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Town of Osgood Minutes

Regular Meeting
Tuesday, December 15, 2020
7:00 P.M.

Present at the meeting were Norman Kappes, David Bultman, Lynn Fledderman, Jeremy Schmitt, Will Wallace, Tony Wood, and Jerry Vollmer.

Pledge of Allegiance

Roll Call - Tammy Wilhoit was on speaker phone and Holley Rose arrived a few minutes late.

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

Old business:

TRECS - pursue unpaid utility bills through the Tax Refund Exchange and Compliance System. This would be used for anyone who owes the Town money. It would be certified through the State and the Town would receive any tax refunds for those individuals.

Lynn presented the Memorandum of Understanding and Agreement Association of Indiana Counties Tax Refund Exchange and Compliance System. The Town can cancel at any time if not happy with the program and there is no cost.

Motion was made to approve the Memorandum of Understanding and Agreement Association of Indiana Counties Tax Refund Exchange and Compliance System. David 1st, Norman 2nd
2 - ayes

Jeremy Schmitt with Commonwealth was present:

2019 Culvert Project claims:

Commonwealth Engineers - $24,434.43 for construction/commissioning and RPR

Motion was made to approve Commonwealth’s claim. David 1st, Norman 2nd
2 - ayes

Dave O’Mara did not have any claims this month.

January 4, 2021 at 7:00 PM will be the Organizational Meeting.

Council signed three Reynolds Foundation Grants for tree and mulch maintenance 2021, crack seal and seal coat Osgood Trails, and audio system.

Due to COVID and quarantine, some employees were not able to use their vacation and PTO time. Requests were made that they be allowed to carry the unused time over to 2021.

Motion was made to approve the request to carry over unused vacation and PTO time to 2021. David 1st, Norman 2nd
2 - ayes

Phoenix Refrigeration has moved in a shipping container at the Wilson Street address. Steve has received some calls concerning the matter. Mr. Lunsford is asking for 6 month variance from County Ordinance so that he can put new rafters in his building. He needs a place to store all of his material. He then wants to build over the shipping container, Steve will need to talk with Tad Brinson concerning this matter.

Motion was made not to pursue enforcement of a code violation for 6 months, but the County ultimately has the final say. David 1st, Norman 2nd
2 - ayes

Lynn Fledderman presented Ordinance 2020-9: An Ordinance Amending Ordinance 91.31 Junk. The Town finds it in the best interest of the community to prohibit outdoor storage in shipping containers, railroad cars, or other temporary containers. This amendment was added to the Town Ordinance in the event that the County would change their ordinances.

Motion was made to adopt Ordinance 2020-9 under the suspension of the rules. David 1st, Norman 2nd
2 - ayes

1st reading of Ordinance 2020-9.
Motion was made to approve Ordinance 2020-9. David 1st, Norman 2nd
2 - ayes

2nd reading of Ordinance 2020-9.
Motion was made to approve Ordinance 2020-9. David 1st, Norman 2nd
2 - ayes
Lynn Fledderman will have the Ordinance published.

Jerry Vollmer, incoming President of OBC, was present and stated that they have changed their meeting dates to the 2nd Tuesday of the month. They will have a representative come to our meetings and they are requesting one representative from the Osgood Council to attend theirs. He stated there are a lot of things going on. They have gone from 6 or 7 members up to 30 members. They feel that it is very important that we keep an open line of communication between both groups. They have ideas of taking over empty lots and building new homes on them or taking city blocks and demolishing structures to build new. Mr. Vollmer is asking if the Town will create a covenant that would establish a set of rules. This would establish a theme of good quality homes for Osgood. If Council chooses they could appoint Urban Development Committee over the covenants.

Water Department - Tony Wood stated that a validation for water loss audit has been completed with the help of Commonwealth. They will look at getting meters when they flush water hydrants, because when they flush it counts toward the loss. He wants to make a schedule to change out certain meters. The finances are slowly improving due to pandemic. We will hear tomorrow if we’ve received the OCRA grant for the water main replacement on S. Buckeye and new instrumentation.

Sewer Department - Tony Wood stated they had received violations from Best Metal changing their cleaner. There will be no write up, other than that the inspection went well. They will need to purchase a new pump and software upgrade within the next few weeks.

Police Department - Will Wallace stated that the property at 104 Hunt Street is getting out of hand again with the violations on the junk ordinance. He is also looking at purchasing two electronic preliminary breathe test devices.

Town Hall - Tony Wood stated that he has received quotes to get a backup generator at the Town Hall. This is something that has been talked about for years. At this point he believes that the natural gas hook up with a propane back up is the best route to go.

Claims were signed.

Motion was made to adjourn the meeting. David 1st, Holley 2nd
3 - ayes

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