Robert Reiners, President

10105 N Spades Rd

Sunman, IN  47041



Mark Busching

608 Clearview Lane

Versailles, IN  47042



Gerald Stutler

P.O. Box 66

Friendship, IN  47021


2012 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 9

Monday, July 9

Monday, January 23 Monday, July 23
Monday, February 6 Monday, August 6
Friday, February 17 Monday, August 20
Monday, March 5 Friday, August 31
Monday, March 19 Monday, September 17
Monday, April 2 Monday, October 1
Monday, April  16 Monday, October 15
Monday, April 30 Monday, October 29
Monday, May 14 Friday, November 9
Friday, May 25 Monday, November 26
Monday, June 11 Monday, December 10
Monday, June 25 Friday, December 21


Commissioner's Meeting Minutes

Minutes prepared by Bill Wagner, Ripley County Auditor

Commissioners meeting opened promptly at 7:00AM on Monday, March 19, 2012 at the Ripley County Highway Department, Osgood, Indiana.

Commissioners Robert Reiners and Gary Stutler were in attendance for the meeting.  Commissioner Busching was absent.

Mr. Jeff Volz appeared to ask the commissioners about County Road 550N off Michigan that is not maintained.  The commissioners verified the road had not been abandoned by the county and they still have the right- of –way.  They advised the road could be used by adjoining property owners but if a sub-division was established the road would need to be brought up to specs before it could be maintained by the county.

The chipper box is not delivered yet but should be soon.  The distributor was discussed and the factory advised the cost of the retrofit would not be cost effective and they would not guarantee it.  They have been retrofitting trucks with the tank and computer and they will advise the price and show an example.

It was advised that a property owner dug a ditch along County Road 1400N and there was no issue with the ditch.

Foreman Toops reported the employees had been asking about going to 4 ten hour days.  They requested the commissioners approve the request.  The commissioners advised they would consider the request and provide an answer at a later time.

With no further discussion Commissioner Stutler moved to recess to the annex.  Commissioner Reiners seconded and the motion passed.

Commissioner Stutler made the motion to reconvene while Commissioner Busching seconded.  The motion passed.  The meeting reconvened with the Pledge of Allegiance.

Commissioners Reiners, Stutler, and Busching were present as well as County Attorney Ertel and Auditor Wagner. Commissioners Reiners and Stutler welcomed Commissioner Busching back from his absence for extended rehab due to surgery.

8:29:00—Mr. Johnnie Lohrum—Maintenance

Mr. Lohrum advised the highway department would be rolling the lawn.  He stated some offices had requested some additional electrical plugs and received the approval to obtain a quote to have them installed.

He is to contact the Town of Versailles to designate another handicapped parking space close to vital records.

He reported that some of the windows in the courthouse were leaking water and was told to contact the firm that had caulked them recently and have them inspect them.

8:35:00—EMA-Mr. Patrick Rose

Mr. Rose advised he was applying for a WTH grant that would provide some funds for the disaster.  Also he is developing a book of regulations for debris removal for towns, etc. to follow in the event of a disaster.

He advised the commissioners that March 18-24 is Severe Weather Awareness Week and asked for the approval of the commissioners.  Commissioner Busching moved to adopt with a second from Commissioner Stutler.  The motion passed.

8:55:05--Technology-Ms. Kelly Vollet

Ms. Vollet was represented by Ms. Becky Cairns.  There was nothing to report at this time.

8:40:00—Planning Commission-Mr. Tad Brinson

Mr. Brinson asked the commissioners to consider moving Mr. Dwight Bauman to the position of building inspector.  He advised the requests for building permits have been increasing.  Commissioner Busching moved to move Mr. Bauman to building inspector and to take the assistant building inspector position under advisement.  Commissioner Stutler seconded and the motion passed.

8:50:05—Mr. & Mrs. Bauer

The Bauers appeared to advise the commissioners they were ready to finish removing the windows.  With direction from Attorney Ertel all agreed the final removal would be Friday, March 23, 2012.  The closing on the property would be that same time.      

9:05:00—Mr. Bob Rogers

Mr. Rogers advised the commissioners he was retiring to Florida and presented his resignation effective March 31, 2012 from the Rising Sun Regional Foundation Board of Directors.  The commissioners thanked him for his past service and the help Ripley County had received from the foundation.   They also wished him the best in his retirement.

Mr. Rogers introduced his son, Mr. Jeff Rogers as a possible replacement for his position.

The commissioners heard his qualifications and advised they had a couple other people that had expressed interest and would take it under advisement.


The meeting continued with the commissioners signing paperwork.

Auditor Wagner presented a contract from Corporate Cost Solutions to do an audit of the Workers Comp. for the county.  It is on a basis that if no savings/refunds are found there is no cost to the county. 

Commissioner Busching moved to have the contract reviewed by Attorney Ertel with a second from Commissioner Stutler and the motion passed.  After review, Attorney Ertel advised he found no problem with the contract.  Commissioner Busching moved to accept the contract with a second from Commissioner Stutler. The motion passed.

The new Environmental Specialist, Mr. Anthony Schneider was introduced.  The commissioners welcomed him to the county.

10:15:13—Mr. Jerry Gilpin—Gilpin Monuments

Mr. Gilpin presented some ideas for the marker for the new annex building and presented the idea that granite benches be used rather than the recycled ones.  The proposal for the monument was for $8000.00 and the benches for $5000.00.  The credit for the benches in the building bid is to be approximately $3900.00.  Mr. Gilpin advised the commissioners the proposals were discounted dramatically.  It was discussed to have the Township names on the benches.  Also, it was discussed to have the area around the flags set up to put bricks in to show the history of the officeholders since the start of the county.  These ideas will be discussed further and samples of granite will be provided.

Mr. Gilpin also questioned the use of courthouse grounds for Pumpkin Show September 26-30.  The show is being extended and will have additional entertainment as well.  Commissioner Busching moved to approve the usage with a second from Commissioner Stutler and the motion passed.

10:46:45--LWC- Mr. Sam Puterbaugh

Mr. Puterbaugh addressed the window issue between the Recorder and Auditor for visual access to the library between the two offices.  It was resolved the current windows would be adequate but if not camera coverage could be easily added.  He also provided an update of the allowances used and advised that only about 20% has been used to date.

Commissioner Stutler moved to approve the minutes as written with a second from Commissioner Busching.  The motion passed.

The commissioners signed payroll sheets, claim vouchers, claims being paid from the commissioner’s budget, and the minutes of the March 5, 2012 meeting.

Being no further business, Commissioner Busching moved to adjourn, with a second from Commissioner Stutler.  The motion passed.


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