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
Commissioners meeting opened promptly at 7:00AM on Monday, March 18, 2013 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.
Commissioner Busching moved to appoint Mr. Jim Corbin as the full time director for the EMS Department. Commissioner Stutler seconded and the motion passed unanimously.
Commissioner Stutler then advised he had attended the Fairground Board meeting and they had advised the planned repairs of the buildings and painting. The house purchased for the office was scheduled for a window in the west wall so the fairgrounds could be seen from the office.
He advised he had contacted several auctioneers for the surplus auction and Roger Huff and Donny Eads would do it. He will continue to work for a date.
The fencing bids for separation of the highway and recycling areas were discussed. Indiana Wire--$10,929.00
Commissioner Busching moved to accept the quote from Fencecraft with a second from Commissioner Stutler. The motion passed unanimously.
Superintendent Heaton advised the 3 vehicles that were to be disposed of brought a high bid from Burkhardt Salvage of $1500.00 total. The vehicles are to be picked up by Burkhardt.
The Laughery Valley Co-Op meeting on oil products was discussed. They can supply motor oil and hydraulic oil with the same spec as now being used for about half the cost. This will be pursued with quotes.
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 made the motion 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 8:19:11
Mr. Lohrum advised some window blinds were needed for the new probation offices and for Judge Taul’s office. The commissioners told him to order and install them.
EMA—Mr. Patrick Rose 8:24:40
Mr. Rose presented the Severe Weather Preparedness Week Proclamation for March 24-30, 2013. Commissioner Busching moved to sign with a second from Commissioner Stutler and the motion passed unanimously.
Veterans Services—Mr. Ken Hylton 8:32:15
Mr. Hylton requested the use of the upstairs conference room and break room for a meeting with Service officers. He was told to schedule the dates.
He also advised the status of the accreditation of the Service Officers. He explained he was against this only for the reason that it would require service officers to be out of the offices a lot on hearings and not allow them to assist the veterans.
Technology—Ms. Kelly Vollet 8:37:13
Ms. Vollet reported the Jackson County officials had toured the annex and renovation of the courthouse and were very impressed. They were starting an addition to their annex and renovation of their courthouse to separate the court and administration.
She also advised the employee handbook had been sent to all offices. She was instructed to post it to the internet for all to have access to it for printing.
EMS—Mr. Jim Corbin 8:41:40
Mr. Corbin appeared to advise the commissioners that Mr. Scott Huffman would need to be replaced as EMT. He questioned the policy procedure and was advised to promote from within if possible. He stated he would like to hire Ms. Stacy Luers part time and presented the commissioners with her information. There was no objection or problem with his request.
Mr. Corbin was advised he had been named as EMS Director earlier in the day. He thanked them for their support. He also advised that over 300 runs had been made so far this year for the inter-facility transports and it was far exceeding expectations.
Commissioner Reiners advised him that it may be possible for Ripley County to purchase excess land from the Delaware Fire Department and move the EMS to the highway on State Road 129. This is being investigated and soil analysis etc. will be forwarded to the State of Indiana for type and size of septic system needed.
Building and Planning—Mr. Dwight Bauman 8:58:00
Mr. Bauman presented the commissioners with a request from ISO to complete a questionnaire pertaining to insurance rating information needed to develop rates for the area. He was advised to complete the information.
E911—Ms. Judy Schebler 9:00:00
Ms. Schebler provided information on an employee she wanted to hire for the approval of the commissioners. The commissioners advised to submit the application to the Auditor.
Prosecutor—Mr. Ryan King 9:10:40
Mr. King represented the Prosecutor and submitted applications for 2 summer interns for the approval of the commissioners. These were approved by the commissioners and submitted to the Auditor.
Commissioner Stutler discussed the issue with the vending machines not working and not being stocked by the current vendor, All American. He stated he had informed them if they could not keep stocked and working he would have them replaced and felt that they had been given enough time to rectify the situation. They will be replaced at the courthouse and annex.
LCC—Ms. Paula Goodpaster—Grant Sponsor and Fiscal Agent 9:15:22
Ms. Goodpaster had presented the commissioners with packets on the grant she is trying to obtain through the Federal program. The need from the county had been revised and the county would be the fiscal agent and sponsor for the grant. It is still unsure how much or how the Auditor will be involved or how the actual funds are obtained after they are approved. The commissioners advised her to obtain answers to several questions and then meet with the County Council. They stated they would sponsor the grant application if the County Council agreed to the request from her. She was to present the information to the County Council at 7:00 PM March 18-2013.
INDOT—Ms. Brandi Fischvogt and Ms. Debbie Ault—Detour Agreement
Ms. Ault spoke and presented the commissioners with an agreement for the road closure on State Road 229 to replace a super structure. This agreement will reimburse the county for damage to county roads used for the detour. The official detour will be SR 46 to SR229 to SR48. However the Unofficial detour will be Legion Road East to North Delaware Road and South on North Delaware Road to 1100 North, west on 1100 North to Salem Road then west to SR229. Closing will begin March 21, 2013 and is expected to be closed until July 26, 2013.
APEX—Ms. Toni Stinson 10:49:25
Ms. Stinson reviewed claims for the past months in preparation for renewal quotes in for June. Claims have gone down for the period but she advised to expect a 25-20% increase in premiums for the renewal. The move to partially self insured is still saving the county money. She presented several ideas to lessen the renewal increase for review by the commissioners and advised they are looking at different re-insurers for the renewal.
She advised there were many uncertainties with the Health Care Act that will start 2014 and advised APEX had an associate company they had secured to do a study of the impact. She advised there would be NO cost to the county. Commissioner Busching moved to have the study done at no cost to the county with a second from Commissioner Stutler. The motion passed unanimously.
She stated she hoped to have the renewal information by April 15, 2013.
The commissioners signed payroll sheets, claim vouchers, and claims being paid from the commissioners’ budget. Auditor Wagner presented the Ripley Community Foundation letter advising the funds from the Ripley County Quality of Life Improvement Fund 2013 distribution was available and was $10,004.32. Commissioner Busching moved to receive the funds for use toward the contract with the Ripley County Humane Society. Commissioner Stutler seconded and the motion passed unanimously.
Also the claims for the different departments and units involved with the March 2012 Tornado damage was reviewed. Commissioner Stutler moved to approve as submitted with a second from Commissioner Busching. The motion passed unanimously.
Claims were as follows:
1) Town of Holton------$1596.27
6) Rescue 69-------------$836.96
The minutes of the March 4, 2013 were approved with a motion by Commissioner Busching and seconded by Commissioner Stutler with the addition of the adjournment.
Also addressed was the request from Enriching Spaces to release the balance of the funds being held until office holders were satisfied with repairs and final inspection of the equipment for the annex building. Commissioner Stutler stated he had received no more issues from the office holders and to release the funds.
The commissioners toured and inspected the storage room in the annex and inspected the renovation of the courthouse.With no further business to come before the commissioners a motion to adjourn was made by Commissioner Busching. Commissioner Stutler seconded and the motion passed unanimously.
Minutes prepared by Bill Wager, Ripley County Auditor Minutes are unofficial until approved at the next Commissioners Meeting.
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