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Water ‘Shut-Off’ Fee To Be Credited Back To Those Affected In Gosport

Public Auction For Town Owned Property Set For December 20th At 6:00
by Michael Stanley
Staff Writer

The Gosport Town Council found issue during Wednesday evening’s regular session with the disconnect notices provided to town water users in October.

Approached by resident Krista Dayhuff, the council learned that several citizens received a disconnect notice on a Monday afternoon, but service was shut-off later the same day and a $25 disconnect fee charged. Council members Donnie Hall, Chad Gates and Jamie Neibel agreed that changes would be made to the town’s practices and the issue would not be repeated. The council voted 3-0 to credit back the $25 fee to all those affected. The credit will appear on the next water bill.

It was noted that town attorney

Terry English and town clerk/ treasurer Wyatt Holsapple would work together on the town’s water ordinance language prior to January 1st.

Hearing a request from Gosport Volunteer Fire Department Chief Brian Leonard, the council said phone and Internet service would be restored at the fire station in downtown Gosport after January 1st. The services are needed in order to submit run reports to the State. The council also voted 3-0 to accept the appointments of Gloria Steirwalt and Mark Williams to the fire department.

In new business, the council voted 3-0 to allow Wayne Township Trustee Kyle Hall to utilize the town hall’s meeting room in order to meet with township residents during winter months.

In old business, the council recessed its regular session to hold a short public hearing regarding the sale of real estate property owned by the town at 150 North Second Street. The property is the location of an ongoing home construction and has a fair market value of $122,000 through the Indiana Office of Community & Rural Affairs’ Neighborhood Stabilization Program.

The council voted 3-0 to approve the resolution in addition to two change orders, one related to adding a water line at a cost of $613 and the second for additional concrete work on the foundation of the home at a cost of $2,500. The resolution also provided the town with builder’s risk insurance for the project. Angie Richards of Kenna Consulting noted that the contractor had reduced the change order charges in order to fit within the town’s budget.

The council also reviewed offers from four different parties desiring to purchase real estate from the town located at 466 North Seventh Street. The council opted to schedule a second public auc- tion for Thursday, December 20 at 6:00 p.m. where bids can be submitted by letter, in person or via telephone. The motion passed 2-1, with Hall voting against the motion.

The council also discussed a 10-foot stretch of land overlapping on surveys for a property at 271 East Main Street. The council must define a property line before a structure on the parcel can be demolished. The issue will be readdressed during the board’s upcoming special meeting.

In additional old business, English informed the council that the Owen Valley Fire Territory Board recently approved and signed a mutual aid agreement with the Town of Gosport and the Gosport Volunteer Fire Department.

The council also reviewed and approved the town’s holiday schedule for 2013, noting it mirrors the holiday schedule for Owen County government.

Council members also needed additional time to review the town’s 2013 salary ordinance, scheduling a special meeting for Thursday, December 27 at 6:30 p.m.

The Gosport Town Council’s first meeting of the new year will take place on Tuesday, January 8, beginning at 6:30 p.m. in Gosport Town Hall.

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