Village Tackles Snow Parking

NEW BREMEN — During their meeting Tuesday evening, area councilors took the first step in addressing an issue that comes up each winter.

New Bremen Village Councilors passed the first reading of the ordinance to enact street parking regulations when snow reaches a certain height.

New Bremen Police Chief Doug Harrod noted the village has had an issue with being able to plow public streets because of parked cars.

“The only problem that he sees is right now cars are being parked on the street for 72 hours without being moved, and that creates a real problem for them,” Harrod said, noting Public Works Superintendent Larry Wissman’s thoughts. “After 72 hours, I put a notice on them saying you have to move them or you get a ticket. What Larry would like to see is that anytime there is an accumulation of 2 inches or more of snow that cars have to be moved off of the street or have to be moved every 24 hours.”

He added village employees have noted the issue of the street department being unable to plow the streets because of the parked vehicles.

“What happens is they’ll park on the street, the snow plows will go around them, and if they’re there for more than 72 hours, if they move them — even if they move them 10 feet ahead, then the street department can get in there and plow it,” he said. “Even if they move out of the parking spot they’re in, that should solve the problem.”

Councilor Dennis Burnell questioned what would happen in the event of a drift or blowing snow.

“If there’s a blizzard, we have the discretion if we can enforce that law or not,” Harrod said.

Councilors subsequently passed the first reading of the ordinance requiring that in the event of an accumulation of 2 inches of snow a car parked on a public street must be moved within 24 hours to a legal parking spot that has had snow removed.

In other business, councilors:

• Heard from Mike Shelby with Thomas Shelby and Co. on implementing a 311 system. The system would enable the village to contact residents via e-mail or text. Residents would also be able to contact the village through the same means to report incidents such as a missed trash pickup or outage.

• Passed, as an emergency, a resolution for a $10,450.63 change order for the Bear Drive Reconstruction project.

• Passed, as an emergency, an ordinance to transfer a total of $694,000 for the end-of-the-year transfers.

• Passed the first reading of a resolution authorizing the expenditure of up to $70,000 from Jan. 1, 2012, to Jan. 10, 2012.

Councilors entered into executive session at 8 p.m. to discuss personnel payroll. They reconvened back into regular session at 8:30 p.m. and passed the first reading of a resolution establishing a cost of living adjustment for all full-time village employees. According to the resolution, everyone would receive a 70 cent raise on their salaries, Village Administrator Wayne York would receive an increase of $1.70 because of contract agreements and Linda Fortkamp will receive an additional 50 cent increase for her mayor’s court duties.

The next meeting of the New Bremen Village Council will be at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 13 at the village offices.