Village Re-Examines Response

NEW BREMEN — After a storm blew through the county late June, a local village is reviewing its response plan.

In his report, Mayor Jeff Pape noted he along with other village representatives discussed last month’s storm with county officials.

“We were in Wapak today meeting with Troy Anderson, Sheriff Solomon and a couple others,” Pape said. “We were discussing the emergency that we had on June 29 with the electric. Some of the things that happened that night weren’t handled quite right, they thought. The discussion was what we need to do in the future. It was mostly with calling them and talking about emergency shelters. It was a lot of misunderstanding, and I think we have a better idea of what the next time we need to do, and that’s basically make a call to Troy Anderson and let him do his job.”

Pape noted they didn’t think they did anything wrong with getting the information out to the residents.

“It’s just that there’s a plan that’s set up that should be followed, and we as a group didn’t quite follow that,” he said. “That was basically contacting Troy.”

He noted they have a group of shelters set up, if needed, that they would activate.

“And the big thing is if we try to do it ourselves, and we were trying to help ourselves out and making sure our people were OK in the heat, they would man them (the shelters),” Pape said. “They would line everything up, and basically they have insurance so if somebody’s in there and they mess something up, that’s all taken care of, and that’s the way they want it.”

He noted there are designated EMA emergency shelter areas — the American Legion and the ABC Center. Both buildings did not have power during the June 29 storm.

“They have other places set up throughout the county,” Police Chief Doug Harrod added.

Pape noted Red Cross Director Ken Kline is working on setting up additional shelters in the area, as well.

“By them activating these things, by following the plans, there is some chance for federal funding,” Councilor John Schwartz said. “They have emergency funding for everything.”

Because of numbers submitted from Midwest Electric, the village could receive some reimbursement for the overtime hours worked during the storm. Also in his report, Pape reminded councilors the Firemen’s Picnic is this weekend.

In his report, Village Administrator Wayne York noted the Herman Street Substation bids will be opened Aug. 1.

As for the water use advisory, York noted it helped but, pending weather, they would like to keep it in effect.

“We were running well over 500,000 gallons of water that once we got the word out about that, it instantly dropped to below the 400,000 gallon range,” York said. “So we had an immediate drop on that. It was very successful. Not knowing about the upcoming rains and stuff, the intention is that the water use advisory will continue for the time being.”

Councilor Steve Wills thanked the public for cooperating with the village with the advisory.

“We thank the residents for the immediate response,” Wills said.

Councilor Dennis Burnell noted the tree commission will hold a Fall and Winter Landscaping Preparation seminar at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 18 at the Lockkeeper’s House. The seminar is free and open to the public, and no registration is required to attend.

Also, Burnell reminded residents walking their dogs in the village to clean up after their pets. He noted there have been areas in town where he has noticed dog droppings being left.

In other business, councilors:

• Passed, as an emergency, a resolution in cooperation with Auglaize County to resurface Wuebker Road in the amount of $10,125.

* Passed, as an emergency, a resolution in cooperation with Auglaize County for the reconstruction of the pipe in the Wierth Ditch at the Lions Club Park.

• Passed a resolution to ward the bids for the Franklin/Main streets sanitary sewer to Tumbusch Construction.

The next meeting of the New Bremen Village Council will be at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 14 at the Lockkeeper’s House.