deputy marshal hired
Osgood to annex about 119 acres
Cathy May, Contributing Writer
The July Osgood Town Board meeting opened
with a public hearing on the proposed annexation to the town of
approximately 119 acres. Some of the property lies between Fairground
Road and County Road 450 North. Also annexed will be the Thomas
& Skinner, Inc. property of 6.34 acres at the end of Western
Avenue. Another section is between County Road 200 West and the
B&O Railroad right of way owned by Thayer Farms and the Town
of Osgood. The final area is between U.S. 50 and property owned
by the Town of Osgood along County Road 300 North, including Shook
There are 13 single family structures in the proposed annexation
with about 20 people residing in the homes. There are five commercial
structures and one institutional structure. The total assessed valuation
for the proposed annexation is $2,886,400.
After the annexation the town will provide municipal services for
this property of police and fire protection, garbage collection,
water service, gas service, storm sewers, roads and streets and
administrative services to the annexed area.
Several citizens appeared to ask questions about the proposed annexation.
The towns tax rate will show up in the 2008 taxes payable
in 2009. Attorney Mary Ann Gay said the next step would be to vote
on the annexation at the August meeting. It will be another 60 days
after that before the annexation goes into effect. Then the hearing
At the regular board meeting it was announced that Grover Powers
had been hired as the new deputy marshal. Powers lives in Osgood
and he and his wife, Karen, have two children Amy and Mason, who
attend Jac-Cen-Del schools. His start date was July 23.
Marshal Rodney Stepleton reported there has been theft occurring
during the day at local businesses. There is a local business owner
who is working on getting a grant to install wireless cameras throughout
Attorney Gay has been in contact with the Versailles Town Court
to see if the town of Osgood would be able to use them as the towns
Ordinance 2007-5 was adopted. It is an ordinance establishing penalties
for lack of access to utility meters. It is necessary for
the Town of Osgood to establish a policy to encourage its utility
customers to provide regular access to utility personnel to the
towns water and gas meters, either by way of enclosed fences,
locked gates, shrubbery or potentially vicious animals which prevent
the entry of utility personnel to the site of the meters shall be
charged an additional Fifty dollars ($50) per month for each month
that the utility meter is not able to be read.
Ordinance 2007-6 was adopted. It is an ordinance establishing no
parking areas along both sides of the streets on West Eckert Street,
Wilson Street and Tanglewood Road that lie within the corporate
boundaries of the Town of Osgood.
Travis Neal asked where the town stood on the utility cart issue.
Council stated they are looking into the issue and seeing what other
towns are doing also. Board member Gary Norman stated that golf
carts should not be used on the streets because insurance companies
will not insure them. Utility carts can be registered as well as
insured. Council is looking into the possibility of issuing a permit.
In other business: The 2008 Ripley County Economic Development Inter-Local
Agreement giving them 12% of the towns EDIT tax money was
Hoosier Drilling Contractors sent a note to the Council requesting
a loan or whatever may be available to assist them with clean up
and repair costs. This request failed due to lack of a motion.
A new computer will be purchased for the utility department at a
cost of around $2,000.
Sewer Department - Tony Wood stated the report was good. He has
one of his diffusers installed and two more built. They are solid
stainless steel all the way through and shouldnt have to worry
about corrosion. He will begin working on the sewer extension after
Helen Lohrum representing the Osgood Beautification Committee was
present requesting permission to install two more benches, one at
St. Johns Catholic Church and the other at Buckeye Village.
The two new benches will be allowed as long as the sidewalks are
still handicap accessible.
Osgood Merchants - Geneen Ostendorf was granted permission to close
O&M Avenue or the Brick Street for the Fall Festival. The tentative
dates are for October 5,6, and 7. Fire Chief Chris Lemen requested
they leave access to the librarys sprinkler system and not
to block the alley.
Family Connections - Lynn Gough was present requesting funding ($1,000)
from the towns 2008 Budget. This request was tabled until
after further review.
All three council members were present: Jeff Volz, Linda Krinop,
and Gary Norman. Clerk-Treasurer Tammy Wilhoit and Attorney Mary
Ann Gay were present to advise the board. The next meeting of the
Osgood Town Council will be Tuesday, August 21 at 7:00 p.m. at the
Osgood Town Hall.