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Town of Osgood Minutes

Regular Meeting
Tuesday, February 19, 2019
7:00 P.M.

Present at the meeting were Tammy Wilhoit, Norman Kappes, Holley Rose, David Bultman, Lynn Fledderman, Steve Wilhoit, Toby Church, Tony Wood, Kyle Negangard, and Riley Thomas.

Pledge of Allegiance.

Roll Call – all present

Motion was made to appoint Norman Kappes as the Council President. Holley 1st, David 2nd
3 – ayes

Motion was made to waive the reading and adopt the pre-read minutes. David 1st, Holley 2nd
3 – ayes

Old Business:

Water and sewer rate ordinances are still being reviewed.

Opened the public hearing and had the first reading of Ordinance 2019-2 on the proposed increase in the solid waste collections: The Town has the need to increase rates due to the aggregate amount of the required fees must be sufficient to pay the cost of the operation. In order to meet the statutory requirement to cover the cost of operation, the monthly rate must be increased to $9.21 per unit. Attorney, Lynn Fledderman, asked if anyone had questions or comments. No one responded. Hearing was closed.

Motion was made to primarily adopt Ordinance 2019-2. David 1st, Holley 2nd
3 – ayes

Steve Wilhoit would like to apply to the Reynolds Foundation for 2 grants: Annual Tree Maintenance/Mulch and Bricktoberfest chair, table, and tent rental.

Motion was made to approve the pursuit of these grants and sign the grant forms. Holley 1st, David 2nd
3 – ayes

Water Department – Tony Wood read a letter from IDEM concerning the Operator’s License to run the Water Plant. IDEM has granted his request to take the WT4 exam. He will have until February of 2020 to complete. They are still awaiting word on Brett Linville obtaining his DSM License. The concrete floor should be done this week, the contractor did not like how it turned out so he ground it back down and redone it. The clarifier weirs have been fixed by Summers Metals and painted by Mullikin’s Auto Body. They will be installed this Saturday. Some new lab equipment has been purchased for the plant, turbidity meter and spectrophotometer. This will allow us to do some in house testing that will save money on lab costs.

Sewer Department – Tony Wood stated the compliance has been met. They have kept their electric and chemical use down, but the electric rates have increased. They have a 1993 sludge truck that they’ve sent to Tommy’s Diesel to get an estimate on repairs. Corrosion has eaten up the transmission, torque converter, under mounts, and fly wheel. The estimate to repair is $8,600. He doesn’t feel that the truck is worth repairing for that cost. He would like to look at getting another truck chassis and transfer the existing tank over. He asked Council if he could pursue looking for a truck chassis. Council stated he could and to bring numbers back to them.

Fire Department – Kyle Negangard gave Council the monthly statistical report: 8 first response runs, 1 mutual aid, and 1 disregard for a total of 10 runs. They currently have 5 people in an EMR class now and hopefully will have more first responders soon. He wanted to congratulate Riley Thomas on receiving Fire Fighter of the year for 2018.

Commonwealth Engineers – Toby Church was present to discuss an issue with the 2019 Streetscape Project: Ripley Street between Elm and Hunt will require storm pipe prior to sidewalks or paving. The Community Crossing Grant Funds cannot be used for that. He will also request a final close out of the Water Project from USDA. There are still unpaid claims.

Tony Wood will also be pursuing grant funds to purchase an auto flush for the creek. He is currently working on grants to Ripley County Community Foundation, Crum and Tartar Funds.

Police Department – Will Wallace submitted his monthly statistical report prior to the meeting. They are attending the Indiana Drug Enforcement Agency Training Conference in Indianapolis. He also wanted to thank the Reynolds Foundation for their generous grant for the security cameras project.

Claims signed

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

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