Berne council unanimously okays Swiss theme incentives

    After a somewhat rocky start, the “Swiss theme” ordinance was unanimously passed by the Berne City Council Monday following numerous revisions by the ordinance committee.
    As originally written, the ordinance would have required Berne businesses to establish and maintain a Swiss theme. The controversy developed as members of the council felt requiring such an action could scare potential new business from coming to the city.
    It was agreed this was not the intention of the ordinance, and a committee — made up of councilors Gregg Sprunger and Phil Provost, Mayor Bill McKean and Storm Water / Building and Planning inspector Shannon Smitley — was formed to make alterations that would better express what council would like to see.
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