RIPLEY COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
Robert Reiners, President
10105 N Spades Rd
Sunman, IN 47041
214 Spencer Lane
Versailles, IN 47042
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 on Monday, April 28, 2014 at the Ripley County Highway Department, Osgood, Indiana.
Commissioners Robert Reiners, Gary Stutler, Mark Busching and Auditor William Wagner were in attendance for the meeting.
The additional funds for highway being received from the State are being distributed monthly per Commissioner Reiners from information he received at the AIC meeting.
The fence at the Park was discussed. The Highway employees were requested to take down the poles and trustees from the Sheriff Department will help with taking the screws out of the metal. Highway Department help will depend on time available at the highway garage.
With no further business to discuss Commissioner Busching moved to recess to the Annex meeting room. Commissioner Stutler seconded and the motion passed unanimously.
Commissioner Busching moved to reconvene with a second from Commissioner Stutler. Motion passed unanimously and the meeting reconvened with the Pledge to the Flag.
Commissioners Reiners, Stutler, and Busching were present as well as Auditor Wagner. Attorney Ertel was present later in the meeting.
Maintenance-Mr. Johnnie Lohrum 8:05:40
Mr. Lohrum advised the roof at the courthouse over the Prosecutor’s Office was still leaking. He is to call Maxwell to come and look at their work and find the leak. The sidewalks at the courthouse will need to be cut out and replaced in several places and a downspout undermining the sidewalk will need repaired.
EMA-Mr. Patrick Rose 8:10:21
Mr. Rose advised there would be an EMPG meeting in June to qualify for a grant. He updated the radio conversions and replacements.
Superior Court: Judge Morris
Judge Morris presented an applicant for the third deputy position (Suzanne Fiset). Commissioner Stutler moved to approve the request with a second from Commissioner Busching. Motion passed unanimously.
Technology-Ms. Kelly Vollet
Ms. Vollet had nothing new to report.
Sheriff Department-Sheriff Rodney Stratton-Matron Toni Halcomb & Mr. Paul Wells 8:52:16
Sheriff Stratton advised the transition was going well.
Mr. Wells advised the railing along the sidewalk at the Sheriff Office is rusted away at the sidewalk and will need repaired. He also reviewed the jail floor estimates and the commissioners requested he contact Real Time Detention and advise if they will include the disconnect/reconnect and moving of the equipment the commissioners would award the bid to them for the flooring.
Also discussed was the Easy Water proposal and Mr. Wells stated he was aware of other jails that was using the system. He is to check with them for recommendations and their experience.
EMS-Mr. Jim Corbin 9:21:47
Mr. Tom Stewart of Medicount Management Inc was there to answer any questions on the transition to his company for the ambulance billing service. Mr. Corbin advised he was in favor of the change and all the county rescue units were in agreement to change. Mr. Corbin advised the current billing service-Ambulance Billing Service-would need 90 days notice of the change.
Commissioner Busching moved to approve the change to Medicount Management Inc. with a second from Commissioner Stutler. Motion passed unanimously.
Mr. Corbin updated the commissioners of the Rescue 69 repayment schedule and advised they were making the repayments as agreed. The commissioners signed the Client Services Agreement with Medicount Management, Inc.
Teresa Swinney-Janitorial position
Ms. Swinney appeared to discuss the job with the commissioners and present her qualifications.
Mr. Rick Bushhorn also spoke to the commissioners on his interest in the job.
Mr. Tim Agapie advised he would order supplies so the new janitor would have supplies. He also offered to be available to help with the transition if the new janitor had questions. He stated the floors in the courthouse and annex would be waxed Friday evening.
Town of Osgood-Ms. Linda Krinop and Ms. Dee Holiday 9:50:25
Ms. Krinop presented the commissioners with pictures of damage to County Road 300N by the Hoosier Hills Water Company sub-contractors for the new water line. There were numerous areas of damage where the mud had come up through the road and where they had broken down the edges of the road and they are crumbling. The walking paths and the parking lots for the Town of Osgood have also been damaged. The commissioners requested the Town’s Attorney prepare a letter of the grievances so they and the county road issues could be addressed at the same time.
Indiana Landmarks—Mr. Seth Elder 10:40:00
Mr. Elder addressed the Stone Arch Bridge on County Road 650 (County Bridge #70). He advised the commissioners that he had obtained an estimate from Barth and Associates to replace the bridge ($347,000.00) and one to rehabilitate the bridge ($367,000.00) to save the stone arches. With variables considered the difference could be as low as 5%. He requested the commissioners consider rehabilitation and they could supply a list of stone masons familiar with the restoration of the arches.
Clerk—Ms. Mary Ann McCoy 10:49:00
Ms. McCoy advised the voting machines had been tested and two were not working properly. One can be repaired and is being worked on and one could not be repaired and needed to be replaced. Replacement with a refurbished machine would be $795.00. Commissioner Stutler moved to approve the replacement and repair with a second from Commissioner Busching. Motion passed unanimously. The new machine is to be paid with funds from cum cap equipment.
Ms. McCoy advised GBS had provided training on the machines and 22 inspectors had attended the training. It was very informative and helpful. She requested addition pay for those who had attended but the commissioners stated the training is part of the job.
The appointments to the Friendship Regional Sewer District Board were discussed and Commissioner Busching moved to appoint Mr. Scott Stutler and Ms. Margie Nickell to serve on the Board of Trustees from 1/1/2014 to 12/31/2016. Commissioner Reiners seconded and the motion passed with 2 yes and Commissioner Stutler abstaining. These appointments are Resolution 2014-01 and 2014-02 respectively.
The commissioners reviewed the applicants for the janitorial position and after discussion Commissioner Stutler moved to approve Mr. Richard Bushhorn. Commissioner Busching seconded and the motion passed unanimously. His start date to be 4/28/2014.
The Ordinance 2014-03 for County credit cards, prepared by Attorney Ertel, was discussed. Commissioner Busching moved to approve the Ordinance with the change that gratuities could NOT be charged to the credit cards. Commissioner Stutler seconded and the motion passed unanimously.
The South Ripley Ministerial Association requested the use of the courthouse lawn for the National Day of Prayer 5/1/2014 from 12:15 pm to 12:45pm. Commissioner Busching moved to approve with a second from Commissioner Stutler. Motion passed unanimously.
Minutes of the April 14, 2014 meeting:
Commissioner Stutler moved to approve the minutes with a second from Commissioner Reiners. Motion passed with 2 yes and Commissioner Busching abstaining.
Things that need signed:
Commissioners signed payroll sheets, claim vouchers, claims being paid from the commissioners’ budget, and the minutes of the April 14, 2014 meeting.
Commissioner Busching moved to pay the claims from the commissioners’ budget with a second from Commissioner Stutler. Motion passed unanimously.
With no further business to attend to Commissioner Busching moved to adjourn. Commissioner Stutler seconded and the motion passed unanimously.
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