Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Roll call showed the following members present on this date at 6:30 p.m.  Burnell, Wills, Schwartz, Hoffman, Kuck and Stienecker.  Also present were Mayor Pape, Solicitor Smith and Chief of Police Skinner. 
Visitors were Margie Wuebker representing The Daily Standard and Meredith Enkoff representing The Evening Leader.
Minutes from the May 14 meeting were approved with a motion by Hoffman.  Second by Schwartz.  All ayes.
Mayor Pape made the following announcements in the Mayor’s Report:
- Approved membership payment of $45.00 for the Auglaize Mercer Counties Convention Visitors Bureau. Motion by Kuck, seconded by Burnell.  All ayes.
- Announced Napa Auto Parts Grand Opening will be May 28 from 9:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.
Council discussed the alley north of the Eastmoor Court cul-de-sac and the Bremenfest Park.  This will include a utility easement for Village access in exchange for Quit Claim deeds.  Solicitor Smith told Council the survey is complete and Jason This will get the names of the parties involved.  
Second reading RESOLUTION 2013-5-19 required preliminary legislation allowing ODOT to complete the programming on a project proposing to construct new pedestrian, bicycle and handicapped route downtown to the north side of the Village of New Bremen.  The project is currently scheduled for Bid Letting scheduled in State Fiscal Year 2017.  The Tree Commission will also be involved.  Motion by Stienecker.  Second by Schwartz.  All ayes.
Council authorized Chief of Police Skinner to handle requests to close the Lock One parking lot for special events with input for the Police Committee.  The next closure takes place during the Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure visit on June 20 through June 21.  Motion by Kuck.  Second by Burnell.  All ayes.
First reading ORDINANCE 2013-5-16 implementing a catch and release fishing policy at Bunker Hill Industrial Park.  The only fish exempt from the policy are bluegill since they tend to multiply quickly and overrun the pond.  Violating the policy constitutes a minor misdemeanor and a visit to Mayor’s Court.  Motion by Kuck.  Second by Burnell.  All ayes.
Burnell updated Council about the improvements that need to be done to the baseball and softball diamonds the Village shares with the high school.  Potential improvements are laser leveling of the fields, putting clay around the pitcher’s mound and home plate, sodding in various places and aerating and seeding of the outfields.  Mercer Group Inc., athletic field contractors, Troy, Ohio, will do the work at a cost of $40,000.  The cost is 50% Village and 50% high school.  Council approved.
Schwartz made a motion to adjourn.  Second by Hoffman.  All ayes.
Diane Gast, Fiscal Officer