RIPLEY COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
5227 W County Rd 800 N
Osgood, IN 47037
214 Spencer Lane
Versailles, IN 47042
Gerald Stutler, President
P.O. Box 66
Friendship, IN 47021
Meetings begin at 7:00am at the Highway Garage and at 8:00am in the Commissioner's meeting room located in the Annex Building
Commissioner's Meeting Minutes
Minutes prepared by Bill Wagner, Ripley County Auditor
Commissioners meeting opened promptly at 7:00AM, Monday, January 5, 2015 at the Ripley County Highway Department, Osgood, Indiana.
Commissioners Linville and Stutler, were present as well as Auditor Wagner. Commissioner Busching was absent due to a hospital stay.
Commissioner Stutler acted as chairman and called the meeting to order.
Foreman Kissell advised the new trucks were not yet finished and their production would start week of 1-5-2015.
The disposition of the old pot hole patcher being replaced was discussed. Wingham and O’Mara are to inspect and make an offer for the old unit.
With no further business Commissioner Linville moved to recess to the annex meeting room with a second from Commissioner Stutler. Motion passed with 2 yes.
Commissioner Linville moved to reconvene with a second from Commissioner Stutler. Motion passed with 2 yes and the meeting reconvened with the Pledge to the Flag. Commissioners Linville and Stutler were present as well as Auditor Wagner and Attorney Ertel. Commissioner Stutler acted as chairman to conduct the meeting.
Maintenance: Mr. Johnnie Lohrum 8:07:40
Mr. Lohrum advised the commissioners he would obtain quotes for a new lawnmower. The chair rail for the annex meeting room was again discussed. New quotes are to be obtained as the original contractor has not completed the work in the past 12 months. The list of trees and shrubs that have died are to be made and provided to Auditor Wagner to forward to Bruns-Gutzwiller Construction to contact their sub-contractor.
A roll top desk from the courts was discussed and Commissioner Linville moved to set up a display in the stairwell area of the annex as on old office display. Commissioner Stutler seconded and the motion passes with 2 yes.
Technology—Ms. Kelly Vollet 8:32:45
Ms. Vollet requested the commissioners present her revised job description to include the ADA Director duties and a revised salary ordinance for $3000.00 additional for these duties to the County Council for approval.
Commissioner Linville moved to approve the request and present to the County Council at the January 19, 2015 meeting. Commissioner Stutler seconded and the motion passed with 2 yes.
Ms. Vollet also advised Judge Ryan King had requested a smart phone with a data package that would allow him to be reached at any time to assist the Sheriff’s Department in obtaining search warrants and arrest warrants. Commissioner Linville moved to approve the request for both judges if needed, with a second from Commissioner Stutler. Motion passes with 2 yes.
Ms. Vollet then requested the Technology Department be given the authority to purchase essential office equipment up to $500.00 without first submitting requests to the Technology Committee. Commissioner Linville moved to approve the request with a second from Commissioner Stutler. Motion passed with 2 yes.
At this time Commissioner Linville nominated Commissioner Stutler to be President of the Board of Commissioners. No other nominations were made and a vote for Commissioner Stutler resulted in 2 yes.
EMS—Mr. Jim Corbin 8:52:45
Mr. Corbin; submitted the year end totals for the savings to the rescue units with the reduced fee from Ripley County for ALS runs. Batesville Fire and EMS-$21,500.00, Sunman Area Life Squad-$11,400.00, Milan Rescue 30-$24,900.00, Southern Ripley County Emergency Life Squad-$38,200.00. Total was $96,000.00. Mr. Corbin reminded the commissioners the Rescue Units had requested an additional 30% increase in funding in prior discussions. The reduced fees from the county represents a 50-55% increase in funds the rescue units kept from reduced fees and 2015 the Council had approved an additional 10% funding to each unit.
Sheriff—Jeff Cumberworth 8:59:04
Sheriff Cumberworth advised the commissioners the current priorities from his office. 1) Court video is being tried to eliminate time of transporting prisoners from the jail to hearings. 2) Mr. Paul Wells will remain as part time maintenance for the jail.
He requested the deputies receive off duty use of the cars for personal use. This was tabled for discussion and a later decision.
Mr. Rob Coop/Ms. Sheri Hinds—USI - No one was present and will be put on the agenda for 1-19-2015.
Commissioners signed payroll sheets, claim vouchers, and claims being paid from the commissioners’ budget. The December 22, 2014 minutes were not complete for signature due to the commissioners’ adjournment on December 31, 2014.With no further business to attend Commissioner Linville moved to adjourn with a second from Commissioner Stutler. Motion passed with 2 yes.
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