RIPLEY COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

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District 1

Robert Linville

5227 W County Rd 800 N

Osgood, IN  47037

812-852-4593

 

District 2

Mark Busching

214 Spencer Lane

Versailles, IN  47042

812-621-7904

 

District 3

Gerald Stutler, President

P.O. Box 66

Friendship, IN  47021

812-667-5505

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 5,2015

Monday, July 20, 2015
Monday, January 19, 2015 Monday, August 3, 2015
Monday, February 2, 2015 Monday, August 17, 2015
Monday, February 16, 2015 Monday, August 31, 2015
Monday, March 2, 2015 Monday, September 14, 2015
Monday, March 16, 2015 Monday, September 28, 2015
Monday, March 30, 2015 Friday, October 9, 2015
Monday, April  13, 2015 Monday, October 26, 2015
Monday, April 27, 2015 Monday, November 9, 2015
Monday, May 11, 2015 Monday, November 23, 2015
Friday, May 22, 2015 Monday, December 7, 2015
Monday, June 8, 2015 Monday, December 21, 2015
Monday, June 22, 2015 Monday, January 4, 2016
Monday, July 6, 2015  

Commissioner's Meeting Minutes

Minutes prepared by Bill Wagner, Ripley County Auditor

Commissioners meeting opened promptly at 7:00AM, Monday, April 27., 2015 at the Ripley County Highway Department, Osgood, Indiana.

Commissioners Stutler, Linville and Busching were present as well as Auditor Wagner.

Superintendent Owen Heaton advised they were receiving cinders to stockpile before the  supply was shut down.

Foreman Pat Kissell advised the Gradall was in need of repairs and had been scheduled.

Foreman Ray Toops advised the stone bridge on Michigan Road had been damaged again by a hit and run semi truck.  The bridge will need to be inspected for hidden damage.

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.

Maintenance—Mr. Johnn Lohrum 8:06:18

Mr. Lohrum advised he had re-seeded the courthouse lawn and had used the jail trustees to stir the mulch.

Prosecutor—Mr. Ric Hertel 8:12:25

Prosecutor Hertel provided the commissioners with a request to hire Ms. Ashleigh Sieko as a summer intern.  Commissioner Busching moved to approve the request with a second from Commissioner Linville.  Motion passed with 3 yes.

EMA—Mr. Patrick Rose 8:14:50

Mr. Rose updated the commissioners on the EMA training, grant updates, county hazard mitigation plan, etc.

Health Dept.—Ms. Holley Rose

Ms. Rose advised the experience at Scott County had provided a number of insights if there is an emergency in Ripley County.  Also the Health Department is to be reimbursed for the wages and mileage for those from Ripley County that worked in Scott County for the HIV emergency.

Technology—Ms. Kelly Vollet 8:32:35

Ms. Vollet presented the commissioners with the Rising Sun Regional Foundation grant for the Jail software in the amount of $40,000.00.

She reported the Tech committee had met and recommended the request for the commissioners to purchase two computers for the records room as the Recorder and Auditor had provided funds for two.  Commissioner Busching moved to approve the purchase with a second from Commissioner Linville.  Motion passed with 3 yes.

Also recommended was the purchase for a recording system for Superior Court in the amount of $7585.00.  Commissioner Busching moved to approve the purchase with a second from Commissioner Linville.  Motion passed with 3 yes.  Both purchases are to be paid from Cum Cap Equipment.

She advised the Coroner had requested new laptops but the request had been tabled until an inventory and accounting of the current equipment was provided and would be discussed at the next Tech Committee meeting.

EMS—Mr. Jim Corbin  8:51:00

Mr. Corbin advised the EMS had received a grant from the Ripley County Drug Coalition in the amount of $800.00.  These funds would be used to purchase the drug to combat opiate overdoses.

He provided the commissioners with the balance ($48,600.00) of the outstanding amount owed to the county by Rescue 69 for past due ALS (advanced life support) fees.

ESPY Services—Ms. Terri Stoufler 8:53:10

Ms. Stoufler presented the telecom review services her company provided for consideration by the commissioners.  After discussion Commissioner Busching moved to table the information for later review.  Commissioner Linville seconded and the motion passed with 3 yes.  Ms. Stoufler was advised she would receive an answer by the next meeting.

Sheriff Department—Sheriff Jeff Cumberworth  8:59:00

Sheriff Cumberworth advised the power changeover for the jail would occur at 9:00 am Friday, May 1, 2015 to not interfere with EMA training for a mock disaster scheduled for April 29, 2015.

Break—9:07:00

Asphalt and Bituminous Material Bid Awards:

Attorney Ertel provided the breakdown for the Oil Bids received and opened at the April 13, 2015 meeting.  After review and discussion, Commissioner Busching moved to approve Asphalt Materials bid with a second from Commissioner Linville.  Motion passed with 3 yes.

The commissioners then discussed the option to contract the gasoline and diesel fuel for 2016 since the price was down.  After review of the current pricing Commissioner Busching moved to give Highway Superintendent Heaton the authority to negotiate the price with Laughrey Valley.   He then withdrew his motion.

Commissioner Busching moved to contract with Laughrey Valley for off –road and on- road diesel and gas based on the historical average of usage beginning 1-1-2016 and use the flex contract that provides an additional 6 months to use fuel contracted if pump price falls below contacted price.  Commissioner Linville seconded and the motion passed with 3 yes.

The commissioners then discussed the ESPY Services proposal.  After discussion Commissioner Busching moved to take the proposal off the table and decline the request.  Commissioner Linville seconded and the motion passed with 3 yes.

911—Ms. Judy Schebler

Ms. Schebler provided a quote from Mobilcomm for new 180 foot tower at the Jail.  She advised since the new site was lower than the current location it would NOT provide any more coverage than the current tower.  Also, the ongoing project to ground the current tower would provide the proper grounding needed.  Also, the current tower is a solid steel construction and Mobilcomm felt it would stand for a long period yet without replacement.

Quote from Mobilecomm for a 180 foot tower with building to house the equipment and dismantle the old tower was $143,500.00.  The commissioners thanked Ms. Schebler but took no action on the quote.

Fitzgerald & Fitzgerald Construction Company—Mr. Dennis Carnes 10:02:08

Mr. Carnes appeared to obtain information on County Road 550E to the Scott Morris property and who is responsible to provide the road to the property.  He presented emails from the State of Indiana and Mr. Rob Seig pertaining to the Road for review.  Commissioner Busching moved to table the matter until review could be done.  Commissioner Linville seconded and the motion passed with 3 yes.  Mr. Carnes was advised to attend the next meeting May 11, 2015.

Community Corrections—Judge Ryan King  10:36:10

Judge King requested the commissioners approve the requested board appointments as presented.  Commissioner Busching moved to approve the request as presented with a second from Commissioner Linville.  Motion passed with 3 yes.

Commissioner Busching moved authorize Commissioner President Gary Stutler to sign the Community Corections Grant request.  Commissioner Linville seconded and the motion passed with 3 yes.

Community Corrections Board consists as follows:

Sheriff:  Mr. Jeff Cumberworth

Prosecutor: Mr. Ric Hertel

Director of Children’s Service: Ms. Michelle Russell

Batesville Mayor: Mr. Rick Fledderman

Circuit Court: Judge Ryan King

Superior Court: Judge Jeff Sharp

Judges’ Appointment/Designee: Mr. Mike Black

Additional Members by Board of Commissioners:

Attorney John Watson

Ms. Brenda Wetzler

Mr. Robert Morehead

Ms. Vickie Hensley

Mr. Tom Talbot

Mr. Rick Rohlfing

Mr. Greg Niese     

Mr. Mike Daugherty

Mr. Frank Hillberg

Ms. Megan Lengerich

Ms. Dana Row

Ms. Leticia Foster

Judge King advised the Community Corrections Board would be meeting in the annex meeting room at 6:00pm April 28, 2015.

Auditor Wagner presented the commissioners with a request from Southeastern Indiana Economic Development Corporation to appoint Ms. Lois Franklin to the board due to a resignation by Ms. Connie DeBurger.  Commissioner Busching moved to approve the request with a second from Commissioner Linville.  Motion passed with 3 yes.

Also presented was a request from the Versailles Lions Club for permission to use the Courthouse lawn and lower level bathrooms for the Annual Chicken BBQ.  Commissioner Busching moved to approve the request with the stipulation the Lions Club paid for the restroom monitor and no comp time would be granted any county employee.  Commissioner Linville seconded and the motion passed with 3 yes.

Commissioner Busching moved to approve the minutes of the April 13, 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 April 13, 2015 meeting.

With no further business to attend, Commissioner Busching moved to recess to the annex meeting room 6:00pm April 28, 2015 for the Community Corrections Board meeting.  Commissioner Linville seconded and the motion passed with 3 yes.

April 28, 2015  6:00pm

Commissioner Busching moved to reconvene the commissioners’ meeting with a second from Commissioner Linville.  Motion passed with 3 yes.

After the Community Corrections Board Meeting and discussion, Commissioner Busching moved to adjourn the Commissioners’ meeting with a second from Commissioner Linville.  Motion passed with 3 yes.

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