By Margie Wuebker
NEW BREMEN -- New Bremen councilors Tuesday night took the first step toward adding two basketball courts and two tennis courts at Bremenfest Park.
Larry Durkee, attending his final meeting as village administrator, said the proposed improvements have been under consideration for three years. He believes there is sufficient money in the budget to cover the cost of the $220,000 project.
"If we don't get started soon, we won't get it done this year," Durkee warned. He added the courts were included in the original plans drafted by Choice One Engineering Corp.
With the understanding that their approval involved advertising for bids only, councilors gave the go-ahead with July 22 as the designated date for bid opening. A decision on whether to proceed could be made at the next meeting.
Councilors also approved by a vote of 3-2 an ordinance combining two lots at 210 Canal St. Owner Scott Nagel has pursued the matter for two years in order to build a three-car garage onto an existing residence. Don Kuck and Delores Stienecker cast the dissenting votes after voicing concern that Nagel had not provided blueprints with measurements as requested during an earlier meeting. In other action, councilors:
´ Awarded a 50-cent cost of living adjustment for all full-time and permanent part-time village employees.
´ Approved a change in business hours at the utility office to 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The office previously remained open until 5.
´ Gave second readings to ordinances approving the plat and plans for Teton II subdivision as recommended by the planning and amending the zoning code to include regulations related to sexually oriented businesses and adult entertainment facilities. No such businesses exist in the community at the present time.
´ Received an update on the status of a proposed Japanese Sister City Program with Miyoshi Town. Plans call for the exchange of pictures and artwork.
´ Approved a budget billing system for purchasing power as made available through Amp-Ohio to member jurisdictions.