OSNABURG TWP. -- During a regular meeting on Monday night, the board of trustees, continued to hear about improvements at the former Mapleton Church on Lotz Avenue.
Trustees granted permission for the Osnaburg Township Historical Society, owners of the site, to use a small section of the Mapleton Cemetery land to build a ramp at the building, which is now used for a historical museum. The work at the former church will also make it possible that funerals can be held there when burials are being done in the surrounding cemetery. A ramp will be made to allow caskets to be wheeled into the church, when needed for funerals. John Seidel, representing the historical society, will be invited to attend the next township meeting to sign the paperwork to make the small property transfer official.
In other matters concerning township cemeteries, trustee Kris Vincent mentioned the signs being made to inform the public of the rules for the cemetery decorations. Vincent said a phone number should also be placed on the signs for anyone needing more information about the cemetery or the rules. A motion was made and passed to order two signs, at a total cost of no more then $900. The signs are to be placed at Indian Run and Union cemeteries, probably in the spring.
Also during the meeting a resident spoke about cars running through the intersection of Carrollview and Hillchurch. The resident also said several accidents have occurred at the location. There are two stop signs at the intersection that are being ignored. Trustee Richard Pero said there is very little that can be done by the trustees.
During his report, road superintendent Chris Kline said the new tractor has arrived. He thanked the trustees and the residents in the township for purchasing the tractor.
He said Circlevale road work is completed, with the replacement of two sections of pipe. In the spring, asphalt will be put down on the road.
Bids were opened for anyone interested in the old township tractor. Since there were no other bids, the offer of $17,896.56 from Cope Farm Equipment was accepted.
Osnaburg Fire Chief Dan Adams reported 28 calls were made during the month. Twenty-seven were advanced calls and one was a fire call. There were also two mutual-aid calls (one by the Canton Fire Department on Orchardview and Argyle and one by the Louisville Fire Department Squad.
The chief reported the department is looking for a new employee. He would like to hire someone who is already trained and is a paramedic.
During the zoning report Dorothy Bucher, turned in $100 for a replacement dwelling. Bucher reported the following nuisance violations: 5048 Georgetown-- property to be dropped until spring; 7693 Cindell-- appearance of the building looks bad and needs painted, but the township does not have maintenance rules to demand the house be painted; Grandvale properties-- the owner of the two vacant lots is delinquent in property taxes and fees owed to the township for mowing, so a hold will be put on the property until the auditor's office is contacted.
In other business, the trustees:
• ACCEPTED, during the cemetery report, $1,100 for burial plots from sexton Carl Anthony.
• APPROVED purchasing a new Dell computer for secretary Betty Fox at a cost of no more than $1,100; this will include a larger hard drive, a three-year maintenance agreement and setting up and transferring all information from the old computer to the new one;
• SET trick or treat for Sunday, Oct. 28, from 3-5 p.m.