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 20, 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.
Napoleon water representatives, Mr. Gene Eaton and Mr. Steve Dieckman, attended the meeting to request the county pay part of the cost of relocating a water line owned by Napoleon Water due to the larger footprint of Bridge #112 replacement. Requested amount was $1652.00. Commissioners advised they would take it under consideration.
Mr. Warren Bruns of the Parks reviewed the list of projects the Parks intended to complete in 2104. Some of the projects have funding available with some being presented for grants and alternate funding.
Superintendent Heaton advised the cinders were being hauled and they had received two quotes for hauling them. Quotes were Demaree Trucking for $4.50 per ton and Flatland Farms for $4.70 per ton. Demaree was used as least expensive quote.
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.
The first order of business was to elect new officers. Commissioner Busching nominated Commissioner Robert Reiners with a second from Commissioner Stutler. Motion passed with 2 yes and Commissioner Reiners abstaining.
Maintenance-Mr. Johnnie Lohrum
Mr. Lohrum presented the commissioners with a quote from Lohrum Electrical for maintenance to the annex generator. Commissioner Busching moved to table the quote for additional information. Commissioner Stutler seconded and the motion passed unanimously.
EMA—Mr. Patrick Rose 8:25:17
Mr. Rose advised he was looking for a service to automatically update the emergency notifications and would keep the commissioners informed.
Coroner—Ms. Lauren Tielking
Ms. Tielking requested an old EMS 4x4vehicle when they receive new ones. Commissioners agreed to consider this.
Technology—Ms. Kelly Vollet 8:29:07
Ms. Vollet advised Open Control Systems had replaced batteries for the HVAC system and there had been no alarm status reports since. She advised releasing the retainage account funds. Commissioners advised they would release the funds in 30 days after they were sure this eliminated the problem.
Ms. Vollet advised the Clerk had requested the key changed for a storage room the voting machines were stored in and she had done so. The commissioners stated they would keep informed about the change and this did not preclude the room from being used for storage by other departments/offices.
A quote by Cintas for facility services (cleaning supplies, etc.) was reviewed. Commissioner Busching moved to accept the quote with a second from Commissioner Stutler. Motion passed unanimously.
Building and Planning—Mr. Tad Brinson 8:41:19
Mr. Brinson requested Mr. Wayne Peace be appointed to the BZA Board. Commissioner Busching moved to approve with a second from Commissioner Stutler. Motion passed unanimously.
Health Department: Mr. Tony Schneider 8:42:35
Mr. Schneider presented the commissioners with a statement from Mr. Jason Bischoff on his application for part time employment. After discussion Commissioner Busching moved to approve Mr. Bischoff with a second from Commissioner Stutler. Motion passed unanimously.
Sheriff Department—Deputy Rob Bradley and Mr. Paul Wells 8:46:25
Deputy Bradley advised the commissioners that the department needed to purchase 4 new vehicles. He stated there were 5 vehicles they could trade or sell to help with the cost of the new vehicles. He also advised the need to hire new jailers and that Sheriff Grills had sent an email stating this would make 43 jailers he had hired since he first took office. He also informed them the Sheriff would be making a decision on a chief deputy and/or hiring a new deputy in the near future.
Mr. Wells presented quotes from QPH, BSM, and Wagner Equipment Co., Inc. for repairs to the Jail HVAC units by removing the Staeffa controls and replacing them with one control panel. Also, a quote from the same contractors for removing the HVAC for the intake and work release area from the crawl space was presented. After review Commissioner Busching moved to accept the quote from QPH for a total of both jobs for $44,730.00.
Also the commissioners were advised about the sprinkler head being damaged by an inmate. The issue was referred to the prosecutor for him to file against the inmate for damages.
Treasurer—Ms. Amy Copeland 9:19:00
Commissioner Busching moved to recess the commissioners’ meeting and convene the Board of Finance. Commissioner Stutler seconded and the motion passed unanimously.
Ms. Copeland presented the Board with the 2013 Treasurer’s report. This included the scope, objectives, report, investment guidelines, list of depositories, year-end totals, interest (current and 2013), investment status, and copy of 12/31/2013 cash sheet.
After review Commissioner Busching moved to approve the report with a second from Commissioner Stutler. The motion passed unanimously.
Commissioner Busching then moved to close the Board of Finance meeting and reconvene the Commissioners’ meeting. Commissioner Stutler seconded and the motion passed unanimously.
Freije Water Treatment Systems—Mr. Dean Freije 9:40:20
Mr. Freije explained that when Hoosier Hills Water begins supplying water to the Town of Versailles the hardness of the water will be increased significantly. This will cause problems with the water lines and water heaters scaling which will reduce their life span. He presented his company’s solution in softening the water and requested permission to provide a quote for a no salt, no maintenance system called Easy Water. He will look at the annex and jail to provide a quote for the system.
Clerk—Ms. Mary Ann McCoy 9:55:30
Ms. McCoy presented the commissioners with a resolution from the Ripley County Election Board that will provide for central counting of the absentee ballots. This will allow the absentee ballots to remain in the Clerk’s Office and be counted there rather than being transported to each precinct to be counted.
The commissioners signed contract for services with the following:
1) Soil and Water Conservation District $15,255.00
2) The Ripley County Humane Society, Inc $16,625.00
3) Ripley County Historical Society $5000.00
4) The Children’s Advocacy Center of Southeastern Indiana $10,000.00
5) Southeastern Indiana Regional Planning Commission $11,527.00
6) Ripley County Family Services, Inc. $5000.00
7) Lifetime Resources, Inc. $28,000.00
8) Historic Hoosier Hills RC&D $250.00
9) Safe Passage, Inc. $14,000.00
The Southeastern Indiana Recycling District presented a request to re-appoint Ms. Melissa Baker to the Board for a term of January 2014 through December 2014.
Commissioner Busching moved to approve the request with a second from Commissioner Stutler. Motion passed unanimously.
The subject of exempt and non-exempt employee classifications ensued and will be addressed at a later meeting.
APEX—Ms. Toni Stinson and Mr. John Forrest 10:23:20
Ms. Stinson reviewed the current plan for Ripley County and discussed possible renewal ideas for June 1. 2014. She went through the current losses and without any major losses from now to June the county would be looking at a very favorable renewal option. She also discussed a wellness plan possibility and stated she would obtain various renewal options to be presented for 2014.
Mr. John Forrest then provided the Millman Health Care Reform Strategic Impact Study. This report compares the projected future costs of health care without ACA reform and with the reform. Without health care reform projected increases show a rise from 2013 (1.3 million) to 2018 (1.9 million). With the reform increases will rise faster and are estimated to be 2013 (1.3 million) to 2018 (2.1 million). The report also provided some information on projected increases of participants on the county plan sue to outside employers eliminating, reducing, or raising the amount of employee participation of cost of the plan. It provided good information to help with future decisions for the county health plan.
Commissioner Busching moved to approve the minutes of the January 6, 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 January 6, 2014 meeting.
With no further business to attend to a motion was made by Commissioner Busching to adjourn. Commissioner Stutler seconded and the motion passed unanimously.
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