field. Crown obtained the area in a land swap with the New Bremen School District in exchange for the acreage where the district built its new elementary school east of town.

Crown hopes to have a few lots ready to build on this fall. Crown will work with the village for utilities installation. Crown is not building the houses.

There was no other information at the meeting about how much the project would cost or if Crown had hired a contractor for the project.

In other action, council approved a first reading accepting a low bid from Maharg Trash Services of Celina for a three-year trash removal contract. Richter said the cost of the bags would be $1.65, an increase by 10 cents over the course of a contract. A second refuse collector, Rumpke Waste and Recycling of Dayton offered a bid that would raise the cost of bags each year. Richter said this meant that the bags would cost $3.20 the first year, $3.36 the second year, and $3.49 the third year.

Two village residents, Stephanie Alig and Jacob Langenkamp, came to the meeting to ask about zoning regulations in town. They were told a meeting would be set up with the village zoning committee, which does not meet on a regular basis. Mayor Bob Parker told the visitors time was needed to ensure the committee members are free to attend and to allow a ten day public notice in the local newspaper.

Approved was a third and final reading of a resolution to purchase an Xtreme Vac Freightliner M2-106 Dual Chassis Leaf Truck at a cost of $195,000 including the trade-in of the village’s 1993 model. Delivery is expected in September 2022.

The village was also one step closer to the purchase of a Caterpillar Model 910 Compact Wheel Loader for $127,500 with the approval of a second reading of the resolution agreeing to purchase the vehicle.

Third and final readings were approved for the Village of New Bremen Investment plan and to designate fiscal officer Amy Speelman as Sunshine Law training officer.

Council also approved second readings of ordinances to vacate an alley running east and west lying between lots 19 and 20 in the Highland addition and an alley running north and south from Pearl Street to the south line of Kuenning property lots 12, 13 and 14.

Council than adjourned to executive session to discuss property. No action was taken when they returned to regular session.

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.