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, May 12, 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.
Mr. Darrell Smith-CPI- was in attendance to discuss Bridge16 replacement. He advised they were working with a company-Big R-who fabricated steel bridges that came in pieces and bolted together. It would have a concrete deck and the county bridge crew could put it together. The bridge package includes needed engineering. Price includes guardrail and 25 foot at each corner for the approach to the bridge. Delivery is about 4-5 weeks.
It was reported that Friendship Road would be paved by Dave O’Mara beginning May 19, 2014 depending on weather.
Also Foreman Bob DeBurger reported that there would be a conference call 5/21/2014 at 10:30 am to discuss replacing or repairing Bridge 70 which is a Historic Arch Bridge.
Foreman Pat Kissel requested replacement of the current trailer being used to haul the new Bobcat. He presented a quote from Miller Equipment for a heavier trailer for $8000.00. Commissioner Busching moved to approve the quote with a second from Commissioner Stutler. Motion passed unanimously and will be paid from the bridge new equipment line item.
Foreman Kissel then advised he had received a quote from Burkhart Salvage on the vehicles to be disposed of and was waiting for a quote from Ebbing Auto Parts. A decision will be made which to accept when that quote is received.
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 and Attorney Ertel.
Maintenance-Mr. Johnnie Lohrum 8:18:00
Mr. Lohrum informed the commissioners the mulch at the annex was not thick enough to stir up and questioned if the commissioners wanted to get quotes from landscaping companies to do the mulching. The commissioners stated they would prefer for Mr. Lohrum to get Sheriff Trustees to help with the mulching.
The quotes for courthouse roof repair, sidewalk replacement, and down spout repair was discussed. The commissioners requested Mr. Lohrum to obtain additional quote information for additional sidewalk replacement. The calking of the courthouse windows on the south side was also addressed. Maxwell is to provide the quotes.
EMA-Mr. Patrick Rose 8:30:45
Mr. Rose requested a letter of support from the commissioners for compliance for the 2014 Homeland Security Grant Program (HSGP). Commissioner Busching moved to approve with a second from Commissioner Stutler. Motion passed unanimously.
Also a Memorandum of Understanding was requested to be signed for Milan Schools. Commissioner Busching moved to approve the request with a second from Commissioner Stutler. Motion passed unanimously.
Technology-Ms. Kelly Vollet 8:36:34
Ms. Vollet reported the generator had been tested and was now working properly. She reported the auto dialer that reports power outages did not work and needed to be fixed.
Minutes of April 28, 2014 and Claims from the commissioners’ budget:
At this time Commissioner Busching moved to approve the minutes of 4/28/14 as presented. Commissioner Stutler seconded and the motion passed unanimously.
Commissioner Busching moved to approve the claims being paid from the commissioners’ budget. Commissioner Stutler seconded and the motion passed unanimously.
Auditor Wagner presented the grant agreement from Ohio County for the first quarter of 2104 for signature. Commissioner Busching moved to approve the request with a second from Commissioner Stutler. Motion passed unanimously.
Auditor Wagner presented a form for renewal of the health insurance for signature. Commissioner Reiners signed the form.
Auditor Wagner presented the request from the Versailles Lions Club for the use of the Courthouse grounds and basement restrooms for the annual Chicken Barbeque on June 28, 2014. Commissioner Busching moved to approve the request with a second from Commissioner Stutler. Motion passed unanimously.
Auditor Wagner presented the 2014 Tax Sale Addendum and Work Plan from SRI Incorporated. Commissioner Busching moved to approve the contracts with a second from Commissioner Stutler. Motion passed unanimously.
Commissioners signed payroll sheets, claim vouchers, claims being paid from the commissioners’ budget, and minutes of the April 28, 2014 meeting.
Sheriff Department-Sheriff Rodney Stratton 9:04:35
Sheriff Stratton presented quotes for additional cameras for the jail from Krooks Custom Security Systems for a total of $9968.95. This includes cabling and installation.
Commissioner Busching moved to approve the quotes and pay from Cum Cap Equipment, with a second from Commissioner Stutler. Motion passed unanimously.
Sheriff Stratton advised the Home Incarceration Program was being activated. It should help with the Class D felons to be held at the local jail rather than Department of Corrections beginning July 1, 2014. He stated he would like to work on getting work release running again once the Home Incarceration is running smoothly.
Sheriff Stratton also requested the commissioners reinstate the personal use of the county vehicles for off duty use by the deputies. He advised he would monitor closely and it would NOT include any use by deputies for off duty security details. The commissioners advised they would discuss.
Probation-Chief Probation Officer Mr. Shannon Schmaltz 9:28:00
Mr. Schmaltz advised the Intensive Outpatient Substance Abuse Program was working and presented his first year report. As of the current date 65 individuals had been enrolled in the program. These individuals meet each week with a therapist that helps them adjust their behavior to eliminate the drug use. There is no drugs administered with this program and the individuals are subject to weekly drug screenings. The program is funded with a start up grant and the fees the enrollees pay.
Auditor Wagner brought up the change from Cedarbridge ( now Muskegon River Youth Opportunities, LLC) to Jackson County Detention Services is being watched closely so that the credit with Muskegon River Youth Opportunities will be used up before the change.
EMS-Mr. Jim Corbin 9:56:40
Mr. Corbin presented an application from Mr. John Phillips for approval. After review Commissioner Busching moved to approve with a second from Commissioner Stutler. Motion passed unanimously.
Mr. Corbin provided the contract with Medicount that Ripley County had signed. The issues brought up by Mr. Jim Freeman of Ambulance Billing Service were addressed. Some of the rescue units have not met with Medicount yet and are not ready to sign a contract with them. However, they are still meeting with Medicount and some may still decide to switch from Ambulance Billing Service. Mr. Corbin specifically addressed the email from Ambulance Billing Service directed at Mr. Corbin. He stated that many of those statements were incorrect.
Mr. Corbin advised the ALS Protocol with the hospital has been updated and the times the County EMS personnel will be called will be reduced for the rescue units.
Hanson Aggregates- Mr. Neil Allen and Ms. Merry Skotmicki 10:00:00
Mr. Allen requested direction on the requirements for closing part of County Road 350S. They control the land on both sides of the road for mining and are requesting a permanent closing. They were advised to file a formal request and the procedure for this. Once the formal request is received with the specifics, the Commissioners will act on the request.
The damage to County Road 300 N. by the crews laying the water line for Hoosier Hills Water was discussed. Attorney Ertel advised he needed more specifics from Osgood before he could contact Hoosier Hills Water with the complaint.
With no further business to attend to Commissioner Busching moved to adjourn. Commissioner Stutler seconded and the motion passed unanimously.
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