General, MVH funds up
Public hearing held on town's budget
Cathy May, Contributing Writer
The August Osgood Town Board opened the Public Hearing on the 2008
Budget. The General Fund increased three percent to $403,435 and
the Motor Vehicle Highway Fund increased 34% to $79,200 for paving
and snow removal. All other funds remained the same.
Pat Zaharako, Commonwealth Engineers, was present with pay estimate
#1 from Johannigman Excavating in the amount of $177,723.26. Payment
to the contractor would be $168,837.10 and the amount held in retainage
would be $8,886.16. Also, change order #1 was presented for $4,234.87.
This consisted of stream crossing casing pipe and swivel hydrant
tee/valve. Other claims were also approved from Commonwealth Engineers
as presented: bidding/construction/engineering phase #2&3 -
$3,330.00 and inspection phase #1&2, $3,220.00.
Julie Brancamp from the Ripley County Park wanted to know if the
town would settle for a flat fee for the water that had been sold
from the fire hydrant. The council stated this has been going on
for approximately five years and $200 a year should be sufficient.
Ed Newman, the towns appointment to the Planning Commission,
requested the town issue a letter to Tad Brinson requesting the
town be informed of any remodels, fences, new structures, swimming
pools, etc. that would be going up in Osgood. Council would like
all superintendents to locate utility lines to make sure any structure
is not being built over top of the lines. Superintendents would
sign off stating if the utilities were okay.
Tony Wood, wastewater superintendent, stated he had received a 4-year
audit from IDEM. He has drafted a response and compliance plan.
The sewer extension on Shook Street will begin next week. The land
application permit has been approved and is in effect. They now
have an additional 80 to 90 acres for land application. The new
diffusers are in and as funds permit they will attempt to do another
three diffusers. Currently they are working on getting fertilizer
Steve Wilhoit, gas superintendent, stated that USDI would be in
next month to do some repairs in Napoleon and two gas taps in Osgood.
He would like to see if Dan Gunter could do some work around the
south quarry: a path and some finishing work that would cost around
Wilhoit stated that after the street department assists with the
sewer extension on Shook Street, they would begin working on some
storm water issues.
Donald Dunbar asked about where the town stood on the ATVs, golf
carts, lawn mowers and etc. Barbara Dilk was also present stating
that she had obtained insurance for her golf cart. Cathy May stated
that Sheriff Tom Grills told her the county does not have an ordinance
concerning this matter. Council stated that they have heard several
different issues on this matter and asked if Mary Ann Gay would
research it thoroughly, so a decision could be made.
Dunbar stated now that we are having garbage pick up on the main
streets, people are leaving their garbage cans in the front of their
houses from week to week. He says it is unattractive.
Will Vincent asked if the town would create a budget for tourism
board. Linda Krinop told him there is a Ripley County Tourism Board
in Versailles. She told him to speak with Katherine Taul.
Vincent also asked about sending a letter to the business owners
not to park in front of their businesses, leave that available to
customers. Council stated that the area he is referring to is a
state highway and they cannot control the parking. Linda Krinop
suggested he speak to the Merchants Association.
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, September 18 at 7:00 p.m. at
the Osgood Town Hall.