NEW BREMEN — A local village is now under a water use advisory, and one of its summer festivals is set to be affected.
During Tuesday night’s New Bremen Village Council meeting, Village Administrator Wayne York noted the village is about where it was this time last year with its water availability — on the borderline — and an event on Monday didn’t help things.
“At one of our water wells, we had a transformer that failed that we had to replace in the same day,” York said.
With the fact there hasn’t been much rain, the question also came up of water availability for the Firemen’s Picnic set for July 28.
“Chief Kuck came in this afternoon and said the worst thing for him is to have it all lined up and pull the plug on them,” York said.
“If it’s borderline or you think you may have to, it’s better they know it now.”
The event in question, York noted, is the waterball tournament.
Mayor Jeff Pape suggested the festival only have a waterball tournament for children, rather than for both children and for the area fire departments.
“How about half — do away with the men’s battle but have the kids’ — I think the kids enjoy the heck out of it,” Pape said.
York noted there hasn’t been a set amount of water usage for the festival because it depends on how many people show up.
“There’s been instances they’ve had twice as many some years as they do other years,” he said.
Councilor Craig Hoffman noted not having the area fire department competition may take away from the funds raised for the festival.
After discussion, the councilors said they believed they should make a decision Tuesday night because there’s no rain in the forecast, and Kuck needed to know by Thursday at the latest.
“The kids do draw the parents and the locals,” Pape said, while Councilor John Schwartz added the adult firemen would understand.
“In my opinion, I would just hate to see the kids’ (event) go,” Pape said.
Councilors questioned York on the village’s water usage status — noting there was a water use advisory last summer.
“Yesterday we were at 550,000 gallons ... We’re going to have to watch the weather,” York said. “We’re close to the edge of the cliff.”
He noted it would help if residents cut down on watering their lawns and be aware of the situation.
“When we rolled out the water use advisory last July, it brought down the usage almost 20 percent,” York said, noting the water use advisory would be sent out today and be similar to last year’s measure.
There are some places that would need watering, he said, such as the sod at the Sunshine Park, which York said the village would water with water from the canal.
In his report, York noted the West Main Street water line replacement started on Monday, the bids for the South Main Street sewer will open Thursday and the Herman Street substation bids will open in August. He added the fire chief recently gave him draft specs for the new tanker truck, and the village’s electric rate study should be finished in a month.
In other business, councilors:
• Recognized Village Solicitor Steve Smith, who was elected to serve a three-year term as District 16 representative on the Board of Governors of the Ohio State Bar Association.
• Passed the first reading of a resolution authorizing the village fiscal officer to pay for the resurfacing of the village’s half of Wuebker Road to be done by the county engineer’s office.
• Passed the first reading of a resolution to have the county engineer install a pipe for the enclosure of Wierth Ditch for the area of Lions Club Park and to pay the county engineer a sum not to exceed $33,000 from the Income Tax fund.
• Passed the third reading of an ordinance to rezone 201 N. Main St. from R-2 to C-1.
• Passed, as an emergency, a resolution approving the transfer of the lot at 201 N. Main St. to the New Bremen Community Improvement Corporation because it no longer has perceived public use.
The next meeting of the New Bremen Village Council will be at 6:30 p.m. July 24 at the municipal center.