RIPLEY COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
Robert Reiners, President
10105 N Spades Rd
Sunman, IN 47041
608 Clearview Lane
Versailles, IN 47042
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 Wager, Ripley County Auditor
Commissioners meeting opened promptly at 7:00AM on Monday, January 6, 2104 at the Ripley County Highway Department, Osgood, Indiana.
Commissioners Robert Reiners, Mark Busching, Gary Stutler, and Auditor William Wagner were in attendance for the meeting.
Superintendent Heaton advised 100 ton of salt had been received and the amount available through the State bid had been reached. He was calling other suppliers to try to locate additional salt to replenish that used so far. 2000 ton of cinders also had been ordered.
He also advised the commissioners the unemployment office would be calling on the claim for unemployment from a former employee that had resigned his position voluntarily.
Bridge #112 is complete and waiting for inspection. The additional claim from Stearns Bulldozing for the construction was discussed. Commissioner Stutler moved to approve $1800.00 additional with a second from Commissioner Busching. Motion passed unanimously.
With no further business to discuss Commissioner Busching moved to recess to the Annex meeting room. Commissioner Stutler seconded and the motion passed unanimously.
Commissioner Busching moved to reconvene while Commissioner Stutler seconded. The motion passed unanimously and the meeting reconvened with the Pledge to the Flag.
Commissioners Reiners, Stutler, and Busching were present as well as County Attorney Ertel and Auditor Wagner.
Maintenance-Mr. Johnnie Lohrum 8:09:24
Mr. Lohrum advised no issues were arising from the cold and he was able to keep the steps and sidewalks cleared.
EMA—Mr. Patrick Rose 8:12:50
Mr. Rose advised the roof leak would not be repaired until the weather allowed. At this time it was not causing any damage to equipment.
He discussed using the storage room of the annex for a warming room if the weather continued to be extremely cold and individuals lost power.
Technology—Ms. Kelly Vollet 8:34:00
Ms. Vollet advised she had received a call from Mr. Sam Puterbaugh from LWC about the heat/ac issue in the server room and the alarms being received from the system for the annex. She advised him that Open Control Systems were to be returning to try to fix the issues and he is to call after they have been here for a report.
Health Department: Mr. tony Schneider 8:38:55
Mr. Schneider was back to discuss Mr. Jason Bischoff for employment. He will provide additional information at the next meeting.
He also requested permission to hang a TV screen in the Health Department for public health information. The commissioners approved this request.
9:01:20—A short break was taken.
911—Ms. Judy Schebler 9:15:00
Ms. Schebler advised the prior new hire did not last and Mr. Brian Monahan was presented for approval. Commissioner Busching moved to approve with a second from Commissioner Stutler. Motion passed unanimously.
No one from the Sheriff Department attended the meeting with concerns.
Cintas—Options for Custodial Supplies
Did not attend due to weather. Ms Vollet presented the commissioners with an estimate for Cintas to supply the cleaning materials. This did not include the courthouse and an estimate including this would be obtained.
APEX—Ms. Toni Stinson
Due to weather Ms. Stinson did not attend. Would be scheduled at a later time.
9:29:00—Commissioner Reiners advised Mr. Paul Hildebrand had contacted him about signing the EMS contract for Rescue 30 and liability if they could not fulfill the contract. Attorney Ertel advised the contract would become null and void and future payments from Ripley County to Rescue 30 would cease and no further obligation would apply to Rescue 30 to provide service.
It was also noted that Rescue 69 had begun regular payments to Ripley County EMS for their service and had made the first re-payment installment of the suspended fees for 2013.
The nepotism issue at the Park was discussed and Commissioner Stutler advised he would inform the Park Board for them to address the issue.
Dunlap Consulting—Mr. Dennis Dunlap 9:40:00
Due to weather and phone discussions with Attorney Ertel Mr. Dunlap did not attend for the discussion of the suspension with pay for Mr. David Pippin.
Attorney Ertel advised the commissioners he had been in contact with Sheriff Grills through emails and additional statutes had been discussed. Statute allows the Sheriff to suspend a merit officer for up to 15 days with or without pay. Sheriff Grills stated that upon advice from Attorney Howard Williams with the Indiana Sheriff Association, he had suspended Chief Deputy Pippin for 15 days with pay and had demoted him to a deputy position. The Merit Board would make the final decision.
However, Attorney Ertel provided a copy of the letter from Mr. Pippin dated 1/1/2014 that stated effective 1/3/2014 he was retiring from the Ripley County Sheriff’s Office.
Auditor Wagner requested direction on paying Deputy Pippin during the suspension. Attorney Ertel informed the commissioners that based on his emails with the Sheriff and interpretation of applicable statutes, the pay rate from 12/19, 2013 through 1/3/2104 would be at a rate equal to a deputy with equivalent years of service. The balance of vacation time, sick time, and /or comp time accrued but not used would be paid at the Chief Deputy pay rate as that is how it was earned.
Auditor Wagner presented the commissioners with the Covered Bridge Certification for their signature.
Also Vernon Fork Water District requested the joint appointment with the Council be made. Commissioner Busching moved to re-appoint Mr. Jeff Volz with a second from Commissioner Stutler. Motion passed unanimously. It will now go to Council for their approval.
Rising Sun Regional Foundation requested an appointment to the board be made by the commissioners. Commissioner Busching moved to reappoint Mr. Jerry Smith for a three year period beginning 2/22/2014. Commissioner Stutler seconded and the motion passed unanimously.
Commissioner Busching moved to approve the minutes of the December 23, 2013 meeting as presented with a second from Commissioner Stutler. Motion passed unanimously.
Commissioner Busching moved to approve the claims being paid from the commissioners’ budget with a second from Commissioner Stutler. Motion passed unanimously.
Commissioners signed payroll sheets, claim vouchers, claims being paid from commissioners’ budget, and minutes of the December 23, 2013 meeting.
With no further business to attend to the motion was made by Commissioner Busching to adjourn. Commissioner Stutler seconded and the motion passed unanimously.
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