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 16, 2015 at the Ripley County Highway Department, Osgood, Indiana.
Commissioners Stutler, Linville and Busching were present as well as Auditor Wagner.
The Annual Operational Report of the Highway was presented to the commissioners for their approval. Commissioner Busching moved to approve the report with a second from Commissioner Linville. Motion passed with 3 yes.
One of the new trucks had been delivered and was being prepared to be put on the road. Commissioner Linville suggested getting it on the road to see if any additional changes would need to be made before ordering any additional trucks. Also this would provide information on whether different models would need to be considered for future purchases.
The subject on replacing two doors with wider doors at the garage was discussed. Commissioner Busching moved to widen one to 14 feet and one to 16 feet to accommodate the wider equipment. Payment is to be from cum cap building. 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 8:08:00
Mr. Lohrum advised he had repaired a water fountain in the courthouse. Also he had requested a bid to replace the boiler in the courthouse as the current ones were deteriorating.
He had received information on a high lift for use in the annex and courthouse. Rental is $96.00 per day, weekly rent was $265.00, and purchase price was $5500.00. No action was taken at this time.
EMA—Mr. Patrick Rose 8:13:00
Mr. Rose provided an update for the EMA. Homeland Security employees are being furloughed as their budget has not been approved due to the budget fight in Washington D.C. and NO grants are being funded at this time.
Technology—Ms. Kelly Vollet 8:23:40
Ms. Vollet advised Combined Public Communications had provided a review of their jail software and it was being reviewed with some other suppliers. She also advised the video arraignment had been set up between the jail and courts and was working well.
EMS—Mr. Jim Corbin 8:40:00
Mr. Corbin provided a thank you for the commissioners to review. It was received from a transport and the individual praised the service received from EMS. He provided an article from the Batesville Herald Tribune from an interview with Mayor Rick Fledderman and Mr. Bill Flannery expressing their dissatisfaction with the Rescue Units contracts with Ripley County.
Mr. Corbin advised the EMS had made 237 transfers along with 161Emergency 911 runs as of 2/16/2015 AM.
The AED subject was discussed further with Ms. Holley Rose advising the only quote received so far was through Cintas. Other quotes are to be received and a decision as to lease or purchase will be made at a later date.
The meeting with Mr. Tim Putnam, CEO of Margaret Mary Health, was rescheduled to March 2, 2015 at 2:00pm.
Sheriff—Sheriff Jeff Cumberworth 9:10:20
Sheriff Cumberworth reported the water softener was working well. The Electric survey that was completed but the report has not yet been received. The current food service company is being changed to Gordon Food Service.
It will be investigated how to sell the vehicles being retired.
Ripley County Tourism—Ms. Katherine Taul 9:21:15
Ms. Taul brought the commissioners up to date with the projects of Tourism. One issue is the closing of several Bed and Breakfast and lodging establishments in the county. This will result in less revenue for the coming year. She advised she may need additional funds in the 2016 budget. She presented the request for Ms. Marianne Wiggers and Mr. Paul Sipples to be appointed for a two year term (1/1/2015-12/31/2016). Commissioner Busching moved to approve the request with a second from Commissioner Linville. Motion passed with 3 yes.
Emergency 911—Ms. Judy Schebler 9:32:15
Ms. Schebler advised a number of lights needed to be replaced/repaired in the 911 area.
Also, she advised the new 911 system is to be installed in March, 2015.
Apex Benefits—Ms. Toni Stinson
Ms. Stinson reviewed the June 1, 2014 through January 31, 2015 claim experience. It has been extremely unfavorable for this period and will more than likely create a large renewal increase. Several options were discussed for renewal as well as having it re-quoted through the market. She is to investigate all renewal options to keep the increase manageable and present them to the commissioners at a later meeting in mid March.
Also discussed were the reporting requirements for the Affordable Care Act. She will advise where to receive information and training on the forms needed and how to complete them.
Coroner—Mr. Jason Smith
Mr. Smith appeared with a quote for a new coroner’s van. He had received a quote from Batesville Chrysler Dodge Jeep for $20,252.00. He advised the floor in back was aluminum and would require a mat to contain fluids. He was advised to check with the highway garage to see if holes could be welded shut and to see if a cage could be adapted to the van to stop anything from sliding into the driver area. Commissioner Linville moved to approve the purchase of the van with a second from Commissioner Busching. Motion passed with 3 yes.
Mr. Smith then requested space for storage of records, personal affects, and evidence as well as a place for a fax to receive confidential information. He advised the current room labeled Tech closet could be used and Ms. Vollet had stated she did not need it for the Technology. It has a phone jack in place and would be large enough. Commissioner Busching moved to allow the request with a second from Commissioner Linville. Motion passed with 3 yes.
Commissioner Busching moved to approve the minutes of the February 2, 2015 meeting with a second from Commissioner Linville. Motion passed with 3 yes.
Commissioner Busching moved to approve the claims presented with a second from Commissioner Linville. Motion passed with 3 yes.
Auditor Wagner presented the commissioners with the Contract for Services from:
1) Ripley County 4-H Corp.---$9000.00
2) Safe Passage, Inc.---$12,600.00
Commissioner Busching moved to approve the contracts with a second from Commissioner Linville. Motion passed with 3 yes.
Auditor Wagner presented the commissioners with the Statement of Values for the property described in the insurance renewal for signature as well as the grant agreement with Ohio County for riverboat revenue sharing.
Appointments to the Southeastern Indiana Solid Waste District were discussed. Commissioner Busching moved to approve Commissioner Stutler with a second from Commissioner Linville. Motion passed with 3 yes.
Commissioner Busching moved to appoint the Municipal representative Holley Rose. Commissioner Linville seconded and the motion passed with 3 yes.
Attorney Ertel reviewed some changes to the code of ordinances being codified. He will continue to review and report to the company providing the service.
Commissioners signed payroll sheets, claim vouchers, and claims being paid from the commissioners’ budget and minutes of the February 2, 2015 meeting.
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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