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, Chief of Police Skinner, Village Administrator York and Fiscal Officer Gast.
Visitors were Carl Andee and Randy Corbin, Efficiency Smart Program, LeAnn and John Heitkamp, Matt Krieg, Margie Weubker representing The Daily Standard and Meredith Enkoff representing TheEvening Leader.
Minutes from the January 28 meeting were approved with the following changes: Page 1, paragraph 9, line 4 – The contract will be for one year and then reviewed after that period. Page 2, paragraph 4, line 5 – not to exceed $175,000. Motion by Hoffman. Second by Parker. All ayes.
Mayor Pape made the following announcements in the Mayor’s Report:
· Reported fines, fees and forfeitures for the month in the amount of $1085.
· Due to tournament basketball games the Feb. 25 Council Meeting is moved to Feb. 24 starting at 5:15 p.m.
· Informed Council and community the trees marked with a pink X along the canal will be cut down for the Miami Erie Towpath Project.
· Village Administrator York updated Council on the Nixile Program through Auglaize County. The Village will also be setting up a Facebook page for sharing information about the Villageof New Bremen.
Second reading RESOLUTION 2014-1-7 authorizing the purchase of a 50 ft. aerial unit, aerial tower and accessories through the State Purchasing Program at a cost of $188,645 to be paid from the Electric Fund. Utility Truck Equipment, Inc., Circleville, Ohio has the state contract. Motion by Kuck. Second by Burnell. All ayes.
Burnell made a motion to untable the third reading RESOLUTION 2013-11-38 authorizing the Village Administrator to enter into an Energy Smart Contract through AMP at a cost of $1.40 per megawatt hour. Second by Hoffman. All ayes. The contract is for three (3) years at a cost of approximately $89,000 per year. Burnell made a motion to table the third reading again so that Solicitor Smith could review the contract. Second by Parker. All ayes.
Third reading ORDINANCE 2014-1-2 authorizing a water rate increase as follows: Section 50.21 (A) (1) 0-200 cu. ft. - $5.00 minimum charge; (2) 201-1000 cu. ft. - $2.60; (3) 1001 cu. ft. and over $2.65. Section 50.21 (B) (3) over 1 inch tap: $275.00 plus material cost and labor and increase the rural charge to 150%. Also included in the ordinance is a charge of $100.00 for the hydrant meter and language stating sewer charges are never waived for this service. Motion by Kronenberger. Second by Schwartz. All ayes.
Third reading RESOLUTION 2014-1-4 authorizing an on-line project tracking database. The public would be able to check this database to see the progress on any project. Midnet Media will charge a startup fee of $1000 and $50 per month thereafter. The contract will be for one year and be reviewed after that period. Motion by Parker. Second by Kronenberger. All ayes.
Schwartz made a motion to suspend the rule. Second by Kronenberger. All ayes. Second and third readings RESOLUTION 2014-1-8 authorizing an additional payment to Freytag and Associates not to exceed $6500. The money is for added costs involved with the Lions Park Master Plan for the State of Ohio Capital Bill for the Arts and Community Economic Development Grant. Motion by Schwartz. Second by Parker. All ayes.
Second reading RESOLUTION 2014-1-6 amending Resolution 2012-1-2 authorizing an increase in engineering fees for the Miami Erie Canal Shared Use Path in the amount of $25,696. The total cost of the project is $92,258. Paulette Huber, representing Poggemeyer Design Group, explained the reasons for the extra costs and presented Council with an itemized extra work calculation. The shared portion is 40.60% to be paid by the New Bremen Foundation. Motion by Parker. Second by Burnell. All ayes.
Schwartz made a motion to enter into Executive Session at 7:25 p.m. to discuss pending litigation. Second by Kuck. All ayes.
Council came out of Executive Session at 8:05 p.m. Adjournment followed with a motion by Schwartz. Second by Burnell. All ayes.
Diane Gast, Fiscal Officer