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, June 9, 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.
An alternate route for the State Road 48 closure was discussed as INDOT was to attend the meeting at the annex to request an alternate.
Foreman Kissell advised he had reviewed the bids for truck beds and trucks. Pal Fleet was the lowest bid for the beds but was NOT all stainless steel construction. Lowest bid for all stainless steel construction came from Kaffenberger.
Trucks all met the bid specifications requested. Lowest bid for International was from Shirks and for Freightliner was from FYDA.
After discussion Commissioner Busching moved to accept the bid from Kaffenberger for the three stainless steel beds. Commissioner Stutler seconded and the motion passed unanimously.
The commissioners discussed the trucks and Commissioner Busching moved to have Shirks and FYDA bring their trucks to the highway garage to compare and drive. Commissioner Stutler seconded and the motion passed unanimously.
Superintendent Heaton reported the excess vehicles had been sold to Ebbing Auto Parts. Four from highway were sold for a total of $5800.00, two sheriff vehicles were sold for $2500.00, and the remaining two will be junked at Schneiders’ Scrap Yard for junk price.
Foreman DeBurger reported Bridge 70 required an archeologist inspect the grounds for artifacts prior to replacing the bridge.
Foreman Toops reported he had received a quote for a concrete floor from E&H Bridge after the quote date. He was advised the quote was late and not accepted.
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 8:16:45
Mr. Lohrum advised Maxwell Construction had started the caulking of the courthouse south windows and they will check the roof leaks. He has completed the mulching of the annex and courthouse grounds. The sidewalk repair and picnic table pad quotes from Bedel Concrete Construction were reviewed. After review Commissioner Busching moved to rescind the previous meeting approval for Maxwell Construction to replace the main sidewalk to the courthouse on the East side and approve Bedel Concrete Construction for this ($2153.00) and the picnic table pad ($502.00). Commissioner Stutler seconded and the motion passed unanimously.
EMS—Mr. Patrick Rose 8:27:00
Mr. Rose provided an update of the issue with CSX Railroad and the Town of Milan. The Department of Natural Resources is also involved with the Town of Milan in the discussions with CSX for a solution to the Dam resolution.
He provided a memorandum of understanding with South Ripley Schools on disaster support for the commissioners’ signature. Commissioner Stutler moved to approve the request with a second from Commissioner Busching. Motion passed unanimously.
Also presented was the County Emergency Management Strategic Plan. Commissioner Busching moved to approve with a second from Commissioner Stutler. Motion passed unanimously.
Also the COOP Plan was revised. Commissioner Stutler moved to approve with a second from Commissioner Busching. Motion also passed unanimously.
The request for approval of Mr. Jeff Thielking as EMA Assistant Deputy Director was reviewed and Commissioner Busching moved to approve. Commissioner Stutler seconded and the motion passed unanimously.
Building and Planning—Mr. Tad Brinson 8:38:10
Mr. Brinson presented the rezone request for a property in Morris-Morris lots #71,72,&73-from R-2 Residential to Local Business. The planning commission was in favor with 9 favorable votes. Commissioner Busching moved to approve the request to rezone with a second from Commissioner Stutler. Motion passed unanimously.
Mr. Brinson presented the commissioners with Mr. James Stephen as his choice to fill the part time inspector position. After review Commissioner Busching moved to approve the request. Commissioner Stutler seconded and the motion passed unanimously.
Technology-Ms. Kelly Vollet
Ms. Vollet advised the commissioners the new copier for Superior Court had been delivered and set up. She had no other business to report.
Sheriff—Sheriff Stratton 8:58:45
Sheriff Stratton presented 2 applications-Nancy Swinney and Nathan Brooks-- for Jailers to the commissioners. After review Commissioner Stutler moved to approve with a second from Commissioner Busching. Motion passed unanimously.
He also provided the jail staffing analysis report for the commissioners to review.
Cameras are in but not yet installed.
EMS—Mr. Jim Corbin 9:11:00
Mr. Corbin advised of the cost reimbursement obtained from Medicare through the effort of MALCON. Total to county to date is $5657.12.
He requested an application by Ms. Janice Hosmer be approved for part time EMT. Commissioner Busching moved to approve with a second from Commissioner Stutler. Motion passed unanimously.
Mr. Corbin reported that through May the rescue units had retained $38,600.00 for their operating costs due to the reduced BLS fees paid to the County.
SIRPC—Ms. Mary McCarty 9:34:26
Ms. McCarty provided a list of grants SIRPC had assisted with since 1985 for the commissioners. She reviewed their function and provided the commissioners with an overview of new grants available.
Rescue Units—Contract language and additional funding—Mr. Scott Corbin 9:41:30
On behalf of the Rescue Units Mr. Corbin requested the commissioners have an evening session to accommodate the members of the units that cannot attend a daytime meeting. The commissioners advised they would recess the June 23, 2014 meeting until 7:00 pm that evening to accommodate those that could not attend the daytime session.
A copy of the Contract for Emergency Ambulance Service was presented with the changes being requested review by the commissioners prior to the next meeting.
INDOT—Mr. Bill Read 9:47:35
Mr. Read discussed the State Road closure and the best unofficial detour on county roads. It was determined that 600E to 1150N to 700E would be the best route.
The agreement was changed to reflect this and Commissioner Busching moved to approve the request from INDOT. Commissioner Stutler seconded and the motion passed unanimously. The above roads will be videotaped prior to the use to establish any damage done to the county roads.
Mr. Rick Stephens—10:00
Mr. Stephens requested the 911 Board vacancies be filled and begin regular meetings. He was advised the board had met in the past on an as needed basis and had not met for a long time. He was advised to contact Ms. Judy Schebler-911 Coordinator.
SolarZentrum—Mr. Rhinehart Peter and Mr. Sean Furlow 10:43:45
A presentation was made of the LED vs. regular lighting and the energy savings of LED lighting. Life expectancy and output was shown. They also advised Duke Energy had incentives to switch to LED use. They requested the commissioners consider changing to LED lighting and they would provide a detailed analysis after a listing of the lights to be replaced. The commissioners advised they would contact them if they decided to replace any current lights.
Clerk—Ms. Mary Ann McCoy 11:02:00
Ms. McCoy addressed the commissioners on the issue of Ms. Diane Macek who had exceeded the maximum comp time allowed. She requested the commissioners grant an exception to the Ripley County Handbook rule. She was advised by the commissioners they would not provide an exception to the Employee Handbook.
Minutes of May 23, 2014 and Claims from the commissioners’ budget:
At this time Commissioner Busching moved to approve the minutes of 5/23/14 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.
Commissioners signed payroll sheets, claim vouchers, claims being paid from the commissioners’ budget, and minutes of the May 23, 2014 meeting.
With no further business to attend to Commissioner Busching moved to adjourn. Commissioner Stutler seconded and the motion passed unanimously.
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