9/28/2020 The City of Berne is accepting bids on 1996 Ford LTS9000, 3,000 gallon steel tanker fire truck, 15,703 miles. For more info click here
Dear Citizens of Berne:
As you read the recap below of the progress on the Water Street/Main Street storm water sewer separation project from Ben Adams, Commonwealth Engineering, I want to thank you for staying alert to all of the construction traffic and heavy equipment being used by Brackney Inc. to transport materials in and around the work zone areas. I want to especially thank all of our citizens and businesses who have been directly impacted by this project. I am sure this has not been easy to have your daily routines disrupted, but you have responded with understanding and patience. As Mayor, I believe our citizens make Berne a unique and caring community. The onsite project manager recently told me that this has been one of the nicest communities they have worked with and that you all have been so kind and cooperative. Although the project has been moving along well, we have quite a way to go to complete the project by late fall. I ask that you continue to be alert and cautious in and around the work zone areas. Thank you again, and do not hesitate in calling my office if you have any questions or concerns.
Gregg A. Sprunger, Mayor
Project Update – July 16, 2020
Construction has progressed smoothly since work started on March 2nd. Over the course of the last 5 months work has been primarily completed on Water Street, Franklin Street, Oregon Street, California Street, Hilty Street, Brown Street, Hendricks Street and in the alleys behind Main Street. New service lateral connections have been completed on Water Street and a variety of new stormwater inlets have been placed in areas where new storm sewer has been installed. Total pipe installed to date consists of the following: 2,039 feet of 15” sanitary, 901 feet of 12” sanitary, 769 feet of 8” sanitary, 2,746 of 24” storm, 179 feet of 18” storm, 908 feet of 15” storm, 633 feet of 12” storm sewer, as well as 40 new manholes and 14 new stormwater inlets.
Outstanding work to be completed consists of a new sanitary sewer on Jackson Street and a new storm sewer on Jefferson Street north of Water Street. New sanitary sewer work also remains in the alley behind Main Street east of Oregon Street where a new water main will also be installed. Additional stormwater inlets will be placed in various locations of new storm sewer to promote better drainage. Existing sewers in the alley south of Main Street from Brown Street to Oregon Street remain to be lined as well as a stretch of sanitary sewer south of the Alpine Village apartments which will also be lined. New service lateral connections remain to be completed in the alley south of Main Street between Brown Street and Hendricks Street. Finally asphalt pavement repairs (trench patching) will be completed once the installation of new sewers is complete and Water Street will be overlaid with new asphalt from edge to edge along the length of the project.
The Berne pool will be open starting tomorrow, Tuesday June 30th at 11:00 AM. Please follow all of the posted signs as the pool is opening under COVID-19 guidelines.
At their May 26th meeting, the Berne City Council, in following Governor Holcomb’s original Executive order, approved opening Lehman Park on June 14th. In honoring the decision of the council, Lehman Park (picnic tables, benches, playground equipment, BBQ pits etc. even if the signs have not been removed by the 14th) will officially reopen on Sunday, June 14th as originally approved.
The Adams County Health Department has recommended not opening public restrooms at this time. There will not be any restrooms open at the park.
We appreciate your patience and understanding. Please follow all CDC, Indiana Dept of Health and Adams County Health Department guidelines.
We ask that all enjoy the park responsibly.
6/5/2020 Letter from Mayor Sprunger:
As the State of Indiana, Adams County and our city begin to climb out of this unprecedented time in our history, I want to take a moment and thank everyone in our community for your efforts in stemming the tide of COVID-19.
Many years ago, Saint Francis of Assisi said to “start doing what is necessary; then do what is possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible”.
When this pandemic started, Hoosiers, including our community, did what was necessary. Under the leadership of Gov. Holcomb, the Adams County Health Department, the city council, and my office, you listened, and you responded.
I realize that decisions that have had to be made, not only by the City of Berne, but by our community leaders and civic organizations, have discouraged, dismayed, and disappointed many. These included limiting access to city buildings; closing the ball diamonds, playground equipment and picnic tables at Lehman Park; closing retail businesses and industries; church leaders canceling worship services; cancellation of summer baseball/softball; cancellation of SA school activities including the celebration of this year’s graduation class; cancellation of events at the Clock Tower; and the Berne Chamber of Commerce making the difficult decision to cancel Swiss Days. These difficult, but responsible, decisions have had a tremendous impact on the lives of so many of our citizens and their families.
Community leaders have done what is necessary so that in the days to come, it will be safe to do what is possible. These decisions, though not taken lightly, have posed an emotional and financial hardship on so many of our residents and businesses.
To our retirement and care facilities, thank you for the leadership that you have shown during this difficult time. The measures that have had to be taken have posed a tremendous burden on our health care system and health care facilities, first responders and law enforcement. Thank you for the unbelievable efforts made by our doctors, nurses, care givers and first responders. You have been on the front lines of this disease, risking your own wellbeing to serve others.
To those in essential businesses who have been at risk every day, thank you for your leadership in staying the course on our behalf.
The city council and my office appreciate the efforts of all our city employees, including our field employees, office staff, police, and Volunteer Fire Department, who are protecting our citizens while maintaining the same level of service that our citizens deserve.
I believe in our community and I am proud of how you have responded. By doing what was necessary, we can now, together do what is possible. And as we continue to move toward what we hope will be a more normal life, I know that together, we can do what may have seemed to be impossible! So I thank you once again, and I encourage the entire Berne community to continue to stay vigilant and to follow all CDC and Indiana State Department of Health guidelines, continue to practice good hygiene by thorough handwashing and safe distancing as advised and wearing face masks where appropriate.
At the same time, I encourage you to continue to support our local businesses by shopping and eating in Berne. They have suffered financially and it will take months, if not years, to recover. Remember when you asked that small business to support your fundraiser? Now is the time to support them. Also, I encourage everyone to continue to pray for our community as we continue to weather this storm. What may have seemed impossible, together, we as a community can make possible in order to keep our city strong and vibrant.
God’s blessings to all!
Mayor Gregg Sprunger
Garage Sales: Per the Governor’s office, garage sales are now allowed, but the guidelines for retail businesses per Governor Holcomb’s Executive Order 20-26 Section 8 must be followed. That includes social distancing, everyone wearing masks if possible, proper hygiene, and sanitizing the area where the public has access. Per City of Berne Ordinance No. 658, you must have and display a garage sale permit issued by the Clerk’s office.
City Hall remains closed to the public until further notice. To receive the permit via email, contact Katie Armenta in the clerk’s office at firstname.lastname@example.org at least 3 business days prior to your garage sale and include the date, number of days (no more than 3 consecutive days during daylight hours) the location of the garage sale and your phone number.
If you do not have the ability to print out your permit, email or call the clerk’s office (589-8526) at least 5 business days prior to your garage sale and we will send you your permit in the mail.
The person and/or property owner who is having the garage sale is responsible for the safety and wellbeing of all participants.
4/28/2020 Water Bill
The City of Berne has switched from the postcard style of water bill to a sealed letter sized envelope. Starting May 1st, if you normally receive your water bill in the mail, look for an envelope from the City of Berne and not the postcard! Your bill will have more information about your account and your water usage. Your new water bill can still be put in our drop box at city hall by using the return envelope.
Click the flyer below for the 2020 City of Berne general information
The City of Berne wants you to know that we are here for you, even though we have had to close our offices to the public until further notice. Please call us at 589-8526 M-F 8:00 am - 4:00 pm or email us anytime at email@example.com if you have any questions or concerns. Thank-you, stay safe!
The lobby and walkup window will be closed to the public starting Tuesday, March 24th until further notice.
Updated 3/31/2020 Lehman Park: Due to COVID-19 guidelines, all playground equipment, public restrooms, park benches, picnic tables and grills in Lehman Park are closed to the public until further notice. If you go out to exercise, please practice safe social distancing.
3/27/2020 Update on the Water Street Sewer Separation: Work on the project is on hold for two weeks because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The City of Berne will keep you posted if there are any changes
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February 24, 2020
Dear Resident or Business Owner:
As you probably have already heard, the City of Berne will be undertaking a very large Storm Water infrastructure project in the coming weeks that will greatly impact your neighborhood. As mandated by IDEM (Indiana Department of Environmental Management), we have no choice but to do this separation project, which is the third major Storm Water separation project that the city has done since 2004 to meet IDEM requirements in our Long-Term Control Plan. As elected officials, we are sensitive to your concerns and the disruptions that you may experience. Every effort will be made to minimize the impact to you, but with any large project, there will be times that you will be inconvenienced, and no doubt frustrated. We are asking for your patience, cooperation and understanding during this construction period. The good news about this project is that when it is completed, we will have a newly paved Water Street, two more sections of our infrastructure will be compliant with IDEM regulations, and we will be able to complete this $5.1 million mandated project without raising our storm water rates.
The City of Berne’s engineering firm, Commonwealth Engineering, will have an inspector onsite for the duration of the project. The inspector’s job is to not only oversee every step of the project, but to also serve as a liaison between the project and our citizens. In coordinating this project block by block, individual homeowners may be asked to move their vehicles to ensure emergency services have access to homes or businesses in the work area. If requested to do so, we ask that you follow these instructions for the safety of you, your neighbors and the work crews.
Commonwealth will hold frequent meetings with the contractor to gauge the progress and the impact on our citizens. The results of these meetings will be posted on the City of Berne website www.cityofberne.com, the City of Berne Facebook page, The Berne Witness and WZBD.
If you have questions or concerns that need addressed, please call us at (260) 589-8526. We appreciate your patience and thank you for your cooperation and understanding during this time.
Gregg A. Sprunger, Mayor
Gwen Maller, Clerk Treasurer
Berne City Council
Click here to see the 2020 Holiday Schedule and Trash Pick-up Schedule when City Hall is closed.
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The City of Berne has received calls about pets not staying on the owners property or not being under the owners control, including family cats. Please be kind to your pets and considerate of your neighbors.
90.13 RESTRAINT OF ANIMALS.
All animals defined under this chapter that are not maintained and kept within the property boundaries of their owner or harborer, shall be kept on a leash, as defined in this chapter, maintained and controlled by either the owner, the operator, or a person designated by either to have said animal on a leash. No animals shall be permitted to run at large and the apprehension of such animal running at large shall be subject to all of the terms, covenants, and conditions contained in this chapter.