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Tuesday, March 12th, 2019

New Bremen

Lefeld hired as assistant administrator for village

By Jeff Elking
NEW BREMEN - Council members on Monday evening approved hiring an assistant village administrator.
The newly created position will be filled by Matt Lefeld of St. Henry. The new hire comes with experience as a project manager for Shinn Brothers of Celina which recently completed the Front Street and Eastmoor Drive project.
Lefeld is a civil engineering graduate of Sinclair Community College and also had previous work experience with Access Engineering of Celina.
The married father of three children will start on April 1. His pay rate has been set at $35.33 per hour.
Council members passed after third reading an ordinance to replace the 2-mill levy for ambulance and emergency medical service, which raises $149,271 annually, and certify it with the county auditor. The five-year replacement levy is expected to be on the November ballot. Current estimates show that the levy would generate about $165,000 each year and would cost the owner of a $100,000 home $200 per year. The county auditor will determine exactly how much the 2-mill levy would raise.
Members also passed an ordinance that regulates the use of golf carts and under-speed vehicles on village streets. Ohio law requires villages that allow golf carts to have regulations governing their use. The ordinance among other items will require the vehicles to have front and rear license plates, two headlights and at least one working brakelight.
In other news, members,
• were informed by administrator Chris Dicke that portable concrete barriers will soon be placed at the yard waste facility. The barriers will create separate lanes for grass clippings, brush and clean trees.
• learned local Girl Scout Taylor Paul plans to construct a garden east of St. Paul's United Church of Christ as part of her Girl Scout Gold Award project.
• requested that village dog owners be respectful of others' property and clean up after their pets. An ordinance is in place concerning this but has not yet been enforced.
• were invited to attend the groundbreaking for the new school building at 1 p.m. March 28.
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