Monday, February 29, 2016


February 24, 2016




Roll call showed the following members present for a Special Meeting on this date at 5:15 p.m.  Burnell, Parker, Richter, Kuck and Kronenberger.  Burnell made a motion to excuse Schwartz.  Second by Kuck.  Five ayes.  Also present were Mayor Pape, Solicitor Smith, Village Administrator York and Fiscal Officer Gast.


Visitors were Cathi Hall, Mike Hibner and a reporter representing The Evening Leader.


Second reading RESOLUTION 2016-2-15 authorizing the purchase of a 2500 KVA Padmount transformer from Anixter, Inc. Mattoon, IL in the amount of $33,108.  Motion by Kronenberger.  Second by Richter.  Five ayes.


Second reading Resolution 2016-2-12 authorizing the purchase through the State Purchasing Program of two dump trucks for the Public Works Department from Reineke Family Dealership in the amount not to exceed $160,000.  Motion by Parker.  Second by Burnell.  Five ayes.


Third reading RESOLUTION 2016-2-11 contracting with Eagon and Associates, Inc., Worthington, Ohio for a Wellhead Protection Plan in the amount not to exceed $19,000. This plan is for the new wells at the Hehr Farm.  Motion by Kronenberger.  Second by Richter.  Five ayes.


Third reading ORDINANCE 2016-2-7 authorizing First National Bank and Minster Bank as eligible financial institutions for designation as depositories for public monies for a period of 5 years starting April 1, 2016 through March 31, 2021 pursuant to Chapter 135.12 of the Ohio Revised Code.  Motion by Kuck.  Second by Parker.  Five ayes.


Third reading RESOLUTION 2016-12-10 identifying the services to the proposed annexation petitioned by Crown Equipment Corporation (former Tomhafe property) located at 3330 West Second Street.  Services include police and fire protection and electricity.  Water and sewer will not be provided.  Motion by Burnell.  Second by Kronenberger.  Five ayes.


Third reading ORDINANCE 2016-2-5 amending the payroll ordinance by creating an Assistant Recreation Manager classification with the same step ranges as the Recreation Manager classification and authorizing an increase for Recreation Manager Matt McCollum to Step Range C-60.  The ordinance would also create an additional step range amount for seasonal workers.  Motion by Parker.  Second by Burnell.  Five ayes.


Because of the absence of Councilor Schwartz, Kuck made a motion to table the third reading ORDINANCE 2016-2-6 prohibiting large inflatable apparatuses, such as bounce houses, slides etc. in the grass area north of the Pavilion/patio at the Komminsk Legacy Park.  Second by Parker.  Five ayes.  Council feels there is a liability concern due to the terrain of the park.  Cathi Hall presented a hand-out of her suggestions and ideas concerning the Crown Pavilion, rental policies, certificate of insurance issues, placement of large inflatable apparatuses in the area to the north of the Pavilion and current charges for renting the Pavilion.  As to other potential regulations for parks within the Village she recommended that Council consider changing the annual reservation date for all shelters/parks from February 1st to November 1st.  She also wanted Council to publish a set schedule for hours of operation of the splash pad and asked Council to consider allowing the splash pad to be turned off on June 4, 2016 during the wedding ceremony of Anna Koenig.  She added if the Village desires this venue to become a profitable and multi-function location, the Village should consider allowing events in the splash pad area with due notice.  In closing, she asked Council to consider the excerpt from the park description, as written in the grant proposal, when developing any regulations that may affect the use of the park area.


Kuck made a motion to accept Councilor Dennis Burnell’s letter of termination as an elected councilor for the Village of New Bremen effective February 29, 2016.  Second by Richter.  Four ayes.  Burnell abstained.  Council set a Special Meeting date for March 2, 2016, to appoint someone to fill the vacancy.    


Parker made a motion to adjourn at 6:00 p.m.  Second by Richter.  Five ayes.



Diane Gast, Fiscal Officer