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SUNMAN, IN 47041

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2011 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 10

Monday, July 11

Monday, January 24 Monday, July 25
Monday, February 7 Monday, August 8
Friday, February 18 Monday, August 22
Monday, March 7 Friday, September 2
Monday, March 21 Monday, September 19
Monday, April 4 Monday, October 3
Monday, April  18 Monday, October 17
Monday, May 2 Monday, October 31
Monday, May 16 Monday, November 14
Friday, May 27 Monday, November 28
Monday, June 13 Monday, December 12
Monday, June 27 Thursday, December 22




Meeting January 10, 2011

Minutes prepared by Bill Wagner, Ripley County Auditor

Commissioners meeting opened promptly at 7:00AM on Monday, January 10, 2011 at the Ripley County Highway Department, Osgood, Indiana.

Commissioners Robert Reiners, Mark Busching and Gary Stutler were in attendance for the meeting.

Auditor Wagner was present for the meeting at the Ripley County Highway Garage.

Highway Superintendent Heaton advised that Terry Asphalt could not supply any oil needs until after April.  Terry Asphalt provided a letter that the County could purchase oil elsewhere until the terminal opened. (Copy is in folder)  Superintendent Heaton advised that Marathon Petroleum could and would supply the oil for the same price as the bid from Terry Asphalt.

Commissioner Busching moved to rescind the acceptance of the bid from Terry Asphalt and accept bids from Terry Asphalt and Marathon Petroleum for liquid bituminous.   Commissioner Stutler seconded and the motion passed unanimously.

The Gradall was discussed and the hydraulics is pulling the engine down.  Mr. Kissell advised the settings had to be changed and he could not do it with the equipment he had but had the service people coming to do it.  The transmission and rear end were working properly.

With nothing further to discuss Commissioner Busching moved to recess to the Annex Building.  Commissioner Stutler seconded and the motion passed unanimously.

Commissioner Busching made the motion to reconvene while Commissioner Stutler seconded, motion passed unanimously.  The meeting was reconvened at 8:00am at the Ripley County Annex building in Versailles, Indiana and opened with the pledge of allegiance.

Commissioners Reiners, Busching, and Stutler were present as well as Auditor Wagner.

Maintenance:  Mr. Johnnie Lohrum (8:08:30 )

Mr. Lohrum advised he had installed the light at the probation department.  He also stated he was picking up the salt he had ordered. 

Commissioner Stutler advised the doors at the west end of the courthouse would be adjusted so the light would not show.

(8:12:15) Commissioner Busching moved to appoint Mr. John Lohrum as maintenance and Ms. Becky Mullins and Ms. Christie Patrick as housekeeping and Ms. Kelly Vollet as the Technology Coordinator.  Commissioner Stutler seconded and the motion passed unanimously.

Commissioner Stutler advised the appointment of Mr. Warren Bruns to the Park Board was in error and should have been Mr. Ed Hunter.

Commissioner Busching then moved to rescind the Park Board appointment of Mr. Warren Bruns made in error and to appoint Mr. Ed Hunter.  Commissioner Stutler seconded and the motion passed unanimously.

The Commissioners requested Auditor Wagner contact Mr. Jeff Sharp, Mr. John Ertel, and Mr. John Watson to come to the January 24, 2011 Commissioners meeting to interview for the County Attorney position.

Commissioner Busching moved to accept the minutes of the December 27, 2010 meeting with the noted corrections, with a second from Commissioner Stutler.  The motion passed unanimously.

Commissioner Busching moved to accept the minutes from the Special Commissioner meeting of December 22, 2010.  Commissioner Stutler seconded and the motion passed unanimously.

The commissioners signed the payroll sheets, claim vouchers, claims to be paid from the commissioner’s budget and the minutes of the last meeting as well as the special meeting.

Auditor Wagner advised the county had received a notice of suit for an accident that occurred on a county road.  He was instructed to hold the notice until a new county attorney was appointed.

Also signed was the agreement with the City of Rising Sun for Ripley County’s share of the Riverboat Funds.

Technology:  Ms Kelly Vollet (8:46:00)

Ms. Vollet advised the Office Shop would take the old copier from the Auditor’s office for $200.00 in trade against the new one.

Planning Commission:  Mr. Tad Brinson  (8:59:00)

Mr. Brinson appeared at the request of the commissioners and was advised to determine the truck needed and get it secured.  He is to get with Mr. Pat Kissell and check the State bid for trucks.

(9:05:53)  Southeastern Indiana Regional Planning—Ms. Mary McCarty

Ms. McCarty advised the commissioners the public hearing for the Delaware Fire Department was 1/11/11 and requested the commissioners sign the application for them to proceed.  Commissioner Busching moved to sign the application with a second from Commissioner Stutler and the motion passed unanimously.

She advised that there was available money for handicap accessible projects and could probably be used for the annex project.

Ripley County Extension (9:28:30)

The Extension contract with Purdue was presented for signature.  Commissioner Busching moved to renew the contract. Commissioner Stutler seconded and the motion was passed unanimously.

Southeast Indiana Solid Waste:  Mr. Aaron Bell  (9:31:25)

The new addition was discussed and Mr. Bell thanked the highway and the commissioners for their help in the past.  He asked about the sewer line to be run to the building and highway garage.  Commissioner Reiners stated he felt it would be a sharing of the expense.  The commissioners advised they would invite 3 bids for the job and Superintendent Heaton would be in charge of obtaining the quotes. The county would be responsible for supplying the stone required. The recycle center would have a separate meter for water at the gate. 

Mr. Bell will talk with his board to determine their commitment.

Health Department:  Mr. Andy Bryant (9:46:42)

Mr. Bryant appeared to advise the commissioners of the new State mandate for new septic systems effective 1/1/11.  This law will require filters on septic systems.  He asked the commissioners to adopt the new law.  It will apply to new installation after 1/1/11. 

Commissioner Busching moved to accept the ordinance with a second from Commissioner Stutler.  The motion passed unanimously.

Ripley County Humane Society:  Ms. Dee Dee Holiday & Ms. Katie Kegley

Ms. Holiday advised the commissioners the Humane Society was having dogs and cats dumped at the shelter with some being sick.  The shelter is not set up for receiving sick animals as they have very limited isolation area.  She reported they are working with Safe Passage to house animals for the people staying there until they can get back on their feet.  Child abuse and animal abuse is becoming a large problem as the animals are used as pawns by the abuser.  Many abused are reluctant to leave and seek help because of the family pets having nowhere to go. 

She also reported they were having operating fund problems and were trying to put up more shelter.  In 2010 they placed 178 dogs in homes.  She advised they were meeting with various agencies and would be back to the commissioners after those meetings.  She requested the commissioners consider financial assistance in the future.  Commissioner Reiners advised they could look into The Rising Sun Regional Foundation and that the county may be able to help obtain matching funds through that organization.

CCI—Mr. Eric Wolf (10:23:25)

Mr. Wolf advised the commissioners that he had received responses from architects and would be presenting them to the building committee at 1:00pm for them to be reviewed by the committee.  The committee will present their recommendations to the commissioners for their review.

The commissioners decided to interview the architects starting 9:00am January 19, 2011 and can then make their decision on the January 24, 2011 meeting. 

Being no further business to attend to, Commissioner Busching moved to recess until 1:00pm with a second from Commissioner Stutler.  The motion was approved unanimously.

1:00pm Commissioner Busching moved to reconvene with a second from Commissioner Stutler.  The motion passed unanimously.

The building committee and commissioners reviewed the proposals received from the RFQ’s from the architects on the annex project.  The number was reduced to the building committee recommendations.

With no further business to come before the commissioners a motion to recess until January 19, 2011 at 9:00am was made by Commissioner Busching and seconded by Commissioner Stutler.  The motion passed unanimously.


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