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Town of Osgood Minutes

Regular Meeting
Tuesday, September 18, 2018
7:00 P.M.

Present at the meeting were Tammy Wilhoit, Norman Kappes, David Bultman, Holley Rose, Lynn Fledderman, Jodi Comer, Tony Wood, Nick Buchanan, Will Wallace, Tina Wallace, Justin Batchelor, Steve Wilhoit, Carol Michel, Candace Goddard, and Kyle Negangard.

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:

Charles Michael Hughes had his Ordinance Violation hearing on September 13th and the Judge ordered him to clean up the property within 30 days. If he does not clean it up, the Town can go in clean it and place a lien.

Opened Public Hearing for the intent to apply to the Indiana Office of Community Rural Affairs for a grant from the State Community Development Block Grant Planning Program. The funds will be used for a community development planning project that will include a water utility study. The total amount to be requested is $35,000. A Resolution Authorizing Application Submission and Local Match Commitment was presented. The Town of Osgood would commit the requisite local funds in the amount of $3,889. This commitment is contingent upon receipt of CDBG Funding. Other ordinances were presented: Drug Free Workplace and Fair Housing Ordinance. The Town’s attorney requested those Ordinances be table until October 4th when a special meeting will be held. The Town currently has ordinances in place that will need amendments made.
No questions, comments, or concerns were made.

Motion was made to pass the Resolution Authorizing Application Submission and Local Match Commitment contingent upon getting the other necessary ordinances in place. Holley 1st, David 2nd
3 - ayes

Motion was made to close the hearing. David 1st, Holley 2nd
3 – ayes

Opened Public Hearing for the 2019 Budget. Norman Kappes asked if anyone had questions, comments, or concerns? No one responded.

Motion was made to close the hearing. David 1st, Holley 2nd
3 – ayes

2nd reading of Ordinance 2018-8. An ordinance amending ordinance §51.04, the town has the need to update and increase certain fees pertaining to its water utilities.

Motion was made for final adoption of Ordinance 2018-8. Holley 1st, David 2nd
3 – ayes

2nd reading of Ordinance 2018-9. An ordinance amending ordinance §52.21, the town has the need to update and increase certain fees pertaining to its gas utilities.

Motion was made for final adoption of Ordinance 2018-9. Holley 1st, David 2nd
3 – ayes

2017 S. Buckeye Street Sidewalk claims:

Johannigman Excavating has not turned in any notifications that as-builts, final waiver of liens, and consent of surety. Retainage will not be released until this has been completed.

2018 S. Walnut Street Project claims:

Johannigman Excavating – Pay Request #4 for $98,717.48 with retainage of $5,195.65
(75% from State Funds and 25% from Reynolds)

Commonwealth Engineers - $23,742.65 for Construction/Commissioning and RPR (Reynolds).

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

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

Water Project claims:

Commonwealth Engineers $2,681.87 for RPR

Ice Miller - $15,575.00 for legal services in conjunction with the Waterworks Revenue Bonds.

Motion was made to approve and submit a Request for Funds No. 9 to USDA for $64,456.01. (USDA did not pay Commonwealth Invoice of $46,199.14 that was approved for payment last month, those invoices will be submitted this month). Holley 1st, David 2nd
3 – ayes

Ripley County Area Planning Commission will be holding a public hearing on October 2, 2018 at 7:00 P.M. on a proposed amendment to the zoning ordinance of Ripley County. Hoosier Hills Holding Self Storage is requesting to be rezoned from Local Business to Roadside Business. Council asked what the difference was, but no one knew.

Ripley County Community Foundation is requesting the Town to consider a Partnership with them to “Connect People Who Care With Causes That Matter”. Platinum Level Partner is $5,000, Diamond Level partner is $3,500, Ruby Level Partner is $2,250, and Foundation Friend Partner is $1,000.

Motion was made to deny this request. David 1st, Holley 2nd
3 – ayes

Wastewater Department – Tony Wood stated that pre-treatment is almost done. Getting ready to haul fertilizer. They will be working on replacing overhead lights with LED to save money on the electric bill. No violations have been reported. He did state that there were a few issues with pumps and controls. Also, he wanted to let Council know that the new chairs for the Community Center will be ordered on Wednesday, thanks to the Frank Tarter Community Trust and the Ripley County Community Foundation.

Water Department – Nick Buchanan stated there were some changes made to the Booster Station and it is functioning. The South Clarifier work will be completed and they have been spot checking the raw water line. A small leak was found and will be fixed.

Street Department – Steve Wilhoit stated the S. Walnut Project is going well, should have substantial completion by end of October or first of November. The Duke Energy Audit is complete and the Town received a credit and a reduction in street light count. Bricktoberfest is this Saturday, September 22nd from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., hopes everyone comes out and enjoys!

Gas Department – Steve Wilhoit that they will be working on anodes next month and servicing risers.

Police Department – Will Wallace gave Council his monthly statistical report: 57 traffic stops, 8 ordinance/civil process, 18 agency/citizen assists, 11 accidents/emergency service assist, and 32 criminal call/arrests for a total of 126 calls. Also wanted to thank Lynn Fledderman on her services for the Hughes hearing.

Fire Department – Kyle Negangard gave Council his monthly statistical report: 11 first responder, 1 fire alarm, 2 mutual aid, and 1 welfare check for a total of 15 runs. Their annual pork chop and fried chicken dinner will be held October 21st. He also stated that they had an extra hydraulic pump and the department members voted unanimously to give it to Ryker’s Ridge because they really needed it.

Osgood Share Group – Candace Goddard requested permission to be at the stoplight on October 6th from 10:00 – 2:00 to collect donations for a box truck that would help distribute food to local pantries.

Motion was made to allow Osgood Share Group to be at the stoplight on October 6th. Holley 1st, David 2nd
3 – ayes

Carol Michel was present from 405 S. Walnut. She wanted to express her concern for the grassy area between the new curb and sidewalks. She can no long maintain that. She does not push mow any more, but mows with a rider. Requested to know how that was going to be maintained. She is very picky about her property and wanted to know if the Town was going to maintain it. Holley Rose asked her if she came to any of the planning meetings, she did not. Holley expressed that those meetings were held to address any comments or concerns that the affected residents would have. Carol feels like she is losing land, that maybe she needs to have her property surveyed again. Tony Wood stated that the Town is really trying to keep these projects uniform. There was a grass strip there prior to the project and a grass strip was put back. The Town and the Reynolds Foundation are trying to make improvements. Carol stated the sidewalks are great, but does not like the grass strip. Lynn Fledderman suggested that Council table this until after further review.

Motion was made to table until after further review. Holley 1st, David 2nd
3 – ayes

Lynn Fledderman also asked about the covenants and restrictions for the Osgood Industrial Park. The Osgood Redevelopment Commission and Ripley County Redevelopment Commission would be the authorities over the park.

Claims Signed

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

3 – ayes



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