Robert Reiners, President

10105 N Spades Rd

Sunman, IN  47041



Mark Busching

608 Clearview Lane

Versailles, IN  47042



Gerald Stutler

P.O. Box 66

Friendship, IN  47021


2012 Meeting Schedule

Meetings begin at 7:00am at the Highway Garage and at 8:00am in the Commissioner's meeting room located in the Annex Building

Monday, January 9

Monday, July 9

Monday, January 23 Monday, July 23
Monday, February 6 Monday, August 6
Friday, February 17 Monday, August 20
Monday, March 5 Friday, August 31
Monday, March 19 Monday, September 17
Monday, April 2 Monday, October 1
Monday, April  16 Monday, October 15
Monday, April 30 Monday, October 29
Monday, May 14 Friday, November 9
Friday, May 25 Monday, November 26
Monday, June 11 Monday, December 10
Monday, June 25 Friday, December 21


Commissioner's Meeting Minutes

Minutes prepared by Bill Wagner, Ripley County Auditor

Commissioners meeting opened promptly at 7:00AM on Monday, January 9, 2012 at the Ripley County Highway Department, Osgood, Indiana.

Commissioners Robert Reiners and Gary Stutler were in attendance for the meeting as well as Auditor Wagner.  Commissioner Busching was absent due to being hospitalized with a blood clot.

Mr. Warren Bruns-Park Department- gave the commissioners an update of 2012 agenda.  A harness race is scheduled for Labor Day and they are looking for an organization to sponsor the races.  Also they are building a separate track for tractor pulls and truck drags inside the current track.  He discussed trading the tractor at the park as it was too small for the job needed now with the track, etc. 

Mr. Kissell advised he was still looking for a front end loader for the garage and will continue to explore the possibilities available.

Ms. Toni McDonald requested the commissioners help with the Polar Plunge for Special Olympics and fill in the holes created when driving tent stakes into the blacktop at the Versailles State Park.  She stated they would need a hot patch filler.  The commissioners advised they would discuss and notify her at 689-6699.

Mr. Heaton discussed getting additional salt and putting in storage.  The commissioners agreed to purchase up to an additional 100 ton.

With no further discussion Commissioner Stutler moved to recess to the annex.  Commissioner Reiners seconded and the motion passed.

Commissioner Stutler made the motion to reconvene while Commissioner Reiners seconded.  The motion passed.  The meeting reconvened with the Pledge of Allegiance.

Commissioners Reiners and Stutler were present as well as Auditor Wagner and County Attorney Ertel.  Commissioner Busching was absent due to being hospitalized with a blood clot.

8:20:24—Mr. Johnnie Lohrum

Mr. Lohrum was asked about the roof leak at the annex and informed the commissioners there was no leak during the last rain.  He will continue to watch.

Auditor Wagner informed the commissioners that the complaint from OSHA had been answered.

The clock maintenance agreement from Smith’s Bell and Clock Service was discussed.  It was presented with two maintenance calls per year for $500.00.  Auditor Wagner was instructed to contact the company and request a price for a contract price for one call per year with a two year agreement.

The company had also forwarded a price quote to repair the chimes, etc. which the commissioners did not accept.

Mr. Lohrum advised he had been called for Federal Grand Jury Selection and would advise if he was chosen. 

The commissioners also instructed Mr. Lohrum to contact Hughes Tree Service for a quote to trim the trees around the courthouse.

8:50:00—Technology—Ms. Kelly Vollet

Ms. Vollet advised the commissioners a new phone would be needed for the additional deputy at the Sheriff department.  She was advised to provide it and take out of Cum Cap Equipment.

9:00:00—Attornye John Ertel

Mr. Ertel gave an update on the Bauer property.  She has moved out and still wants to get some items off the building.  Mr. Ertel advised he would contact Ms. Bauer and negotiate the date she would be out completely and a settlement for the easement and allowing the shed to be removed immediately. 

9:08:18—EMA-Mr. Patrick Rose

Mr. Rose discussed the training requirements needed for the EMA department.  He also advised the weather warnings would mirror those of the State.

9:22:50—Sheriff Department-Mr. Tom Grills and Mr. Paul Wells

Mr. Wells stated he had advised Butler Water they would NOT be paid for the work they had done since it had not fixed the problem.  He had contacted Southeastern Water Systems and they had fixed the problem.  A claim will be presented for their services.

Mr. Wells advised there were no backup lock assemblies for the cells and the commissioners advised him to order one to have on hand.

He also advised he was having problems with the plumbing fixtures in the old jail and would be replacing them as needed with another brand as the current brand was obsolete.

Sheriff Grills advised the DOC had approved the fencing at the jail and requested the highway garage make some signs to place warning of the razor wire.  The commissioners approved this request.  He also stated the shower repair was complete.

Sheriff Grills addressed the issue of the silent alarm that had occurred in the Prosecutor’s office.  He played the call with Dispatch for the commissioners and stated there were many false alarms coming from the courthouse.  The commissioners instructed Auditor Wagner to email all departments to remind the employees to notify Dispatch if they have any reason to believe they may have inadvertently pushed the panic button.  Sheriff Grills was informed that 911 had been notified they were to dispatch law enforcement to the alarm any time it came in.

A discussion also entailed about the comp time not being paid to Mr. Dennis Pippin when he was on unpaid leave.  The commissioners advised the handbook and precedence had been followed in the case and would look into changing the wording of the handbook to eliminate any questions.

Commissioner Reiners informed Sheriff Grills the fixed price bid for fuel for 2012 was $3.229 with Laughrey Valley Ag Co-Op.

10:08:00—Tourism—Ms. Catherine Taul

Ms. Taul advised the commissioners they needed to make appointments to the Tourism Bureau.  The Board recommended reappointment of Ms. Karen Vollmar and Mr. Don Karbowski.  Commissioner Stutler moved to reappoint Ms. Vollmar and Mr. Karbowski with a second from Commissioner Reiners.  The motion passed.

10:19:50—LWC—Mr. Sam Puterbaugh

Mr. Puterbaugh advised the commissioners of the status of expenditures vs. contract amounts as well as the update of the construction. 

Ed and Kevin from LWC reviewed the color choices for the windows, doors, and storefront with the commissioners.  The following were chosen:  Front-Antique
White, Windows-Colonial White, Gutters and downspouts-Sea Wolf Grey, Louver-Charcoal, and Roof-Charcoal.

The commissioners made appointments to the Board of Directors for the Southeastern Indiana Solid Waste District.  Commissioner Stutler moved to appoint Mr. Mark Busching as the Commissioner’s Representative and Ms. Dee Dee Holiday as the Municipal Representative.  Commissioner Reiners seconded and the motion passed.

Also Commissioner Stutler moved to appoint Mr. Ken Hylton as the Veterans Service Officer for 2012.  Commissioner Reiners seconded and the motion passed.

Commissioner Stutler moved to approve the minutes of the December 22, 2011 meeting as written, with a second from Commissioner Reiners.  The motion passed.

The commissioners signed payroll sheets, claim vouchers, claims being paid from the commissioner’s budget, The Covered Bridge Certification, minutes of the December 22, 2011 meeting, & the Grant Agreement with The City of Rising Sun for 2012.

Being no further business, Commissioner Stutler moved to adjourn, with a second from Commissioner Reiners.  The motion passed.



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