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Town of Osgood Minutes

Regular Meeting
Tuesday, May 19, 2020
7:00 P.M.

Present at the meeting were Tammy Wilhoit, Steve Wilhoit, Norman Kappes, David Bultman, Will Wallace, Melinda Starkey, and Holley Rose.

Pledge of Allegiance.

Roll Call - Lynn Fledderman was not present and Holley Rose arrived couple minutes late.

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

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Council meeting was cancelled last month (April 21).

Old Business:

Lynn had previously prepared Ordinance 2020-2 to clarify the regulation of animals kept in the town. Council reviewed it and agreed with the amendment of §90.10.

Since Lynn was not present - we did not discuss the amendment to the Ripley County Area Zoning Code. Also, we did not discuss the clarification of the boring ordinance for installation of boxes, etc. in the Town’s right-of-way.

Lynn had previously prepared a letter to David and Elizabeth Daugherty concerning an ordinance violation. Council reviewed letter and approved it to be sent.

2019 Community Crossings Street Improvements Project claims:

Commonwealth Engineers - $6,152.60 for construction/commissioning and RPR for April.
                                             $17.795.62 for construction/commissioning and RPR for May.

Johannigman Excavating - Pay Estimate #1 for $176,400 (75% Community Crossing,
                                            25% Reynolds) for April.
                                            Escrow Payment #1 for $9,284.26 (75% Community Crossing,
                                            25% Reynolds) for April

Lee Supply - $19,635.67 for 9 Amerlux 12’ street light poles and luminaires.

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

2019 Culvert Project claims:

Commonwealth Engineers - $9,690.00 for final design, billed in April
                                             $3,990.00 for final design, billed in May

Motion was made to approve Commonwealth’s claims. Holley 1st, David 2nd
3 - ayes

Also, an ad was placed in the paper for advertisements to bid this project. Will run in paper on 5/19 and 5/26. This project is time sensitive, due to using the same inspector on the sidewalk project to save money.

Andrews Street Project claims:

Core & Main - $4,503.09 for hot tap materials, ez fuse, adapt tips, etc. from April
                       $238.91 for Cenplas coupling from May.

New Point Stone - $1,613.05 for limestone and concrete sand (May).

Precision Trenching - $10,500 for trenching (May).

David Narwold Trucking - $776.72 for hauling stone (May).

Motion was made to approve Core & Main, New Point Stone, Precision Trenching, and David Narwold claims. David 1st, Holley 2nd
3 - ayes

The Town will be applying to the Office of Community and Rural Affairs for a grant to replace existing water utility infrastructure. A meeting was held with SIRPC, Commonwealth, and representatives from the Town on May 11th, to see where we stood and what tasks still needed to be completed. Commonwealth has proceeded with the Preliminary Engineering Report, income survey have been completed, and now a Water Survey will be created. Customers will be asked to complete the survey.

Lynn has been asked to prepare and Ordinance to write off bad debt to the filling of bankruptcy, since she was not present, that will be prepared for next month’s meeting.

Motion was made to hire Hunter Wilkening for part-time high school helper. David 1st, Holley 2nd
3 - ayes

Council discussed the soft opening of the Town Hall / Community Center for June 1st. With Council member, Holley Rose, working in the Health Department, Council decided to keep the Town Hall / Community Center closed until July 4th when it is anticipated that everything will be operating at full capacity. The election will still be held in the Community Center on June 2nd, but the Community Center will be sterilized upon completion.

Lions Club requested to be at the stoplight on June 20th to collect donations. Council felt that this was not a good idea, since money would be changing hands (hand to hand transfer). They would like them to look at possibly doing it in July.

The Music on the Bricks was scheduled for June 9th. That date does not follow the Governor’s guidelines, Council is requesting that event be cancelled.

Motion was made to cancel Music on the Bricks for June 9th. David 1st, Holley 2nd
3 - ayes

The Town of Osgood did not charge penalties for late utility payments in March and April. Council has decided not to charge penalties in May either. We will continue to monitor guidelines to determine when penalties will be charged and disconnections will be made.

Currently, Bricktoberfest is still scheduled in September, but they will play it by ear. It’s a little while off yet, so they will see what comes up.

Police Department - Will stated they’ve had 74 calls since last meeting.

Street Department - Steve stated that the Street Department has relied on Riverboat Funds, since their department budget is so low. Since we will no longer be receiving funds, he is questioning how the trails will be maintained as far as crack sealing and maintenance. He would like to ask Lynn about looking at a Park and Recreation Fund. How do the other towns/cities handle their trails? Do they charge a tax? Holley sated that we need to come up with a strategic plan - park board, DNR grants, etc.

The purchase of the Freeman Building is complete. Steve would like to create a Freeman Building Committee to come up with plans and options for the building and they can report back to Council. Steve is interested in being on the committee as well as Iron Timbers.

Since the pandemic, Meals on Wheels closed and was not delivering meals to our residents. Steve stated that the Upper Room and Osgood First Baptist Church have gone above and beyond cooking and delivering food. They have cooked and delivered 80 lunches, 5 days a week for 8 weeks. Osgood Grub donated food containers. Will stated that Trackside Pizza and Jac-Cen-Del have been delivering meals as well. Thank you to those community members who came together and helped those in need.

Steve noted that there are some alleys that are breaking up really bad and since we are working on a Community Crossing Project, he will use the Street Department Paving Budget to redo those alleys.

Claims were signed.

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

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