2010-07-15 / Front Page

Gosport Votes To Extend Township Fire Contract Through August 10th Meeting

by Amanda York Staff Writer

Gosport Town Council members Wes Correll, Becky Welch and Ernie Arnold, along with clerk-treasurer Wyatt Holsapple and town attorney Terry English, met Tuesday evening for their first meeting of July, 2010.

Jumping right into new business, the board heard from Angie Pappano from Kenna Consulting and Brian from Studio 3 who noted that the low bidder for the NSP demolition project was Mike Anderson Excavating. Noting a conflict of interest with Becky Welch voting on the issue, the two remaining members voted to approve the excavating firm to do the work. It was also mentioned that the work should be completed within thirty days of the signing of the contract. New construction on the project is currently up for bid with a final bid close date of August 2nd.

Under water news, the board voted to give a one-time adjustment to Debbie Wampler on a rental property. It was also noted that information regarding the water line grant project should be known by September 3.

In sewer news, Bobby Neibel, Garnet Holsapple, David Pruett and Tina Wagoner were given swimming pool reductions for their individual sewer bills. The board also heard from Mike Turchi with Butler, Fairman, Seufert on the sewer project, voting to accept change order number one on the project.

Next on the agenda was discussion of the streets department where it was explained that a tree near Lyle Brighton’s home needed to be removed. It was also noted that trees near the Dodie Schinske and Ronnie Neibel residences also needed to be taken down. The board voted to approve the removal of the tree near Brighton’s property and to get estimates to take down the trees near Schinske and Neibel’s properties.

The board also noted and approved the closing of several streets during the upcoming Gosport Lazy Days festival August 12-15.

In police news, the board heard from interim town marshal Michael Browning regarding police business during the month of June. The department responded to 20 calls, had four adult arrests, two juvenile arrests, two curfew violations, issued tions, issued four ordinance violation notice including one vegetation and four abandoned vehicle notices. The department also responded to one vehicle accident, impounded two vehicles, assisted the Owen County Sheriff’s Department twice, logged 947 miles on the vehicles using 77 gallons of fuel. Town council president Wes Correll also explained that they had received six applications for the open town marshal position, but have yet to setup interviews.

Members of the fire department were also in attendance, noting their statistics for the month of June. They included 14 medical runs, two accidents, one water rescue, five downed trees or power lines and three meetings/work detail for a total of 25 runs. It was also noted that the department needed $245 to repair a valve on an air bottle and $150 to do hydro tests on three of the 4,500 pound air bottles, and the firefighter one/two class was starting this week and would continue through October.

The final issue in fire news came as town attorney Terry English noted the expiration of the current township fire contract. The board members voted to extend the contract through the first meeting of the council in August. At that time, the board would request all parties involved to attend the meeting and sign the required documents to execute a new contract.

In the final news of the night, the board recognized Donnie Hall and his unknown associate for putting up American flags during the fourth of July weekend. It was also noted that a neighborhood crime watch meeting will be held in the town hall on Sunday, August 22 at 2 p.m.

The next meeting of the Gosport Town Council will be Tuesday, July 27 beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Gosport Town Hall.

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