Published On: Thu, Jul 27th, 2017

Council discusses pool, water issues

OSMOND — The Osmond City Council met Monday, July 10, with a number of visitors in attendance, including Police Chief Gary Umberger, Joe Aschoff, Alan Ekberg, Joanne Ekberg, Mike Enevoldsen, Dan Timmerman, Mike Timmerman, Norman Lorenz, Steve Lind, Eric Wattier and Chris Krienert, as well as Treasurer Cindy Hoffman, Maintenance Supervisor Tom Kruse and Water Supervisor Bill Hansen.
Norman Lorenz, a representative for the Down Memory Lane Room, advised council members of the need for monetary assistance to help cover the cost to heat and cool the room, which amounts to approximately $850, as well as cleaning costs which amount to about $160 per year. Lorenz requested the city’s monetary assistance to be in the amount of $1,000 to be made out to the Osmond Senior Center. He spoke of the popularity of Osmond’s Memory Room and that private tours are available upon request.
Council Member Missy Hoppe spoke with the council about issues pertaining to the city pool, such as major daily water leakage in the range of 20,000 to 24,000 gallons per day. This issue has accumulated large expenses for water usage, chemicals and fluoride. The council discussed options to fix the problem that the city has faced for many summers.  A new resin lining and drain repairs were considered. A town hall meeting has been set for Thursday, July 27, to get public opinion on the matter.
Discussion on city water matters continued, as council members were advised that there will be additional costs regarding a new tower and Eye on Water meter service located at the new city building site. City Water Maintenance Supervisor Hansen stated that the city can locate and purchase its own pole as a tower, which will save the city $1,000. He also stated that the well is coming along well. A line will go across Maple Street and tie in, all while avoiding an interruption of hospital service.
Treasurer Hoffman reported that, sometime in September, there will once again be a hazardous waste collection sponsored by the Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) Council in Plainview. There will be a nominal fee of $200. The RC&D will organize the event and provide all necessary containers in which hazardous materials may be discarded. The event will be publicized when the date has been set.
Building permit issues were briefly discussed and the issue remains in the hands of City Attorney Dennis Collins and Heather McWhorter who are working together to get a handle on the ongoing issues the community is faced with.  It has been determined that the new zoning board members will be working closely with Collins and will form a group led by an appointed chairman.
In other business, the council:
— tabled a decision on a building permit by Alan and Joanne Ekberg.
— approved SDL liquor licenses for D and K Lanes of Plainview for the Aug. 12, 2017, wedding of Derrick White, and the Aug. 26, 2017, wedding of Taylor Sauser.
— approved Pay Application No. 1 from Rutjens Construction in the amount of $130,375.35 for the installation of water main and partial construction of a building
— approved Pay Application No. 4 to Sargent Drilling of Geneva in the amount of $83,191.24 for work done on the new city well, which included pump tests on the city’s south well.
—  heard that a community open house was planned for Thursday, July 13, at the Osmond city office to host Tiffany Settles, a representative for Deb Fischer’s office.
At a special meeting on Thursday, July 6, the council:
— visited with Attorney Dennis Collins relative to appointing new zoning board members.
— discussed letting bids for a 60×80-ft. steel building.
— talked with Attorney Collins about drawing up a resolution for an agreement on the sale of property owned partly by the city and partly by the rural fire board.
— adopted a resolution increasing the mayor’s salary to $3,000 per year and city council members’ salaries to $2,500, retroactive to Jan. 1, 2017.
— discussed with Attorney Collins building permit concerns.