Roll call showed the following members present on this date. Burnell, Wills, Schwartz, Hoffman and Stienecker. Kuck was excused with a motion by Stienecker, seconded by Schwartz. Five ayes. Also present were Mayor Pape, Solicitor Smith, Chief of Police Harrod, Village Administrator York and Fiscal Officer Gast.
Visitors were Alex and Todd Speelman, Angie Weaver representing The Evening Leader and Margie Wuebker representing The Daily Standard.
Minutes from the April 27 meeting were approved with a motion by Wills, seconded by Burnell. Five ayes.
Hoffman made a motion to approve a total expenditure for the month of $606,305.10. Second by Schwartz. Five ayes.
Mayor Pape made the following announcements in his Mayor’s Report:
- Announced the NBHA Annual Picnic will be June 6, 2010.
- Chief Harrod informed Council the new stop signs were erected on Amsterdam Road and cars were not stopping. Chief Harrod suggested larger stop signs with LED lights.
- Announced Clean-Up Day will be May 1.
- Announced June 19 will be the Grand Opening of the Lockkeepers House.
- Chief Harrod announced there will be legislation donating all unclaimed bicycles to charity. Bicycles may be identified and claimed before May 11, 2010.
- Village Administrator York updated Council on various projects within the Village.
- Councilor Wills reported the Village of New Bremen is Tree City USAfor 15 years.
Larry Wissman Superintendant of the Public Works presented his Annual Report to Council.
Third reading Resolution 2010-3-11 authorizing a donation of $5000 to the Barracuda Swim and Dive Team to cover expenses and repair equipment. Motion by Schwartz. Second by Stienecker. Five ayes.
Burnell made a motion, seconded by Hoffman to untable Resolution 2010-3-13. Five ayes. Third reading Resolution 2010-3-13 entering into an agreement with Southwestern Auglaize County Chamber of Commerce granting a two-year lease for the Lockkeepers House. The monthly lease will be $400.00. Motion by Schwartz, seconded by Burnell. Five ayes.
Burnell made a motion, seconded by Hoffman to untable Resolution 2010-3-14. Five ayes. Third reading Resolution 2010-3-14 entering into an agreement with the Miami and Erie Canal Corridor Association (MECCA) granting a two-year lease for the Lockkeepers House. The monthly lease will be $400.00. Motion by Schwartz, seconded by Burnell. Five ayes.
Second reading RESOLUTION 10-4-15 authorizing Change Order #5 and #6 transferring unused contingency money for the Lockkeepers House to the general construction contract. The approximate amount would be $12,500. In this way, the federal money in the grant could be used up before using local money for the storm sewer relocation project in the ditch, the new culverts and to finish the parking lot (exclusive of the asphalt paving). Motion by Burnell. Second by Stienecker. Five ayes.
Tree Commission representative Councilor Wills discussed where to plant memorial trees. There are only 5 places left along the canal. The Tree Commission decided to plant trees south of the swimming pool. Councilor Stienecker suggested planting trees in the Jaycee Park also. There was also discussion to no longer plant trees in the tree lawns to keep them away from street lights, snow blowers, street sweepers etc. The trees presently in tree lawns would stay, however any new home lots would be offered a tree to be planted outside of the tree lawns. The Tree Commission is planning to review the current ordinance at their next meeting and present Council with amendments. Discussion was tabled with a motion by Wills, seconded by Hoffman. Five ayes.
First reading ORDINANCE 2010-4-7 authorizing a stop street for westbound traffic on Fox Street at the Deer Drive intersection. Motion by Stienecker, seconded by Schwartz. Five ayes.
Mayor Pape explained to Council the Auglaize and Allen Counties United Way 211 number to access information. More information will follow at a later date.
Council adjourned at 7:50 with a motion by Wills, seconded by Hoffman. Five ayes.
Diane Gast, Fiscal Officer