Carl Anthony's 83rd birthday is marked during Osnaburg Twp. meeting

By DONNA ROBINSON The Press-News Published:

OSNABURG TWP. -- During a regular meeting of the board of trustees on Monday night, cemetery sexton Carl Anthony was recognized for celebrating his 83rd birthday.

Everyone sang Happy Birthday to Anthony, prior to him giving his regular cemetery report. During the report, Anthony turned in $800 for a burial fee.

A discussion was also held concerning cemetery plots that were purchased years ago. The plots, when purchased included pre-payment of opening and closing. Since then the cost for opening and closing is quite a bit more.

The trustees said since funeral homes collected the pre-paid burial plots, (which included opening and closing costs) it would be up to funeral directors to accept the pre-paid fees and pay the higher cost to the township for their work of opening and closing.  

Anthony also reported the grave marker for the Revolutionary War Veteran has been placed in the cemetery and will be dedicated sometime in the spring.

The problem with the 24 wondering cattle may be coming to an end, the trustees said. It was reported the owner of the cattle went to court on Nov. 19 and was found guilty of damaging the property of others by not containing his cattle.  He was sentenced to three days in jail and required by court to keep the cattle confined to his property.  Failure to do so, would most likely have him spending more time in jail and paying for any damage costs.

During his report, fire chief Dan Adams recommended the hiring of Cameron McLean to the department.  Trustees voted to hire McLean, bringing the total roster to 16.  McLean was at the meeting and the trustees welcomed him to the Osnaburg Fire Department.  

Adams reported  Brenda Boyle has passed her paramedic exam and is now a paramedic.  The fire department now has 10 medics, five basics and one trainee.  

Adams asked the trustees to purchase two chargers and four new batteries from the Louisville Fire Department at a cost of $400.  He pointed out that just one new charger cost $495.  The trustees approved the purchase.

Adams said Bartley Ambulance was called to assist the township in a medic assist.  Bartley's charged the township $150 for the assist. After discussion, it was decided to charge those entities who charge the township when mutual-aid is given. It was noted that Louisville does not charge Osnaburg and Osnaburg does not charge Louisville.

Adams also reported a complete inventory has been done at the fire department.

Fire calls for the period include 16 advanced and one fire.

In the road report, Chris Kline said the boom mower is not working to cut small trees and branches on the hill sides.  He suggested to the trustees to try to sell or trade the mower and the trustees agreed.

Kline asked to purchase two high visibility jackets at $79.98 each and four vests at $27.98 each.  He noted the price is 15 percent lower in December. The trustees approved the purchase up to $280 for all items.

Kline also said signs for weight limits have been put in place from U.S. Route 30, south on state Route 44 down to the landfill.  

In other business, the trustees:

• CHANGED the next township meeting to Thursday, Dec. 27, at 7:30 p.m., due to Christmas;

• STARTED the meeting with prayer given by Terry Bailey, pastor of Indian Run Christian Church:

• HEARD several false alarms have gone off at the township building and the Stark County Sheriff's Department informed the trustees if they come out again to a false alarm, a fee of $150 would charged. The trustees said the system will be checked out to see why the alarm is going off; 

• HEARD trustee Dick Pero reported the disposal of old township computers;

• HEARD during a zoning report, Dorothy Bucher said tires and windows are still a concern on a Cindell property.

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