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 30, 2015 at the Ripley County Highway Department, Osgood, Indiana.
Commissioners Stutler, Linville and Busching were present as well as Auditor Wagner.
Mr. Mike Raney of Laughrey Valley Co-op attended the meeting with the commissioners to discuss the fuel contract for 2015. The commissioners advised they would discuss usage with the Sheriff at the annex portion of the meeting.
Mr. John Ingram of the Town of Milan was present to express interest on the pot hole patcher the Highway was selling. He requested the county sell him patching oil on an as needed basis, if they purchased the equipment, as they had no storage facility.
The commissioners discussed a purchase rotation to replace the dump trucks that were wearing out and will address this during the budget process for 2016.
Foreman Steve Schonegg presented the commissioners with a request to hire Mr. Tim Sides effective 4/13/2015. Commissioner Linville moved to approve with a second from Commissioner Busching. Motion passed with 3 yes.
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.
Building and Planning—Mr. Tad Brinson 8:30:008
Mr. Brisnon presented the commissioners with information on a revised fee schedule for building permits. The commissioners advised they would take under advisement.
EMA—Mr. Patrick Rose 8:38:00
Mr. Rose updated the commissioners on the damage to the bridge on Michigan Road. The structure sides were damaged and the trucking company should be responsible for the repair. Sheriff Cumberworth is to contact the trucking company for information. Attorney Ertel advised it would be wise to contact USI and have the bridge inspected for damage.
Sheriff Department—Sheriff Jeff Cumberworth & Mr. Paul Wells 9:00:00
Sheriff Cumberworth presented the commissioners with the estimate for grounding the electric equipment at the jail ($30,000.00) and the surge protectors ($8893.00) from Leff-Co Electric Inc. Commissioner Busching moved to approve the quotes and fund from Cum Cap Building. Commissioner Linville seconded and the motion passed with 3 yes.
The commissioners discussed the situation with Demaree Trucking not having the correct insurance coverage on the dump trucks used to deliver cinders to the highway. It was advised by Attorney Ertel that a certificate of insurance be required from all contractors that do business with the county. The commissioners also requested Superintendent Owen Heaton to use Flatland Farms to deliver cinders and obtain a certificate of insurance.
Also, Commissioner Busching moved to sell the pot hole patcher to the Town of Milan for $4000.00 and sell the patcher oil on an as needed basis for the cost of the oil plus 10%. Commissioner Linville seconded and the motion passed with 3 yes.
Auditor Wagner presented the commissioners with a request from Ms. Michelle Russell of Child Services to use the Courthouse lawn (or annex building if raining) on 4/23/2015 for a Prevent Child Abuse program. Commissioner Busching moved to approve the request with a second from Commissioner Linville. Motion passed with 3 yes.
Auditor Wagner advised the commissioners the elevator inspections had revealed the elevator in the courthouse needed some maintenance per the inspection reports. Amco will be contacted to complete this maintenance.
Sick time and Vacation time accrual for an employee that was injured was discussed. After consulting the handbook and Attorney Ertel, Commissioner Linville moved to accrue these benefits for the employee. Commissioner Busching seconded and the motion passed with 3 yes.
The commissioners were advised of a roof leak over the surveyor’s office. Attorney Ertel will contact Bruns-Gutzwiller for repair.
Commissioner Busching moved to approve the minutes of the March 16, 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 16, 2015 meeting.
APEX Benefits—Ms. Toni Stinson 10:34:00
Ms. Stinson presented the commissioners with detailed loss information for the county health program and the possible renewal options with several companies. She advised they were waiting on a quote from Anthem and would also provide it at the next meeting if it was competitive. With the present loss ratio of 236.6% she was able to obtain renewal quotes for a 13.6% increase over the 2014-2015 contract period. Several items will be reviewed and then finalized at the next meeting.
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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