Robert Reiners, President

10105 N Spades Rd

Sunman, IN  47041



Mark Busching

608 Clearview Lane

Versailles, IN  47042



Gerald Stutler

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

Starting June 11 8:00am meetings will be in the EMA meeting room located at 210 North Monroe Street.

Monday, January 9

Monday, July 9

Monday, January 23 Monday, July 23
Monday, February 6 Monday, August 6
Friday, February 17 Monday, August 20
Monday, March 5 Friday, August 31
Monday, March 19 Monday, September 17
Monday, April 2 Monday, October 1
Monday, April  16 Monday, October 15
Monday, April 30 Monday, October 29
Monday, May 14 Friday, November 9
Friday, May 25 Monday, November 26
Monday, June 11 Monday, December 10
Monday, June 25 Friday, December 21


Commissioner's Meeting Minutes

Minutes prepared by Bill Wager, Ripley County Auditor  Minutes are unofficial until approved at the next Commissioners Meeting.

Commissioners meeting opened promptly at 7:00AM on Monday, June 25, 2012 at the Ripley County Highway Department, Osgood, Indiana.

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

Mr. Keith Sieverding attended the meeting to bring the commissioners up to date with Rescue 69.  He has been elected the new board president and will be addressing issues with Rescue 69 and making changes for it to operate efficiently.

Southeastern Equipment has a tank truck that will eliminate the overlap of oil when chipping and sealing county roads.  It has a huge amount of miles on it and the commissioners will pursue information on obtaining a tank to put on our existing truck.  It is estimated that with an 18 inch overlap of oil it would save approximately $642.00 per mile to eliminate it.  The theory is that the oil savings would pay for re-fitting the truck with a new tank to eliminate the oil overlap. 

The commissioners discussed the priorities of the tank and the front end loader and where to find the funding.  Commissioner Busching moved to proceed with locating a front end loader up to a $60,000.00 amount and take the funds 50/50 from new equipment bridge and new equipment highway.  Commissioner Stutler seconded and the motion passed with 3 yes.  Mr. Kissell was instructed to locate units.

Commissioner Busching then moved to proceed with the purchase of a tank and put on the existing truck with funding of $80,000.00 from highway general to highway equipment.  Commissioner Stutler seconded and the motion passed unanimously.

With no further business to attend to, Commissioner Busching moved to recess to the EMA office.  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.

Maintenance-Mr. Johnnie Lohrum

Mr. Lohrum advised that 5 emergency lights were replaced in the courthouse as they had deteriorated and the plastic housings were beyond repair. 

He also advised that QPH was checking on a fan in the system to provide fresh air for the third floor in the winter.  He will advise when the quote is received.

Veterans-Mr. Ken Hylton

Mr. Hylton thanked the commissioners for their help with procuring funds for the traveling Vietnam wall.  It will be on display July 18-22 at the Southeastern Indiana Career Center.

He also advised the traffic in his office has increased and additional clerical help will be needed.  He requested permission to interview candidates to work in the office.  He was granted permission.

Sheriff Department-Mr. Paul Wells

Mr. Wells advised he had received the quotes for the ground path tests.  Quotes were received from Glenwood Electric Inc., Advanced Electrical Services, and Leff-Co Electric Inc.  Commissioner Busching moved to approve the quote from Leff-Co Inc. with a second from Commissioner Stutler.  The motion passed unanimously.

Technology—Ms. Kelly Vollet

A discussion continued about a new generator for the new annex building was to have been included in the bid specs.  It was resolved to obtain information on a new unit with moving the current diesel generator to the highway garage.  Ms. Vollet provided the contract with The Office Shop for signatures.

Ms. Vollet presented the changes to the Ripley County Employee Policy Handbook,  requested by the commissioners, for their approval.  Commissioner Busching moved to approve the changes effective 6/25/2012 with a second from Commissioner Stutler and the motion passed unanimously.

Assessor-Ms. Shawna Bushhorn

Ms. Bushhorn advised the commissioners of a change in the number of parcels to be re-assessed each year.  This required a change to the contract with Tyler which reduced the yearly fee.  Commissioner Busching moved to approve the change with a second from Commissioner Stutler. The motion passed unanimously.

Workplace Benefits of Indiana-Mr. Dave Graham

Mr. Graham explained that his company could provide support and benefits through all the current companies that now are providing employee voluntary benefits to county employees.  He advised that AllState is currently providing the voluntary benefits that provide more coverage with a lesser price.  He presented cost and coverage comparisons with the current companies and AllState. After review Commissioner Busching moved to approve Mr. Graham with a second from Commissioner Stutler.  The motion passed unanimously.

The commissioners discussed comp time, overtime, exempt and non-exempt classes, and the nepotism resolution.  After discussion, Resolution 2012-01 was passed unanimously from a motion by Commissioner Busching and a second from Commissioner Stutler.

Mr. Jerry Gilpin:

Mr. Gilpin advised the Lion Club had signed a contract to purchase the Spencer-Tyson drug store building and he had met with Duke Energy.  The Lions Club will mount their electric panel to the building or a pole on that property and this will relieve the county of the electric hook-up on the annex site.

LWC- Mr. Ed Soots, Mr. Gary Turner, and Mr. Sam Puterbaugh

Mr. Puterbaugh advised the commissioners of changes to the annex and discussed the change orders G-005, G-015, G-017, and G-018.  Commissioner Busching moved to approve G-005, G-017, and G-018 (LWC to reimburse the county for G-017); G-015 is to be reviewed before acceptance.  Commissioner Stutler seconded and the motion passed unanimously.

The remediation of the Surveyor office is set for July 2 & 3.  Once completed the Surveyor office and Bauer building will be demolished. 

Bids for demolition of the Bauer building was opened:  Holman Excavating was $18,000.00 and the General Trades Contractor was $14,426.75.  The quote from General Trades Contractor (Bruns-Gutzwiller) was accepted.

The Courthouse renovation was discussed and Mr. Barry Lauber, Mr. Thomas Krumm, and Mr. Mark Busching were approved for the wage hearing committee with Mr. Bill McDonald as an alternate.  August 6, 2012 will be the opening for the Courthouse renovation bids.

Information from Bradford Systems was presented by Auditor Wagner.  The final costs per section of storage shelving will be provided for the next meeting and Mr. Zunica from Bradford Systems advised the sections could be added and lockable doors added to any unit at any time.  He had suggested only purchasing the amount needed for current needs and purchase additional units as needed.

Bid Opening-Furniture for new annex building

Bids were received from Enriching Spaces of Cincinnati, Ohio ($215,644.51) and Business Furniture LLC of Indianapolis, In. ($214,892.03)

Commissioner Busching moved to take the bids under advisement pending the review by LWC.  Commissioner Stutler Seconded and the motion passed unanimously.

Commissioner Busching moved to approve the minutes of the June 11, 2012 meeting as presented, with a second from Commissioner Stutler.  The motion passed unanimously.

Auditor Wagner presented the request from SIRPC for $11,527.00 for 2013 to help meet their operating expenses.  This is based on $.40 per capita of Ripley County.  Commissioner Busching moved to approve the request with a second from Commissioner Stutler.  The motion passed unanimously. 

The commissioners signed payroll sheets, claim vouchers, claims being paid from the commissioner’s budget, and the minutes of the June 11, 2012 meeting along with Resolution 2012-01, the contract with SRI for services pertaining to Homestead exemption verification, change order GC-009, and the Employee Handbook revision.

Being no further business, Commissioner Busching moved to adjourn, with a second from Commissioner Stutler.  The motion passed unanimously.


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