Published On: Thu, Mar 30th, 2017

Krienert appointed new city clerk

OSMOND — Kimberly Krienert was appointed Osmond city clerk at the regular meeting of the Osmond City Council on Monday, March 13. Mrs. Krienert replaces Bernice Blecha, who retired in January after 47 years of service to the city.
Council Member Missy Hoppe advised that an ad for pool manager and assistant manager has been placed in the Osmond Republican. Applicants must be 18 years of age and CPR certified. Classes for pool operator will be offered March 29 at Wayne State College and May 10 at Northeast Community College, she said. Mrs. Hoppe added that a manager or an assistant manager must be present during all pool hours.
Councilman John Aschoff spoke to the council about local environmental issues. One problem the city faces is getting rid of old trailer homes that are no longer habitable.
Council Members Doug Schmit and Aschoff presented plans for a proposed new city shop and police and city office buildings. Questions were raised and changes suggested. Schmit and Aschoff will contact the contractor about possible changes, and will present additional information at the April meeting. In a related issue, Tom Kruse said he met with a representative of NNPPD, who advised that the current siren pole could be moved to a different location to accommodate the new building. The siren would be mounted on the pole and the radio antenna would be mounted on the fire hall.
In reviewing the city’s utility rates, Council Member Haselhorst said engineer Roger Protzman of JEO Consulting Group, Inc., had advised them to wait on the water review until more information is attained.  The project may have to be re-bid because of a cost of living rate increase of 2%.
City maintenance supervisor Tom Kruse informed the council that the second coat of interior paint has now been applied in the city auditorium, and several stained ceiling tiles are being replaced. He also advised that new heavy-grade trash cans are something the main street could use, with which Mayor Bessmer agreed.
Kruse informed the council that he is preparing for spring clean-up on the city ball fields, cemetery and pool area.  Shrubs at the cemetery need to be trimmed and trees may need to be planted because some of them have died. Tom advised that he has been in contact with Osmond Community School Superintendent Dave Hamm about a community clean-up day with help from school students.
In other business, the council:
— went into closed session on personnel matters.
— granted permission to Gene Richard Kumm and Paige Moore to fence off an area north of the city auditorium on June 3 for a wedding reception.
— approved eight Special Designated Liquor Permits for Tiger Tavern running from April through December. They are listed in the city council minutes which will be printed in next week’s paper.
— heard that the city has received a check for $1,138.83 which represents Osmond’s share of the ACE revenue return for fiscal year 2016-17.
— heard Mayor Bessmer read a thank you note from retiring City Clerk Bernice Blecha.