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, May 11, 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 cinders were still being received.
Mr. Mike Raney and Mr. Bill Ryle from Laughrey Valley were present to discuss the fuel contracts. Previous information received had been incorrect. Fixed pricing contracts were based on monthly deliveries and the Flex contract was based on total usage in a twelve month period. There was no extension of time for the Flex contract. The commissioners tabled for more discussion later.
County Road 550E at Morris was discussed. The commissioners stated the county road would be up to the landowner to bring up to county specifications and maintain for 12 months at which time the county would assume responsibility for the maintenance. If the road needed to be widened over 12 feet that would also be the responsibility of the property owner.
Foreman Ray Toops advised Bridge #38 (stone bridge on Michigan Road) had again been struck by a semi truck casing more damage. It had been inspected by USI and was structurally sound. Foreman Toops had obtained a written quote from Baumgartner Masonry for $12,000.00 and a verbal quote from Mr. Paul Morris for $13,500.00. Commissioner Busching moved to accept the quote from Baumgartner Masonry with a second from Commissioner Linville. Motion passed with 3 yes.
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. Johnny Lohrum 8:13:00
Mr. Lohrum advised Cintas had repaired an emergency light in the courthouse and a bill would be received.
Mr. Dave Drew of QPH appeared to explain the repair billings for the jail A/C repair. It had been ongoing and after all inspections were complete it indicated lightning has struck the unit that caused the problems.
EMA—Mr. Patrick Rose 8:23:50
Mr. Rose updated the commissioners on the EMA training, grant updates, county hazard mitigation plan, etc. He also advised he wanted to apply for a grant for the 2013 Homeland Security grant from funds that had not been expended and was available for re-distribution. Commissioner Busching moved to approve the application for the funds with a second from Commissioner Linville. Motion passed with 3 yes.
Mr. Rose requested permission to hire part time help for a total or $50.00 to update IDHS resource spreadsheet. Commissioner Busching moved to approve with a second from Commissioner Linville. Motion passed with 3 yes.
Technology—Ms. Kelly Vollet 8:31:00
Ms. Vollet advised a quote for remodeling the courthouse room for community corrections had been received from Maxwell Construction for $8900.00.00 had been received. The commissioners will inspect the room and decide what changes if any they would want.
EMS—Mr. Jim Corbin 8:50:15
Mr. Corbin provided a report of the amount of funds saved ( $29,800.00) by the rescue units based on the reduced ALS fees to them as of April 30, 2015. He also advised the commissioners that the balance owed the county by Rescue 69 was $51,700.00 as of April 30, 2015 and a letter had been sent to Rescue 69.
Prosecutor—Mr. Ric Hertel 9:01:35
Mr. Hertel advised the commissioners the Wi-Fi in the courthouse was not totally reliable. The Wi-Fi was being used more in trials with presentations and could cause problems if it did not work properly. He is investigating some solutions.
Sheriff Department—Sheriff Jeff Cumberworth 9:03:25
Sheriff Cumberworth presented the new hire for Deputy, Mr. Conrad Reichert III. Commissioner Busching moved to approve with a second from Commissioner Linville. Motion passed with 3 yes.
He reported an emergency light had been replaced and a bill would be forthcoming.
Also discussed were charges for false security alarm calls. More information will be obtained.
Ripley County Drug Awareness Coalition—Ms. Amy Phillips
Ms. Phillips appeared to advise the commissioners the list of grants they had awarded for 2015 and to request the funds from the county for their organization.
APEX Benefits—Ms. Toni Stinson 9:45:00
Ms. Stinson appeared to confirm the choices made by the commissioners for the health insurance renewal effective June 2015.
Renewal will be with Gerber Insurance with a total cost for the health insurance at $1,338,971.00. Employees will still have a choice of two plans, PPO with a $750.00 deductible and an HSA with a $2000.00 deductible.
Health Department—Ms. Holley Rose and Ms. Vicki Powell
A report of the procedural findings obtained from the needle exchange program in Scott County due to the HIV outbreak was provided the commissioners in the event they would need to establish one for Ripley County.
Combined Insurance—Mr. Bernie Nimeskern
Mr. Nimeskern requested permission to present his company’s insurance programs to county employees. He was advised he could use the annex meeting room 4-6pm 5/28/2015. The county is not involved in these products and it will be billed directly to the individual.
A quote from Mr. Welch for the display case in the annex was discussed. Commissioner Busching moved to approve the quote for $4300.00 after sizes were confirmed. Commissioner Linville seconded and the motion passed with 3 yes.
Auditor Wagner presented the quotes from Bedel Concrete Construction for handicapped ramps at the front door of the annex ($3768.00) and rounding the corners of the parking lot islands ($5100.00). Commissioner Linville moved to approve the handicapped ramps with a second from Commissioner Busching. Motion passed with 3 yes. No action was taken on the rounding of the parking lot islands.
Auditor Wagner also provided the 3rd quarter grant sharing agreement from the City of Rising Sun for $16,712.24 for the Commissioner President signature.
The option to apply for a grant from Rising Sun Regional Foundation for snow plows was discussed. Foreman Pat Kissell is to prepare the paperwork.
Commissioner Busching moved to approve the minutes of the April 27, 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 27, 2015 meeting.
With no further business to attend, Commissioner Busching moved to adjourn the meeting. Commissioner Linville seconded and the motion passed with 3 yes.
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