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Town of Osgood Minutes

Regular Meeting
Tuesday, July 21, 2020
7:00 P.M.

Present at the meeting were Tammy Wilhoit, Steve Wilhoit, Will Wallace, Norman Kappes, David Bultman, Holley Rose, Toby Church, Lynn Fledderman, Penny Schornick, Melinda Starkey, Carol Holzer, Jodi Comer, and Susan Underwood.

Pledge of Allegiance.

Roll Call - all present

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

Old Business:

Ordinance 2020-2 was presented for the 2nd reading. (Regulates animals kept in Town)

Motion was made for the final adoption of Ordinance 2020-2. David 1st, Holley 2nd
3- ayes

Lynn and Steve are still working on clarification of the boring ordinance for installation of boxes, etc. in the Town’s right-of-way.

Letter was sent to David / Elizabeth Daugherty on May 19th. Not all the issues have been taken care of. There is still wood in the alley.

Lynn Fledderman opened the quote for bituminous material. The only quote received was from Dave O’Mara Contractors:

7 Alleys - $42,000
Alt 1 - Andrews Street Project - $39,750
Short Street - $5,500

Lynn stated that all documents looked to be in order.

Motion was made to approve Dave O’Mara’s quote. Holley 1st, David 2nd
3 - ayes

Commonwealth Engineers - Toby Church was present to discuss the 2019 Community Crossings Grant Project. Johannigman’s have one week of concrete left to do, then blacktop will follow. They will be offsite for one week, then back to finish. He stated that the future Community Crossings Grants have been delayed, INDOT will not do their regular call for grants in July. There has been no indication on when it will start back up. Toby, Steve Wilhoit, and Steve Gloyd have been looking at finishing Buckeye Street between Ripley and Beech for years. They will continue to keep that project in mind for the future. We still have not received the DNR Permit for the Culvert Project. The plan is to go ahead with 4 culverts while waiting for the permit to do the other 3.

2019 Community Crossing Street Improvement Project claims:

Commonwealth Engineers - $17,792.91 for Construction/Commissioning and RPR

Johannigman Excavating - Pay Estimate #4 for $178,534.24 (75% Community Crossing, 25% Reynolds)
Escrow - $9,396.54 (75% Community Crossing, 25% Reynolds)

Majestic Electric - $13,142.50 for street lights

Motion was made to approve Commonwealth, Johannigman, and Majestic Electric claims. David 1st, Holley 2nd
3 - ayes

2019 Culvert Project claims:

Commonwealth Engineers - $11,700.00

Motion was made to approve Commonwealth Engineer claim. Holley 1st, David 2nd

Andrews Street Project claim:

New Point Stone - $246.67 for limestone

Motion was made to approve New Point Stone claim. David 1st, Holley 2nd
3 - ayes

Ripley County Economic Development Corporation 2021 Inter-Local Agreement was presented. The Town would contribute 12% from the 2021 EDIT Fund.

Motion was made to approve Ripley County Economic Development Corporation 2021 Inter-Local Agreement. Holley 1st, David 2nd
3 - ayes

Safe Passage is requesting the Town to consider the annual support of $1,000 to be considered for the 2021 budget.

Motion was made to approve Safe Passage’s request. Holley 1st, David 2nd
3 - ayes

Tri Kappa (Osgood/Versailles) - Susan Underwood was present to discuss a project to honor the veterans. They would like to install banners with pictures of the veterans on them. They would buy the first 25 for Osgood and 25 for Versailles. An application will be put on their website and in the newspaper for veterans or family members to fill out requiring a picture and information. The goal is to have the banners up by Veteran’s Day, but not sure they can meet that. The Versailles American Legion has also donated some money for this project. Steve Wilhoit stated that Osgood uses specific size banners, he will get the measurements to them.

The Town has not charged penalties for late utility payments for March, April, May or June. Clerk-Treasurer asked if penalties would be charged for July. Discussion began on the loss of revenue. Lynn stated that other utilities are already talking about raising rates in order to absorb the losses.

Motion was made to hold on penalties contingent to the governor speaking on 7/22/20. Holley 1st, Norman 2nd
3 - ayes

S.I.R.P.C. - Jodi Comer was present to discuss the opportunities for the Freeman Building. Since the Town owns the building there are grants that we do not qualify for. There is a Phase I and Phase II Environmental Assessment that can be completed for free, but there has to be an intention to develop the property. There is also a Comprehensive Planning Grant that would look at Osgood to see what its needs are such as senior housing, street repair and other aspects. The Comprehensive Plan requires 10% matching funds. The next cycle is due September 15th, they are done every quarter. Jodi stated that the Comprehensive Plan could really benefit the Town to have future plans. Also, to look at Main Street. Have someone from each town organization attend meetings so that everyone is on the same page.

Street Department - Steve Wilhoit stated that the Bricktoberfest Committee has decided to cancel the event for 2020. He stated they would not have been able to meet the criteria to have it and they wanted to take responsible actions to protect the residents of the community.

Council also discussed if O.B.C. would be able to meet the criteria for Music on the Bricks. Starting July 23rd, events have to submit plans for maximum capacity and cleaning requirements.

Police Department - Will Wallace submitted monthly statistical report.

Claims were signed

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

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