December 8, 2014
Roll call showed the following members present on this date at 6:30 p.m. Burnell, Parker, Schwartz, Hoffman, Kuck and Kronenberger. Also present were Mayor Pape, Solicitor Smith, Village Administrator York, Chief of Police Skinner and Fiscal Officer Gast.
Visitors were Matt Krieg, David Giesige representing The Daily Standard and Andrew Wilson representing The Evening Leader.
Minutes from the December 3 and December 8 meetings were approved with a motion by Hoffman. Second by Kronenberger. All ayes.
Mayor Pape made the following announcements in his Mayor’s Report:
- Wished everyone a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year.
- Announced Village income tax collections reached over $3M.
- Thanked Council Pres. Kuck for replacing him at the NB-NK Christmas Tree Lighting.
- Received a letter from Stan & Donna Mae Kuenning expressing how nice the Christmas decorations look.
- Reported fines, fees and forfeitures in the amount of $435.00.
- Congratulated Minster, Marion Local and Coldwater for their State Champion wins in the MAC.
- Asked for a moment of silence to reflect on the passing of Larry Wissman, retired Public Works Superintendent, who worked for the Village for more than 30 years.
Matt Krieg, Superintendent of Electric, asked and received Council approval to search for an Apprentice Lineman to replace retired employee Lynn Koenig. Krieg would also like to explore the possibility of removing the Assistant Superintendent position and replace it with a Sr. Lineman position. Council will review the request.
Third reading RESOLUTION 2014-11-59 authorizing the Mayor to enter into a contract with the City of St. Marys for the collection of income tax for the Village of New Bremen at a flat rate of 1.75%. Solicitor Smith called Joy Bond to propose the 1.75% is only on taxable income. St. Marys Law Director Noble told Solicitor Smith that their Tax Department currently did not practice that policy. Hoffman made a motion to amend the contract to one year to be sure the Village was not bound by a long term contact if it did not serve the Village’s interests. Second by Parker. Hoffman made the motion to approve the contract as amended. Second by Kronenberger. All ayes.
Third reading RESOLUTION 2014-11-60 authorizing the Village Administrator to enter into a contract with Robert W. Kehoe for the rendition of services as Mayor’s Court Magistrate beginning January 1, 2015 and ending December 31, 2015. Motion by Parker. Second by Schwartz. All ayes.
Third reading RESOLUTION 2014-11-61 approving expenditures not to exceed $110,000 for day to day operations of the Village of New Bremen from January 1, 2015 to January 12, 2015 when the 2015 Appropriation Ordinance is adopted. Motion by Hoffman. Second by Kronenberger. All ayes.
Second reading RESOLUTION 2014-11-62 authorizing sealed bids for surplus equipment no longer used by the Village including a 2002 American Road leaf machine and a 2008 and a 2010 Ford Crown Victoria cruisers. Motion by Parker. Second by Schwartz. All ayes.
Second reading RESOLUTION 2014-11-63 authorizing sealed bids to sell three impounded vehicles including a 1982 Ford F-150 pickup truck, 1996 Pontiac Grand AM and a 1999 Honda Accord sedan. Motion by Kuck. Second by Burnell. All ayes.
Second reading RESOLUTION 2014-11-65 authorizing a contract with the New Bremen Emergency Squad for ambulance and emergency medical services in the amount of $15,000 for a period beginning February 1, 2015 through January 31, 2016 pursuant to Section 307.67.1 O.R.C. The $15,000 is to be used for training and equipment. Burnell reported the audit is finished. Motion by Burnell. Second by Kronenberger. Five ayes. Parker abstained.
Second reading ORDINANCE 2014-11-22 adopting and updating the current Police Policy and Procedures manual. Chief of Police Skinner stated the Police Department will handle all calls with the same protocols as they always have with the new policies and procedures. Motion by Kronenberger. Second by Parker. All ayes.
Council will review Sec.4.13 Annual Cost of Living Adjustment and report at the next meeting.
Kuck made a motion to suspend the rule. Second by Burnell. All ayes. ORDINANCE 2014-12-23 authorizing transfers from the Income Tax Fund as follows: $500,000 to the General Fund; $125,000 to the Street Construction Fund; $100,000 to the Parks and Recreation Fund. Motion by Kronenberger. Second by Burnell. All ayes.
Kuck made a motion to suspend the rule. Second by Kronenberger. All ayes. ORDINANCE 2014-12-24 amending Ordinance 2007-1-6 by adding language to include memorials for all retired employees and elected officials. Motion by Kronenberger. Second by Burnell. All ayes.
Kuck made a motion to suspend the rule. Second by Parker. All ayes. RESOLUTION 2014-12-67 authorizing Change Order #1 for the Cherry Street Water Line Replacement Project. The original contact with contractor PAB Construction was awarded at $123,940. The change order decreases the contract to $104,196. Motion by Hoffman. Second by Kronenberger. All ayes.
First reading RESOLUTION 2014-12-68 authorizing New Bremen to partner with St. Marys and other municipalities to participate as a collaborative partner to receive financial assistance under the Ohio Development Services Agency Local Government Innovation Fund Program; create a regional development/tourism plan for the historic canal corridor between Johnston Farm and Indian Agency Historic Site in Miami County to Delphos in Allen/Van Wert County. Motion by Kuck. Second by Parker. All ayes.
Hoffman made a motion to enter into Executive Session at 7:40 p.m. to discuss Economic Development and Personnel. Second by Hoffman. All ayes.
Council came out of Executive Session at 9:55 p.m. and took the following action. Kronenberger made a motion to explore the possibility of training an Assistant Village Administer to take the place of Administrator Wayne York who will retire August 1, 2016. Second by Parker. All ayes.
Adjournment followed at 10:02 p.m. with a motion by Schwartz. Second Kronenberger. All ayes.
Jeffrey L. Pape, Mayor Diane Gast, Fiscal Officer