New Bremen Council approves pay increase


By Sandy Rose Schwieterman - For the Sidney Daily News



NEW BREMEN – Village employees will have an across-the-board 3% pay increase in 2023 following an executive session of New Bremen Village Council Monday night meeting. When returning to regular session, the council members approved the first reading of an ordinance to allow this increase.

Mayor Bob Parker said they are still working on adjusting the steps involved in pay grades and promotions and are expected to be done in the next few weeks.

The council also approved a first reading of an ordinance to accept a $358,400 contract bid by PAB Construction of Coldwater to replace curbs and gutters along state Route 274 in the village. The work is expected to be done in 2023 ahead of a 2024 ODOT highway project through town. Village Administrator Brent Richter said there were a total of six bids.

In order to cover an unexpectedly high number of emergency runs, council approved a third and final reading to an ordinance adding an additional $15,000 to the 2022 budget. The total 2022 appropriations now stand at $24, 894,158.07.

As the year 2022 winds down, the mayor said the village will hold a 2023 budget review meeting on Saturday, Dec. 10, at 8 a.m. in the village’s municipal building.

Council’s financial chair Jacob Larger reported village’s October receipts totaled $1,384,222.45 and November expenses totaled $1,614,708.50

Other action included second readings of three measures: an ordinance authorizing the sale of personal property on GovDeals.com for 2023, a resolution to accept salt bids for the water treatment plant and a resolution to award a softener resin purchase, also for the water treatment plant.

After a third and final resolution reading, Thomas Guillozet was approved by council to serve as magistrate on the village’s mayors court for the calendar years 2023 and 2024.

New Bremen now has an official fuel policy ordinance with a third and final approval of the measure. The new policy, required by the state, tracks the use of fuel in the village by employees.

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.