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SUNMAN, IN 47041

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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 18, 2011

Minutes prepared by Bill Wagner, Ripley County Auditor

Commissioners meeting opened promptly at 7:00AM on Monday, February 18, 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 absent for the meeting at the Ripley County Highway Garage.

Auditor Wagner was advised by the commissioners that the only new business discussed was inviting bids for the demolition of the house on the lot the proposed annex building is to be built. 

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 (8:22:22 )

Mr. Lohrum questioned the installation of the hydraulic heater on the elevator.  He stated the elevator person advised he would not install since the elevator is working well as long as heat is left on in the hall. 

The Sheriff stated he would install cameras in the courthouse and key the doors in the basement to the same key at his expense.  This is for security for the courts and courthouse.

Also discussed is the temporary storage that will be needed when the annex building is started and his current storage is demolished.  The commissioners advised they would look into the situation.

8:37:20  Bill McDonald appeared before the commissioners to advise his problems with the insurance through Humana.  He stated he has had problems with coverage and claims.  He is to provide Auditor Wagner with the details so Mr. Wagner can discuss with Humana.

He also commented on the construction manager and discussed with the commissioners. 

8:34:00 County Attorney Ertel presented the commissioners with the revised contract for Rescue 10 at Batesville.  The commissioners instructed him to mail it to Rescue 10 for their signature.

Technology:  Ms Kelly Vollet (8:44:25)

Ms. Vollet advised the level 1 weather emergency should be removed from the web-site and was instructed to do so.

She also advised she had received a grant application from Lawrenceburg.  The commissioners advised they would notify her if they wanted it completed.

The courthouse doors on the auction site were discussed and the minimum bid was to be removed to try to get a bid on them.

8:52:40  County Attorney Ertel presented the letter requested by Mr. Gary Turner to authorize him to talk with IDEM on behalf of Ripley County.  Commissioner Busching moved to sign the letter with a second from Commissioner Stutler.  The motion passed unanimously.

Auditor Wagner presented the letter for their support for a Foreign Trade Zone for the Port Of Indiana-Jeffersonville, FTZ# 170.  Commissioner Stutler moved to sign the letter of support with a second from Commissioner Busching.  The motion passed unanimously.

County Attorney Ertel presented the Ordinance to establish a local advisory council for the HAVA Act.  Commissioner Busching moved to accept the Ordinance as written with second from Commissioner Stutler.  The motion passed unanimously.  Ordinance # 2011-2.

9:03:45   Mr. Donald Dunbar advised that he, Mr. Busching, And Mr. Stutler had met with Mr. Tony Wood  of the Osgood sewer department and  Ms. Dee Holiday to discuss the sewer line to the highway garage and recycle center.  The engineer for the town advised the estimate for the line, pit, and equipment would not exceed $65,000.00 and the engineer fee would be $900.00.  Mr. Aaron Bell of SISWD would participate in the construction and would need to see quotes to determine their level of participation.  Mr. Wood is to provide a list of material to help provide information for the quote.

9:21:30  Mr. Jerry Gilpin and Mr. Richard Zins appeared to request information from the commissioners about the annex construction timetable so they could do-ordinate the Pumpkin Show and not hinder the construction process.  They discussed the parking, housing, etc with the commissioners and all agreed they would keep each other appraised of the progress and work together.

LWC-Mr. Gary Turner: (9:53:30)  Schemes of basement vs. attic storage

Mr. Eric Wolf from CCI was also present for the presentation.

Mr. Turner presented the commissioners of the basement problems.  He explained the depth of the elevator shaft, etc. would be very close to the level of contamination and could cause problems with water drainage in the future.  Also would be the length of any ramps for handicapped accessibility due to the first floor being above grade.

He will proceed with drawings for the building committee without a basement option and present it to the committee at the February 28, 2011 meeting.

County Attorney Ertel discussed the contract with LWC and CCI and expressed changes and clarifications he wanted to see in the contracts.  Mr. Turner and Mr. Wolf are to address those respective to their contract and get back with County Attorney Ertel.

The Commissioners signed payroll sheets, claim vouchers, claims being paid from the commissioner’s budget, minutes of the last meeting , the IDEM letter, Ordinance 2100-2, and the Foreign Trade Zone support letter.

The commissioners requested that Auditor Wagner get more information from the Sheriff Department on the GenSet Services contract.

Ripley County Redevelopment Commission appointments were presented to the commissioners for their approval.  Appointments requested were for Mr. Barry Lauber, Ms. Brenda Wetzler, and Ms. Denessa Benkie.  Commissioner Busching moved to appoint these individuals for the year 2011.  Commisioner Stutler seconded and the motion passed unanimously.

Auditor Wagner presented the commissioners of continuing bills received and explained that due to the present handling the bills were being paid late and incurring late fees.  The commissioners discussed and Commissioner Busching moved to authorize the Auditor to pay these bills like other recurring bills so that no late fees were assessed.  Commissioner Stutler seconded and the motion passed unanimously.

Commissioner Busching moved to accept the minutes of the February 7, 2011 meeting with the following changes.  1) Mr. John Hegee needed to show LCC rather than LLC and 2) add Mr. McGuire‘s gate was not to be on county right-of-way.  Commissioner Stutler seconded and the motion passed unanimously.

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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