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
May 22, 2015
No meeting was held at the highway garage since the meeting was on a Friday and the highway garage is not working on Friday during the summer.
Meeting was called to order with the Pledge to the Flag.
Maintenance—Mr. Johnny Lohrum 8:01:18
Mr. Lohrum advised the trimming of the shrubs will be finished w/o 5/26/2015. There was an old push mower that had been sent to the jail for their use.
Prosecutor—Mr. Ric Hertel
Mr. Hertel advised the commissioners that the Council had approved the equipment purchase and funds had been transferred within his budget.
Technology—Ms. Kelly Vollet 8:06:50
Ms. Vollet advised the Technology Committee had been contacted by email on the request from Circuit Court to purchase a TV/DVD combo to be used for training of jurors and in the courtroom. The recommendation was for an RCA 32 inch TV/DVD combo for $456.00. Commissioner Linville moved to approve the request with a second from Commissioner Busching. Motion passed with 3 yes.
Later in the meeting Ms. Vollet advised the commissioners that she had received concern from Circuit Court that the 32 inch TV/DVD combo would not be large enough. At that time Commissioner Busching moved to rescind the approval to purchase the item with a second from Commissioner Linville. Motion passed with 3 yes.
EMA--Mr. Patrick Rose 8:13:45
Mr. Rose advised of a Haz Mat situation that had been reported and taken care of. He advised the Emergency Management Advisory Council would meet after the June 8, 2015 Commissioners’ meeting.
Planning – Mr. Tad Brinson 8:25:22
Mr. Brinson advised Ms. Kay Hunger had resigned from the Board and a replacement would be needed. Commissioner Busching stated Ms. Hunger had served well and was appreciated. He moved to accept her resignation. Commissioner Linville seconded and the motion passed with 3 yes.
Highway--Superintendent Owen Heaton
Since the county is closed July 3, 2015 (Friday) and the highway department is not working on Friday during the summer Commissioner Linville moved to make their holiday July 2, 2015 (Thursday). Commissioner Busching seconded and the motion passed with 3 yes.
EMS—Mr. Jim Corbin 8:55:40
Mr. Corbin addressed the concern from Rescue 20 on the number of paramedics arriving on scene. He stated that is was the protocol to send more than 1 for a tier 1 call. Rescue Units are charged ONLY for one (paramedic if the paramedic rides to the hospital) regardless how many show up to the scene and/or ride to the hospital.
He also reported the EMS had received an $800.00 grant from the Ripley County Drug Awareness Coalition for help in purchasing Narcan for use in opiate overdoses. He stated that as long as the protocol for administering was followed a liability issue should be covered.
Sheriff Department—Sheriff Jeff Cumberworth 9:04:00
Sheriff Cumberworth advised the stairway in the jail needed painting and asked if the elevator repair should be scheduled. Commissioner Busching moved to complete the elevator repair with a second from Commissioner Linville. Motion passed with 3 yes.
He also provided the commissioners with a new quote from Stanley Security to integrate all cameras under one system and add one magnetic lock. This was taken under advisement by the commissioners.
Sheriff Cumberworth advised the commissioners that the inmate road crews had been working on picking up trash along county roads.
Rescue 30—Mr. Paul Hildebrand and Mr. Rick Stephens 9:19:40
Mr. Hildebrand stated they were having issues with the new billing company in that ALS was not being billed with medic on board. EMS Director Jim Corbin stated he had been in contact with Mr. Stephens and Medicount trying to correct the issue. Medicount is reviewing all runs to determine if they were correct or were to be billed differently. Mr. Hildebrand questioned the county charging for the use of the paramedic if the Rescue Unit didn’t get paid at the higher rate. Mr. Corbin stated the Rescue Units had a contract with the county for $50.00 each time a paramedic rides to the hospital with the patient. This would occur for a run that did not require a paramedic if the EMT with the unit requested the paramedic’s assistance with the run to the hospital.
Also in attendance were Mr. Mike Alloway and Mr. David Voss representing Rescue 30.
Osgood Lions Club—Mr. Phil Hart 9:50:25
Mr. Hart, President of the Chamber of Commerce, requested the commissioners declare through Ordinance, June 10, 2015 as “ Osgood Lions Club Day” in celebration of their 50th Anniversary. He is to provide a sample Ordinance for the commissioners to consider at the June 8, 2015 meeting.
Dennis Carnes—Fitzgerald & Fitzgerald—County Road 550E-(Scott Morris property)
Mr. Carnes requested the commissioners’ response as to who is responsible for bring the balance of County Road 550E up to specifications since it has not been maintained from the point a cable had been installed by the owner prior to Mr. Morris purchasing the property. Auditor Wagner provided the commissioners with confirmation that Mr. Morris had been told at the 12/9/2011 re-zone hearing with the Planning Commission that he would be responsible for bringing the balance of County Road 550E up to specifications and maintaining it for 1 year at which time the county would take over maintenance of the road. Also on 12/11/2011 the commissioners approved the re-zone request with a statement the purchaser would be responsible for bring up the road to county specifications.
Mr. Carnes stated they had received information the State had provided funds to maintain the entire road and felt the county had some responsibility in helping with the opening of the road to the new business location.
The commissioners stated they would not provide any funds for this and that the current owner had been informed he would be responsible for the cost of opening and/or widening the road.
Park Board—Mr. Warren Bruns
Mr. Bruns advised the cattle barn, grandstand and some other buildings needed painting and repair. He stated he had funds for some of the work but not all. He asked about the EDIT funds that had not been approved for the 2015 budget and was advised they had not provided any written list of anticipated repairs needed in 2015 at the time the 2015 budgets were being set. He was advised to do so for the 2016 budget period.
Highway Department employees are to pour concrete for the park and it was discussed what day to have it done. Since the Highway Department is on a 4 day week Commissioner Busching moved to have the concrete formed on Wednesday (5/27/15) and poured on Thursday (5/28/15). Commissioner Linville seconded and the motion passed with 3 yes.
Auditor Wagner presented the Ohio County Riverboat Sharing agreement to be signed.
Mr. Jeff French appeared on behalf of the Mainstreet Group to request permission to put a sign in the Busching Bridge area for the Farmers Market on the Square which was given. He also requested permission for the vendors to hook up electric to the outlets on the courthouse square which was also given.
Commissioner Busching moved to approve the minutes of the May 11, 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.
Commissioner Busching moved to approve the prior claim presented by the Prosecutor since the Council had approved the line item and transfer of funds. Commissioner Linville seconded and the motion passed with 3 yes.
Commissioners signed payroll sheets, claim vouchers, and claims being paid from the commissioners’ budget and minutes of the May 11, 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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