Councilors OK Exemption

NEW BREMEN — Councilors untabled an ordinance and moved forward with the legislation, making all A-1 agricultural zones exempt from the height of grass requirement.

During their meeting Tuesday evening, councilors debated not exempting noxious weeds in the legislation — mainly thistles.

“Even though you alleviate them, they’re going to come from other places, too,” Councilor John Schwartz said. “Once they get airborne, they travel miles and miles.”

The idea for the area, councilors noted, is the area is meant to go back to its “natural” state.

“The purpose of the rye grass, the prairie grass, out there, is that as it grows and it does its thing, it will naturally stifle the weeds,” Mayor Jeff Pape said. “That’s the theory behind that.”

Councilors then passed the third reading of the ordinance, amending Section 93.5 of the codified ordinances to exclude land in an A-1 agricultural district, excluding agricultural districts from all parts of Section 93.50.

Councilor Denny Burnell noted Pool Manager Molly Burnell will present to the committees before the next council meeting to discuss changes to the pool membership.

“We’re looking at a pass system to get in, rather than say something like, ‘I’m No. 52,’ and you don’t know if they are or they aren’t,” Pape said.

Burnell noted they spoke with Minster — the system change would be similar to what Minster currently uses — and they’ve also checked prices.

“It’s a photo I.D., basically what it is,” Pape added.

Burnell said they have heard good things from Minster.

“It sounds like a good system,” he said.

Also up on the table were the alcohol permit for the New Bremen Alumni Softball tournament, which will be held Aug. 31 to Sept. 3, and an update to the Pumpkinfest permit.

“What they’re going to do is they’re going to an F-2 permit, that’s about the extent of what I know about the permit, but it basically changes is that it will allow wine,” Pape said. “They’re going to have wine in the area.”

Pape also noted the village’s trick or treat will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 25.

In other business, councilors:

• Had the first reading of a resolution to go out for bids for a 4,000 gallon tanker truck for the fire department.

• Passed, as an emergency, a resolution accepting the rates/percentages of the Auglaize County Budget Commission for the 2013 alternate plan of distribution of Local Government Fund and Local Government Revenue Assistance Funds for Auglaize County.

• Passed a resolution accepting the bid of Vaughn Industries, of Carey, of $281,187 for the Herman Street Substation Upgrade Project. Electric Superintendent Matt Krieg noted the work would begin Labor Day weekend.

• Officials also lifted the water use advisory, which was put into effect last month.

At 7:10 p.m., councilors entered into executive session to discuss real estate. No action was taken when they reconvened into regular session.

The next meeting of the New Bremen Village Council will be at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 28 at the municipal center.