RIPLEY COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

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ROBERT REINERS, PRESIDENT

10105 N. SPADES RD

SUNMAN, IN 47041

 (812) 623-3209

 

MARK BUSCHING

608 CLEARVIEW LANE

VERSAILLES, IN  47042

(812) 689-7119

 

                                                          GERALD STUTLER

P.O. BOX 66

FRIENDSHIP, IN  47021

(812) 667-5505

                                                         

                                                         

                                                         

2009 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 12, 2009

MONDAY JULY 13, 2009

MONDAY JANUARY 26, 2009 MONDAY JULY 27, 2009
MONDAY FEBRUARY 9, 2009 MONDAY AUGUST 10, 2009
MONDAY FEBRUARY 23, 2009 MONDAY AUGUST 24, 2009
MONDAY MARCH 9, 2009 MONDAY SEPTEMBER 4, 2009
MONDAY MARCH 23, 2009 MONDAY SEPTEMBER 21, 2009
MONDAY APRIL 6, 2009 MONDAY OCTOBER 5, 2009
MONDAY APRIL 20, 2009 MONDAY OCTOBER 19, 2009
MONDAY MAY 4, 2009 MONDAY NOVEMBER 2, 2009
MONDAY MAY 18, 2009 MONDAY NOVEMBER 16, 2009
MONDAY JUNE 1, 2009 MONDAY NOVEMBER 30, 2009
MONDAY JUNE 15, 2009 MONDAY DECEMBER 14, 2009
MONDAY JUNE 29, 2009 MONDAY DECEMBER 28, 2009

 

 

 

 

Commissioner's Meeting Minutes for February 9, 2009

Minutes prepared by Mary Ann McCoy, Ripley County Auditor

February 9, 2009

 

The Ripley County Commissioners opened their meeting promptly at 7:00AM, Monday, February 9, 2009 at the Ripley County Highway Department, Osgood, Indiana.

Meeting called to order promptly at 7:00AM with Robert Reiners and Gary Stutler in attendance. Mark Busching was unable to attend at the Highway.

Auditor McCoy also was present for the meeting at the highway garage.

Drew Barth, Barth & Associates updated the Commissioners on the federal aid that is available to the county and the deadline to file is February 23, 2009. County would be responsible for 10% of Construction and Federal 90% on Bridge #39. Construction price is approximately $997,000, Barth Fees $115,000 and total county project $250,000. Bridge #39 would go between the old stone bridge and Jefferson Proving Grounds (to straighten the road out).

Junior Heaton advised the Commissioners that he attended the INDOT meeting in Seymour, Indiana concerning the Stimulus money and that the county has a good chance at getting money for one road in the county.  According to the map at the INDOT meeting, the north end of Michigan Road (from SR50 to SR421) may qualify for the stimulus money. Commissioners agreed to have Ron May at a cost of $6,000 write a road package to turn into INDOT for the Stimulus money.

Pat Kissell, Highway Forman advised that Attorney Neil Comer is writing the bid packages for tractor.

Superintendent Heaton questioned bidding for gas again this year due to the change in the price.

Commissioner Stutler made a motion to recess to  the Ripley County Annex, Versailles, In. for the rest of the Commissioners meeting seconded by Commissioner Reiners. Motion approved by those in attendance.

Commissioners opened the recessed meeting from the Ripley County Highway Department promptly at 8:00AM, Monday, February 9, 2009 at the Ripley County Annex, Versailles, In. with the Pledge of Allegiance.

Commissioner Robert Reiners, Gary Stutler and Mark Busching were all in attendance.

Auditor McCoy was present for the meeting at the Ripley County Annex.

Neil Comer was present to answer legal questions.

Tim Hurelbrink, 991 W Co Rd 450 South presented concerns to the Commissioners about the Courthouse being closed (due to level 2) because of the snow. Hurelbrink advised the Commissioners that it had cost him $300 because he had to take off work for a court hearing and than found that the courts were closed. Commissioners advised that the County Weather Levels had been in the paper each year and on the radio and that they were looking at the Levels for the county. Commissioner Reiners advised that Level 2 means no one is to travel on the county road except emergency units and that the Commissioners are looking at changing the Levels. Hurelbrink also presented a concern about the traffic on his road (450 South) and the speed they were traveling.

John Lohrum, Maintenance presented a quote from Micah Lohrum, Electrical Installer for some additional plugs (separate 20 amp double duplex receptacle in each office) for the Superior court offices (3rd floor of courthouse) at a cost of $375. Commissioner Busching made a motion to go with Micah Lohrum for then receptacles in the Superior offices seconded by Commissioner Stutler. Motion approved unanimously.

Lohrum & Stutler advised that they are going to the Versailles Town Board meeting concerning the clock in the Ripley County Courthouse Tower.

Kelly Vollet, Technology advised the Commissioners that the Department of Local Government Finance is asking for each county as part of Phase II be Certified for the Assessment/Proval and Property Tax/LLOW hardware. Vollet advised that it is at the expense of the county and will cost appropriately $3,000 to $7,000 with Crow Co. The county needs to have a Project Leader for this project. Auditor McCoy advised that she felt that Kelly Vollet, Technology would be the best person to represent Ripley County. Commissioner Busching made a motion to appoint Kelly Vollet, Technology Coordinator as the Project Leader for Ripley County seconded by Commissioner Stutler. Motion approved unanimously.

David Pippen, Sheriff Department & Bill Ulerich, QPH suggested staying with the same unit as is presently in the sheriff’s department. Commissioner Stutler made a motion to approve going with QPH for the 10 serial air conditioning units, at a cost of $2,480 seconded by Commissioner Busching. Motion approved unanimously. Commissioner Reiners signed the QPH scope to replace the existing condensing unit with a direct replacement condenser, reclaim the refrigerant from the existing cooling system, install a liquid line filter dryer in the refrigerant piping and evacuate systems and start up and recharge system per manufactures requirement.

Ginger Bradford, Ripley County Clerk presented a contract for the collection of fees in the Clerk’s Office for Attorney Comer to look over.

Superintendent Heaton advised the Commissioners that he had talked to Ron May, Aecon and that he would hold his cost at approximately $5,000 to $6,000. Commissioner Busching made a motion to go with Ron May, Profession Engineer for the road package for the County Highway to apply for the Stimulus money seconded by Commissioner Stutler. Motion approved unanimously.

Commissioners advised that they will be doing bid opening for tractors at 10:00 AM on February 23, 2009 at the Ripley County Annex, Commissioners Room for the Ripley County Highway Garage.

Tad Brinson, Area Planning Commission had nothing to present to the Commissioners.

Dave Osborn, Ripley County Extension presented the Amendment #1 To Extension Contractual Services Agreement Between Purdue University and Government of Ripley County, Indiana. Commissioner Stutler made a motion to approve the Extension Contractual Services Agreement Between Purdue and Ripley County seconded by Commissioner Busching. Motion approved unanimously.

Chuck Folz presented concerns to the Commissioners about a boy’s school that is taking place near his property. Commissioners advised that he should take this issue to the Area Planning.

Drainage Hearing: 10:00AM

Phil Bowling appeared at the drainage hearing and advised the Commissioners that he hadn’t done anything due to the freezing weather. Commissioners advised that the removal of blocked drain be done by April 1, 2009 and report back to the Commissioners on April 6. Jeff French, Ripley County Surveyor advised the Commissioners that the County can make the repairs and tack cost onto the property tax. French will contract the Department of Natural Resources for requirements and get back to the Commissioner on an answer.

Neil Allen, Hanson Aggregate advised the Commissioners that they would like to close approximately 5,000 ft. on Co. Rd. 50West. Allen was advised that he will need to have a petition to close the road and than the Commissioners can act on the petition.

Jeff French, Ripley County Surveyor advised the Commissioners the Department of Natural Resources requires that any pond constructed in a drainage area greater than 10 acres must have an emergency spillway and a minimum of 12” diameter overflow pipe. The overflow pipe cannot be in alignment with the emergency spillway because it could be undermined by storm water flowing toward the emergency spillway. French advised Bowling (by letter & phone call) that he is required to follow original recommendation as enforced by the Ripley County Drainage Board.

Wayne Peace, Emergency Management advised the Commissioners that Ripley County Weather Levels are different than the state’s Levels and that it would make it better when working with the FEMA/State to be on the same Levels as the State. Peace advised that the Ripley County Weather Levels pertain only to the County Roads.

Rick Hertel, Ripley County Prosecutor presented concerns to the Commissioner about water leaks in his office. Commissioners are working on the problem.

Commissioner Busching made a motion to approve the Commissioner minutes from the January 26th meeting seconded by Commissioner Stutler. Motion approved unanimously.

Commissioner Reiners signed the Grant Agreement and Receipt between Ohio County and Ripley County.

Commissioners adjourned until the next Commissioners meeting on February 23, 2009 @ 7:00 AM at the Ripley County Highway Garage, Osgood, Indiana. Approved unanimously.

 

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