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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 February 7, 2011

Minutes prepared by Bill Wagner, Ripley County Auditor

Commissioners meeting opened promptly at 7:00AM on Monday, February 7, 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.

Mr. Von McGuire appeared to ask the commissioners for approval to open a road to his property one lane wide only.  It had been discussed previously and he wanted to confirm.  It was discussed leaving the road under his care and not bringing it up to county specs as he did not want the county to take it over.  He requested he gravel one lane 145 feet to his property and put up a gate to keep people out of his property. 

Commissioner Stutler moved to require him to doze the roadway 20 foot wide (county specs) but only gravel one lane to his property. Commissioner Busching seconded and the motion passed unanimously.

Superintendent Heaton advised he had talked with Osgood again about salt storage at the highway garage and they were still interested in sharing the construction cost of a storage building.  He is to keep in contact with them.

Commissioner Stutler brought up the situation with the Gradall.  Mr. Kissell has done everything he can to improve the way the Gradall operates but has had not had any success.  He has had Gradall mechanics look at it also and it is operating within specs and there is no reason to chase it any further.  The commissioners agreed that it was to be used until something failed and then it would be fixed. 

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

Commissioner Busching made the motion to reconvene while Commissioner Stutler seconded, motion passed.  The meeting was reconvened at 8:00 am 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 (8:15:03 )

Mr. Lohrum advised the ECO salt was working well. It melts quicker and doesn’t track into the buildings.

8:20:00  Auditor Wagner requested Attorney Ertel look over the proposed billing notice to Indiana & Ohio and Central Railroad of Indiana and advise if he should prepare a tax notice.  He was advised to send a second notice and if he received no response to add the repair cost to the tax notice. 

8:34:50   Mr. Scott Huffman-Ripley County EMS Director-presented the revised contract that Batesville Rescue 10 proposed.  The commissioners advised him that they would not accept a revised contract and that Rescue could sign the same contract as all other squads.  The commissioners also instructed Auditor Wagner to withhold any payments to Rescue 10 until the contract is signed.

Technology:  Ms Kelly Vollet (8:47:15)

Ms. Vollet presented the letter she had prepared for the commissioners to sign and send to the legislatures of their feeling for eliminating the commissioner positions.  The commissioners signed the letter.

She also presented the checks received from the Rising Sun Regional Foundation for $12,355.00 for Center Township to install a walk in freezer for the food pantry and $50,000.00 for the County to use for the engineering fees for the courthouse annex. 

Mr. Andy Bryant appeared to provide information requested by the commissioners on a BZA request from Baylor Trucking.  It was for a temporary use of a trailer for office space.  Mr. Bryant advised he had been told it was for use of drivers on layover and he questioned how temporary it would be and that it was not actual office use.

9:09:04  Mr. Dwight Bauman answered question from the commissioners on the purchase of the truck for building and planning.  He was waiting on information from the state bidder and will continue to work toward obtaining the truck.

LLC – Mr. John Hegee-ordinance for synthetic drugs

Did not appear.

10:01:17—Clerk- Ms. Mary Ann McCoy

Ms. McCoy appeared to advise the commissioners that the reimbursement for handicapped accessibility on voting locations she had applied for had been received in the amount of approximately $41,000.00.  She advised a board needed to be established to averse the polling places to make sure they were accessible for handicapped and over age 65 voters.  Commissioner Stutler moved to establish the HAVA committee and to appoint Mr. Mark Busching, Mr. Paul Mathews, and Mr. Everett Thompson to serve from 1-1-11 to 12-31-12.  The appointees will serve two year terms and at least 2 must be over 65 or disabled.  Commissioner Reiners seconded and the motion passed.  Commissioner Busching abstained.  Attorney Ertel is to prepare the ordinance.

10:10:55  CCI & LCW   Courthouse Annex

Mr. Eric Wolf-CCI-- introduced Mr. Joe Hoffman who will oversee the project for CCI.  The contract was presented to the attorney for review.  He turned the meeting over to LCW and Mr. Gary Turner who introduced Mr. Ed Soots—project architect-- and Mr. John Fabelo who will work with him on the preliminary design.  Mr. Turner will be the project manager.

Mr. Turner presented the contracts to the attorney for review.  He also presented the timeline for the project based on their understanding of the project at this time.  The space study needs was discussed and the need for work station conformity throughout the offices.   Three possible schemes were presented to start discussion.  Layout options, site development, and the need to locate utilities were discussed.  The request for the site survey was explained.  Mr. Jeff French was present and the proposal was discussed with him on the site survey preparation.

Commissioner Busching moved to accept the proposal from Jeffrey P. French & Associates Land Surveying, .PC. in the amount of $2950.00.  Commissioner Stutler seconded and the motion was approved unanimously.

The architects will be meeting with the building committee on February 14 and 28, 2011 at 9:00am in the Annex Building to discuss needs and desires to present to the commissioners.

11:40:15—Mr. Wayne Peace appeared to request signatures of the commissioners on a grant for the 2010 Emergency Management Performance Grant-Competitive Sub-Grant Agreement CFDA #97-042, EDS # C44P-1-219A.

Commissioner Stutler moved to sign the grant agreement with a second from Commissioner Busching.  The motion passed unanimously.

Commissioner Busching moved to accept the minutes of the January 24, 2011 meeting as written with a second from Commissioner Stutler.  The motion passed unanimously.

The commissioners signed the minutes of the January 24, 2011 meeting, the payroll sheets, claim vouchers, & claims being paid from the commissioner’s budget. Auditor Wagner provided them with a copy of the sick time, vacation time, and comp time totals as of 12/31/2010 as turned in by each department.  He requested they review it to discuss at the next meeting.

With no further business to come before the commissioners a motion to adjourn was made by Commissioner Stutler and seconded by Commissioner Busching.  The motion passed unanimously.


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