4/6/2020 Good Friday Schedule for the City of Berne

  • City offices will be closed Friday, April 10, 2020 in observance of Good Friday.
  • The trash routes for Thursday and Friday will run on Thursday, April 9th
  • There will not be a stick and limb route Friday, April 10th.
  • The Compost site will be closed Friday but will be open Saturday April 11th 7am-3pm.
  • Reminder, restrooms, picnic tables, picnic benches, playground equipment and grills at Lehman Park are closed to the public until further notice.

2020 CSO Notice 

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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 info@cityofberne.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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Tuesday, March 24, 2020

As we begin another phase in the Corona-19 pandemic, and a new executive order on March 23rd from Governor Holcomb,  I once again am asking our community to remain vigilant in this trying time as COVID-19 continues to impact our daily lives.  Governor Holcomb has ordered those not needing to be out and about to “shelter in place.”  Shelter in Place means to stay at home, get groceries and supplies ONLY when absolutely necessary, seek medical attention when necessary, get gas only when necessary and go to work only if you’ve been deemed exempt under EO -20-08.  These measures,  as well as those taken by the Adams County Commissioners are being implemented for your health and the health of your family and all of our citizens.  Even if you have no symptoms of the virus, or do not have any knowledge of being around someone who might have symptoms or are asymptomatic, please follow the new executive order by the Governor and those of our commissioners. Visit these websites for more information: Indiana Department of Health  Adams County Health Dept  and Center for Disease Control           

Beginning Tuesday, March 24, 2020, the walkup pay window in our lobby will be closed to the public until further notice. We want all of our citizens and our employees to be safe and to take all precautions as directed by Governor Holcomb.

We have several methods of payment: US mail, the secure drop box located at the west end of our parking lot, Cityofberne.com website and  PayGov (1-866-480-8552).

At this time, city services will continue, including trash pick up.  Although there is no public access to city hall,  our office will be staffed during normal business hours Monday-Friday 8:00 am-4:30 pm.    I encourage our citizens to call if you have any questions about your water bill, or any questions or other concerns.  We are still here to serve our citizens, especially in this difficult time.  If  you wish to speak to me directly, please feel free to do so when calling our office at 589-8526.  If you call after hours and leave a voice message, we will get back to you as soon as possible on the next business day.  You can also email us your concerns or questions at info@cityofberne.com.

Public meetings, including council meetings, the Board of Public Works and Safety, the Storm Water Board, BZA and Plan Commission will be decided on as needed basis and the media, our city webpage and FB page will be updated accordingly. 

The Berne Police Department is not currently issuing gun permits because the state has closed this office.  They are also not issuing any solicitors permits for door to door sales until further notice.  At this time, their lobby will remain open to the public, but you are encouraged to call (589-2169) as opposed to entering the lobby.

The City of Berne has closed public access to all city buildings including City Hall, Lehman Park Pavilion, South Adams Senior Center, and the Berne Fire Department until further notice.   

The Adams County Solid Waste Management announced yesterday that all of their recycling locations, including Berne, are closed until further notice.

Even before yesterday’s Executive Order from the Governor, many of our businesses and industries made the difficult decision to close their operations for your safety and the safety of their employees.  As Mayor, I appreciate our local business leaders for being proactive.  I am asking our community to support all of our local businesses once this pandemic has ended.  Together, we will get through this.

If you are able, continue to support our local eateries who offer take out, and  those essential business that are open.  And after all of our businesses re-open,  the term “shop local” will be so important to their survival.

Because our  community has always come together in uncertain or difficult times,  I know we will come together now.   

Be kind, vigilant and be safe.   And please, stay at home.

Sincerely, Gregg  A. Sprunger, Mayor

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


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Reminder About Your Pets

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.  

Ordinance 573:


   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.

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