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Village Ponders Removing Spots

May 9, 2012

NEW BREMEN — Residents and visitors in an area village could be seeing a few parking spots eliminated in the downtown area as part of a proposed ordinance to the village council.

During their brief meeting Tuesday evening, members of the New Bremen Village Council passed the first reading of an ordinance to eliminate parking on the north side of Monroe Street between Washington and Water streets.

“There are three parking spaces in that short block on the north side of Monroe Street,” Police Chief Doug Harrod told councilors, noting the spots that would be eliminated. “Typically throughout the year we have anywhere from three to five accidents there where vehicles get sideswiped because the street is so narrow there.”

Harrod recommend having the first reading of the ordinance that would prohibit parking on the north side of Monroe Street and see what kind of response they receive from the community. Harrod also noted he spoke with Crown Equipment Corp., who had no problem with the elimination. He also spoke with the owner of La Piazza.

“He really is not in favor of that idea eliminating those three parking spaces, but he understands why we’re doing it,” Harrod said. “It would be my recommendation we have first reading to see if we get any kind of response from the community regarding those parking spaces.”

Mayor Jeff Pape noted the topic has come up in the past, but council had not acted on removing the parking on that side of the street.

In his report to the board, Village Administrator Wayne York presented Choice One Engineering estimates for the proposed street resurfacing project. The estimates were as follows: A base bid of Second Street at a cost of $57,009.50 and of Maurer Place at a cost of $37,718 for a total of$94,727.50; Alternate No. 1 of Boesel Avenue at a cost of $43,436.50; Alternate No. 2 of Franklin Street at a cost of $36,713; Alternate No. 3 of First Street at a cost of $38,664.50; Alternate No. 4 of Canal Street at a cost of $26,680.50; Alternate No. 5 of Cardinal Street at a cost of $27,482; Alternate No. 6 of Fox Street at a cost of $18,466; Alternate No. 7 of South Street at a cost of $40,710.50.

The total, including the base bid and the alternates, is estimated at $326,880.50.

During their meeting, councilors passed, as an emergency, a resolution to go out for bids for the resurfacing, noting they would see how the bids came in before deciding on which projects to set for the year.

Councilors also passed the second reading of an ordinance to levy Bear Drive assessments in the amount of $13,794.15.

Also in his report, Pape also noted the New Bremen High School Band Boosters is holding its flower sale this weekend, and he thanked Jerry and Cindy Newman for their help with the village’s flowers.

Councilors also discussed the proposed signage on the Lockkeeper’s House — or the Miami and Erie Canal Visitors Center. There is a tentative sign currently on the building.

The next meeting of the New Bremen Village Council will be at 6:30 p.m. May 22 at the municipal center.

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