Holton water rates to increase

Beth Rumsey
Staff Writer

The Osgood Town Council considered a Water Purchase Resolution at the regular meeting on Tuesday, March 16. According to town attorney Mary Ann Gay, the resolution will increase the rate for the Holton Rural Water Company two percent or the consumer price index.

Currently, Holton Rural Water Company is buying water at a rate of $3.63 per 1,000 gallons. The contract presented by the town to Holton Water will be for 20 years. If Holton chooses not to sign the contract, then the rate will increase to $4.86 per 1,000 gallons.

According to Gay, the rate increase was necessary due to an uncertain status on a Rural Development loan recently applied for the by the Osgood Water Department for improvements. The motion to adopt Resolution 2010-6 was unanimously approved.

Parking for local businesses has become a problem from the stoplights to Ripley Street, according to resident Donald Dunbar. He asked the town if it was possible to put a time limit on parking.

Although the town cannot put any restrictions along that section because of State Highway regulations, Gay will contact the Ripley County Area Planning office to inquire about an ordinance regarding off-street parking areas for apartments.

In other business:

• The request to collect donations at the stoplights by the Knights of Columbus on May 1 and May 22 was unanimously approved.

• A small section of an alley recently vacated by the town was not included in the deed, according to Andy Scholle. The town unanimously approved to accept the petition to have it closed.

• Keri Johnson introduced herself as the new president of the Osgood Beautification Committee.

• Grants received from the Reynolds Foundation will go towards the purchase of a utility truck for the water department and tree trimming equipment, according to council president Linda Krinop.

All board members were in attendance. The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 20 beginning at 7:00 p.m. at the Osgood Town Hall.