City Schedule for Thanksgiving Schedule
- City of Berne offices will be closed Thursday and Friday November 26th and 27th
- The trash route for Thursday and Friday will be run on Friday, November 27th.
- The Leaf Vac route for Wednesday and Thursday will run on Wednesday, November 25th.
- There will not be a stick and limb route the week of Thanksgiving.
- The Compost site will be closed Thursday and Friday but will be open Saturday November 28th.
11/24/2020 From the Desk of Mayor Sprunger
Dear Fellow Citizens:
As we are in an unprecedented upward spiral of positive COVID-19 cases in our community, county and state, I am reaching out to you once again and ask that you continue to take this virus seriously. First, it is more important than ever that we wear a face mask when we are out and about. Second, practice social distancing by staying at least 6 feet apart from another person whenever possible. Thirdly, wash your hands with soap for no less than 20 seconds and do not touch your face, hair, or eyes. Following these simple practices is the best way to stop the spread of COVID-19.
I know we have many who feel it is their right to not mask up, but by defying this simple step, you are not only risking the health of you and your family, but also businesses in our community. If we cannot stop this rise in positive cases, there is a real chance that businesses will be shut down again or cannot operate at full strength. This is not just about wearing a mask; it is for the survival of local business in our community. We all need to do our part and keep wearing masks. Numerous studies show that masks slow the spread of COVID-19. Together, wearing is caring. And together, we are saving lives.
Please Mask Up!!
I would like to say thank you to our teachers, postal workers, delivery drivers, truck drivers, grocery workers, police, firefighters, EMTs, first responders, pharmacy staff and all health care personnel. These are the real heroes. I want to thank them personally for all they are doing on our behalf.
I want to ask you to continue doing the things that you have been asked to do by the CDC, Indiana State Department of Health and Adams County Health Department.
We are entering the holiday season with Thanksgiving and Christmas right around the corner, so if you are planning to celebrate our many blessings in person, please take the necessary precautions to keep your family and loved ones healthy and safe.
We all IN this together. Let’s Keep It Up. Let’s All Mask Up.
God’s blessings to everyone.
Mayor Gregg Sprunger
11/20/2020 Closure of Berne City Hall
With the recent surge in positive COVID-19 cases in our county, Berne City Hall will once again be closed to the public, including the walk-up window beginning Monday, November 23rd for the safety of our citizens and our employees. We ask that our utility customers use the drop box, U.S. mail, or set up direct payment if you have not already done so. Just a reminder that payments must be received by the 20th of each month to avoid late penalties.
City Hall will be staffed Monday-Friday 8 :00 am-4:30 pm to take calls and answer any questions or concerns you might have. Please do not hesitate to call our office, 589-8526 during normal business hours.
Any in person meeting with the Mayor, Building and Planning or the office staff will be by appointment only. The City of Berne appreciates your cooperation and understanding.
Please stay well and continue to practice all CDC, Indiana Department of Health and Adams County Health Department guidelines.
Leaf Vac Season starts Monday, October 5th. Place your garden waste, grass clippings and leaves directly onto the pavement. Containers will not be emptied once leave season starts. Click here for the leaf vac pick up schedule.
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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.
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.