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
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, February 17, 2014 at the Ripley County Highway Department, Osgood, Indiana.
Commissioners Robert Reiners, Mark Busching, Gary Stutler, and Auditor William Wagner were in attendance for the meeting.
Superintendent Heaton advised the issues with the new storage building had been resolved and construction could start as soon as the weather allows.
The new dump trucks were discussed and as soon as the grant request decision from Rising Sun Regional Foundation for the stainless steel dump beds is received the trucks can be ordered.
Repairs of equipment for pothole patching and road repairs were discussed and all is ready for the break in weather.
The employee issue of excessive absenteeism was reviewed and the situation has improved since his reprimand and review. It will be monitored.
With no further business to discuss Commissioner Busching moved to recess to the Annex meeting room. Commissioner Stutler seconded and the motion passed unanimously.
Commissioner Busching moved to reconvene while Commissioner Stutler seconded. The motion passed unanimously and the meeting reconvened with the Pledge to the Flag.
Commissioners Reiners, Stutler, and Busching were present as well as County Attorney Ertel and Auditor Wagner.
Maintenance-Mr. Johnnie Lohrum 8:08:00
Mr. Lohrum advised sidewalk salt was ok. He also advised QPH was preparing a quote for replacement of a bearing that went bad after the new motor was installed at the courthouse.
Parks—Mr. Warren Bruns—8:05:22
Mr. Bruns presented a letter requesting EDIT funds be transferred to be used for projects at the Parks for building repairs and different projects at the grounds. It was explained that the EDIT fund was in the Commissioners’ budget and that each project needed to be approved by the commissioners on a case by case basis. Also the repairs of the buildings and structures generally were being paid from Cum Cap Building in the commissioners’ budget.
Mr. Bruns requested help from the highway department when the fence posts needed to be set for the fencing by the grandstand. He was advised it would depend on availability of highway personnel at the time.
EMA—Mr. Patrick Rose 8:2640
Mr. Rose advised the Switzerland County EMA director had passed away.
He presented Lt. Colonel Matthew Chastain of the Civil Air Patrol. Lt. Colonel Chastain has moved to Ripley County and would be available to help with search and rescue, disaster relief with aerial photos, thermal imaging, etc.
The commissioners welcomed him to Ripley County and welcomed the availability of the Civil Air Patrol.
Technology—Ms. Kelly Vollet 8:32:45
Ms. Vollet stated she had received no problems with the server room since repair from Open Control Systems. Commissioner Busching moved to release the balance of retainage to Open Control Systems. Commissioner Stutler seconded and the motion passed unanimously.
The boiler for the heating/cooling system is still in alarm. Kock Mechanical will be contacted by Attorney Ertel to fix the problem.
The roof leak has been found and when the ice is gone from the roof it will be repaired.
8:52:30—Commissioner Reiners brought up the issue with the EMS units. He requested permission from the other commissioners to contact Mr. Keith Sieverding to consult with each of the Rescue unit to increase their efficiency and help eliminate the shortage of operating funds and look for additional revenue possibilities. The commissioners would negotiate a contract with Mr. Sieverding for this consulting. Commissioner Reiners was instructed to contact Mr. Sieverding and advise.
CHA—Mr. Tom Shannon 9:01:01
Mr. Shannon introduced Ms. Whitney Pierle from CHA and advised she would be working with this area on projects.
Sheriff Department—Chief Deputy Bradley, Jail Commander McDonald 9:03:56
Commissioner Stutler advised the commissioners of the touch screen issue with the integrator at the Jail and that he had authorized the purchase of two to keep the operation on line.
Jail Commander McDonald explained the prior quote for the Hobart dishwasher (Indianapolis) was being increased by the company and advised they were obtaining another quote for the Hobart system from a company in Cincinnati. He requested approval if the quote was the same price as the prior quote and included complete installation. The commissioners agreed.
He also stated that currently there were more female inmates being housed in the jail then it was designed for. This was causing problems and would need to be addressed in the near future.
EMS—Mr. Jim Corbin 9:13:00
Mr. Corbin advised the windshield on the EMS ambulance had been repaired and State Farm had paid for the repair.
He stated the need to review the protocol with 911 and Batesville Hospital on when the Para-Medics would be called out for the rescue runs.
Freije Treatment Systems—Mr. Dean Freije
Mr. Freije was unable to attend and had re-scheduled for the March meeting.
Commissioner Busching moved to approve the February 3, 2014 minutes along with the claims paid from the commissioners’ budget. Commissioner Stutler seconded and the motion passed unanimously.
Auditor Wagner presented the renewal contract from Rumpke for trash service for the annex/courthouse. Commissioner Reiners also signed this contract renewal.
Commissioners signed payroll sheets, claim vouchers, claims being paid from commissioners’ budget, and minutes of the February 3, 2014 meeting.With no further business to attend to a motion was made by Commissioner Busching to adjourn. Commissioner Stutler seconded and the motion passed unanimously.
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