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, April 14, 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 still in the hospital.

Superintendent Heaton reported the new storage building was complete.  He presented the quote for the gutters for the building-$1106.25 from Flint Seamless Gutters.

The commissioners discussed the changes the Parks wanted for the fence replacement at the Grandstand.  Mr. Warren Bruns is to attend the meeting at the annex with the estimates for the changes. 

Also discussed were the bridge inspections.  The scoring of the potential companies will need to be done.

The district foremen advised they had reviewed the crack sealer and advised they felt it would be more cost effective to lease as needed rather than purchase. 

EMA Director Patrick Rose stopped to determine if Ripley County had any flooding damage to report to the State.  He was advised there had been no major damage in the county.

With no further business to discuss Commissioner Stutler moved to recess to the Annex meeting room.  Commissioner Reiners 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 Auditor Wagner.   Commissioner Busching was still in the hospital due to complications.  Attorney Ertel was unable to attend until 10:30 am due to a scheduled hearing.

Maintenance-Mr. Johnnie Lohrum 8:15:00

Mr. Lohrum advised he had received the softener salt.  He also stated the courthouse roof was still leaking over the Prosecutor’s Office.  Maxwell is to look at the repair they previously did to see where the leak is coming from.

EMA-Mr. Patrick Rose 8:20:25

Mr. Rose reported on the radio upgrade for compliance.  He will concentrate on the Sheriff and EMS first.  He will also apply for a grant from Homeland Security to help pay for these radios. 

A Memorandum of Understanding with the Southeastern Career Center and Ripley County Emergency Management Agency for a Logistics Supply Area, emergency shelter, staging area, emergency command facility, or need for a large climate controlled facility. 

Commissioner Stutler moved to approve the agreement with a second from Commissioner Reiners.  Motion passed with 2 yes.

Technology-Ms. Kelly Vollet

Ms. Vollet was unable to attend but provided a letter pertaining to the mail machine.  She had advised Mr. Joe Baker-Pinnacle Mailing Products-of the dissatisfaction with the machines and had informed him that unless the issues constantly being addressed are improved or fixed the county may request the machines be removed.

Parks-Mr. Warren Bruns 8:27:15

Mr. Bruns advised the commissioners of the change for the grandstand fence and presented options for the fence installation.  He also advised the changes on the priority for the maintenance for the future. 

Area Planning-Mr. Tad Brinson 8:36:52

Mr. Brinson presented the commissioners with a zoning change request for property located at 1111 S. County Road 525 E, Milan, Indiana from A-2 Agriculture to I-1 Enclosed Industry.  The request was given a favorable recommendation from the Zoning Board.  Commissioner Stutler moved to approve the request with a second from Commissioner Reiners.  Motion passed with 2 yes.

Drainage Issue-Mr. Alfred Woodruff

Mr. Woodruff appeared again to continue his complaint of the water drainage onto his property located on County road 400W.  Commissioner Stutler and the highway foreman looked at this several times before and the drainage is a natural drainage.   Mr. Woodruff is to contact DNR and set up a meeting.  Commissioner Reiners and Stutler advised they will look at the issue one last time.

Sheriff Department-Chief Deputy Bradley: Mr. Paul Wells 9:00:10

Mr. Wells advised the training and set-up of the x-ray machine could be scheduled.  There are still questions about responsibility for the operation of the machine and how it is to be used. 

The jail kitchen floor quotes are still being reviewed.  The HVAC changes in the old jail were completed by QPH. 

Chief Deputy Bradley advised a multiplexor had quite working and had been replaced with the spare.  It is being sent for repair.

Commissioner Stutler gave Chief Deputy Bradley a list of items he wanted to be sure was returned to the Sheriff Department by Sheriff Grills when he resigned.  Chief Deputy Bradley is to follow up on the items.


EMS-Mr. Jim Corbin and Mr. Charles Malinowski 9:27:19

Mr. Malinowski presented the commissioners with a proposal for recovery of funds for Medicaid EMS runs through the Indiana Family and Social Services Department. He proposed a 50/50 sharing of recovery with a cap of $9500.00 as Malcon Consulting’s share.  Mr. Corbin was in favor.  Commissioner Stutler moved to approve with a second from Commissioner Reiners.  Motion passed with 2 yes.

Mr. Corbin provided the savings report to the rescue units by the reduction of the Charge by the EMS to them.  As of the first quarter the reduction of cost to the units is $22,600.00.

He also provided letters of appreciation from those served by the inter-facility transfer.

The old rescue vehicles will be taken to the highway garage for disposal.

Exterior Pro-Jami Perry

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Ripley County Tourism-Ms. Katherine Taul 9:55:09

Ms. Taul requested approval of two board members.  Commissioner Stutler moved to approve Mr. Don Karbowski of Batesville and Ms. Anita Fledderman of Sunman to the Tourism Board.  Commissioner Reiners seconded and the motion passed with 2 yes.  Ms. Taul invited the commissioners to the 60th Anniversary Celebration of Milan 54 on June 21.  She also asked if any decision had been made to replace the old stone arch bridge and was advised it had not been decided.

JCD School Resource Officer-Dr. Leanna Phillippe, Superintendent

Ms. Phillippe advised the commissioners the school had hired a resource officer and he would be a Reserve Deputy for the Ripley County Sheriff Department.  She requested the county provide a vehicle for him at their expense.  Questions arose as to who and how deductibles for Law Enforcement Liability and other costs would be reimbursed.  Also additional liability for the county was discussed.  It was noted the school was applying to the county for support of the position as the school buildings were outside the Town of Osgood city limit.  It will continue to be investigated before an agreement will be signed and additional costs will be put together for the JCD Board.

APEX-Mr. John Gause  11:13:52

Mr. Gause reviewed the renewal proposal provided at the previous meeting.  A wellness program and short term and long term disability was discussed.  After discussion Commissioner Stutler moved to renew the current program with the two options (PPO and  HSA) for the proposed 1.8% reduction of rates from the June 2013 renewal ($1,131,858.00).  Renewal for June 1, 2014 will be $1,111,980.00 based on current enrollment.  It was also noted that a refund of the claims fund was anticipated for the  2013/2014 period. Final number cannot be established until after May claims are processed.

The commissioners considered the request to proclaim May 2014 as Mental Health Awareness Month.  Commissioner Stutler moved to approve the request with a second from Commissioner Reiners.  Motion passed with 2 yes.

Minutes of the March 31, 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.

Things that need signed:

Commissioners signed payroll sheets, claim vouchers, claims being paid from the commissioners’ budget, and the minutes of the March 31, 2014 meeting.

With no further business to attend to a motion was made by Commissioner Stutler to recess until 1:00 pm Thursday 4-17-2014 at the highway garage.  Commissioner Reiners seconded and the motion passed with two yes.


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