Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Roll call showed the following members present for the regular meeting held this date. Burnell, Meyer, Schwartz, Hoffman, Kuck and Stienecker.   Also present were Mayor Pape, Solicitor Smith, Fiscal Officer Gast, Chief of Police Harrod and Village Administrator York.  

Visitors were Public Works Superintendent Larry Wissman, Angie Weaver representing The Evening Leader and Margie Wuebker representing The Daily Standard .

Minutes from the March 10 meeting were approved with a motion by Meyer, seconded by Hoffman.   All ayes.

Stienecker made a motion to approve a total expenditure for the month of $639,602.91.   Second by Kuck.   All ayes.

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

No objections to a liquor permit application at 17 W. Monroe Street.

- Announced that the Village of New Bremen will receive the Growth Award at the Tree City USAconference on April 15.
- Publicized The History of Business in New Bremen luncheon on March 25, 2009 at 11:30 a.m.
- Reminded Council of the meeting time change to 6:00 p.m. for Committee Meeting and 6:30 p.m. for regular Council Meeting beginning April 14, 2009.
- Safety Committee will meet with the EMS before the committee meeting on April 14 to discuss the renewal of the EMS levy.
- Village Administrator York updated Council on various projects within the Village.

First reading ORDINANCE 2009-3-8 amending the Code of Ordinances Section 93.71 Exemptions to Noise and Public Nuisance Regulation by adding Section (J) - Sound associated with driving various birds from essential public facilities such as electrical substations and water and wastewater treatment plants where their presence could be detrimental to delivering their services .   Motion by Kuck, seconded by Burnell.   All ayes.

Larry Wissman, Superintendent of Public Works reported to Council about the operations of his department.   Wissman also presented the annual budget for the department and a 5 year outlook plan.

Council discussed the options of the canal at the NB-NK Rotary Centennial Park area.   Community input was reviewed and discussed.   Kuck made a motion to proceed with option D - Enclose the canal.   This option would not have water visible as it is now because the existing underground pipe under State Route 274 would be extended to enclose the water flow.   The ground would be shaped with a shallow depression indicating the original path of the canal and then suitable landscaping would be added by the NB-NK Rotary Club.   Second by Burnell.   Meyer, Burnell and Kuck ayes.   Schwartz, Hoffman and Stienecker nays.   Mayor Pape broke the tie with an aye.

Administrator York advised Council that the yearly transfers would probably be decided at the next council meeting.

Hoffman made a motion to adjourn at 8:15 p.m.   Second by Schwartz.   All ayes.

Diane Gast, Fiscal Officer