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, March 16, 2015 at the Ripley County Highway Department, Osgood, Indiana.
Commissioners Stutler, Linville and Busching were present as well as Auditor Wagner.
The quotes for the repair work on the covered bridges were reviewed. Rocking S Sawmill was $57,560.00 and Cochran Painting was $26,500.00. After comparison and review of the services to be rendered Commissioner Busching moved to accept the quote from Cochran Painting with payment to be made from the covered bridge fund. Commissioner Linville seconded and the motion passed with 3 yes.
Superintendent Heaton advised it was time to prepare the bid specs for the oil to be supplied to the county. These will be prepared and advertised. He also advised the State was requesting the amounts of salt the county wanted to receive under the next State Bid cost. It was decided to get approximately 800 tons.
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 8:26:20
Mr. Lohrum reported the repairs he had made on the courthouse doors and the interior.
Mr. Dave Drew of QPH advised he was providing a credit of $1500.00 to the last bill for damage by water from a unit they had worked on. Commissioner Linville moved to accept the credit for restitution with a second from Commissioner Busching. Motion passed with 3 yes.
Technology—Ms. Kelly Vollet 8:36:45
Ms. Vollet advised the Coroner had moved into the annex technology closet that was not being used and it was working well.
Building and Planning—Mr. Tad Brinson 8:39:45
Mr. Brinson presented an Ordinance for approval to revise the county subdivision control code. Commissioner Busching moved to approve the request (Ordinance 2015-01) with a second from Commissioner Linville. Motion passed with 3 yes.
(10:02:00) Mr. Brinson returned to the meeting to discuss possible solutions to individuals not receiving the final inspections and occupancy permits. Also discussed was the issue of larger homes requiring more inspections than homes under 2000 square feet but paying the same fee for inspections. This will be reviewed and discussed at a later date.
EMA—Mr. Patrick Rose 8:42:50
Mr. Rose presented the report for EMA and advised the Hazard Mitigation funding is on hold.
He presented a memorandum of understanding from St. Anthony of Padua, Morris, Indiana and St. Nicholas Catholic Church, Sunman, Indiana for staging areas of an emergency. The commissioners signed the agreements.
Also presented was a request from the District Planning Council to appoint Mr. Ben Sieverding as a representative. Commissioner Busching moved to approve the request with a second from Commissioner Linville. Motion passed with 3 yes.
EMS—Mr. Jim Corbin 8:55:55
Mr. Corbin provided the savings calculation for the Rescue Units due to the reduced fee from the county for the use of medics. To date the units charges were $13,000.00 less at the reduced rate.
Sheriff Department—Sheriff Jeff Cumberworth 9:00:20
Sheriff Cumberworth advised the survey for the electrical problems at the jail had been complete and a walk through had been done. There were several recommendations for grounding the system, power surge protection, and power surge protectors. The quotes for these repairs will be obtained and submitted.
He also advised the new cars were here and would be on the road as soon as the additional equipment could be installed.
Workforce Investment Board—Mr. Kurt Kegerreis, Region 9 9:30:40
Mr. Kegerreis introduced himself and presented the commissioners with an update of the changes to Region 9 WorkOne.
Southeastern Indiana Recycling District—Mr. Aaron Bell 9:42:30
Mr. Bell presented the commissioners with the 2014 Annual Report. He included the highlights of the year and the projects in the works for 2015. The amount of recycling has increased dramatically and projections are to keep increasing.
Clerk—Ms. Mary Ann McCoy 10:20:10
Ms. McCoy provided the commissioners with the revised precinct polling places for the 2015 Batesville Municipal primary election.
Adams—3rd precinct---Knights of Columbus, Batesville
Laughrey—Ward 1-Precinct 1—Knights of Columbus, Batesville
Laughrey—Ward 2-Precinct 1—Knights of Columbus, Batesville
Laughrey—Ward 3-Precinct 1—Batesville Public Library, Batesville
Commissioner Busching moved to approve the request with a second from Commissioner Linville. Motion passed with 3 yes.
The commissioners discussed an employee injury and the issue he was having with workers compensation. Attorney Eertel on the request of the commissioners provided some advice and steps to take for the employee.
Commissioner Busching moved to approve the minutes of the March 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.
Commissioners signed payroll sheets, claim vouchers, and claims being paid from the commissioners’ budget and minutes of the March 2, 2015 meeting.
Auditor Wagner advised the commissioners the Ripley County Community Foundation advised the amount of the fund available to the county was $10,655.58. Commissioner Busching moved to request the distribution to the county with a second from Commissioner Linville. Motion passed with 3 yes.
Auditor Wagner also presented the commissioners with a request to re-appoint Ms. Melissa Baker to the Southeastern Indiana Solid Waste District Citizens Advisory Committee. Commissioner Busching moved to approve the request with a second from Commissioner Linville. Motion passed with 3 yes.With no further business to attend, Commissioner Busching moved to recess with a second from Commissioner Linville. Motion passed with 3 yes.
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