Village Talks Maintenance

NEW BREMEN — During their meeting Tuesday evening, New Bremen Village Councilors discussed an option that would help with property maintenance within their village.

New Bremen Mayor Jeff Pape noted he spoke with the mayor of Jackson Center and the topic of property maintenance came up. Jackson Center’s mayor noted his village uses NIC — or National Inspection Corporation — out of Dayton for its property maintenance enforcement.

“It takes the personality out of it — we know everybody so it becomes difficult for us to do that because we don’t want to be the bad guy,” Pape said. “This takes yourself out of it.”

NIC, he noted, would use the village’s property maintenance ordinance to enforce the issue — for example, of a property’s high grass.

“They would enforce our ordinance that we’re having trouble doing — they take that responsibility on to go out there to do what you have to to make people do what they have to,” Pape said. “Once they attack of couple of them and take care of them, it makes everybody else’s eyes open.”

Village Solicitor Steve Smith said the company would also look at the village’s ordinance and recommend changes.

Village Administrator Wayne York noted there is one specific building in town that could be a health or plumbing hazard.

“Some things we have been able to do, others are very difficult,” York said.

Pape noted NIC would go up to a residence in question, knock on the door and request to talk to the owner, but unless the owner gives them permission, they can’t walk around the residence.

“What generally happens is their neighbors are more than happy to let them in their yard,” Pape said, adding that by also hiring the company, residents calling to complain about a certain property can be referred to NIC.

“They could see an infraction and set about to do something about it — if not, they could go back to the person and say that they can’t do anything because of the village ordinance, which could start the process with us updating our ordinance.”

Pape noted NIC’s fee would be $950 a month, totaling $11,400 a year, with the minimum contract having a year timeframe.

“Ninety-five percent or more of people take care of their property — it’s just unfair that these few don’t,” Pape said.

In his report, Pape noted the New Bremen school levy meetings. The first will be at 1 p.m. Sunday and the second will be at 7 p.m. Feb. 29.

In other business, councilors:

• Heard from Allison Brady with the Heritage Trails Park District on the results of the survey she conducted.

• Passed, as an emergency, a resolution authorizing York to seek bids for the Bremenfest Park parking lot expansion.

• Passed, as an emergency, a resolution authorizing York to seek major equipment bids for the Herman Street substation.

• Had the third  reading of a resolution for the Emergency Management Cooperative per capita assessment.

• Had the third reading of a resolution choosing Option E for the AMP payment.

• Had the second reading of a resolution for the EMS contract for $15,000, for the contracted period of Feb. 1 to Jan. 31, 2013.

• Had a vote of approval to enter into membership in the Ohio Municipal Attorneys Association.

• Discussed the possibility of hosting an intern from Wright State University.

The next meeting of the New Bremen Village Council will be at 8 a.m. Saturday at the municipal center.