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01-05-04: Council decides on list of priority projects for 2004


NEW BREMEN — New Bremen councilors put together a list of “highly likely” and “probable” projects for 2004 during a three-hour special meeting Saturday.
Village administrator Larry Durkee explained the things brought up for discussion were basically “want lists” submitted by various departments for the council to prioritize.
“You never can get everything you ask for because of budget restraints,” said Jeff Pape, serving in his first official capacity as mayor.
The village eventually put together a short list of projects that seem likely for 2004. Two projects topped the list. They were a stop light at the Amsterdam Road-Ohio 66 intersection and needed maintenance to the two village water towers.
“Those are the two most pressing items,” Pape said.
The village tried for more than two years to get a stop light at the Amsterdam intersection, but found itself roadblocked by budget constraints or arguments with the Ohio Department of Transportation about the need for a light at that intersection.
Several business owners approached the council about putting in a traffic light. Wayne Ziegenbusch, representing the Businessmen at Amsterdam Center partnerships did so at the Dec. 9 meeting.
The intersection, on Ohio 66 from Pizza Hut on the west and Rump’s Service Station on the east. It has been the site of several accidents, he told the council members.
Water tower maintenance was declared a priority in December after video inspections of the towers uncovered lime deposits and chipping paint inside the tower.
Other items declared highly likely for 2004 were purchase of a backhoe, street sign maintenance, purchase of a new police car, joint purchase of a grass truck with German Township and revamping of the tennis courts and basketball facilities at Bremenfest park.
The council also discussed replacing newly elected councilor Austin Ewingon the council.
Ewing, who was elected to one of the two vacant seats in the November election, submitted a letter of resignation Dec. 9. Ewing is moving out of state. His term was to have begun Jan. 1.
Interested candidates included Bob Nagel, Ron Willet, and November mayoral candidate Craig Hoffman, along with Ed Rump and Jim Ashman, who had unsuccessful council seat bids in November.
“We will most likely make an appointment at the next council meeting,” Pape said.


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