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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



Minutes prepared by Bill Wagner, Ripley County Auditor

Commissioners meeting opened promptly at 7:00AM on Monday, March 21, 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 also present for the meeting at the Ripley County Highway Garage.

Mr. Roy Holman advised that CCI had advised the hole from the house demolition would have to be filled and compacted.  He was waiting on the Geo Tech report to advise the additional cost to compact.

Mr. Travis Neal, Mr. Scott Neal, Mr. Jeff Haft, and Mr. Mark Rulli represented Gold Star Chili in a matter with the building inspectors.  The State of Indiana had not yet released a permit to install the fire suppression system for the location.  This does not allow the building to be completed and therefore not eligible for the occupancy permit to be issued.  This will  delay their opening.  They were requesting help from the commissioners in allowing an opening without an occupancy permit issued.

The commissioners heard their request and advised they would discuss with the building inspectors, Mr. Dwight Bauman and Mr. Mike Jeffries, and the county attorney, Mr. John Ertel, and give them an answer later in the day. 

The Salt Building was discussed and determined they would obtain materials for a 40x80 ft building with 6 ft concrete walls and balance in wood for a total of 16 ft. walls.  It will have trusses and a metal roof.

Commissioner Busching advised that SISWD would provide 25% up to a maximum of $10,000.00 for the sewer line to the highway garage site and pay the $1200.00 for the hook up to the water to their location.

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 8:30 am (due to the length of the highway garage meeting) 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 and County Attorney Ertel.

Maintenance:  Mr. Johnnie Lohrum (8:31:30 )

Mr. Lohrum advised he had fixed the leak over Probation as best he can at this time and the courthouse gutter had been repaired.

8:34:40  Mr. Aaron Bell-SISWD

Mr. Bell advised the SISWD would cover 25% of the cost of the sewer line to the highway garage site with a maximum of $10,000.00.  They would also provide the $1200.00 cost of the water line hook up to their facility.

The sewer charge is to be calculated from the hour meter on the pump by the Town of Osgood.  Discussion with Osgood on who receives reimbursement for additional hookups to the line will continue.

Technology:  Ms Kelly Vollet (8:48:45)

Ms. Vollet presented the commissioners with a copy of the grant she had completed for the Lawrenceburg grant for the annex building.  Ripley County is requesting $500,000.00.  Commissioner Busching moved to sign and submit the grant.  Commissioner Stutler seconded and the motion passed unanimously.

9:00:00—Auditor Wagner advised the commissioners he had spoken with Mr. John Holzer and Ms. Sue Meisberger on the clock repair.  The Town of Versailles will pay $7654.50 and the County share will be $4354.50 for the total cost of $12,009.00.

9:03:00—Mr. Mark Rulli (Gold Star Chili) and Mr. Dwight Bauman (Ripley County Building Inspector) appeared.  After discussion and upon advice from Counsel it was agreed that a temporary occupancy permit could be issued with restrictions. 

J &J Vending:  Mr. Chris Ferr

Mr. Ferr did not appear.

QPH:  Mr. Stan Richards (9:27:01)

Mr. Richards presented the quote on his recommendation for the HVAC system at the jail.  He proposed to install a simpler system that could be operated and worked on by local technicians.   This would rework the present system so that the heat and air are not running at the same time.  The estimate was for $24,800.00.

Commissioner Busching moved to table the estimate and Commissioner Stutler seconded and the motion passed unanimously.

LWC:  Mr. Gary Turner

Mr. Turner presented the latest schematic on the annex plans.  He will meet with the commissioners again on April 4, 2011 and the building committee on April 18, 2011 at 1:00pm.  This will finalize the drawings and enter the phase for bid preparation.

Commissioner Stutler moved to accept the design with changes discussed and Commissioner Busching seconded.  The motion passed unanimously.

Commissioner Busching moved to accept and sign the contract with LWC. Commissioner Stutler seconded and the motion passed unanimously.

Mr. Joe Hoffman from CCI was unable to attend due to a death in his family.

Horsefeathers Therapeutic Learning Center:  Ms. Jennifer Sturgeon (10:47:14)

Ms. Sturgeon advised the commissioners she was a 501C3 operation and wanted to submit a grant request to Lawrenceburg for $200,000.00 to purchase land in Versailles to construct a facility to provide occupational therapy, speech therapy, teachers, and rent space to the local hospitals for these purposes.  They would serve a 7 county radius and will also apply to the 7 counties and Rising Sun Regional Foundation for additional funds.  She requested the commissioners sponsor her request to Lawrenceburg.  She advised the sponsorship would not affect the grant request the county had submitted for the annex building.

Commissioner Busching moved to sponsor and Commissioner Stutler seconded.  The motion passed unanimously.

Londa Summer:  Concern for Ripley County Work Release Program

Did not appear

11:14:48—Highway Department

Mr. Owen Heaton presented the letter for bids that will be sent to prospective bidders for the salt building at the garage site.

11:25:00—Commissioner Reiners read the South Ripley Ministerial Association letter and requested Auditor Wagner contact them and request they advise the location prior to advertising in the future to eliminate any conflicts in scheduling.

11:26:19—County Attorney Ertel went through the
CCI contract with the commissioners.  There is still many areas that he is not comfortable with and was instructed to notify CCI of the changes we wished.  If they cannot comply the contract will not be signed.

Commissioner Busching moved to accept the minutes of the March 7, 2011 meeting with a second from Commissioner Stutler.  The Motion passed unanimously.

The commissioners signed payroll sheets, claim vouchers, claims being paid from the commissioners’ budget, & minutes of the last meeting.  The burial claim allowance ordinance and stone is being revised and will be ready at the next meeting.  The engineering fees letter of commitment was also signed for the Town of Osgood.

With no further business to come before the commissioners a motion to adjourn was made by Commissioner Busching and seconded by Commissioner Stutler.  The motion passed unanimously.


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