RIPLEY COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
Robert Reiners, President
10105 N Spades Rd
Sunman, IN 47041
608 Clearview Lane
Versailles, IN 47042
P.O. Box 66
Friendship, IN 47021
2012 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
Commissioner's Meeting Minutes
Unofficial Minutes prepared by Bill Wagner, Ripley County Auditor
Commissioners meeting opened promptly at 7:00AM on Monday, May 14, 2012 at the Ripley County Highway Department, Osgood, Indiana.
Commissioners Robert Reiners, Mark Busching, and Gary Stutler were in attendance for the meeting as well as Auditor Wagner.
The front end loader that the commissioners were considering had engine problems and the commissioners agreed to continue looking at different units and revisiting Bill Schmaltz’s loader.
Bruce Olsen of Summit Resources provided a bond to Ripley County in the amount of $25000.00 for Enterprise Liquid Pipeline, LLC for road bores in connection with the gas line expansion.
The water line from the highway garage to recycling was discussed and solid waste is to pay for the line installation. Pressure tests are to be made to determine the best location to tap the line.
INDOT sent a reimbursement contract for extra expenses on Friendship Road due to State Road 62 being closed. The County will be reimbursed $15044.00. Commissioner Stutler moved to sign the contract with a second from Commissioner Busching and the motion passed unanimously.
The 2012-2013 salt contract from the State of Indiana was discussed and it was agreed to go with the State for next year. Commitment would be for a minimum of 420 ton.
It was advised the Park Board is considering purchasing land adjoining the park and sell the house on the property. The commissioners advised to get two appraisals for land and house separately. The Fair Board has the funds available.
With no further discussion Commissioner Busching moved to recess to the annex. Commissioner Stutler seconded and the motion passed unanimously.
Commissioner Busching made the motion to reconvene while Commissioner Stutler seconded. The motion passed unanimously. The meeting reconvened with the Pledge of Allegiance.
Commissioners Reiners, Stutler, and Busching were present as well as County Attorney Ertel and Auditor Wagner.
8:00:00—Maintenance-Mr. Johnnie Lohrum
Mr. Lohrum advised the floors had been painted and would take some time to dry.
8:37:15—Region 9 Workforce Board—Mr. Bart Brown
Mr. Brown requested the commissioners sign the Elected Officials Agreement. Commissioner Busching moved to sign the agreement with a second from Commissioner Stutler. The motion passed unanimously.
8:33:33—Ms. Toni Stinson—APEX
Ms. Stinson reviewed the renewal options for the health insurance, dental, vision, county provided life insurance, and voluntary life insurance with the commissioners. Spousal carve out was discussed but tabled to a later time after research can be done.
Commissioner Busching moved to approve Reliance to provide the dental and vision benefits with a second from Commissioner Stutler. The motion passed unanimously.
Commissioner Busching moved to approve Reliance to provide the life insurance provided by the County and Minnesota Life for the voluntary life. Commissioner Stutler seconded and the motion passed unanimously. Reliance Life agreed to not reduce the $15,000.00 benefit for the county provided insurance until age 70 when it reduces by 50%.
Medical coverage was discussed. Renewal premiums are increasing by 14.25% to $1,104,491.52 due to the bad claim experience for the past year.
Options were presented to the commissioners relating to the cost sharing between the county and employee. The commissioners discussed these and a motion was made by Commissioner Busching and seconded by Commissioner Stutler to use Option III. The motion passed unanimously.
PPO with $750.00 deductible HSA with $2000.00 deductible
Total monthly rate/Employee/Employer
Employee $663.66/$186.80/$476.86 $541.46/$86.80/$454.66
Emp/Spouse $1803.31/$273.20/$1530.11 $1434.74/$173.20/$1261.54
Emp/Child(ren) $1054.99/$264.92/$790.07 $848.20/$164.92/$683.28
Emp/Family $1656.29/$377.76/$1278.53 $1302.89/$277.76/$1025.13
9:18:00—Ms. Mary McCarty for Delaware Fire Dept. Grant & Town of Versailles
Ms. McCarty requested a signature on a grant for the Town of Versailles for a walking trail. Commissioner Busching moved to sign the grant form with a second from Commissioner Stutler. The motion passed unanimously.
Ms. McCarty requested signatures for a grant for Delaware Fire Department for $400,000.00. Commissioner Stutler moved to approve the signatures with a second from Commissioner Busching and the motion passed unanimously.
9:26:40—Ms. Kelly Vollet-Technology
Ms. Vollet advised the voting machines to be stored in the new annex building would need to be secured.
Also the Recorder had requested a new survey scanner as the current unit is failing and needed to be repaired constantly. The request was for the Recorder to provide 1/3 of the cost with 2/3 coming from the commissioners (cum cap equipment). Total cost would be $15,945.00 with a $300.00 trade for a net of $15,645.00.
Commissioner Busching moved to approve with a second from Commissioner Stutler and the motion passed unanimously.
Sheriff Grills presented the letter from Cintas for the fire suppression and the other services.
The specific vacation issue with Deputy Jason Dickerson was discussed. Commissioner Stutler moved to adjust his pay record to reinstate 28 hours of comp time and pay him the additional 12 hours of vacation pay he had not received due to the transition. Commissioner Busching seconded and the motion passed unanimously. This resolved the issue to correspond with the agreement reached with the Sheriff’s department at the prior commissioner meeting.
Sheriff Grills also advised he would have a representative from IDOC attend the next meeting to explain the State position in not sending IDOC prisoners for housing.
A question of a juvenile transport was raised by Attorney Ertel due to the contract with CedarBridge. He is to contact the probation department to obtain additional information.
Mr. Paul Wells explained to the commissioners the problems with the ice machine at the jail. It has been repaired several times and is still not working correctly. The age of the machine is well past its normal life span and QPH provided a quote to replace it. After discussion Commissioner Busching moved to replace the machine per the quote from QPH for $6265.00 and to be paid from Cum Cap Equipment. Commissioner Stutler seconded and the motion passed unanimously.
Mr. Wells advised Duke Energy had installed a low voltage and spike indicator on the system at the jail to see if a reason for camera damage can be found. A ground path problem is suspected and a commercial electrician would need to be contacted. Mr. Wells is to obtain estimates.
Mr. Heaton discussed with the commissioners the possibility of purchasing a large Bobcat rather than a front end loader for use at the highway garage. He stated it would be able to be used on bridge jobs as well when not in use for cinders and salt. He was instructed to get information.
10:31:50—LWC—Mr. Sam Puterbaugh and Mr. Gary Turner
Mr. Puterbaugh advised the credit for deleting a flagpole was $792.00. He reviewed the changes needed for the building and provided a list for the restroom equipment to be provided by the county.
Change M004-vent changes for the server room: Commissioner Busching moved to approve the change with a second from Commissioner Stutler. The motion passed unanimously.
The ATC proposal for the Soil Management Plan was discussed and Commissioner Busching moved to accept the plan. Commissioner Stutler seconded and the motion passed unanimously.
The need for quotes for the asbestos removal was discussed and the demolition of the Bauer property and Surveyor’s office was discussed. The commissioners advised LWC the Surveyor’s office would be moved soon to allow asbestos removal and demolition.
11:16:30—911—Ms. Judy Schebler
Ms. Schebler discussed the light issue in the 911 center with the commissioners. After discussion Commissioner Stutler moved to approve the quote from Jr’s Maintenance Service to repair the lighting for $1045.70. Commissioner Busching seconded and the motion passed unanimously.
Commissioner Busching moved to approve the minutes as written with a second from Commissioner Stutler and the motion passed unanimously.
Commissioner Busching moved to approve the Mental Health Awareness Proclamation with a second from Commissioner Stutler. The motion passed unanimously.
Commissioner Busching also moved to approve the request from the Versailles Lions Club to use the courthouse lawn and restrooms for their chicken BBQ June 23, 2012. Commissioner seconded and the motion passed unanimously.
The commissioners signed payroll sheets, claim vouchers, claims being paid from the commissioner’s budget, and the minutes of the April 30, 2012 meeting. Also signed was the Grant Agreement with Ohio County for riverboat revenue sharing for the first quarter of 2012.Being no further business, Commissioner Busching moved to adjourn, with a second from Commissioner Stutler. The motion passed unanimously.
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