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Town of Osgood Minutes

Regular Meeting
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
7:00 P.M.

Present at the meeting were Tammy Wilhoit, Norman Kappes, Holley Rose, David Bultman, Steve Wilhoit, Tina Wallace, Nick Buchanan, Shawn Negangard, Eric Roush, Arlene Knudson, and John Ertel.

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 updates on:

Trailer at Fairview Village - Response from Defendants, “while some of the allegations in the complaint may be true, at this time they lack sufficient knowledge to either admit or deny and must generally deny. However they are in communication with our attorney to fully understand the alleged violations and to address the same.” John Ertel stated that Mr. Johnson was in the hospital at the time the response was due and at this point he can file a motion for a Pre-Trial. A remediation may be ordered.

223 N. Elm Street - Mandatory Injunction was filed January 17, 2017 with no response. A default judgement is being worked on.

206 N. Elm Street - working on language for a letter on trees and junk.

Mullikin Properties - Carl Mullikin’s variance requests were tabled at the last County Zoning meeting. He has more room to the west of his property. Previously 20 outside vehicles for storage had been granted and he currently has more than that. His property is starting to fit the description of a junk yard. The Fire Department has concerns with being able to access the business if a fire would occur. At the next County Zoning meeting, scheduled for March 28th at 7:00 P.M. in the meeting room in the Ripley County Courthouse Annex, they are requesting an amendment to the existing special exception to permit additional salvaged or wrecked vehicles in the Local Business district. Dave Mullikin’s variance for parking spaces to be reduced from 21 to 5 was granted, there was never enough parking there. His request for permitting a storage container as an accessory building was granted for 2 years. The fence requirement was tabled.
John Ertel stated that he could not represent the Town on this matter since he represents theCounty Zoning. Steve stated he was going to put an outline together for Council approval and have it ready for the Zoning meeting. The Board of Zoning will be asked to look at our ordinances prior to granting any variances. Osgood owns the right-of-ways and would like to be notified when variances are requested. John doesn’t think that our right-of-way is considered adjoining land owner. He says it never hurts to ask if the Town can be notified. The Town is acting on complaints that they’ve received.

Inter-Community Medical - current Articles of Incorporation or Bylaws state that their meeting will be the last Sunday in March. John Ertel has not received an updated Articles of Incorporation.

240 W. Wilson - waiting on appraisals.

City of Lawrenceburg - John Ertel left two messages for their attorney and has not received a response. He has drafted a letter that was sent out today.

Norman Kappes asked if John had any information on the 1.5% yearly increases. John stated he did not get to that and will hopefully have something for the next meeting.

Motion was made to approve and sign the following documents for the Water Improvement Project:
Legal Service Agreement, Certification of Officers and Seal Identification, and Right of Way Map. Holley 1st, David 2nd

3- ayes

Osgood Lions Club is requesting to be at the stoplight on May 6th to collect money for Candy Day for Cancer.

Motion was made to approve Osgood Lions Club request. Holley 1st, David 2nd

3 - ayes

Water Department - Nick Buchanan stated that the hydrant on E. Ripley could not be fixed and had to be replaced. That hydrant had been there since 1949. They are still working with IDEM and USDA on the Water Project. An issue with a high service pump has been addressed. Still locating, mapping, and working with the GIS system. Some preventative maintenance is being found and worked on thanks to this system. Photographs are also being taken.

Street Department - Steve Wilhoit stated the new street signs are up. They still have some stop signs to do. They have received a lot of compliments on the signs. Additional arrows on some of the signs were added to help with the north and south dividing line. He noted that there are 3 different speed limits in town (30, 20, and 15), he would like to research and see if we can make the whole town 30mph, unless otherwise posted. John stated that a traffic study may need to be performed. The Osgood Trails has received numerous requests for weddings to be held there. A calendar has been created to accommodate these requests along with rules and regulations. Currently there are 10 weddings that have been booked. Also, Jodi Comer has contacted him about Council approval for an Entrepreneurship for the youth over the summer.

Gas Department - Steve Wilhoit stated the leak survey is done. There are 5 Class III leaks that are not serious. One of his 5 year goals was to have a secondary loop system, right now we only have one line. He has been looking at connecting at Michigan Road and going back north to Napoleon to loop the system. USDI currently has a new device that is the ECDA Services Direct System to review the 4 inch steal line that is 7 miles long. That line is at 110 pounds of pressure and is the main feed line. The cost would be $26,000. It would map the line and determine if there is any preventative maintenance that needs to be done. Also, there are 5 gas valves in Napoleon that do not work, he would like to replace those.

Council wants to congratulate Tony Wood on his Wastewater System Operations Specialist of the Year award from the Alliance of Indiana Rural Water.

Fire Department - Shawn Negangard reported they had 13 runs: 2 fire, 9 EMS, 1 auto accident, and 1 mutual aid. Still needs a new fire truck.

Police Department - Eric Roush gave council a copy of his monthly statistical report. He stated there are a few more parts on order to get his car completely fixed. The other car is complete. Bob’s Service and Dave’s Auto Body have done a great job.

Claims signed

Meeting adjourned

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