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, April 13, 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 discussed the fuel contracts possibility for 2016. He advised it is possible to contract for 2016 now and a flex contract could be used. It provides a fixed rate but if the price drops below the fixed price of the contract the contract could be extended an extra 6 months to use the contracted amount of gallons. The commissioners advised they would discuss and advise.
Bridge #38, Stone Arch on Michigan Road, had been inspected by USI and was found to have NO structural damage.
Foreman Ray Toops advised the Highway Department would help the Sheriff Department with a cut in the asphalt and concrete for the tower grounding project.
Superintendent Owen Heaton advised the Town of Milan had purchased the old pot hole patcher for $4000.00.
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.
The first order of business was to discuss the error of the Solid Waste appointment. In December 2014 the commissioners had voted to appoint Commissioner Busching and Ms. Dee Holiday as board members. In February they had voted to appoint Commissioner Stutler and Ms. Holley Rose as board members.
Commissioner Busching moved to rescind the February 16, 2015 vote with a second from Commissioner Linville. Motion passed with 3 yes and the December appointment vote stood as valid.
Next the commissioners discussed the request of a new mower. Commissioner Linville moved to approve the request and purchase an XMark with cum cap development funds. Commissioner Busching seconded and the motion passed with 3 yes.
Technology—Ms. Kelly Vollet 8:32:00
Ms. Vollet advised the Rising Sun Regional Foundation had granted $40,000.00 for the Jail software.
She advised the empty room in the courthouse needed to have a wall build to separate the server, safe, and mail machine from the rest of the room if it was to be used for community corrections. She is to contact Maxwell Construction for a quote.
She also advised the Ems building had taken a lightning strike and some computers and fax machine had been damaged. The damage to replace the equipment will be less than the deductible.
Commissioner Busching discussed the west entrance door of the annex and stated for security he felt it should be kept locked and be used by employees with card access or keys. He moved to have this done with a second from Commissioner Linville. Motion passed with 3 yes.
EMS—Mr. Jim Corbin & Mr. Chris Adams 8:51:00
Mr. Adams explained to the commissioners the issue with Ambulance Billing Service which was the prior company billing service for the EMS. They had written off numerous bills without consulting Ripley County EMS and were not co-operating with EMS on collections. There was $34,000.00 that could possibly be collected. Mr. Corbin requested Attorney Ertel contact them to have the records transferred to the new billing company.
Mr. Corbin provided the report of savings to the Rescue units due to the lower fee for use of the county paramedics and medics. Through March they had saved $23,400.00 through the reduced fees.
Sheriff Department—Sheriff Jeff Cumberworth 9:00:00
Sheriff Cumberworth advised the commissioners to remove the old tower at the Jail would be $14,900.00. Also a new tower would cost $59,600.00 but did not include antennas, cabling, or their installation. Sheriff Cumberworth with follow up to get a complete install price of a new tower, with antennas, etc.
Also he advised the garage door had been damaged by a vendor and the vendor had agreed to replace the door. Sheriff Cumberworth requested the commissioners approve the purchase of a new garage door opener for $349.00. Commissioner Busching moved to approve the request with a second from Commissioner Linville. Motion passed with 3 yes.
Funds will come from cum cap building.
Versailles Mainstreet—Mr. Steve Mathes 9:45:12
Mr. Mathes advised the commissioners the group would be having a Farmers Market on the square May 23, 2015 through October 21, 2015. The vendors would be set up on the street and would not be on the courthouse lawn. However he requested the use of the restrooms and advised they would police the restrooms and clean them up. The commissioners will take this under consideration and notify Mr. Mathes of a decision.
Bids for Ashpalt Oil and Oil products were opened and read from Marathon Petroleum, Asphalt Materials, Inc., and Terry Asphalt. Commissioner Busching moved to table the bids until reviewed by Attorney Ertel with a decision to be made at the April 27, 2015 meeting. Commissioner Linville seconded and the motion passed with 3 yes.
Liberty National—Open Enrollment—Ms. Stephanie Leonard 10:20:55
Ms. Leonard introduced herself to the commissioners and requested permission to visit each office and department to discuss the insurance products during the open enrollment. The commissioners advised they preferred she provide the notification sheet to the auditor to include in pay packets and she could set up in the commissioners’ room or the meeting room on the open enrollment day.
APEX Benefits—Ms. Rebecca Leeman—Health Renewal Quote 10:38:15
Ms. Leeman provided the commissioners with the final renewal figures and the final breakdown of each class. Also several options were presented for their consideration. She advised the Anthem quote had been received and the price for it was $1,454,268.00 which was higher than the renewal quote through Gerber Life and Companion Life. The commissioners took the information under advisement and will vote at the April 27, 2015 meeting.
Commissioner Busching moved to approve the minutes of the March 30, 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 30, 2015 meeting.
With no further business to attend, Commissioner Busching moved to adjourn with a second from Commissioner Linville. Motion passed with 3 yes
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