RIPLEY COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

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ROBERT REINERS, PRESIDENT

10105 N. SPADES RD

SUNMAN, IN 47041

 (812) 623-3209

 

MARK BUSCHING

608 CLEARVIEW LANE

VERSAILLES, IN  47042

(812) 689-7119

 

                                                          GERALD STUTLER

P.O. BOX 66

FRIENDSHIP, IN  47021

(812) 667-5505

                                                         

                                                         

                                                         

2010 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 11, 2010

MONDAY JULY 12, 2010

MONDAY JANUARY 25, 2010 MONDAY JULY 26, 2010
MONDAY FEBRUARY 8, 2010 MONDAY AUGUST 9, 2010
MONDAY FEBRUARY 22, 2010 MONDAY AUGUST 23, 2010
MONDAY MARCH 8, 2010 MONDAY SEPTEMBER 3, 2010
MONDAY MARCH 22, 2010 MONDAY SEPTEMBER 20, 2010
MONDAY APRIL 5, 2010 MONDAY OCTOBER 4, 2010
MONDAY APRIL 19, 2010 MONDAY OCTOBER 18, 2010
MONDAY MAY 3, 2010 MONDAY NOVEMBER 1, 2010
MONDAY MAY 17, 2010 MONDAY NOVEMBER 15, 2010
MONDAY MAY 28, 2010 MONDAY NOVEMBER 29, 2010
MONDAY JUNE 14, 2010 MONDAY DECEMBER 13, 2010
MONDAY JUNE 28, 2010 MONDAY DECEMBER 27, 2010

 

 

 

 

Commissioner's Meeting Unapproved Minutes for March 22, 2010

Minutes prepared by Bill Wagner, Ripley County Auditor

Commissioners meeting opened promptly at 7:00AM on Monday, March 22, 2010 at the Ripley County Highway Department, Osgood, Indiana.

Commissioners Robert Reiners, Gary Stutler and Mark Busching were all in attendance for the Commissioners meeting.

Auditor Wagner was present for the meeting at the Ripley County Highway Garage.

The roof project was discussed and it was decided to obtain bids for the repair that included the insulation.  The Commissioners are to talk with Counsel to determine how to proceed with the bidding.

It was reported that a new pothole patcher has been ordered and should be delivered in about a month. 

Oil prices were discussed and a fixed price will be explored to see if some relief can be obtained. 

The bridge on 1000N off State Highway 101 is to be bid and Attorney Neil Comer has the information to prepare the bid specifications. 

The State of Indiana salt bidding was discussed and it was decided to become included for 600 ton. 

With nothing else to discuss, Commissioner Busching made a motion to recess to the Commissionerís room.  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 and Attorney John Ertel for Neil Comer.

Maintenance: Mr. Johnnie Lohrum

Johnnie discussed the roof leak with the commissioners and the quote from Wm. Kramer & Sons, Inc.  It was stated that the roofing company felt the damage was from the hurricane winds last year.  The commissioners advised Johnnie they would advise him on the roof.

It was advised that the restoration company has not returned any phone calls to obtain any information about the courthouse doors. 

Also, some fittings in the basement of the courthouse were rusting badly and may need to be replaced in the near future.

Technology Coordinator:  Ms. Kelly Vollet

Ms. Vollet had nothing to report at this time.

Ms. Jeanine Ostendorf: 

Ms. Ostendorf again appeared before the commissioners to present a petition requesting the county provide an animal control officer and a county shelter.  She stated that clinics etc. were needed for the control of rabies and reported that 3 deaths were reported in Indiana since 1959 with two since 2006 caused by brown bats. Commissioner Reiners requested Mr. Wayne Peace and Mr. Andy Bryant to also sit in the meeting to hear her comments.  Ms. Ostendorf requested copies of county ordinances pertaining to the dog warden and a description of his duties.  She presented a list of question for the commissioners.  Commissioner Reiners advised her that answers to her questions would be obtained and that she should be in attendance for the April 19, 2010 meeting.  At that time the dog warden would also be there.  She was also advised to approach the County Council to obtain their feelings as well since that group would be responsible for any funds needed. 

Recorder:  Ms. Ginger Bradford

Ms. Bradford appeared to request additional office shelving and furniture that is needed to make her office more functional.  It would allow more storage of the recording books.  She was asked to label the items as to the highest priority, which she provided.  The commissioners discussed  the needs and a motion was made by Commissioner Stutler at this time to only provide the shelving requested.  The motion was seconded by Commissioner Busching and the Motion approved unanimously.

Ripley County Economic Development:  Mr. Barry Lauber

Mr. Lauber appeared before the commissioners to advise them on expenditures for the Beltech project.  He advised the funds received and spent thus far and stated that there would be no additional requests for funds for this project. 

Mr. Lauber requested that the commissioners commit up to an additional $120,000 toward a second project for the Versailles Industrial Park.  Any and all funds would be contingent upon the second business finalizing and coming to the Industrial Park.  He assured the commissioners there would be stringent safeguards in place to protect the county in the event that the project would not materialize.  The commitment would be used to show Ripley County support for the project when applying for the grant from Lawrenceburg. 

A motion was made by Commissioner Busching to commit up to $120,000 of EDIT money help put an incentive package together for the business.  It was seconded by Commissioner Stutler and Motion approved unanimously.

Mr. Gary Norman spoke on a study on the economic impact of tax abatement in an area and how it expands in the area.  Based on a payroll of $3.1 million the impact on the area would be approximately $133 million over a ten year period.  He also advised the commissioners that the company is aware that county money would be spent after they have spent their own money.

Ripley County Fairground:  Ms. Julie Brancamp

Ms. Brancamp appeared to update the commissioners on the Fairground.  She stated that a grant had been received to provide fencing before the July 14  horse racing.  A need for ditching was discussed and the commissioners agreed to have the highway department provide the manpower and equipment.  Ms. Brancamp thanked Ms. Vollet and Ms. Cairns for their help with the website.  She also provided the commissioners with a schedule for the 2010 season at the Fairground. 

Mr. Donald Dunbar

Mr. Dunbar asked the results from Midwestern Engineering on the proposed location for the annex building.  Commissioner Reiners advised him that no results had been received as of yet.  He expected some by the April 5, 2010 meeting.

The commissioners discussed the historical bridges and advised they would revisit the issue once the bridge inspections were complete and the information from those inspections reviewed.

Commissioner Stutler advised the commissioners that he had set up a meeting between Mr. & Mrs. Tim Waller and their Amish neighbors to resolve the problems brought before the commissioners at the March 8, 2010 meeting.

Commissioner Busching presented a request for help from Carl & Viola Schwere, of 5484 Old Michigan Road, Osgood, on a barn belonging to their neighbor that was too close to the property line.  Attorney John Ertel researched the problem and advised that a written complaint should be submitted and the proper department would follow up.

The property at Pierceville that needed cleaned up was discussed.  Attorney John Ertel advised that an individual was possibly interested in cleaning up the property in exchange for reduction of a fine.  It was decided to allow the issue be revisited and a decision would be made once the individual could be contacted.

The Commissioners also discussed allowing the highway department to work 4 ten hour days.  After discussion the following was determined:

1)    Beginning 5/3/2010 and until approximately 10/4/2010 work begins at 6:30 am and ends at 4:30 pm Monday through Thursday.

2)      No sitting around

3)      Doctor/Dentist/Optometrist/Personal appointments should be made on Fridays.

4)      Attendance at work on Friday shall be mandatory if the Superintendent determines it to be an emergency.

This is subject to change if the does not work to the satisfaction of the Board of Commissioners. All Commissioners signed their name to these points. 

Commissioners signed claims, payroll sheets, vouchers minutes of the March 8, 2010 with one addition noted, QPH contract, SRI Tax Sale Agreement, AMCO Elevator annual safety check and the Osgood Public Library appointment form. 

There were some questions about the Soldier Burial item, the charge for Malinowski contract, the unemployment item and the charge for Dave Raynor for the health Department. 

Ms. Pat Thomas explained the charge for Dave Raynor was for a website he maintains for H1N1.  The balance of questions were to be researched and reported at the next meeting.

AECON: Bridge Inspections: Mr. Ron May

Mr. May appeared before the commissioners to advise them of the scoring and selection process for the bridge inspections required by INDOT.  He provided a handout that obtained the requirements for their use.   He advised that a committee of 3-5 people would be needed and that each proposal received must be scored.  Any choice made by the commissioners would be required to be supported by the scoring process.  Commissioner Busching would be the person responsible for the final tally of scores.  The committee will be the commissioners, Mr. Owen Heaton and Mr. Mick Johnston.

Engels Maps:  Mr. Kerry Langdon

Present to go over map changes were representatives from Engels Maps, commissioners, Ms. Katherine Taul from Ripley County Tourism, Ms. Judy Schebler from E911, and Mr. Owen Heaton-County Highway Superintendent.  Changes were made and Tourism provided points of interest that would be tagged on the map. 

With nothing further to attend, Commissioner Busching made a motion to adjourn.  Motion was seconded by Commissioner Stutler and motion passed unanimously.

 

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