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Town of Osgood Minutes

Regular Meeting
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
7:00 P.M.

Present at the meeting were Norman Kappes, DeDee Holliday, Tammy Wilhoit, Arlene Knudson, Holley Rose, Alex Brison, Allen Redelman, Shawn Negangard, Ron Schwering, Nancy Redelman, Steve Wilhoit, Chuck Gill, Eric Roush, and John Ertel.

Pledge of Allegiance.

Roll Call - all present

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

3 - ayes

Opened the public hearing for the 2017 Budget. Norman Kappes asked if anyone had questions, no one responded.

Motion was made to close the public hearing for the 2017 Budget. Holley 1st, DeDee 2nd

3 - ayes

Old Business:

Christina DeWitt from Umbaugh presented Council with a contract, at the last meeting, to approve the water rate study and the issuance of the revenue bonds for the proposed improvement project.

Motion was made to approve Umbaugh’s contract. Holley 1st, DeDee 2nd

3 - ayes


Trailer at Fairview Village - no updates to report

Inter Community Medical - John Ertel sent an email to their attorney requesting to know which nominee was chosen.

206 & 223 N. Elm Street - no updates to report. Steve Wilhoit addressed council with his concern of why nothing is being done. He stated that there are people who have invested in this community by purchasing an abandoned home and remodeling it and they have to deal with the unsightliness of a burned home and dead trees that keep falling in the street causing a safety hazard. Steve stated that that they have done a beautiful job on the remodeled house on North Elm and there is also a brand new home being built on the corner of Ripley and Elm. He stated that it is very frustrating that nothing is getting done. Allen and Nancy Redelman, along with Ron Schwering, were present and stated that these are their same concerns. They own the home that was remodeled and are now in the process of looking for buyers. One buyer would not even go inside to look at the home after turning on the street and seeing the neighborhood. Many options were discussed on how this could possibly be addressed, Council instructed John Ertel to get on it right away. Nancy Redelman asked if anything could be done with a couch and stuff piled on it at 206 N. Elm. She stated that they are having an open house on Sunday and would like to see it removed before then. She also wanted Council to be aware that abandoned homes are used by drug users and causes more issues with the homes such as broken windows. An eye needs to be kept on these properties.

Gas Department - Steve Wilhoit stated that the 4” high pressure steel gas main has been relocated north of Napoleon. He will submit and invoice to INDOT for their portion of the cost. They will be working on completing 2 to 3 gas taps before winter, then no more will be installed until next spring.

Street Department:

Steve Wilhoit stated that they have been working on trimming trees. Trees have been cut at the Trails due to the Ash Borer. The trees are dying and would become a safety hazard. There were 24 trees total. He has also heard that there is a new bug attacking maple trees, so not sure what would be used to replace the ash trees. He will be looking in to grant funding for replacement, also has looked into a program of people donating trees in memory of a loved one.

The Bicentennial Celebration came through this past weekend and was very successful. He estimated that 300 to 400 people were here on the Brick Street for free ice cream, cotton, candy, and t-shirts. He wanted to commend Bill Gloyd and the Osgood Museum on a great job. Also, the O.B.C. had Music on the Bricks over the summer and it was very successful and community oriented.

Upcoming events:

2nd Annual Bricktoberfest - October 1st from 11:00 A.M. to 10:00 P.M.
Brick or Treat - October 31st from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M.
Winter on the Bricks - December 16th

The Street Department will also be doing a partial storm drain project with materials that are left in stock.

Steve has also spoken with a company that does Road Inventory Management Plans. These plans are required to be in place in order to receive Federal or State Grants.

We’ve also received a Railroad Grade Crossing Grant that will aid in installing warning signs, pavement markings, and supplemental signage.

Commonwealth has also been contacted to look at our ADA Compliance Program. They will be here next month to go over everything.

The S. Buckeye Street Sidewalk, Drainage, and Lighting Project is near completion. They will be here tomorrow for blacktopping.

Motion was made to approve FPBH’s agreement for the Pavement Asset Management Plan. Holley 1st, DeDee 2nd

3 - ayes

Water Department - Chuck Gill had nothing to report.

Fire Department - Shawn Negangard gave his monthly statistical report: 8 first response runs, 3 auto extrications, 2 water rescues, and 2 landing zones.

Police Department - Eric Roush gave Council a print out of his monthly statistical report.

Allen and Nancy Redelman wanted to thank the Town for everything they do, Council thanked them for investing in our community.

Claims signed

Meeting adjourned

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