Transition of Napoleon Gas Co. to Osgood Gas complete

Cathy May - Contributing Writer

The transfer of the Napoleon Gas Company to the Osgood Gas Company on May 1 has gone smoothly according to Clerk Treasurer Karen Rohlfing. There were a few housekeeping details completed regarding the transition at the May 9 Napoleon Town Council meeting such as forms to be completed, funds to be transferred, etc.

It was reported the telephones were out for about four hours in Napoleon on May 9. A fiber optic line was cut.

Proof of Insurance was received from the Central House for the Civil War Reenactment. The Napoleon firemen were given permission to have their annual picnic on Saturday, July 21.
When the sewer lagoon was inspected last year, there was too much grease in the lift station. A letter went out to those in the town who should have grease traps along with a copy of the ordinance. Those businesses are Meister's Market, Napoleon Tavern, Bonaparte's Retreat, and the Locker Plant. This is not to say any of these businesses do not already have grease traps, just a letter of information and letting the businesses know there will be an inspection.

Rod Eaton reported that pumps are going out at the lagoon. One was out of balance. The relays and fuses have gone bad and the starting mechanism burns up. Eaton suggested going to a 3-phase motor or get a converter. Council decided to go ahead and get prices on two new pumps. Eaton thought the pumps and installation would be less than $15,000. Eaton also reported the reading for e-coli and PH had been high.

The town voted to sponsor the Ripley County Chamber Walk-Run.

Bill Vankirk reported Gene Eaton will be the new fire chief and his assistant will be Justin Greathouse.

Council voted to have another heavy trash pick up since the last one was not publicized. It will be on Monday, June 4. All three town board members Tim Brancamp, Bill Vankirk and Gerry Linarducci were present. Clerk Treasurer Karen Rohlfing was also present to advise the board. The next regular meeting of the Napoleon Town Board is scheduled for June 13 at 7:00 p.m. at the Napoleon Senior Center.