approves joint venture with county highway
Rumsey, Stafff Writer
The proposal for the joint purchase of salt brine equipment between
the Town of Osgood and the Ripley County Highway Department was
unanimously approved at the regular session of the Osgood Town
Council on Tuesday, January 20.
According to Town Attorney Mary Ann Gay, the equipment will be
housed at the county highway garage, with the county and Osgood
each paying 50% of the costs of purchase.
Gay noted that the brine equipment will be available to other
municipalities with the proceeds going into a fund to be used
by the street department for maintenance on the brine equipment.
Its a great idea, said board member Norman Kappes.
Mark Dickman, representing the F.A.R.M. Club, requested permission
to hold a parade through a portion of town on Saturday, June 27.
According to Dickman, the F.A.R.M. Club event will be held at
the Ripley County Fairgrounds in Osgood on June 26-28, and they
are expecting people from several states away.
The board agreed to allow the parade, with the request that Dickman
give the street department supervisor and the town marshal a proposed
route for approval.
Street Department Supervisor Steve Wilhoit addressed complaints
regarding the cleaning of the streets after the recent weather.
He reminded the board members of the salt shortage, and hopes
that the brine system will help with the problem.
The annual report has been sent into the sate, according to Wilhoit.
He noted that the gas department has been able to purchase approximately
15% of the gas needed for the 2009-2010 winter, with hopes to
have 50% purchased by March. He noted that this will result in
significant savings for the gas department.
In other business:
The board unanimously agreed to pay $34,000 to Commonwealth
Engineers for the water treatment plant study.
The pretreatment ordinance for the industrial park, already
approved by the state, was approved.
The request for software and a computer for the police
department was unanimously approved. Marshal John Hegge noted
that the police department web page is being updated, and expects
to have a preview for the board members by the next meeting.
All board members were in attendance, along with Clerk Treasurer
Tammy Wilhoit and Attorney Mary Ann Gay to advise. The next meeting
will be held on Tuesday, February 17 beginning at 7 p.m. at the
Osgood Town Hall.