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SUNMAN, IN 47041

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2011 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 10

Monday, July 11

Monday, January 24 Monday, July 25
Monday, February 7 Monday, August 8
Friday, February 18 Monday, August 22
Monday, March 7 Friday, September 2
Monday, March 21 Monday, September 19
Monday, April 4 Monday, October 3
Monday, April  18 Monday, October 17
Monday, May 2 Monday, October 31
Monday, May 16 Monday, November 14
Friday, May 27 Monday, November 28
Monday, June 13 Monday, December 12
Monday, June 27 Thursday, December 22



Minutes prepared by Bill Wagner, Ripley County Auditor

Commissioners meeting opened promptly at 7:00AM on Monday, July 11, 2011 at the Ripley County Highway Department, Osgood, Indiana.

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

The salt building was revisited with discussion on putting up a hoop building that would not require the $3500.00 architect fee.  Mr. Owen Heaton is to investigate the costs of the hoop buildings further and the specifications of them.  If they would meet the needs the commissioners would revisit the decision.

The demolition of the house on the annex property was discussed with Holman Excavating advising the dirt at the quarry was not dry enough (25%) per specs (15%) to compact.  The commissioners decided to use the limestone instead.  Demolition was set for July 14, 2011.

The new chip box was discussed. Franklin County invited the commissioners to view their single pass unit in action to help them make a decision.

There were requests for additional stop signs at Old 350 and County Line Rd. and 500E and Old Milan Road.  These intersections will be investigated to determine if the changes are needed.

Several old cars were taken out of use and the disposition was discussed.  It was decided to find junk prices and junk them rather than auction them.

With nothing further to discuss Commissioner Busching moved to recess to the Annex Building.  Commissioner Stutler seconded and the motion passed unanimously.

Commissioner Busching made the motion to reconvene while Commissioner Stutler seconded, motion passed unanimously.  The meeting reconvened with the Pledge of Allegiance.

Commissioners Reiners, Busching, and Stutler were present as well as Auditor Wagner and County Attorney Ertel.

8:20:00—The commissioners placed a call to LWC to verify the limestone requirements.  Mr. Turner advised he would return the call within the hour.

Auditor Wagner advised that Mr. Steve Kramer was to contact the insurance company about the clock tower repair and advise.  The commissioners had received information about a finish for the clock tower roof that may get away from copper.  Auditor Wagner is to make contact with the company to get information.

8:37:30—Maintenance-Mr. Johnnie Lohrum

Mr. Lohrum advised the smell in the Assessor’s office was strong and  advised the State would send someone from the “Spill Line” to investigate and they will be here today.  He advised he had obtained a price of $400.00 for the awning at the building inspector’s door.  The commissioners determined it was not a problem and would not fix it at this time due to the building being scheduled for demolition soon. 

QPH advised that it would cost $500.00 to repair/rebuild drip pans for the air conditioning units in the courthouse. 

8:45:00—Commissioner Busching moved to recess and inspect the Assessor’s office.  Comissioner Stutler seconded and the motion passed unanimously.

9:09:23—Commissioner Busching moved to reconvene with a second from Commissioner Stutler and the motion passed unanimously. 

The commissioners agreed there was on odor and they would have to wait to see if IDEM could find a source.

 9:09:23—Tecnology-Ms. Kelly Vollet

Ms. Vollet advised she had nothing except what to do with the vehicles taken out of service.  She was advised they were being junked.

9:17:38—Ms. Meinders was present to represent C&H/M Excavating.  The commissioners signed the contract for Bridge 90 and gave the notice to proceed.

9:28:18—Mr. Michael S. Scott appeared again concerning the Gordon Family Cemetery.  He brought documentation of a Brown Township book with an article about the cemetery.  He also supplied a list of people buried there.  He advised there was also a Indian burial ground north of the cemetery.  Attorney Ertel advised he would have to provide documentation that the ground had been designated a cemetery and was excluded from taxation before it could fall under the township jurisdiction and not just a family burial plot.  Mr. Scott was to do more research.

Ms. Earline Copeland-Ripley County Treasurer-asked about a need for an ordinance to charge for returned checks as Friendship Bank was starting to charge the County $25.00 for each returned check.  The need for an ordinance will be investigated.

9:47:54—Ms. Jody Comer-Regional Planning requested the commissioners’ signatures on a grant from CFF requested by the Delaware Fire Dept. These were signed.

9:53:28—Mr. Steve Meyer-CPI advised the box bridge would be installed 7-12-2011 and everything was ready.  They had found a Frontier phone line and hoped they would not have to cut it for the installation.  They had contacted Frontier.

10:06:16—Highway Department-Superintendent Heaton

Mr. Heaton advised he had contacted the quarry and received a price break ($3.75 per ton) for the limestone needed to compact the holes made after the house and trees were removed from the annex site.   He was to check about the dirt cost and who was going to pay for it to determine if we have a credit from the demolition bid.

He advised he had received a bid from Farm Tech for $17,000.00 on the hoop building but was to continue with estimates from other sources as well.

A discussion about cutting weeds and straightening road signs when the employees had time at the end of the day and replacing culverts after a road was just chipped and sealed continued.  The commissioners advised they expected employees to make better use of their time and expected the Foremen to effect this.

10:40:10—Commissioner revisited the EMA Director position.  He asked for a motion to appoint Mr. Patrick Rose as the EMA Director.  Commissioner Stutler moved to appoint Mr. Rose with a second from Commissioner Reiners.  The motion passed with 2-yes and 1-no (Commissioner Busching)

11:00:00—The commissioners reviewed their budgets.  They were advised the finance committee was meeting 7-12-2011 to address the annex and how to provide the funds for 2012 since some of the appropriations would die at the end of 2011. 

The Dog Warden was separated from the county general and given his own budget.

11:17:45—911 Coordinator-Ms. Judy Schebler

Attorney Ertel presented the commissioners with a draft of the contract to address the issue of comp time for Ms. Schebler.  After review, Commissioner Busching moved to approve the contract, with a second from Commissioner Stutler.  The motion passed unanimously.

The commissioners presented Ms. Schebler the contract to address the issue of Comp time earned several years ago, which Ms. Schebler accepted and signed.

Ms. Schebler advised she also had been at a meeting with the 911 board and their recommendation was to raise the 911 fee on land lines to $2.40 per month.  She advised she needed the commissioners’ approval and then would resent the request to the County Council to amend the Ordinance.

Commissioner Busching moved to approve with a second from Commissioner Stutler and the motion passed unanimously.

Commissioner Busching moved to accept the minutes of the June 27, 2011  as written.  Commissioner Stutler seconded and the motion passed unanimously.

The commissioners signed the payroll sheets, claim vouchers, claims being paid from the commissioners’ budget, and the minutes of the June 27, 2011 meeting. 

With no further business to come before the Commissioners a motion to adjourn was made by Commissioner Busching and seconded by Commissioner Stutler.  The motion passed unanimously.


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