Osgood receives $600,000 grant

Wanda English Burnett

The town of Osgood has received a grant from the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs for $600,000 to be used for the wastewater project. This was announced at the regular town council meeting on Tuesday, February 15.

The board also approved the claim from Umbaugh and Associates for $4900; Commonwealth Engineers for $7,645.08; town attorney Mary Ann Gay for $5,056.55; Bingham McHale for $11,034.90. Bids were awarded to Mitchell and Stark for $23,750 and Holman Excavating for $28,428.51.

Council considered Ordinance 2011-2, which gives the town authority to purchase equipment and supplies for operation. The ordinance was proposed due to the need to purchase a street sweeper.

A quote for a demonstrator model showed that the town would receive about $20,000 in savings if purchased. The board unanimously approved the ordinance as well as the purchase of the demonstrator model street sweeper.

In other business, the town has received complaints about street light globes being blown off causing them to break. The cost to replace the globes is $550. The town will look into less expensive alternatives for replacements.

According to Steve Wilhoit, street department supervisor, the storm water project has been sent out for bid. Wilhoit noted that easements from two properties have not been received and that plans have been revised.

Letters to the homeowners will be sent explaining that the town received grant money for the project and that the town will not be able to assist them with any problems in the future.

All board members were in attendance. The next meeting will be on Tuesday, March 15 beginning at 7 p.m. at the Osgood Town Hall.