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
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
Commissioner's Meeting Minutes
Minutes prepared by Bill Wagner, Ripley County Auditor
Commissioners meeting opened promptly at 7:00AM on Monday, January 23, 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 and still confined to the hospital.
Commissioner Reiners reported the Gradall had been repaired and settings adjusted. Gradall advised they would not bill for the plane fare for their representative to do the repair.
Superintendent Heaton advised up to 20 loads of additional cinders should be received this week.
Commissioner Reiners and Commissioner Stutler thanked the highway garage for their effort during the ice storm. A tremendous amount of work was done during the weekend salting, removing trees, and placing cinders.
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 and still confined to the hospital.
Mr. Gary Norman –Economic Development:
Mr. Norman reported to the commissioners that Workforce Development would be at the next Commissioners meeting for signatures for a change to the way Workforce Development will operate.
Commissioner Stutler moved to re-appoint Mr. Gary Norman to the Workforce Development Board. Commissioner Reiners seconded and the motion passed.
8:26:40—Health Department-Ms. Pat Thomas
Ms. Thomas advised a conflict of interest for Mr. Tony Wood be signed at the request of the State since he was on the Friendship Sewer Board. Attorney Ertel advised the commissioners to sign the form which they did and returned to Ms. Thomas.
8:27:00—Mr. Ken Hylton
Mr. Hylton discussed the Viet Nam Wall display and verified with Auditor Wagner how the bill needed to be processed by the Auditor’s office.
8:30:00—Mr. Johnnie Lohrum—Maintenance
Mr. Lohrum discussed with the commissioners the storage upstairs in the current annex building. He was to check the Hunter building about locked storage for the Probation Department to move their records. Also he was to check to see if the records could be stored in another location of the current annex building as well.
He reported that Hughes Tree Service quoted $4100.00 to trim the large trees around the Courthouse while the leaves were off and $500.00 for the small trees after they leaf in the spring. Commissioner Stutler moved to accept the quote with a second from Commissioner Reiners. Motion passed.
8:46:16—Assessor-Ms. Shawna Bushhorn
Ms. Bushhorn met with the commissioners to request permission to pick individuals for the PTBOA Board since they were to be approved by the commissioners. The commissioners agreed to give her permission to choose and advise them of those selected.
8:51:00-Technology-Ms. Kelly Vollet
Ms. Vollet advised the commissioners the old server had gone down and all had been transferred to the financial server. The old server will not need to be replaced.
American Legion Post 337 requested the commissioners sign a letter of support for their grant request to obtain a generator for the facility. Commissioner Stutler moved to sign with a second from Commissioner Reiners. Motion passed.
9:04:45-EMA-Mr. Patrick Rose
Mr. Rose verified with the commissioners their desire to mirror the language of the State in the weather warnings. The commissioners verified the desire that the same language
be used in the future. Mr. Rose also advised that on February 17, 2012 at 10:00 am he will be presenting the procedure and plan for moving the courthouse to another location in an emergency.
9:11:16—SIRPC-Ms. Mary McCarty for Delaware Fire Department
Ms. McCarty advised the commissioners the fire company had not been successful in their grant request from CFF. The commissioners were requested to sponsor them again in a new grant request. Commissioner Stutler moved to sign the grant request as sponsoring agency with a second from Commissioner Reiners. Motion passed. The new grant request is for $400,000.00
Also Commissioner Stutler moved to sign the Four Factor Analysis For Limited English Proficiency Persons Community Development Block Grant Program for Ripley County. Commissioner Reiners seconded and the motion passed.
9:38:07—Treasurer-Ms. Earline Copeland
Ms. Copeland presented the Annual Report of the Treasurer and the Ripley County Investment Policy to the Ripley County Board of Finance. After review Board Secretary Gary Stutler moved to approve the report, listing of depositories and to give the Treasurer authority to invest county funds. Board President Robert Reiners seconded and the motion passed.
LWC-Mr. Sam Puterbaugh
Mr. Puterbaugh gave the monthly update report of the progress on the new annex building. Several issues were resolved and Mr. Puterbaugh advised the bill received from the Town of Versailles be held until they could review and resolve the issue as some of the expenses were to be paid by the General Contractor.
Auditor Wagner presented the commissioners an addendum from Ms. Toni Stinson with Apex for a plan change of the health insurance program to be signed. Commissioner Stutler moved to approve with a second from Commissioner Reiners. The motion passed.
Auditor Wagner also presented the Termite contract for 2012 with Cardinal Pest Control for the commissioners’ review. Commissioner Stutler moved to approve with a second from Commissioner Reiners. Motion passed.
Auditor Wagner brought to the attention of the commissioners a request from the Probation department to add the vacation time of an employee at the beginning of the year rather than at the anniversary date. The handbook was consulted and vacation time will be administered in the future based on anniversary date.
Auditor Wagner presented the commissioners with a Contract For Services from the following organizations: Lifetime Resources-$28,000.00—Historical Society-$5000.00—
Family Connections-$5000.00—New Horizons-$30,000.00—Hearthouse-$5000.00—
Southeastern Indiana Regional Planning Commission-$11,527.00 and Ripley County Solid Waste Conservation District-$15,255.00.
Commissioner Stutler moved to approve the contracts with a second from Commissioner Reiners and the motion passed.
Commissioner Stutler moved to approve the minutes of the January 9, 2012 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 January 9, 2012 meeting, & the Contract for Services as listed previously.
Being no further business, Commissioner Stutler moved to adjourn, with a second from Commissioner Reiners. The motion passed.
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