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
Commissioners meeting opened promptly at 7:00AM, Monday, June 22, 2015 at the Ripley County Highway Department, Osgood, Indiana.
Commissioners Stutler, Linville and Busching were present as well as Auditor Wagner.
The commissioners discussed truck purchases and hiring two new employees to fill vacancies that have been vacant for the past years.
It was decided to request the two employees for the 2016 budget. Commissioner Busching moved to request an additional appropriation from Fund #7400 Riverboat Wagering to purchase 3 new trucks. Commissioner Linville seconded and the motion passed with 3 yes.
A fence issue was discussed pertaining to right-of-way to the county. It was decided to check with attorney Ertel at the annex portion of the meeting.
Foreman Steve Schonneg reported the 6 tenths of a mile on County Road 1400N damaged by the installation of the pipeline was to be repaired.
Superintendent Owen Heaton advised they will continue purchasing cinders as long as there were any available.
With no further business to discuss Commissioner Busching moved to recess to the annex meeting room. Commissioner Linville seconded and the motion passed with 3 yes.
Commissioner Busching moved to reconvene with a second from Commissioner Linville. Motion passed with 3 yes and the meeting reconvened with the Pledge to the Flag. Commissioners Stutler, Busching, and Linville were present as well as Auditor Wagner and Attorney Ertel.
Maintenance—Mr. Johnny Lohrum 8:23:46
Mr. Lohrum presented the commissioners with the quotes for a cover for the picnic table that were requested. Upon review the Commissioner Busching moved to purchase an umbrella. Commissioner Linville seconded and the motion passed with 3 yes.
Technology—Ms. Kelly Vollet 8:27:16
Ms. Vollet was questioned about the mapping through WTH and the Spillman software system desired by the Sheriff Department. She advised she had checked with WTH and the systems are NOT compatible. They are going to contact Decatur County as they are going with Spillman Software and also use WTH for mapping to see if it can be made compatible as their system installation is operational.
Community Corrections—Mr. Shannon Schmaltz 8:32:15
Mr. Schmaltz advised the start date for Community Corrections was revised to 8/1/2015 since funds for July would not be received until then.
He also advised GovCo would be used to allow those in the programs to use credit cards to pay their fees.
Planning—Mr. Tad Brinson 8:41:50
Mr. Brinson advised he had been contacted by Ms. Lisa Bonnewell about placement of a fence on County Road 175 S. He advised there was no noted right-of-way width for this road. Ms. Bonnewell currently has post holes dug and they are between the road and the ditch. The commissioners requested Mr. Brinson’s appearance at 10:15 a.m. when Ms. Bonnewell was to attend the meeting.
EMS—Mr. Jim Corbin 8:53:27
Mr. Corbin presented the commissioners with a hardship request for an ambulance transport. The commissioners reviewed the request and with the information submitted by the patient they did not feel it met the hardship definition and denied the request.
Sheriff Department—Sheriff Jeff Cumberworth 9:00:20
Sheriff Cumberworth presented two new hires, Mr. Jason Jones and Mr. Joshua Watterson, for open positions at the department. The commissioners reviewed the request and Commissioner Busching moved to approve both requests. Commissioner Linville seconded and the motion passed with 3 yes.
Sheriff Cumberworth then requested an Ordinance for a charge to be paid for false security alarm calls. This will be voted on at later meeting.
He also requested the commissioners also consider a fee for background checks requested through the department which will also be considered at a later meeting.
The excess vehicle was discussed and Commissioner Busching moved to check the Kelly Blue Book value and place the vehicle on the county auction site with that as a reserve. Commissioner Linville seconded and the motion passed with 3 yes.
Lastly, the door closers were discussed and a request was made to send the damaged closers out to be rebuilt. Commissioner Busching moved to approve the request with a second from Commissioner Linville. Motion passed with 3 yes.
Southeastern Indiana YMCA—Ms. Sharon Hollowell 9:39:35
Ms. Hollowell provided the commissioners with the YMCA program offerings and the work done for the county residents. She requested the commissioners consider the YMCA for funding in their 2016 budget. The commissioners advised her they are requiring 2 years of financials and a current bank statement from all organizations requesting funding.
Council President Ms. Dephane Smith—9:53:30
Ms. Smith advised the commissioners that the council had decided that all organizations requesting funding from Ripley County would need to provide 2 years of financial statements. This will allow the commissioners and council information to determine the funding requests.
EMA—Mr. Patrick Rose
Mr. Rose advised the commissioners he had obtained signs for the designated severe weather shelter in the courthouse basement restrooms and would have them placed.
Ms. Lisa Bonnewell—Fence question 10:02:45
Ms. Bonnewell discussed the placement of her fence with the commissioners as it was now being placed between the ditch and the roadway. The commissioners stated the right-of-way for the county was 16 ½ feet from center of the narrow roads or 4 feet from the edge of the roadway for wider roads. Discussion and comments were made regarding the likelihood of damage to fences placed too close to the road and the potential for a property owner to be sued and/or held liable if an accident occurs within the traveled portion of the road or right-of-way. Ms. Bonnewell indicated that she would move her fence to 4 feet from the edge of the roadway.
Commissioner Linville moved to make the policy for fence placement to be 4 foot from the road edge and NOT to impede any road ditch. Commissioner Busching seconded and the motion passed with 3 yes.
Commissioner Busching moved to approve the minutes of the May 22, 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.
Commissioners signed payroll sheets, claim vouchers, and claims being paid from the commissioners’ budget and minutes of the June 8, 2015 meeting. Also signed were revisions to the health insurance program for the 2015/2016 renewal period.With no further business at this time Commissioner Busching moved to adjourn. Commissioner Linville seconded and the motion passed with 3 yes.
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