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Town of Osgood Minutes

Regular Meeting
Tuesday, July 16, 2019
7:00 P.M.

Present at the meeting were Tammy Wilhoit, David Bultman, Holley Rose, Steve Wilhoit, Toby Church, Will Wallace, Carol Eckstein, Gary Payne, Caleb Payne, Dustin Payne, Lynn Fledderman, and Erin Thomas.

Roll Call - Norman Kappes was not present at the beginning of the meeting, but arrived at 7:18 P.M.

Old Business:

Rumpke requested clarification on the additional verbiage to their contract. Lynn clarified that if Rumpke misses a street and doesn’t come back to pick it up, they could receive a $1,000 penalty.

Motion was made to approve the change in verbiage. David 1st, Holley 2nd
2 - ayes

2nd reading of Ordinance 2019-4: An ordinance increasing monthly solid waste collection disposal fee. The aggregate amount of the required fees must be sufficient to pay the cost of operation, repair, depreciation, and maintenance of facilities; in order to meet the statutory requirement to cover the cost of operation, the monthly rate must be increased to coordinate with Rumpke’s 3 year contract.

Motion was made for final adoption of Ordinance 2019-4. David 1st, Holley 2nd
2 - ayes

Commonwealth Engineers - Toby Church was present and stated that we had received bids for the Community Crossing Project. Johannigman was the apparent low bidder, but INDOT is saying that he is not certified to work on a project that is over $1 million. Toby has been working with INDOT for a solution since we only had 2 bidders. With the budget in hand and Johannigman only being pre-approved for $1 million projects, INDOT is asking that we resend the grant funds and reapply for August 2nd call. We can’t do the grant as it is now, we will have to re-apply and will set up under another project. Letters will need to be sent to INDOT to not proceed with the 2 grants now and reapply on August 2nd. Also, instead of INDOT making it one project, they broke it out into 2 which caused issues as well. If we re-apply for a project that is less than $1 million, it will save the Reynolds Foundation money and allow smaller contractors to bid. The larger contractors are so busy that they do not have the time.

Motion was made to resend the current Community Crossing Grant Des. No. 1900992 and Des. No. 1900866 and reapply on August 2nd. David 1st, Holley 2nd
2 - ayes

Lifetime Resources - Erin Thomas was present and requested funding from the 2020 Budget in the amount of $1,000.

Motion was made to approve Lifetime Resources in the amount of $1,000. David 1st, Norman 2nd
3 - ayes

Ripley County Humane Society would like permission to be at the stoplight on July 20th or 27th.

Motion was made to approve Ripley County Humane Society’s request. David 1st, Holley 2nd
2 - ayes

Ripley County Economic Development is requesting 12% of the 2020 Economic Development Income Tax. Same as previous years.

Motion was made to approve Ripley County Economic Development’s request. David 1st, Holley 2nd
2 - ayes

Motion was made to approve the purchase of a 2nd patrol rifle for $899 from Regional Revenue. David 1st, Holley 2nd
2 - ayes

Motion was made to approve and sign Reynolds Foundation Grant Agreements for relocating water line on Andrews Street, expense of expanding the scope of the Community Crossing Project, install 12” stormwater line from Hunt to structure #2 on E. Ripley, and replace seven stormwater structures to alleviate flooding. Holley 1st, David 2nd
3 - ayes

Police Department - Will Wallace gave Council his monthly statistical report: 29 traffic stops, 5 ordinance/civil process, 15 agency/citizen assists, 8 accidents/emergency service assist, and 55 criminal for a total of 112 calls. The resident at 545 Glasgow has until this Thursday to respond to the Health Department concerning dog feces. The Police Department has been granted a permit from the Department of Natural Resources to control the problem with the geese population. Thanked Council for the purchase of the patrol rifle.

Street Department - Steve Wilhoit stated that he had received a call concerning 622 N. Buckeye of ongoing issues with the neighbor and their sump pump. Their yard is lower than the neighbors and the sump pump is draining onto their property causing it to be wet all the time. This individual wanted to know if the Town could intervene. Lynn stated that it’s between the 2 neighbors and that they needed to seek counsel. Steve would like to have an auction in October to sell the Street truck. September 21st is Bricktoberfest. He is dealing with issues with the Planning and Zoning, looking at doing it ourselves. The Town was not notified that the current representative’s term had ended December 31, 2018. According to Lynn that person is still a member until the Town notifies the County otherwise. The Town will be looking to see if there is anyone interested in this position. Lynn was asked if they had to live in town. Can they own property in town or do they have to live here? Lynn will look into this.

Gary, Caleb, and Dustin Payne were present requesting another letter of support for a variance that had been tabled at the State level. They received all their permits for their new building and it was built. A month or two later the State Fire Marshall came through and stated that it needed to have a fire wall. Their architect thought since the County gave a variance that the fire code was not needed. They’ve already requested a variance at the State level but it was tabled and they will be going back on August 6th with more evidence to support their request. The Fire Chief will be attending this meeting with them. Lynn will prepare a letter in support stating the financial burden, 3 blocks from fire house, and fire hydrant on the property. There was an existing building their prior to Iron Timbers building the new one that sat even closer to the property lines.

Lynn will prepare a letter for the Donald Comer property.

Claims signed

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

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