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Town of Osgood Minutes

Regular Meeting
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
7:00 P.M.

Present at the meeting were Tammy Wilhoit, Norman Kappes, Holley Rose, David Bultman, Lynn Fledderman, Steve Wilhoit, Toby Church, Tina Wallace, Nick Buchanan, Will Wallace, Kyle Negangard, Alex Brison, Wanda Burnett, and Tony Wood.

Roll Call- All present

Motion to waive the reading and adopt the pre-read minutes. Holley 1st, David 2nd

3 – ayes

Old Business:

Trailer at Fairview Village – Attorney Conference scheduled for June 29th at 2:00 P.M.

223 N. Elm – Motion on Default Judgement, waiting on order from Judge.

206 N. Elm – Hughes Tree Service has been contacted to remove the dead trees and a lien will be placed on the property.

Carl Mullikin – Ripley County Board of Zoning Appeals will meet on June 27th at 7:00 P.M. to determine if he is found to be in compliance from the March 28th meeting. If he is not in compliance, the variance for the 50 parking spaces to 15 will be revoked.

Inter Community Medical – wants Council to name 3 new nominees for their board, they feel the previous ones have conflicts of interest and they don’t want any previous Council members.

240 W. Wilson / City of Lawrenceburg – still awaiting appraisal from Cornerstone Valuation Services. Lawrenceburg’s attorney met with Lynn and discussed the machine.

2nd Reading of Ordinance 2017 -1, and Ordinance amending the Unsafe Building Ordinance. This amendment would allow the Town Council to appoint a designee or the Ripley County Building Inspector as the inspector for enforcement and it designates the Town Council as the “hearing authority” for the town.

Motion was made to declare Ordinance 2017-1 adopted. Holley 1st, David 2nd

3 – ayes

Ripley County Zoning did approve the changes concerning notifying the adjoin property owners: A participating Town shall be given notice of any application involving property or a parcel within the corporate limits, by the applicant. The Clerk-Treasurer of a participating Town shall be considered a property owner solely for the purpose of receiving notice of any application related to property or a parcel within the corporate limits of a participating Town.

Ice Miller LLP, attorneys of Indianapolis, employed as bond counsel, has prepared a form of a bond ordinance for consideration by the Council in the matter of the financing of the construction of additions and Improvements of the waterworks of the Town. Lynn Fledderman introduced Ordinance 2017-2: an ordinance concerning the construction of improvements, additions and extensions to the waterworks of the Town of Osgood, Indiana, the issuance of revenue bonds to apply on the cost thereof, the collections, segregation and distribution of the revenues of said works, the safeguarding of the interest of the owners of said revenue bonds, other matters connected therewith, including the issuance of notes in anticipation of bonds, and repealing ordinances inconsistent herewith and moved that said ordinance be numbered and placed on first reading that the same be read by title as this time. Norman Kappes made the motion for Council’s consideration, David Bultman seconded motion.

3 – ayes

Ordinance 2017-2 having been read by title, will be read a second time at the next Council Meeting on July 18th at 7:00 P.M.

Commonwealth Engineers – Toby Church was present to discuss upcoming dates. Advertisements for bids have went out for the Waterworks Project and the New Sidewalk Project. We will be accepting bids for both projects until 10:00 A.M. on July 12th. The Waterworks bids will be opened publicly on July 12th at 10:00 A.M. and the Sidewalk bids will be opened publicly at 11:00 A.M. A pre-bid conference will be held at 10:00 A.M. on June 27th for the Waterworks and 11:00 A.M. for the Sidewalk. Commonwealth is still working on the PER for the Stormwater and they are half way complete. The application for the 75/25% INDOT Grant has been submitted.

Lifetime Resources – Ted, a long time Ripley County member, gave a presentation on the connections that are made between the elderly or disable and Lifetime Resources. Lifetime deals with all kinds of needs, they enabled him to obtain vision aids. He also introduced Brenda Thayer, Sr. Manager of the staff. She stated that in the past Osgood has given $1,000 to assist the needs of Osgood residents. They would like to request $1,000 again for 2018.

Megan Applegate from Margaret Mary Health wanted to personally thank Steve and his team for the Trails looking so pristine for the Family Fun Night. They are looking forward to having this even annually. She received several compliments about how everyone loves the trails and how beautiful they are.

Congratulations to the Osgood Water Department for receiving a Certificate of Appreciation 50 Year Award, 1966-2016, from the Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention for contributions made on behalf of community water fluoridation.

Congratulations to William Wallace for completing the Law Enforcement Academy. Motion was made to approve an increase in salary as discussed. Holley 1st, David 2nd

3 – ayes

Lynn Fledderman stated there has been alleged misconduct of the Town Marshal. Pending an investigation the Council was given 3 options:

Motion was made to suspend the Town Marshal without pay. Norman 1st, Holley 2nd

3 – ayes

Motion was made to appoint William Wallace Interim-Marshal. Norman 1st, David 2nd

3 – ayes

Lynn Fledderman has advised Council and employees of the Town to make no public comment pending the investigation.

Water Department – Nick Buchanan stated they’ve been working on getting paving patches completed, repairing valve boxes, fixed Laundry mat meter due to backflow issues, wall at pump house has been repaired, and they are already receiving calls with questions concerning the Waterworks Project.

Sewer Department – Tony Wood stated the fertilizer is out, the reports are done, working on testing for next month, and a new pump had to be installed. He has some projects that he would like to get completed over the summer, but will look at budgets before starting.

Gas Department - Steve Wilhoit reported all was good.

Street Department – Steve Wilhoit reported that the brush pit and stick pickup was shut down by IDEM Air Quality, he is still looking at alternatives. It’s not mandated that we pick up brush or sticks, but have assisted the residents in the past. Currently, if a resident knows a farmer and the farmer is willing to take the brush, they can burn it because they are exempt. Steve has contacted Leising Excavating and they have given a couple of options: (1) they could come in to town and pick up the brush for $15 a truck load, Steve felt this was not cost effective. (2)They could bring a 30 yard roll back dumpster and set it at the Street Department and only remove it when it was full at a cost of $200. Again he stated the Town is not required to pick up brush or sticks. Another alternative would be attempting to obtain a Reynolds Foundation grant and purchase our own chipper, however the cost of the chipper would run anywhere from $30,000 to $60,000.

We’ve also been receiving complaints on Rumpke, but Steve has spoken to the Manager and feels it was a miscommunication between the driver and the manager. Steve would still like to pursue Osgood owning its own trash utility.

The Sidewalk Project is out for bid, but concerned about the weather because it could be later in the season before starting.

We should receive notice by the end of August if we’ve received the $1 million matching INDOT grant.

Family Fun Night was a success and Margaret Mary has already booked a date for June 1, 2018. Steve wanted to thank the Fire Department for helping to assist with the parking.

The mixer has stopped on the machine at 240 W. Wilson. The power has been shut off to the machine. There are a couple of companies that will be contacted to see if they can assist.

We are having trouble with companies boring and drilling holes in our blacktop and concrete. They do not repair the holes. Steve has asked Lynn to look at ordinances and options of what the Town can do.

Police Department – Will Wallace gave Council the monthly statistical report. He wanted to thank everyone for their support and confidence while he attended the academy.

Fire Department – Kyle Negangard and Alex Brison were present. Kyle gave a two month report since no one was at last month’s meeting. April – 9 first response, 3 fire, 1 weather. May – 8 first response, 2 fire, 1 landing zone, and 3 accidents. The Fire Department will be teaming up with Red Cross to give free smoke alarms to residents who fill out an application. The Fire Department has to install the smoke alarms for them to be free. Truck 333’s tires had to be replace at a cost just under $2,000. They could only find one set of tires for the truck. This is an aging truck and they would like to see it replaced. It is a manual transmission, which a lot of the new members cannot operate.

Claims Signed

Motion to adjourn the meeting. Holley 1st, David 2nd

3 – ayes



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