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2011 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 10

Monday, July 11

Monday, January 24 Monday, July 25
Monday, February 7 Monday, August 8
Friday, February 18 Monday, August 22
Monday, March 7 Friday, September 2
Monday, March 21 Monday, September 19
Monday, April 4 Monday, October 3
Monday, April  18 Monday, October 17
Monday, May 2 Monday, October 31
Monday, May 16 Monday, November 14
Friday, May 27 Monday, November 28
Monday, June 13 Monday, December 12
Monday, June 27 Thursday, December 22



Minutes prepared by Bill Wagner, Ripley County Auditor

Commissioners meeting opened promptly at 7:00AM on Monday, April 18, 2011 at the Ripley County Highway Department, Osgood, Indiana.

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

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

The sign inventory program was discussed and will become effective 2018.  It was announced that Mr. Daren Brown would be the new grader operator.

The salt building was discussed and the lowest bid for materials was from New Marion Sales.  The garage is ready to begin construction.

The old storage building for maintenance was discussed and what to do with tearing it down.  Mr. Owen Heaton is to get prices for tearing it down as well.  Also, Mr. Heaton is to check with Holman excavating on the trees that have to be removed to confirm the price given and the compaction where removed.

It was determined that the State of Indiana salt bid program would be the best place to continue purchase of salt.

With nothing further to discuss Commissioner Busching moved to recess to the Annex Building.  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 8:25 am (due to the length of the highway garage meeting) 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 County Attorney Ertel.

Maintenance:  Mr. Johnnie Lohrum (8:10:56)

Mr. Lohrum advised the courthouse trees have been treated and he is still working on the courthouse gutter.

The clock repair has been completed and Smith Bell & Clock advised they could do an inspection for $350.00 per year.  The commissioners agreed it would be a good idea and advised Mr. Lohrum to contact the Town of Versailles to get their approval.  The cost would be split between the Town and the County.

Technology:  Ms Kelly Vollet (8:40:15)

Ms. Vollet advised the technology had received a request from the Clerk to purchase 2 additional scanners.  They advised the commissioners purchase them.  One will remain in the prosecutor’s office until they finish and then all will be located in the Clerk’s office.  Commissioner Busching moved to purchase the scanners from cum cap equipment with a second from Commissioner Stutler.  Motion passed unanimously.

8:48:00—Commissioner Busching advised the Solid Waste District could not obtain an occupancy permit for the addition to the recycle building due to the bathroom not being finished.  They have obtained a temporary permit.

8:56:55--County Attorney Ertel advised the commissioners he had received the Comfort Letter from The State of Indiana for the county owned property.  He will now work on the property not owned by the county.

He also advised he had prepared a petition to vacate an alley for the annex building project to present to the Town of Versailles.  Commissioner Stutler moved to sign and present the petition to The Town of Versailles with a second from Commissioner Busching.  Motion passed unanimously.

Also discussed was micro loans that the property had been sold on a tax sale and how to protect the county interest.  Attorney Ertel and Auditor Wagner are to determine options and present them to the commissioners at the next meeting.

SE Regional Planning—Ms. Patty Jackson (9:13:55)

Ms. Jackson advised they had partnered with Aurora to provide an Owner Occupied Rehab Program.   She was asking for the Commissioner’s support and permission to include Ripley County in the program.  SIRPC handles all paperwork and it would be of no cost to the County.  It would include very low income, over 55, and disabled residents.  Commissioner Busching moved to participate with a second from Commissioner Stutler.  The motion passed unanimously.

David & Karen Reynolds—Loose Dogs

Did not appear.

Mr. John House—Reverse bidding.

Mr. House explained how the reverse auction process worked and how it could benefit the county.  They advertise the specifications and accept bids online.  The bidding continues until there is only one bidder left.  There is no cost to the county for the computer program and the vendors who are awarded the bid pay a fee to the service.

Maverick Insurance—Mr. Kevin Krekeler & Mr. Pepper Cooper, SIHO

Mr. Cooper again discussed the partially self-funded program and advised it could be identical to any program desired.  SIHO administered the claims process and the county submits funds to SIHO to cover the claims paid.  As for terminal costs the re-insurance company that renews the contract accepts those exposures as well. 

It was determined that Maverick Insurance, Humana, And APEX would present their programs on the May 2, 2011 commissioner’s meeting for consideration.

CCI-Mr. Joe Hoffman (10:40:00)

Representatives from CCI met with the commissioners and Attorney Ertel to discuss the management contract.  Areas of discussion included 3.3.1,, 3.3.15, 4.3.3, 9.2, 8.3.1, 11.6.1, #12, page 21.

Mr. Eric Wolf is to provide Attorney Ertel a copy of the contractor’s contract to show the contractors are responsible for completed work.  The representatives are to get with Attorney Ertel and reword the items in question.

APEX—Ms. Toni Stinson & Mr. John Gause

They were present and had information on a partially self-funded, HSA, and Fully insured plans.  They were instructed to hold those until the May 2, 2011 meeting so no pricing would be revealed.


Representatives presented the commissioners the inspection forms for signature.  The county has 30 days to review and sign the report.

Commissioner Busching moved to accept the minutes of the April 4, 2011 meeting with a second from Commissioner Stutler.  Motion passed unanimously.

The commissioners signed payroll sheets, claim vouchers, claims being paid from the commissioners’ budget, & minutes of the last meeting.  Also signed were the AMCO Elevator service contract and an application with Federal Surplus to bid on surplus property.

With no further business to come before the commissioners a motion to adjourn was made by Commissioner Busching and seconded by Commissioner Stutler.  The motion passed unanimously.


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