Chief Search Winding Down

NEW BREMEN — The search for a new police chief in the village of New Bremen has been whittled down to a list of three candidates.

Councilors held a special session, during which they entered executive session, before the regularly scheduled council meeting Tuesday night. During the special session, officials interviewed two potential candidates for the police chief post. Councilors then interviewed a third following the regular meeting. New Bremen Mayor Jeff Pape said a decision will not be made until background checks can be completed.

During the regular meeting, Pape reiterated that the village garage sale is fast approaching, and will be held on April 19 and 20.

“The spring clean-up day is May 4,” he said. “The details for that are, I believe, online if anybody wonders what they can bring.”

The clean-up will be held from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the public works area. The public can drive up along the recycle building to drop off items and is advised to bring a current utility stub.

The newly created parks committee recently had its first meeting.

“I thought it went really well,” Pape said. “As Mike has said, and he said it again there, it’s not going to turn around in a year, but he’s going to do his darndest to get it on the path to correctness.”

Fines fees and forfeitures for March totaled $164.

Councilors heard a brief presentation from Mary Ann Olding about participating in the Certified Government Program, which would set up a historic district in the village. This commission would review changes to designated buildings inside that historical district, Olding said. Ownership of these buildings would not change, she said. In fact, the owners would be a part of the process, attending meetings and giving approval for decisions made on the regulations and guidelines.

In other business, councilors:

• Approved a resolution to enter into contract with the New Bremen EMS to provide services for the village at a total cost of $75,000.

• Approved the first reading of a resolution entering into agreement with the state of Ohio to approve patching and deck edge repair on various bridges within the district, including New Bremen.

• Approved the appropriation of $3,000 to go toward several expenses in the village’s hosting of the Great Ohio Bike Adventure (GOBA).

Councilors entered into an executive session at the end of the regular meeting to discuss a real estate item and to interview the final candidate for the police chief position. No action was taken when councilors reconvened in regular session. The next meeting of the New Bremen Village Council will be at 6:30 p.m. April 23.