to take over Napoleon gas dept.
Cathy May - Contributing Writer
If all goes as planned, the town of Osgood will
be taking over the gas department for the town of Napoleon in
the next few months This was discussed at the March meeting of
the Napoleon Town Board. In the past two years, Napoleons
gas department has lost more than $35,000.
Since Napoleon has to buy gas from Osgood, their customers have
to pay more. The State of Indiana is also requiring more and more
regulations which takes more manpower than the town currently
has to keep everything up to date.
Napoleon is currently the smallest municipality in the state to
have its own gas system. Because of these situations, the Napoleon
Town Board felt it was most beneficial to its citizens to allow
Osgood to take over the utility.
In other business: every citizen who currently lives within the
town limits of Napoleon will now be able to have a free library
card from the Osgood Public Library. The state regulates that
an out-of-district card is $27.00 a year and a family is $40.50.
The town of Napoleon will pay this annual fee for its residents
as of March 15, 2007.
Currently, the Osgood Library Board gives free cards to all students
who attend Jac-Cen-Del schools, but although Jackson Township
has been invited to join the district, this has yet to happen.
Karen Rohlfing, clerk-treasurer, gave a list of town residents
to Andrea Ingmire, Osgood library director, at the March meeting.
Deanna Young, Jackson Townships representative to the Jac-Cen-Del
School Board is heading a committee to get all of Jackson Township
to become a part of the library district. Ripley County is one
of the few counties in the state that has residents who are not
served by a public library. The town will prepare of letter of
support to this effort.
Two ordinances were signed: One to give the Napoleon Fire Department
$2,200 and the other to set the clerk-treasurers salary
Two of three town board members, Tim Brancamp and Gerry Linarducci,
were present at the March meeting. Town Attorney Larry Eaton and
Clerk-Treasurer Karen Rohlfing were also present to advise the
The next regular meeting of the Napoleon Town Board is scheduled
for April 11 at 7:00 p.m. at the Napoleon Senior Center.
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