District 1

Robert Reiners, President

10105 N Spades Rd

Sunman, IN  47041



District 2

Mark Busching

608 Clearview Lane

Versailles, IN  47042



District 3

Gerald Stutler

P.O. Box 66

Friendship, IN  47021


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 6,2014

Monday, July 21, 2014
Friday, January 20, 2014 Monday, August 4, 2014
Monday, February 3, 2014 Monday, August 18, 2014
Monday, February 17, 2014 Friday, August 29, 2014
Monday, March 3, 2014 Monday, September 15, 2014
Monday, March 17, 2014 Monday, September 29, 2014
Monday, March 31, 2014 Friday, October 10, 2014
Monday, April  14, 2014 Monday, October 27, 2014
Monday, April 28, 2014 Monday, November 10, 2014
Monday, May 12, 2014 Monday, November 24, 2014
Friday, May 23, 2014 Monday, December 8, 2014
Monday, June 9, 2014 Monday, December 22, 2014
Monday, June 23, 2014 Monday, January 5, 2015
Monday, July 7, 2014  

Commissioner's Meeting Minutes

Minutes prepared by Bill Wagner, Ripley County Auditor 

Commissioners meeting opened promptly at 7:00AM on Monday, March 31, 2014 at the Ripley County Highway Department, Osgood, Indiana.

Commissioners Robert Reiners, Gary Stutler, and Auditor William Wagner were in attendance for the meeting.  Commissioner Busching was in the hospital but called in on speakerphone for the portion of the meeting at the highway garage.

Commissioner Reiners discussed the reverse bidding program from Mr. John House.  The commissioners again stated they were not interested in the program as it did not always allow them to obtain the specs they desired.

Ms. Sheri Hines from USI attended the meeting. Her company is interested in the bridge inspections that will be coming up for award.

The commissioners addressed the road repairs and the damage being done to the county roads by the pipeline for Hoosier Hills Water.

A list of vehicles to be disposed of by the highway garage is to be prepared and forwarded to Auditor Wagner.

The foremen for the 3 districts requested the purchase of a crack sealer to be pulled behind a truck.  This was discussed and funds should be available after the new dump trucks are purchased.  They are to research the equipment.

With no further business to discuss Commissioner Stutler moved to recess to the Annex meeting room.  Commissioner Busching seconded and the motion passed unanimously.

Commissioner Stutler moved to reconvene with a second from Commissioner Reiners.  Motion passed unanimously and the meeting reconvened with the Pledge to the Flag.

Commissioners Reiners, and Stutler were present as well as County Attorney Ertel and Auditor Wagner.   Commissioner Busching was not able to be present for this portion of the meeting due to a hospital confinement for tests and surgery.

Maintenance-Mr. Johnnie Lohrum 8:27:16

Mr. Lohrum advised he had placed plastic owls in the courthouse clock tower to try to keep birds away.  Maxwell Construction has yet to finish the trim strips around the clock faces to secure the screen.

Mr. Lohrum was advised April 8, 2014 Child Services would be using the courthouse lawn.

EMA-Mr. Patrick Rose 8:35:40

Mr. Rose advised he was working with CSX Railroad on an emergency plan for the Milan Dam.  He also advised all EMA equipment has been accounted for through an audit by him.

Technology-Ms. Kelly Vollet

Nothing to report.

Recorder-Ms. Ginger Bradford

Ms. Bradford presented the commissioners with four applications (names currently withheld) for approval as a pool for her office for a future opening.  Commissioner Stutler moved to approve these with a second from Commissioner Reiners.  Motion passed unanimously.

Sheriff Department-Chief Deputy Bradley: Mr. Paul Wells 8:55:21

Mr. Wells confirmed the x-ray machine purchase price of $5000.00 and the Commissioner Reiners signed the contract with Mason Municipal Court.  The quote to move and set up the machine from the Ray Hamilton Company was presented for $999.00.  Commissioner Stutler moved to approve the quote with a second from Commissioner Reiners.  Motion passed with two yes.  Funds for the x-ray machine and the moving will come from Cum Cap Equipment.

Chief Deputy Bradley advised the commissioners that there had been a problem with the equipment installed in the control room and may need that company to make a service call if it persists.

The commissioners addressed the issue of the person to be responsible for the Sheriff Department in the absence of a Sheriff due to the resignation/retirement of Sheriff Grills effective 4/1/2014.  Commissioner Stutler moved to make Chief Deputy Bradley responsible for the Sheriff Department until a Sheriff is appointed by Caucus.  Commissioner Reiners seconded and the motion passed with two yes.

EMS-Mr. Jim Corbin 9:14:50

Mr.Corbin presented a report of the savings for February for the Rescue Units due to the reduced charge by the County. Total savings was $6900.00

Mr. Corbin also addressed run times for transfers.  He stated the average time for the Ambulance transfers were less than using Air Care.  Also the cost to the patient is dramatically lower using the Ambulance. 

The partnership between the Hospital and County is working out well and is advantageous for both parties.

He advised he was following up with Rising Sun Regional Foundation with the requested paperwork.

Probation-Mr. Shannon Schmaltz 

Mr. Schmaltz presented the stats for the Probation Department for 2013.  He also advised he was representing Judge Taul with the recommendation that the County start using Jackson County Juvenile Detention for housing and transporting the County’s juveniles in place of Cedarbridge.  Jackson County does not require a contract and bills days as used.  The facility has fewer juveniles which allows for more personal contact with the juveniles.  Cost is $100.00 per day vs. Cedarbridge at $119.00.  He proposed using the beds purchased with Cedarbridge since these were prepaid by contract.

Surveyor-Employment Plans for Office-Mr. Jeff French

Mr. French advised he would like to change the job description for the open deputy position for his office.  It will include office duties with field work to verify section corners.  He advised it will require more mileage costs for his office.  He is to present the request to the County Council. 

Break 9:46:33

Apex-Ms. Toni Stinson  9:58:22

Ms. Stinson reviewed the loss history of the county health insurance plan since inception.  Without March-May, 2014 loss information they are projecting a refund to the County from the claims account of the self funded side.  Until final loss history is tabulated the amount cannot be established.  She reviewed the types of plans available and presented the commissioners with additional options for renewal.  Without any changes the renewal is expected to be 1.8 % LESS than 2013.  Ms. Stinson suggested keeping the $750.00 deductible plan and the HSA plan for the 2014 renewal.  The commissioners advised they would review but would wait to make a decision until Commissioners Busching was back from the hospital. 

Depression Recovery Program—Ms. Leanne Lengerich  11:10:00

Ms. Lengerich requested use of the upstairs conference room for a faith based self help program to combat depression.  She stated she could accept 5-10 people to start and if successful there were stop smoking and other programs.  She assured the commissioners that the program was sponsored by a religious group there was no religion promoted to those who would participate and was operated by the Nedley Depression Recovery Program.  The commissioners took the request under advisement until Commissioner Busching returned.

Clerk-Precinct Approval-11:15:45

Ms. McCoy presented the commissioners with the new precincts for their approval.  Commissioner Stutler moved to approve the new precincts with a second from Commissioner Reiners.  Motion passed with 2 yes.

Ms. McCoy requested to use the empty room on the courthouse first floor the month of April through election night.  This was approved.

Several items were presented by Auditor Wagner.

Ripley County Community Foundation requested a determination for distribution of the Ripley County Quality of Life Improvement Fund.  Commissioner Stutler moved to receive the distribution for 2013.  Commissioner Reiners seconded and the motion passed with two yes.

Bedel Concrete Construction had provided the lowest bid prior and was requested to provide a revised proposal for the handicapped ramp installation in the middle of the block of the annex south sidewalk (across from the one on the courthouse north walk) and the curbs around the stop sign and street light on the southeast corner.  After review of the revised proposal Commissioner Stutler moved to approve for $3810.00.  Commissioner Reiners seconded and the motion passed with two yes.

Ms. Terri Shoufler of ESPY Services had again requested the commissioners allow her to review the phone bills of the county for possible savings.  The commissioners stated they were not interested as this had been done a few years ago.

Auditor Wagner presented the request from Mr. Scott Barlag of Cedarbridge to assign the current contract between Ripley County and Cedarbridge to the Muskegon River Youth Home of Indiana.  Since the commissioners had voted to use Jackson County’s youth services there was no need to assign the contract as it will run out.

Osgood Library requested the appointment of Ms. Jill Jansing to the Board of Trustees. Commissioner Stutler moved to approve with a second from Commissioner Reiners.  Motion passed with two yes.

Auditor Wagner advised the commissioners that a county department had employees claiming more comp time than the maximum 40 hour cap.  He advised his office is limiting the recording of the comp time to the maximum of 40 hours.  Auditor Wagner has notified the department manager of the issue.

Minutes of the March 17, 2014 meeting:

Commissioner Stutler moved to approve the minutes as presented.  Commissioner Reiners seconded and the motion passed with two yes.

Commissioner Stutler also moved to approve the claims as presented with a second from Commissioner Reiners.  Motion passed with two yes.

Thing that need signed:

Commissioners signed payroll sheets, claim vouchers, claims being paid from the commissioners’ budget, and the minutes of the March 17, 2014 meeting.

With no further business to attend to a motion was made by Commissioner Stutler to adjourn.  Commissioner Reiners seconded and the motion passed with two yes.


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