Sanitary sewer project to cost $587,500
Osgood Town Board applies for $293,750 grant
Cathy May - Contributing Writer
The Osgood Town Board is applying for another
Community Focus Fund (CFF) Grant from the Indiana Department
of Commerce. In the past ten years the town has received seven
CFF grants totaling $1,750,000 and two Indiana Finance Authority
Grants totaling $525,000. The grant amounts have ranged from
$10,000 in 1997 for a planning grant to study the town's storm
sewer, to $500,000 in 1999 for Storm Drainage Improvements.
Other grants include: 2002 -
$420,000 for the Southside Sidewalk Improvement Project, 2001 - $310,000 for
Water Systems Improvements; 2002 - $50,000 for a Sewer Planning Grant, 1995
- $100,000 for the community center (town hall), 1994 - $360,000 for the
Water System Improvement Project,
and in 1995 - $225,000 and 1996 - $300,000 for the Housing Rehab grants. In
a telephone interview with Julie Berry of Southeastern Indiana Regional Planning,
who provided these statistics, she stated, "Osgood has had as much success
as any community in Southeastern Indiana with
Community Focus Fund grants." However, their last request for a CFF grant
in 2003 for a Storm Drainage Project was denied.
This time the town is asking for $293,750 for the Wastewater
Inflow and Infiltration of its sanitary sewer. This is a $587,500
total project with $243,750 coming from the Reynolds Foundation
and another $50,000 from the Rising Sun Regional Foundation.
A public hearing was held on the grant at the beginning of
the regular monthly meeting of the Osgood Town Board on August
17. Jodi Comer of Southeastern Indiana Regional Planning conducted
the hearing. The project will include slip lining 8,100 feet
of the sewer line, which is made of clay tile. The problem
areas will be in different areas of the town and will include
Wilmer, Highway 421 and S. Elm. The town's sewer department
has already completed about $400,000 worth of work on the project
themselves. Also, when the lines were tested, many residents
of the town were contacted to ask them to fix problems that
showed up in the test, such as downspouts. These have almost
all been corrected. The grant deadline is September 3. The
town will know if they received the grant in early November.
In other business: an ordinance to vacate the streets and
alley in Chaille Subdivision was read. This came at the request
of the Osgood Amvets, whose building is located on this property.
The line reaches from Columbia Avenue on the East to Highway
421 on the West and Olive Street on the South. A hearing will
be held at the September meeting of the town board on the request.
Osgood Fire Chief Chris Lemen announced that the fire department
is holding its annual pork chop dinner
on Sunday, September 12.
Clerk Treasurer Gary Norman announced that he will not be
running for Clerk Treasurer. Tammy Wilhoit, currently the town's
utility clerk, is running for the office unopposed. Jeff Volz,
current town board president, recently won the Republican caucus
and will represent the Republican Party on the fall ballot
for the town board. Larry Winters will oppose him on the Democratic
The board approved a claim from Commonwealth Engineers for
$4,562.31 for the Water Utility Vulnerability Study. This study
is required by the Environmental Protection Agency every four
years for the water plant.
The Osgood Library received a variance to place the steps
for their renovation of the current Carnegie Library 1' 2" onto
the town's sidewalk.
All three members of the Osgood Town Board were in attendance:
Jeff Volz, Paul Struckman and Linda Krinop. Attorney Mary Ann
Gay and Clerk Treasurer Gary Norman were present to advise
the board. The next regular meeting of the Osgood Town Board
will be held on September 21, at 7:00 p.m. at the Osgood Town