District 1

Robert Linville

5227 W County Rd 800 N

Osgood, IN  47037



District 2

Mark Busching

214 Spencer Lane

Versailles, IN  47042



District 3

Gerald Stutler, President

P.O. Box 66

Friendship, IN  47021


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 5,2015

Monday, July 20, 2015
Monday, January 19, 2015 Monday, August 3, 2015
Monday, February 2, 2015 Monday, August 17, 2015
Monday, February 16, 2015 Monday, August 31, 2015
Monday, March 2, 2015 Monday, September 14, 2015
Monday, March 16, 2015 Monday, September 28, 2015
Monday, March 30, 2015 Friday, October 9, 2015
Monday, April  13, 2015 Monday, October 26, 2015
Monday, April 27, 2015 Monday, November 9, 2015
Monday, May 11, 2015 Monday, November 23, 2015
Friday, May 22, 2015 Monday, December 7, 2015
Monday, June 8, 2015 Monday, December 21, 2015
Monday, June 22, 2015 Monday, January 4, 2016
Monday, July 6, 2015  

Commissioner's Meeting Minutes

Minutes prepared by Bill Wagner, Ripley County Auditor

Commissioners meeting opened promptly at 7:00AM, Monday, January 19, 2015 at the Ripley County Highway Department, Osgood, Indiana.

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

Foreman Kissell advised the new trucks were being assembled and one should be delivered within a couple weeks.  Subsequent trucks will be quicker as details are worked out with the first.

An additional appropriation is being submitted to the County Council for approval of funds to order 3 new single axle dump trucks.

A four day work week was discussed to reduce operating costs.  Commissioner Busching moved to table until the February 2, 2015 meeting and more information could be received.  Commissioner Linville seconded and the motion passed with 3 yes.

With no further business Commissioner Busching moved to recess to the annex meeting room with a second from Commissioner Linville.  Motion passed with 3 yes.

Commissioner Busching moved to reconvene with a second from Commissioner Linville.  Motion passed with 3 yes and the meeting reconvened with the Pledge to the Flag. Commissioners Stutler, Busching, and Linville were present as well as Auditor Wagner and Attorney Ertel.

Maintenance:  Mr. Johnnie Lohrum 8:010:00

Mr. Lohrum advised a circulating pump for the hot water would be replaced in the annex.

The sink faucets in the office sinks are still leaking.  He will replace with another  assembly if continues.  He reported that birds were still getting in the courthouse.  He was instructed to look for a contractor to smoke the attic to try to determine where the hole is they are using to get in.

Mr. Dave Drew of QPH was on hand to answer questions the commissioners had on some service calls at the jail.  These were reviewed and Mr. Drew advised he would have them re-invoiced with more explanation of the work provided.

Technology—Ms. Kelly Vollet 8:32:45

Ms. Vollet advised Open Control Systems had advised the computer software used to monitor the heating and AC was out of warranty and presented the cost to renew.  This was not acted upon by the commissioners as they wanted additional information.

She also advised the Technology Committee had met and was recommending the following: (1) Area Planning—5 new computers with updated software since the current software is not being supported any longer (approximately $4400.00)  (2) Sheriff and Courts--- two tv monitors and a portable cart to do video arraignments to reduce time of prisoner transports (approximately $1350.00)  3)   A laptop for the Sheriff’s chief deputy (approximately $1170.00).

Commissioner Busching moved to approve all requests and use funds from cum cap equipment.  Commissioner Linville seconded and the motion passed with 3 yes.

An additional phone and network line was needed at the Sheriff Department due to office updates.  She had obtained a quote to provide this from Boyer Technologies for $541.96.

Commissioner Buching moved to approve the request and use funds from cum cap building with a second from Commissioner Linville.  Motion passed with 3 yes.

Ms. Vollet then advised the commissioners she was withdrawing her request for additional pay for the ADA coordinator duties and would continue as ADA coordinator.

EMA—Mr. Patrick Rose 8:51:10

Mr. Rose advised the commissioners on the procedures for grants received by his department and provided a list of the current grants he is receiving and has applied for.

Sheriff—Mr. Jeff Cumberworth 8:56:00

Sheriff Cumberworth requested the deputies be given the off duty use of the county police cars for personal use and local traffic control at schools and for funerals.  The commissioners discussed the request and Commissioner Busching moved to approve the request.  Commissioner Linville seconded and the motion passed with 3 yes.

The use of county vehicles in the course of outside employment would still require the deputy to use his personal vehicle.


EMS—Mr. Jim Corbin 9:31:30

Mr. Corbin advised all rescue units have committed to the new billing service and will be changing the first quarter of 2015 per contract requirements. 

He advised the year has started out with a large amount of runs for the transfer service and the EMS side.

Ripley County Drug Awareness Coalition—Ms. Amy Phillips 9:36:00

Ms. Phillips requested the Commissioners act as the fiscal agent for the coalition to apply for a Drug Free Community Grant.  This grant would provide $125,000.00 for each of 5 years with an option to renew for an additional 5 years.  It can be used to hire full time and part time employees and to operate the coalition.

Commissioner Busching moved to approve the request for Ripley County to act as fiscal agent and to sign the Memorandum of Understanding between The Ripley County Board of Commissioners and the Ripley County Drug Awareness Coalition.  Commissioner Linville seconded and the motion passed with 3 yes.

9:47:18—Mr. Don Dunbar

Mr. Dunbar advised the commissioners he would like to see the plaque for the old annex building and pictures of the buildings that were demolished for the new annex building be displayed for historical purposes.  He also stated a plaque to for the 2013 courthouse renovation should be provided as well to document that renovation.

He stated he would like to donate a desk chair that had been used by one of the judges in the courthouse for display with the roll top desk in the annex.  The commissioners advised they would obtain information on a display case and thanked him for the donation of the chair to be used in the display.

10:01:30—Highway—Superintendent Heaton

Mr. Heaton provided the commissioners with calculations of savings by using a four day, ten hour per day work week at the highway garage.  The commissioners will review.

Auditor Wagner advised the commissioners that the Clerk, Ms. Mary Ann McCoy had called to advise them she had an opening in the clerk’s office and would be filling it internally.  This will leave one opening to fill and she would advise the commissioners of the applicants chosen for that position.

Commissioner Linville moved to approve the minutes of the January 5, 2015 meeting with a second from Commissioner Stutler.  Motion passed with 2 yes with Commissioner Busching abstaining as he was absent that meeting due to a hospital stay.

Commissioner Busching moved to approve the minutes of the December 22, 2014 meeting with a second from Commissioner Stutler.  Motion passed with 2 yes with Commissioner Linville abstaining as he was not yet in office for that meeting.

Auditor Wagner presented the commissioners with the renewal for the maintenance of the clock in the courthouse from Smith’s Bell and Clock Service.  Annual cost is $350.00.  Commissioner Busching moved to approve the renewal with a second from Commissioner Linville.  Motion passed with 3 yes. 

The issue of the Federal Presidents’ Day holiday was discussed.  Since the county is open on that day and the banks are not Commissioner Busching moved to make payroll available on Friday, February 13, 2015.  Commissioner Linville seconded and the motion passed with 3 yes.

Ms. Ginger Bradford, Recorder, spoke of the need for closer handicapped parking and access to the front sidewalk for patrons.  The commissioners will look into possible solutions.

Commissioners signed payroll sheets, claim vouchers, and claims being paid from the commissioners’ budget.  They also signed the Cardinal Pest Control LLC renewal for termite service and the covered bridge certification, and the Ripley County PSAP Certification form for 911.

USI—Mr. Rob Coop, Mr. Derek Towle, and Mr. Mike Obergfell.

Mr. Obergfell advised the commissioners the bridge inspections were 75% complete and the reports would be issued soon.  The Highway Department has the list of maintenance items found.  He also reported the stone bridges had some deterioration of mortar, etc. and would need some attention.  He advised he could supply some names of contractors that specialized in the stone bridge maintenance if desired.

With no further business to attend Commissioner Busching moved to adjourn with a second from Commissioner Linville.  Motion passed with 3 yes.


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