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, July 20, 2015 at the Ripley County Highway Department, Osgood, Indiana.
Commissioners Stutler, Linville and Busching were present as well as Auditor Wagner.
It was reported the Brian from GIBCO advised there was not information on the balance of cinders until the company released the information to him.
Also reported was one of the radio channels was out and Earl Laker would be checking the radios.
The installation of emergency lights on the pickups and service trucks was discussed and Commissioner Linville moved to have this done. Commissioner Busching seconded and the motion passed with 3 yes.
Road damage and tree cleanup from the storm was discussed and the current quote on gas prices was reviewed. No action was taken at this time on the gas quote for 2016.
Commissioner Busching moved to recess to the annex with a second from Commissioner Linville. 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 8:20:00
Mr. Lohrum advised the Memorial bushes were to be trimmed and the umbrella for the picnic table donated by Crossroads had been installed.
Technology—Ms. Kelly Vollet 8:24:55
Ms. Vollet advised the storms had caused the county internet & 911 problems but were working now. She had worked over the weekend to get them back into operation.
EMA—Mr. Patrick Rose 8:29:00
Mr. Rose provided an update on competitive grants. He advised he could get a grant for a metal detector for the courthouse security.
Major Matthew R. Chastain of the 746th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron presented the commissioners with a flag flown over Baghdad, Iraq during his USAF C-130H mission on March 24, 2015.
EMS—Mr. Jim Corbin 8:38:52
Mr. Corbin provided two applications, Ms. Kelsey Mayes and Mr. Thomas Dietz, to be approved for hire.
Commissioner Busching moved to approve the applications with a second from Commissioner Linville. Motion passed with 3 yes.
Mr. Corbin advised the units were not honoring the mutual aid agreements and would need to be addressed.
Mr. Paul Hildebrand of Rescue 30 spoke to the shortage of funds and the delay in payments to the unit from Medicare and Medicaid. He stated that the April payments were just being received and they had only 4 weeks of operating capital. He questioned if the correction of some of the previous billings were causing the problem. EMS Director Jim Corbin is to contact Medicount to discuss the problem.
Sheriff Department—Sheriff Jeff Cumberworth 9:10:10
Sheriff Cumberworth provided an application to consider for hire as a jailer, Mr. Joshua Nuhring. Commissioner Busching moved to approve the request with a second from Commissioner Linville. Motion passed with 3 yes.
Sheriff Cumberworth advised the Integrator at the jail had gone out over the weekend storm and has been repaired. The Jail Administrator can now reprogram the system.
Sheriff Cumberworth requested the purchase of the Spillman software for booking and CAD system be purchased. Commissioner Busching moved to give the commissioners’ approval if funding is available. Commissioner Linville seconded and the motion passed with 3 yes.
911—Ms. Judy Schebler
Ms. Schebler provided an application for telecommunicator, Ms. Peggy Davis, for consideration. Commissioner Busching moved to approve with a second from Commissioner Linville. Motion passed with 3 yes.
Health Dept.—Ms. Vicky Powell 9:28:02
Ms. Powell advised the commissioners that the health dept. would be advertising a part time billing position and advised the State Board of Accounts were doing an audit of the department along with the County Audit.
Ms. Celeste Manriquez—Estell Acres subdivision Road 9:45:45
Ms. Manriquez requested the road width for the subdivision road be reduced to 20 foot rather than 22 foot. After discussion Commissioner Busching moved to approve the request with a second from Commissioner Linville. Motion passed with 3 yes.
Tourism—Ms. Katherine Taul 10:09:30
Ms. Taul advised the commissioners the State Bicentennial for 2016 had various venues planned and the Torch Bearer Relay would go through each county of the State.
She provided an appointment to replace Ms. Marianne Wiggers who had retired. The request for replacement was Ms. Robin Dyer. Commissioner Busching moved to approve the request with a second from Commissioner Linville. Motion passed with 3 yes.
She also requested the commissioners consider EDIT funds to finance Tourism since the Innkeepers tax has been reduced with the closing of some of the Hotels in the county.
Lifetime Resources—Ms. Brenda Thayer 10:25:25
Ms. Thayer appeared to request funding for Lifetime Resources for the 2016 budget cycle. She provided an overview of what the organization provided and what the funding was used for. The commissioners advised they would consider the request.
Election Board—Ms. Mary Ann McCoy 10:42:00
Ms. McCoy introduced Mr. Steve Shamo and Mr. Mike Miller for the presentation of the E-Poll Books. They advised they had 20 counties using their product which scans State drivers licenses for ID and advised what precinct the voter is registered in if they are at the wrong precinct. Also it speeds up the check in process and eliminates the need to take hard copies of early voters to the precincts as it references the State records.
Commissioner Busching moved to take under advisement until the Council Meeting demo. Commissioner Linville seconded and the motion passed with 3 yes.
Auditor Wagner provided the commissioners with paperwork needing signature for Health Insurance renewal and information from Southeastern Indiana Regional Planning Commission on the county investment of $11,527.00 for 2016.
Commissioner Busching moved to approve the minutes of the July 6, 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 July 6, 2015 meeting.
With no further business at this time Commissioner Busching moved to recess to 7:00 pm at the Council Meeting in the annex.. 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.
The commissioners listened to the E-Poll Book demonstration again and listened to the discussion with Mr. Mike Miller and Mr. Shamo and Council.
At the end the commissioners did not take any action on the request for the E-Poll Books.
Commissioner Busching moved to adjourn with a second from Commissioner Linville. Motion passed with 3 yes.
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