District 1

Robert Linville

5227 W County Rd 800 N

Osgood, IN  47037



District 2

Mark Busching

214 Spencer Lane

Versailles, IN  47042



District 3

Gerald Stutler, President

P.O. Box 66

Friendship, IN  47021


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 5,2015

Monday, July 20, 2015
Monday, January 19, 2015 Monday, August 3, 2015
Monday, February 2, 2015 Monday, August 17, 2015
Monday, February 16, 2015 Monday, August 31, 2015
Monday, March 2, 2015 Monday, September 14, 2015
Monday, March 16, 2015 Monday, September 28, 2015
Monday, March 30, 2015 Friday, October 9, 2015
Monday, April  13, 2015 Monday, October 26, 2015
Monday, April 27, 2015 Monday, November 9, 2015
Monday, May 11, 2015 Monday, November 23, 2015
Friday, May 22, 2015 Monday, December 7, 2015
Monday, June 8, 2015 Monday, December 21, 2015
Monday, June 22, 2015 Monday, January 4, 2016
Monday, July 6, 2015  

Commissioner's Meeting Minutes

Minutes prepared by Bill Wagner, Ripley County Auditor

Commissioners meeting opened promptly at 7:00AM, Monday, July 6, 2015 at the Ripley County Highway Department, Osgood, Indiana.

Commissioners Stutler, Linville and Busching were present as well as Auditor Wagner.

The commissioners discussed the 2016 budget preparation for the Highway department.

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 8:16:40

Mr. Lohrum advised Crossroads Restaurant was donating an umbrella to the county for their use on a picnic table.

EMA—Mr. Patrick Rose  8:20:27

Mr. Rose advised of a fuel spill on July 4, 2015 at Kelly’s Station and Quick Stop in Milan had been checked by IDEM and all was resolved.  He presented a request for Mr. Richard L. Corkhum as a part time employee for the EMA.  Commissioner Busching moved to approve the request with a second from Commissioner Linville.  Motion passed with 3 yes.

Probation—Mr. Shannon Schmaltz

Mr. Schmaltz appeared to advise the commissioners that AA classes were being provided through the jail for inmates.

Technology—Ms. Kelly Vollet 8:37:15

Ms. Vollet stated a request from Edward Jones to use the annex meeting room had been received.  The commissioners discussed the request and Commissioner Busching moved that “for profit” organizations be charged $50.00 for use of the meeting room.  Commissioner Linville seconded and the motion passed with 3 yes.


Sheriff Department—Sheriff Jeff Cumberworth 9:04:10

Sheriff Cumberworth advised he, 911, and Technology had visited Decatur County to see how the Spillman software had been made to work with WTH mapping as well as the function of the system.  He requested the Spillman software be provided for his department.  He requested the full system with Spillman be implemented as well and Decatur County could be a backup for Ripley County if our system goes down as well as ours be a backup for Decatur County.  Additional expenses will be necessary to provide the patrol vehicles with wireless cards to sync with the system.  This will be further discussed and voted on at the next commissioners meeting.

EMS—Mr. Jim Corbin 9:32:05

Mr. Corbin also advised the Spillman system would also be an advantage to the EMS in locating addresses and completing reports for runs.

Mr. Corbin provided an application for consideration for a new hire, Mr. Chad Able.  Commissioner Busching moved to approve the request with a second from Commissioner Linville.  Motion passed with 3 yes.

Mr. Schmaltz asked Mr. Corbin about heroin overdose runs had been made this year.  Mr. Corbin stated that 26 runs had been made this year so far and did not include those that individuals dropped at the hospital or those the EMS had not been called to for transport.


Mr. Owen Heaton, Superintendent of the highway department, presented the commissioners with an update of prices for gasoline and diesel that could be contracted for 2016.  The commissioners decided to watch the pricing but not act on it until later. 

CLERK—Ms. Mary Ann McCoy10:35:40

Ms. McCoy appeared with Mr. David Green and Mr. Lee Mathews to discuss the Electronic Poll Books and provide a firm quote as requested by the commissioners.  To lease the equipment for the November 2015 elections would be $4,575.00.  This does not include the wi-fi that would be needed at each polling place.  It was questioned if wi-fi could be established at each polling place.  She is to research this and get back to the commissioners.  If decided to follow through with the purchase of the electronic poll books for the 2016 election the cost of the equipment would be $39,170.00 with the lease price being applied to the purchase price if a contract is signed by 12/31/2015.

The commissioners advise Ms. McCoy to schedule a demo.

The access road into Estell Acres was discussed.  Ms. Celeste Manriquez had requested a letter of credit be accepted by the commissioners instead of a bond.  County Attorney Ertel advised he would contact Ms. Manriquez that an Irrevocable letter of credit to the Ripley County Commissioners could be used.  Stipulations are: the blacktop base be completed by 12/31/2015 and the final coat by or before June 30, 2016.  Once the final coat is completed and the road is maintained to specs by the owners for 12 months the county will take over the road.

Commissioner Busching moved to approve the minutes of the June 22, 2015 meeting with a second from Commissioner Linville.  Motion passed with 3 yes.

Commissioner Linville moved to approve the claims presented with a second from Commissioner Busching.  Motion passed with 3 yes.

Commissioners signed payroll sheets, claim vouchers, and claims being paid from the commissioners’ budget and minutes of the June 22, 2015 meeting. 

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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