The Osceola Township supervisors authorized the purchase of a radio for the police department.
The unit is expected to cost $1,200 and is not budgeted. The unit will be compatible with the in-car unit. The portable unit has stopped working. The purchase will be made through Long Communication of Troy.
Two individuals attended the meeting over concerns of the buildup of trash on their property. Resident Jeff Thompson said he heard that his name and the condition of his property were discussed during the April meeting.
Thompson asked asked to be notified if a written complaint is issued for his property. Thompson said all of the vehicles on his property are legal and the wood pile is a wood pile. No signed complaint has been received by the supervisors concerning Thompson’s property.
Arvey Dyke is operating a business on property owned by Steve Thompson. The township has received several complaints concerning that property. Dyke has met with the supervisors and is attempting to rearrange the property to allow for the addition of a mobile home. The mobile home is on the property but is not connected to the existing sewer system.
Dyke was encouraged to contact the sewage enforcement officer to determine if a home can be connected to the existing system.
Progress is being made on the construction of the new office space for the secretary and the road master. The purchase of new office furniture was discussed. Supervisor Goodrich said the board could use American Rescue Plan Act funds for the purchase. Carpeting will also be needed. Secretary Melissa Slocum was instructed to get pricing on the items for review at a later meeting.
Adopting a proposed snow/ice removal ordinance was discussed due to concerns about the lack of snow removal along Main Street. Currently there is no ordinance to address the problem. An ordinance would establish a fine structure when walkways are not cleared. Goodrich is working with the township solicitor to develop the ordinance.
An extensive discussion was held concerning the problems with the Emergency Management Services in the valley and made comments about the recent attendance at meetings in Nelson Township. Several local EMS providers are having difficulty getting interested volunteers to serve. Training is very expensive and consumes a large number of hours to get the state required certifications.
Materials needed for the brake retarder notices have arrived and the signs notifying truck drivers of the restrictions will be put in place in the township along State Route 49.
Bids for the purchase of a dump truck and bids for Driving Surface Aggregate bids were advertised and are slated to be opened during the June meeting.
Supervisor Allen Robert Goodrich discussed the recent property revaluation in the county for tax purposes. Goodrich said 27,000 announcements of the new figures evaluation figures have been sent out. Many of those in attendance acknowledged receipt of evaluations of their properties.
Goodrich said a Memorial Day service is planned for 9:30 a.m. in the Fairview Cemetery in the community.
Osceola Township supervisors will meet at 6 p.m. June 8.