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NEW BREMEN — A local village will be continuing the water advisory it recently enacted.
“We are going to keep the water advisory going,” New Bremen Village Administrator Wayne York said during Tuesday evening’s council meeting.
The village issued the water use advisory last week for residents in hopes of curtailing their water usage after dry weather drove up water usage in July.
“We had a 20 percent decrease in usage, which is about sustainable levels,” York said. “We need to observe it.”
Weather drove water usage up 33 percent more than normal levels for July. The July 2010 average daily use was 403,000 gallons and on Tuesday, July 19, New Bremen’s utility customers used 537,000 gallons.
“August is usually drier than July, so we want to keep the advisory in place,” York said, noting the village is discouraging residents from watering their lawns, washing cars and/or running ornamental fountains.
Also during their meeting, New Bremen Village Councilors authorized York to proceed with modifications to the village’s six tornado sirens.
“It would be about $85 a unit, plus travel expenses,” York said.
Police Chief Doug Harrod said the modifications will alter the sirens so that the dispatchers do not have to keep re-starting the sirens during an emergency.
“When we blow the tornado warning sirens, they shut down after 2.5 to 3 minutes,” Harrod said.
“This modification keeps them going all the time during activation.”
The sirens, Harrod said, will continue until the danger has passed, rather than starting and stopping.
“The sirens run continuously until the danger’s over,” he said.
“They will blow during the duration of the warning or bad weather. When it stops, the bad weather is over.”
York noted the seventh siren will be put up in the south end of the village to serve the Amsterdam, South Walnut and Wuebker Road area.
“Mesco Electrical Supply agreed to provide us with a permanent tornado easement at the rear of their lot,” York said.
In his report, Mayor Jeff Pape noted the alumni softball tournament was approved for Labor Day weekend, the next Coffee with Administration meeting at New Bremen Coffee Co. and Books Inc. at 9 a.m. Aug. 13 and there will be a public meeting about Lions Club Park at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 2 at the Lockkeeper’s House.
During the meeting, New Bremen High School graduate Emily Topp received an AMP-Ohio scholarship from Betty Wehrman.
In other business, councilors:
• Awarded the bids for the Walnut Street Sanitary Sewer to Jutte Excavating of Fort Recovery, which includes the approximately $51,000 the village received from the Ohio Public Works Commission for the approximately $347,000 project.
• Had the third reading of an ordinance to transfer $5,000 to the Lockkeeper’s House fund.
• Had the third reading of a resolution approving GPD as the engineers to upgrade the Herman Street Substation.
The next New Bremen Village Council meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 9 at the municipal center, which will include a presentation from an AMP-Ohio representative.