Published On: Sat, Jan 23rd, 2016

Osmond Council takes on wells

OSMOND — Taking up where the discussion ended a month ago, the Osmond City Council, at its regular meeting on Monday, Nov.14, met with engineer Roger Protzman of JEO Consulting Group, Inc. relative to private wells being within 1,000 feet of the municipal well, which is not allowed.

screenshot-2016-11-23-13-55-39The council and Protzman reviewed information from the previous meeting. Protzman advised that the state health department would need a decision by Dec. 1. After that the NRCS and NRD could assist with the project. Before voting on the matter, council said it does not want to put a hardship on families; however, their hands are tied; they have to look out for all people and look out for the betterment of the community. A motion to decommission the wells on private property carried on a 3-1 vote with Councilman John Aschoff abstaining.

Cindy Hoffman shared details of the first month’s utility payments since water meters were used. She said it appears sewer and garbage fees will be adequate; however, she’s not sure about water. Council had earlier agreed to monitor water collections until January and then make a decision on any rate changes.

In other business, the council:

— approved a pay application to Sargent Drilling in the amount of $50,952.91.

— determined that purchase of a postage meter would not be practical for utility billing.

— approved taking bids for sale of a no longer used city shed.

— heard a report from Missy Hoppe about activities planned for Christmas in Osmond, which was planned for Tuesday, Nov. 29.

— heard a brief report from Mrs. Hoffman on a payroll audit which had taken place earlier that day.

— spent about 15 minutes in closed session on personnel matters.

— authorized extended hours for city office manager Hoffman.

— recognized the pending resignation of city clerk Bernice Blecha.