Thursday, April 14, 2016


April 11, 2016




Roll call showed the following members present on this date at 6:30 p.m.  Burnell, Parker, Schwartz, Richter, Kuck and Kronenberger. Also present were Mayor Pape, Solicitor Smith, Chief of Police Skinner and Fiscal Officer Gast.


Visitors were Randee Henson, Mike Hibner, Claire Giesige representing The Daily Standard and Andrew Wilson representing The Evening Leader.


Minutes from the March 28 meeting were approved with the following change:  Page 1, paragraph 10, line 5 change Parker to Park.


Mayor Pape made the following announcements in his Mayor’s Report:

  • Announced the Community Garage Sales will be held on April 15-16.
  • Reported fines, fees and forfeitures for the month of March in the amount of $392.00.
  • Schwartz updated Council on the Circle Drive Project.


First reading RESOLUTION 2016-4-22 authorizing a donation of $7000 to the New Bremen Swim and Dive Team.  Motion by Kuck.  Second by Schwartz.  All ayes.


Randee Henson representing Stolly Insurance Group which is currently the broker for the Village of New Bremen health insurance plan.  Henson outlined Stolly’s services beyond negotiating rates and told Council what to look for when trying to cut costs.  Randee went on to tell Council that a number of their professional staff are active with the Village’s account on a day-to-day or project-specific basis.  Stolly’s commitment is to partner with the Village and continue to inform and educate our employees in the way that benefits them and keep the Village up to date on new products and opportunities. Stolly will design their program to fit the needs of the Village of New Bremen. 


Third reading RESOLUTION 2016-3-17 authorizing Change Order #1 in the amount of $2,421 to Schmiesing Tree Service for additional trees removed with rotting branches and canopies and trees causing future liabilities from poor root attachment and structure along the Miami & Erie Canal Towpath.  Motion by Kronenberger.  Second by Schwartz.  All ayes.


Third reading RESOLUTION 2016-3-16 authorizing Change Order #7 from H.A. Dorsten in the amount of $20,718.28.  The change is for labor, material and equipment to install 72 feet of stainless steel trench drain at the Komminsk Legacy Park at a cost of $14,960 and a tent and temporary heat at a cost of $5,758.28.  Motion by Kronenberger.  Second by Kuck.  Five ayes.  Richter nay.


Third reading RESOLUTION 2016-3-18 authorizing Change Order #8 from H.A. Dorsten in the amount of $16,510 for materials and labor to change the thickness of the towpath concrete from 4” to 6” and add curb cut at Plum Street and retaining wall and ground mat seeding at Komminsk Legacy Park.  Motion by Kuck.  Second by Burnell.  All ayes.


Third reading RESOLUTION 2016-3-21 authorizing the Fiscal Officer to restore 742.75 hours of sick leave used by employee Steve Bornhorst for the accident/injury that took place on July 27, 2015.  There was a miscommunication about the amount of temporary total disability Bornhorst was entitled to under Workers Compensation.  Council feels that Bornhorst did not have the correct facts when he made his decision to delay his payments from Workers Compensation.  This credit back of sick leave is unique and will only be justified this one time.  Motion by Parker.  Second by Richter.  All ayes.



Council discussed Change Order #3 for Muhlenkamp Building Corp. in the amount of $5,269 for added toilet accessories, changing restroom exhaust for exposed dampers to above ceiling with round duct and round motorized dampers and door hardware from Satin to Dark Bronze.  Council will review the changes and make a decision at the next meeting.


Kuck made a motion to suspend the rule.  Second by Burnell.  All ayes.  ORDINANCE 2016-4-9 authorizing transfers from the Income Tax Fund as follows: $625,000 to the General Fund; $175,000 to the Street Construction Fund; $125,000 to the Parks and Recreation Fund; $50,000 to the Swimming Pool Fund and $10,000 to the Lockkeeper Fund.  Motion by Kronenberger.  Second by Parker.  All ayes.


First reading RESOLUTION 2014-4-23 to proceed toward the construction of Komminsk Drive in the Bunker Hill Industrial Park.  Motion by Kronenberger.  Second by Parker.  All ayes.


Council discussed the proposed Public Works, Parks and Recreation and Police/EMS buildings and the possible locations, financing, construction and design.  Council asked Village Administrator York to compile a list of scenarios and cost estimates for the next meeting.


First reading ORDINANCE 2016-4-10 levying assessments for improvements of First and Washington Streets in the amount of $20,502.50 at a rate of 8% for 10 years.  Motion by Schwartz.  Second by Kuck.  All ayes.


Schwartz made a motion to adjourn at 8:45 p.m.  Second by Parker.  All ayes.





Diane Gast, Fiscal Officer