Village To Explore Upgrade

NEW BREMEN — Area village councilors voted to explore the options for an electric substation, as they passed the first reading of a resolution to seek  engineering, during their meeting Tuesday evening.

New Bremen Village Councilors passed the first reading of a resolution to authorize Village Administrator Wayne York to seek engineering for upgrades to the village’s Herman Street Substation.

“We had an outage last year, and part of the problem was the old Herman Street Substation is analog-controlled equipment,” York told councilors, noting their newest substation upgrade. “The White Mountain Substation is digital — there are some incompatibilities there.”

Parts of the Herman Street Substation, York said, would need updated, such as the switch gear and the control house. York said he would like to get the engineering started with G.P.D. Group, of Akron.

“They did work on the Herman Street Subdivision 20 years ago and on the recent work on the White Mountain Substation,” York said of the architect/engineering company.

Councilors passed the ordinance for the engineering services, not to exceed $139,200, which will be paid out of the electric fund.

In his report to council, Mayor Jeff Pape noted the next Coffee with Administration meeting will be at 9 a.m. July 9 at New Bremen Coffee Co. and Books Inc. He also noted the audit was approved, and information about the audit is available online.

In his report, York noted the construction on Bear Drive should begin by the end of July, with a completion date of Aug. 30. York also noted there will be an open house at the electric department building from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, July 12, and from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 17.

He added the detector loop at Amsterdam Road/State Route 66 will be put in place starting Thursday, and the street will be partially closed for approximately two days. York also noted the irrigation installation at Rotary Centennial Park should also begin Thursday.

In other business, councilors:

• Discussed an indemnification agreement with Crown Equipment Corp., the village of New Bremen and the New Bremen-German Township Fire Department relating to the use of the two buildings at 9 and 11 S. Main St. that Crown is set to demolish for use of a parking lot and which the fire department would like to use for training before the demolition.

• Passed, as an emergency, a resolution authorizing York to purchase insurance from the Public Entity Pool Insurance, which would be a renewal, for $87,841.97.

• Passed the first reading of an ordinance transferring $5,000 from the Income Tax Fund to the Lockkeeper’s House Fund.

• Passed the third reading of a resolution authorizing York to move the water shut off at 525 and 529 S. Walnut St. into the right-of-way.

• Tabled the third reading of the policy ordinance establishing water shut off valves only permitted in the right-of-way.

Councilors then entered into executive session to discuss personnel relating to an employee’s retirement. No action was taken when they reconvened in regular session.

The next meeting of the New Bremen Village Council will be at 6:30 p.m. July 12 at the municipal center.