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Town of Osgood Minutes

Regular Meeting
Tuesday, October 16, 2018
7:00 P.M.

Present at the meeting were Tammy Wilhoit, Norman Kappes, David Bultman, Holley Rose, Steve Wilhoit, Melissa Menchhofer, Lynn Fledderman, Robert Wickens, Keith Mathews, Bryan Miller, Barry Lauber, Darrell Hoyer, Janine Hoyer, William Wallace, Kyle Negangard, David Fox, Justin Batchelor, Tony Wood, and Keith Parker.

Pledge of Allegiance.

Roll Call – all present

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

Old Business:

Charles Michael Hughes cleanup of property. Lynn will follow up with the Judge on the Written Order and will contact Officer Wallace when to move forward.

Carol Michel – Lynn would like to investigate further with Jeff French to see how the land is platted out. Doesn’t believe the mapping on GIS is correct.

Norman Kappes opened the public hearing for the 2019 Budget. He asked if anyone had questions, comments, or concerns. No one responded.

Motion was made to close the hearing and adopt the 2019 Budget with Ordinance 2018-12. David 1st, Holley 2nd
3 – ayes

Norman Kappes opened the public hearing for the petition to vacate Andrews Street, between Buckeye and Short Streets filed by the Southeastern IN REMC. The floor was opened for discussion: Robert Wickens, attorney for REMC, stated it is for the safety of the REMC employees. Bryan Miller stated that there is a lot of traffic to their training center by employees crossing the street and their drive thru traffic exits onto Andrews Street and people don’t realize that’s a street when exiting. They have fork lift traffic that crosses to go to the mechanics garage. Lynn Fledderman asked how that section would be used, they stated they would change the parking lot and make it different. If Town needed access to utilities, they would grant it. There is a water main and sewer main on Andrews Street. If the Town wanted an easement, REMC would not oppose. Holley Rose asked if it would hinder Bob’s Service Station. Bryan Miller stated that he didn’t think Bob’s would be against it. Lynn Fledderman stated that the Council needed to take some things into consideration: Would it hinder the growth or orderly development of the unit or neighborhood? Would it make access to other properties by means of public way difficult or inconvenient? Would it hinder the use of a public way by the neighborhood it is located in?

Norman Kappes closed the hearing and made a motion to table the request until more information could be obtained from the Utility Superintendents and the owners of affected properties. David Bultman 2nd
3 – ayes

Bryan Miller did state that he would talk to Bob’s Service Station and ask them to write a letter to Council on whether it would affect their business.

2017 S. Buckeye Street Sidewalk claims:

Johannigman Excavating – as-builts, final waiver of liens, and consent of surety have been Received.

Motion was made to release the retainage of $37,291.11. Holley 1st, David 2nd
3 – ayes

2018 S. Walnut Street Project claims:

Johannigman Excavating – Pay Request #5 for $115,508.53 with retainage of $6,079.40
(75% from State Funds and 25% from Reynolds Foundation)

Commonwealth Engineers - $25,128.45 for Construction/Commissioning and RPR.
(100% Reynolds Foundation)

Motion to approve Johannigman Excavating claims contingent upon Engineers final review and Reynolds Foundation approval. David 1st, Holley 2nd
3 – ayes

Motion to approve Commonwealth Engineer claims contingent upon Reynolds Foundation approval. David 1st, Holley 2nd
3 – ayes

Water Project claims:

Commonwealth Engineers - $5,736.76 for RPR

Motion was made to submit to USDA for payment. Holley 1st, David 2nd
3 – ayes

Motion was made to approve Trick or Treat for Wednesday, October 31st from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. David 1st, Holley 2nd
3 – ayes

Brick or Treat will also take place on the Brick Street if anyone would like to come sit and hand out candy.

Ripley County Community Foundation is having a “Day of Giving”, November 9, 2018. They will match 50% of any money put into an endowed fund of our choice or 100% match into the operating fund.

Motion was made to approve $250 to the Jac-Cen Del Community Scholarship Fund. Holley 1st, David 2nd
3 – ayes

Darrel Hoyer was present and asked if anyone has given any thought or resolution to the burning situation? His fall trimmings need to go somewhere. Steve Wilhoit stated that we have a trailer that sets at the Street Office that residents can load limbs in and they will haul away. Due to State regulations, we can no longer burn. Also, the Town still provides stick pick up for smaller amounts. Grass, leaves, etc. can be placed in a bag and set to the curb and they will come around and pick it up. Residents are more than welcome to call into the office to let the employees know they have set something out. Mr. Hoyer gave Steve some information about incineration a few weeks ago. He wants to know why we won’t investigate that and charge fees? He feels the Town just goes about business as usual, not making any real investments for the community. He stated we are in the comfort zone and don’t want to make any changes. We need economic development and ways to make money. They moved back here, but Osgood needs to grow. If we don’t grow, we die. Holley Rose stated that the Town has to follow the Indiana Department of Environmental Management rules concerning the incinerator. Mr. Hoyer moved from Florida and Indiana’s rules may be stricter. We won’t violate State Law. She stated that the Town has been moving forward with infrastructure, sidewalks, and lighting with the Reynolds Foundation’s help to better prepare for economic growth. David Bultman and Holley Rose stated that we all want it better, we all are working to make it better. Steve Wilhoit stated the incinerator would be way beyond our capabilities to put in a whole new utility and operate it. He would want to know what the residents thought, especially with the cost being in the millions to implement it. Mr. Hoyer wanted to know how many people live and work here. Holley stated that we have the Southeastern IN REMC, Best Metal Finishing, API Americas, Thomas & Skinner, Margaret Mary Primary Care, Dollar General and Casey’s General Store is coming soon. Mr. Hoyer stated that he worked with the Economic Development Director for 3 days trying to get a company from Carmel here to go into the Versailles Business Park, but those people would not move from Carmel to Versailles. Mr. and Mrs. Hoyer want to know what the community needs, doesn’t think Council wants to hear it. They grew up here and are trying to tell us what we need. They want to know what more we can do to get factories. They have ideas that they think Osgood should do since Osgood has regressed. He thanked Council for their time.

Sewer Department – Tony Wood stated all was good.

Street Department – Steve Wilhoit stated that the S. Walnut Project will be coming to a close. The black toppers will be scheduled and hope to be completed by November 1st. A grant has been received from the Reynolds Foundation for tree trimming. He would like to set up a special meeting with Council and Lynn to go over the garbage contract that will be coming up in June. Also, he’s received some complaints on outdoor wood burning stoves. He called Holley and Tom Borgman to see if there were regulations concerning them and there are. Anything inside the town limits falls under the EPA and State Laws. New stoves have to be EPA Phase II, 300 ft. offset from neighbor, and there are chimney height requirements. Lynn has drafted some ordinances for this in the past and will look into it.

Gas Department – Steve Wilhoit stated we are going into winter mode. USDI was in and installed 35 anodes. We should now be in compliance with the IURC inspection.

Water Department – Keith Parker stated everything was good.

Police Department – Will Wallace gave the monthly statistical report: 62 traffic stops, 6 ordinance/civil process, 11 lockouts/disable vehicles, 13 accident/slide offs/EMS assists, and 59 criminal calls/arrest warrants. He also wanted to extend a “Thank you” to Country Place Apartments for their donation to purchase tactical uniforms.

Fire Department – Kyle Negangard gave the monthly statistical report: 9 first responder, 1 fire, 1 MVA disregard, and 1 possible plane crash for a total of 12 runs.

Claims were signed

Motion was made to adjourn the meeting and go into an emergency executive session. David 1st, Holley 2nd
3 – ayes

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