Village OKs CRA Deal

NEW BREMEN — An area village proceeded with the next step in the process to bring a new business to town during a meeting of its council Tuesday evening.

During their meeting, members of the New Bremen Village Council approved, as an emergency resolution, an application from Brookside Laboratories to enter into a Community Reinvestment  Area (CRA) Agreement with the Village of New Bremen.

Economic Development Director Angela Hamberg noted Brookside had visited area communities interested in a CRA and had settled on New Bremen.

“We felt it was a good idea for New Bremen,” she said.

The school board, she noted, approved the CRA agreement at its meeting last month.

Village councilors approved the agreement as it was agreed upon between the company and the school. Hamberg noted the agreement was a 75 percent abatement for 10 years.

Also during their meeting, councilors had the first reading of an ordinance to accept to add a plat to Bunker Hill Industrial Park for Brookside, thus creating Lot 21.

“Fastenal is located at 19 and 20,” Village Administrator Wayne York said. “This would be part of the eighth addition to Bunker Hill, being a six-acre plat.”

The lot also allows for an 80-foot future street between there and Safeway, he noted.

The next step, York said, was for the planning commission, who meets next week, to approve the plat.

In his report to council, York also noted leaf pickup has started, and limb and brush pickup will be suspended as the leaf pickup gets going.

In his report to council, Mayor Jeff Pape reminded residents the village’s trick-or-treat will be from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 27, and Cider Time will be at 1 p.m. Oct. 30. He also noted there will be multiple longevity awards going out to village employees.

Pape also encouraged residents to read up on Issue 2, which tackles Senate Bill 5, and “read the actual language in it than just listening to the commercials.”

He also noted Hamberg’s newsletter, New Bremen NOW is available on the village’s website at

Hamberg noted there is a link in the newsletter to all of the election issues to the Secretary of State’s website.

In other business, councilors:

• Passed, as an emergency, a resolution to accept sealed bids for surplus vehicles.

• Passed, as an emergency, an ordinance amending the Income Tax section of the general code authorizing the employment of a collection agency and adding a contingence collection on a percentage charged by the agency.

• Passed, as an emergency, a resolution to increase the Walnut Street Sanitary Sewer project by $65,000 to replace the 12-inch piping to 18-inch piping because of water already being at peak point on average in the pipes.

• Had the third reading of a resolution to go out for the yearly salt bids.

• Had the second reading of a resolution of necessity for the First Street reconstruction between State Route 66 and the alley east of Jefferson Street and for the Washington Street reconstruction between First Street and Monroe Street.

• Had a vote of approval to contract Courtney and Associates of Findlay for an electric rate study at a cost not to exceed $12,000. The village received three other bids on the project: Utility Financial Solutions of Holland, Mich., with a bid of $14,000, Sawvel and Associates of Findlay with a bid of $19,000 and GPD Group of Akron with a bid of $25,000.

• Had a vote of approval to include the option of a United Way payroll deduction for employees.

The next meeting of the New Bremen Village Council will be at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 25 at the municipal center.