Mayor Chuck Covell expressed his concern during the regular meeting of the Ossian City Council recently regarding Gundersen Lutheran Health Systems' plan to close the Ossian Clinic.

Covell drafted a letter on behalf of the city to Gundersen officials asking them to re-evaluate their decision to close the Ossian Clinic. He also suggested they observe how valuable the Clinic truly is to the Ossian community.

A similar letter was drafted and will be made available soon for area residents at local businesses to sign and send to Gundersen requesting the Clinic remain open.

Attempts to reach Gundersen for an explanation as to why it is closing the Clinic were unsuccessful.

Grant opportunity

Members of the Ossian Crown Club, along with various other individuals, announced an opportunity for a grant from the Iowa's Living Roadway Community Visioning Program.

According to Mark Pingenot, field coordinator of Trees Forever, if a community is awarded a grant, a local volunteer committee would be able to work with a Trees Forever facilitator, a professional landscape architect and a design team from the Iowa State University Department of Landscape Architecture to identify potential projects. Pingenot also said the grant recipient would need to contribute $2,000 toward the implementation of a project.

After the mayor and the Council reviewed some the sample images from the city of Calmar's Visioning program, the Council made a motion to participate and support the Crown Club's efforts in applying for a grant for the Iowa Living Roadways Community Visioning Program and agreed to contribute the $2,000 toward a projected identified in the visioning process.

Property cleanup

In other matters, the follow-up inspection of property owned by Troy Troge was discussed between the City Council and Troge. Troge was given 30 days to clean up the junk vehicles from his property; otherwise the city will do it at his expense.

The Council agreed to give Troge another 30 days to remove the junk and junk vehicles from his property. When the 30 days expires, the property will be inspected to determine if the clean up is considered acceptable or not.

In other business, the Council accepted the bid submitted by Don's Truck Sales, Inc. of Fairbank for $17,205 to make improvements to the city's dump truck and approved a purchase of a pallet fork attachment for the CAT loader from L and R Manufacturing LCC of New Hampton for $2,140.

The Council also approved the purchase of computers, printers and miscellaneous equipment supplies for the City Clerk's office and the maintenance-water-sewer department.