RIPLEY COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

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ROBERT REINERS, PRESIDENT

10105 N. SPADES RD

SUNMAN, IN 47041

 (812) 623-3209

 

MARK BUSCHING

608 CLEARVIEW LANE

VERSAILLES, IN  47042

(812) 689-7119

 

                                                          GERALD STUTLER

P.O. BOX 66

FRIENDSHIP, IN  47021

(812) 667-5505

                                                         

                                                         

                                                         

2010 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 11, 2010

MONDAY JULY 12, 2010

MONDAY JANUARY 25, 2010 MONDAY JULY 26, 2010
MONDAY FEBRUARY 8, 2010 MONDAY AUGUST 9, 2010
MONDAY FEBRUARY 22, 2010 MONDAY AUGUST 23, 2010
MONDAY MARCH 8, 2010 MONDAY SEPTEMBER 3, 2010
MONDAY MARCH 22, 2010 MONDAY SEPTEMBER 20, 2010
MONDAY APRIL 5, 2010 MONDAY OCTOBER 4, 2010
MONDAY APRIL 19, 2010 MONDAY OCTOBER 18, 2010
MONDAY MAY 3, 2010 MONDAY NOVEMBER 1, 2010
MONDAY MAY 17, 2010 MONDAY NOVEMBER 15, 2010
MONDAY MAY 28, 2010 MONDAY NOVEMBER 29, 2010
MONDAY JUNE 14, 2010 MONDAY DECEMBER 13, 2010
MONDAY JUNE 28, 2010 MONDAY DECEMBER 27, 2010

 

 

 

 

Commissioner's Meeting Unapproved Minutes for May 17, 2010

Minutes prepared by Bill Wagner, Ripley County Auditor

Commissioners meeting opened promptly at 7:00AM on Monday, May 17, 2010 at the Ripley County Highway Department, Osgood, Indiana.

Commissioners Robert Reiners, Gary Stutler and Mark Busching were all in attendance for the Commissioners meeting.

Auditor Wagner was present for the meeting at the Ripley County Highway Garage.

Mr. Robert Furst was present to bring a complaint about dirt bikes &  atv’s running through Holton around Derrick St.  This stems from the Danny Beech property where the Indiana Racing Association holds meets.  The permits are in order but since they charge the hours of operation could be restricted and they are not able to use county roadways.  Commissioner Busching is to look into it as it is in his district.

Commissioner Busching is to contact the bridge consultant and is waiting to hear from Mr. John Russell of INDOT.

The commissioners discussed the no parking request from Mr. Herman Strumpf.  Without an ordinance the sheriff would have no jurisdiction to tow those parked.  They would refer this to the county attorney.

Foreman Johnston questioned the use of pilings vs. base footers on bridge 210.  By doing this the electric lines may not have to be moved.  Additional information will have to be received to determine which would be most advantageous.

With nothing further to discuss Commissioner Busching made a motion to recess to the commissioner’s room.  Commissioner Stutler seconded and the motion was approved.

Commissioner Busching made the motion to reconvene while Commissioner Stutler seconded, motion passed.  The meeting was reconvened at 8:00 am at the Ripley County Annex building in Versailles, Indiana and opened with the pledge of allegiance.

Commissioners Reiners, Busching, and Stutler were present as well as Auditor Wagner and Attorney Neil Comer.

Maintenance: Mr. Johnnie Lohrum

Mr. Lohrum discussed the A/C chiller that was hit by lightning.  QPH advised it would be less expensive to replace than repair. Also any repair would not be warranted. They will supply a complete estimate.  Mr. Lohrum informed the commissioners of his vacation schedule.

The commissioners discussed the new county maps and decided that they should be made available without a charge to the public. 

Technology Coordinator:  Ms. Kelly Vollet

Ms. Vollet advised the commissioners that several of the new computers have been put into use and so far there has been no issues with the Windows 7 operating system working with the county system.  She advised that there will be some training needed since there is some differences.

Planning Commission:  Mr. Tad Brinson

Mr. Owen Heaton Jr. advised the commissioners that 20 mph speed limit signs were requested by Versailles for the area of the new sports complex.  The parking problem was discussed and Mr. Brinson advised that the parking lots had been approved but only a small portion of them had been completed.  The commissioners agreed that it would be advisable to post the speed limit signs for 20 mph on county road 50W and contact the sports complex to get parking complete so there would be no parking along the road.

The Danny Beech property at Holton was discussed and Mr. Brinson was to look into the permits and check what could be done to eliminate or limit noise and stop use of county roadways.

Parks: 

The trees at the park were discussed and those to be removed were to be marked and estimates obtained.

Dan Stoneking:  Drainage Problem

Mr. Stoneking did not appear.

Midwestern Engineering:  Ms. Julie Berry

Ms. Berry advised the commissioners estimates had been received for Phase I.  ATC for $1100.00 (if title work would be needed an additional $500.00 would be charged), Loughheed Engineering for $1600.00, BCA for $1700.00, GES for $2000.00, and Astbury for $1800.00.   She advised the commissioners the firm chosen would asses the site for IDEM and IDEM would then decide what needed to be done to make the site usable.  She noted that ATC had done work on the site previously.  After discussion Commissioner Busching moved to accept the quote from ATC for Phase I.  Commissioner Stutler seconded and the motion passed.

As a side note Ms. Berry informed the commissioners how Jefferson County was successful in obtaining funds from the stimulus package by declaring the county as an Economic Recovery Zone.  This allowed the county to obtain a grant as well as additional money at a low interest rate.

She also advised that Jefferson County could have some furniture and office equipment that was received from the State surplus and can be given to another government entity.

Maverick Insurance:  Mr. Culpepper Cooper

Mr. Cooper asked the commissioners about providing the voluntary life, dental, & vision since those quotes were less than the county was currently paying.  The commissioners advised him those were being provided by Humana as well.

He also requested a copy of the Humana proposal and rates which will be sent to him after the final information is received and the changeover is complete.

He asked the commissioners for permission to quote the property and casualty, auto, & workers compensation, etc. when the coverages renew.  The commissioners advised him that they would have no objection.

Mr. Cooper provided the commissioners with an update on the new law on Health coverage and again thanked them.

Mr. Herman Strumpf:  No parking request

Mr. Strumpf presented his request and Commissioner Busching advised he would check with the county attorney when he arrived.  When Mr. Comer arrived the commissioners discussed the request and were advised by counsel that they should not provide signage for individuals.  It was advised that the landowner put up “no trespassing” signs.  He could then call the sheriff if people trespassed.

Bridge 210:  The commissioners, Mr. Owen Heaton Jr, and County Attorney Neil Comer discussed the bridge 210 bids.  The question about footers vs. pilings were discussed and Mr. Heaton was requested to get E&H Engineering to look at the location and provide their assessment.  Attorney Comer stated that once the contract was awarded the change could be made from pilings to footers if so warranted.  All agreed that additional information was needed before any contract could be awarded. 

Commissioner Stutler moved to obtain additional information before awarding a contract.  This was seconded by Commissioner Busching and the motion passed.

In other business the commissioners requested Attorney Comer to proceed with suit against Mr. Gary Byard for repair of tile work at the Jail.

Mr. Jeff French:  County Surveyor

Mr. French provided the commissioners a letter with his findings on the Bradshaw drainage complaint.  It was determined that the problem exists on private property and does not meet the requirements of the State Statute of blockage of private drains per Attorney Ertel.  Mr. French sited IC 36-9-27.4- 1 through 25 as pertaining code.

With this information Commissioner Busching moved to dismiss the complaint with a second from Commissioner Stutler.  Motion passed unanimously. 

Since there was no action taken by the board Ms. Bradshaw would need to file a claim for reimbursement of her fee.

Ms. Katherine Taul- Stone Bridge Grant

Ms. Taul advised the commissioners she had obtained a grant for $1500.00 from Historic Hoosier Landmarks to apply to the inspection of the stone arch bridges to advise what is needed to restore those bridges to original structures.  The inspection would not commit the commissioners to any further work.  With this grant it would cost the county $650.00.  Commissioner Stutler moved to provide the $650.00 to have the inspection done.  Commissioner Busching seconded and the motion passed.

Ms. Jennifer Armbrecht—overspray on vehicles.

Ms. Armbrecht appeared and read a statement giving the history of the complaint (copy in file). Allegation was that the overspray came from the county highway patching potholes in Friendship. The information was referred to Attorney Comer for advice.  The commissioners and Attorney Comer inspected the vehicle.  It was determined that only 4 possible cars were affected.  Owners were Ms. Linda Elliot, Ms. Jennifer Armbrecht, Ms. Kindra Russell, and Ms. Gena Gullion.  It was decided that these four persons were to provide Commissioner Stutler 3 estimates to clean the outside of the vehicles only and that no more than the four named would be accepted.

Mr. Andy Bryant provided the commissioners with a copy of the animal control ordinance and advised changes he would like to see.  This was given to Attorney Comer for review.

The Commissioners signed payroll sheets, claim vouchers, claims to be paid from the commissioners budget.  Commissioner Busching moved to accept the May 3, 2010 minutes with a correction for the lien release to name the program involved.  Commissioner Stutler seconded and the motion passed.

Being no further discussion nor business to come before the commissioners a motion was made by Commissioner Stutler to adjourn.  Commissioner Busching seconded and the motion passed unanimously.

 

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