RIPLEY COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
5227 W County Rd 800 N
Osgood, IN 47037
214 Spencer Lane
Versailles, IN 47042
Gerald Stutler, President
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 Wagner, Ripley County Auditor
Commissioners meeting opened promptly at 7:00AM, Monday, February 2, 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 week of 2/2/2105. The rest of the trucks will follow as completed.
The subject of 10 hours per day for 4 days for the summer was discussed. Commissioner Busching moved to use a 4 day/10 hour per day work week beginning May 4, 2015 and ending October 4, 2015. 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 8:04:00
Mr. Lohrum advised the commissioners he had received 4 quotes from local dealers for a new mower. He provided the quotes from Tom’s Lawn and Garden, Inc., Daves’ Mower, Fraley Implement Sales, and Nobbe Mower Shop. Estimates ranged from $2449.00 to $5799.00 depending on the size of mower. The commissioners accepted the quotes for review.
EMA—Mr. Patrick Rose 8:10:38
Mr. Rose provided the commissioners with an update for EMA. He provided a copy of the Local Emergence Proclamation to be used in the case of an emergency.
Also presented to the commissioners was a memorandum of understanding for Ripley County EMA, City of Batesville, and Franklin County EMA that will allow Ripley County EMA to provide support to city responders within the city limits within Franklin County.
Commissioner Busching moved to approve the agreement with a second from Commissioner Linville. Motion passed with 3 yes.
Technology—Ms. Kelly Vollet 8:22:30
Ms. Vollet presented the commissioners with a check for $20,000.00 from the Rising Sun Regional Foundation as a grant for the purchase of a pot hole patcher at the highway garage.
She also advised the commissioners that a grant for $40,000.00 was being requested through Rising Sun Regional Foundation in their next grant cycle for the jail software.
She advised she had received a request from Farm & Home Publishers to purchase the shape files from the GIS system. Commissioner Linville moved to approve the request for the fee of $250.00 with a second from Commissioner Busching. Motion passed with 3 yes.
Treasurer—Ms. Amy Copeland
Ms. Copeland presented the commissioners with the Treasurers report for 2014. This included year-end figures, a report of interest received, the rates from each financial institution used by the county, and the amount of parcels delinquent and the amount of taxes owed for these delinquencies.
Holley Rose—AED Units
Ms. Rose advised the commissioners that it had come to her attention that the AED units in the county control were NOT being reported as per Federal Requirements. She advised the she would be the contact for the county to do the reporting for these. The commissioners advised her to obtain additional information on AED units to see if it would be more economical to purchase the units rather than lease. It will be discussed further at a later meeting.
Sheriff Department—Sheriff Jeff Cumberworth
Sheriff Cumberworth addressed the emergency generator. Currently the fuel is bio fuel and during cold weather this separates and clogs the filter. It was recommended by the manufacturer of the generator to drain it out and use #2 fuel. Commissioner Busching moved to do the generator at the jail and annex with a second from Commissioner Linville. Motion passed with 3 yes.
Next was the issue of the water now being supplied to Versailles is much harder than the previous water and was clogging the fittings, etc. on the ice machine. A separate soft water line needed to be run to the ice machine to try to get less clogging of the filters and fittings. Commissioner Busching moved to approve the request with a second from Commissioner Linville. Motion passed with 3 yes.
Next item was the jailer position open. Based on a prior agreement through an EEOC hearing a prior individual was to fill that position 1/5/2015. To date this person has not reported not made any contact with anyone at Ripley County Government. Commissioner Busching moved to move ahead with filling the position with Mr. Randy Thieman if the person does not contact Ripley County and report to the job. Commissioner Linville seconded and the motion passed with 3 yes.
Sheriff Cumberworth advised the commissioners he would like to fill the open Deputy position with Mr. Rodney Stratton and requested their approval. Commissioner Busching moved to approve this request effective 3/1/2015 with a second from Commissioner Linville. Motion passed with 3 yes.
EMS—Mr. Jim Corbin 9:39:40
Mr. Corbin advised he had scheduled a meeting with Mr. Tim Putnam, CEO of Margaret Mary Hospital and the Commissioners for 2/16/2015 at 2:00 PM.
Coroner—Mr. Ron Reynolds and Mr. Jason Smith
Mr. Reynolds advised they were working on a procedures manual for the Coroner’s Office.
He requested clarification on the mileage reimbursement for person use of vehicles for meetings, etc.
He advised an employee that had been separated from the county employment wished to return. This was discussed and the commissioners advised that since he had been terminated from employment the handbook procedure was to not re-hire and they would adhere to that stated policy.
The use of autopsies was discussed. Mr. Reynolds advised there would be less autopsies performed as they would be ordered as required by statute.
Lastly, the purchase of a new vehicle was discussed. The prior Coroner had obtained quotes for a new van but Mr. Reynolds felt a 4-wheel drive unit would be more useful as they had to get into some difficult places that a van did not work. They are to check options and advise the commissioners if using someone to transport the deceased rather than using a county vehicle was more economical and provide quotes for vehicles.
Mr. Charles & Ms. Linda Hays—450 E
Ms. Hays appeared requesting County Road 450 E be blacktopped. She presented the commissioners with a petition signed by 11 people that live on the road. The commissioners advised they could not promise that the road be blacktopped and once road funds were received they may be able to consider chip and seal for the road. Foreman Ray Toops will also inspect the road and as soon as weather permits have it graded and stone spread.
Commissioner Busching moved to approve the minutes of the January 19, 2015 meeting with a second from Commissioner Linville. Motion passed with 3 yes.
Commissioner Busching moved to approve the claims from Bob’s Service Station with a second from Commissioner Stutler. Motion passed with 2 yes and Commissioner Linville abstaining as this is his service station.
Commissioner Busching moved to approve the balance of the claims presented with a second form Commissioner Linville. Motion passed with 3 yes.
Auditor Wagner presented the commissioners with the Contract for Services from:
1) Ripley County Historical Society--$500.00
2) Lifetime Resources--$25,200.00
3) Ripley County Family Services, Inc. (Family Connections)--$4500.00
4) New Horizons Rehabilitation--$25,000.00
5) Historic Hoosier Hills--$250.00
6) Children’s Advocacy Center of Southeastern Indiana--$9000.00
7) Ripley County Soil and Water Conservation District--$15,255.00
9) Ripley County Humane Society--$15,000.00
Commissioner Busching moved to approve all of the above Contracts with a second from Commissioner Linville. Motion passed with 3 yes.
Commissioners signed payroll sheets, claim vouchers, and claims being paid from the commissioners’ budget and minutes of the January 19, 2015 meeting.
CivilCon—Mr. Steve Meyer
Mr. Meyer advised the commissioners that CivilCon would provide them with the same products and as good or better customer service since the territory change made CivilCon the supplier in this area rather than CPI.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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