RIPLEY COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

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ROBERT REINERS, PRESIDENT

10105 N. SPADES RD

SUNMAN, IN 47041

 (812) 623-3209

 

MARK BUSCHING

608 CLEARVIEW LANE

VERSAILLES, IN  47042

(812) 689-7119

 

                                                          GERALD STUTLER

P.O. BOX 66

FRIENDSHIP, IN  47021

(812) 667-5505

                                                         

                                                         

                                                         

2010 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 11, 2010

MONDAY JULY 12, 2010

MONDAY JANUARY 25, 2010 MONDAY JULY 26, 2010
MONDAY FEBRUARY 8, 2010 MONDAY AUGUST 9, 2010
MONDAY FEBRUARY 22, 2010 MONDAY AUGUST 23, 2010
MONDAY MARCH 8, 2010 MONDAY SEPTEMBER 3, 2010
MONDAY MARCH 22, 2010 MONDAY SEPTEMBER 20, 2010
MONDAY APRIL 5, 2010 MONDAY OCTOBER 4, 2010
MONDAY APRIL 19, 2010 MONDAY OCTOBER 18, 2010
MONDAY MAY 3, 2010 MONDAY NOVEMBER 1, 2010
MONDAY MAY 17, 2010 MONDAY NOVEMBER 15, 2010
MONDAY MAY 28, 2010 MONDAY NOVEMBER 29, 2010
MONDAY JUNE 14, 2010 MONDAY DECEMBER 13, 2010
MONDAY JUNE 28, 2010 MONDAY DECEMBER 27, 2010

 

 

 

 

Commissioner's Meeting Unapproved Minutes for July 26, 2010

Minutes prepared by Bill Wagner, Ripley County Auditor

Commissioners meeting opened promptly at 7:00AM on Monday, July 26, 2010 at the Ripley County Highway Department, Osgood, Indiana.

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

Auditor Wagner was present for the meeting at the Ripley County Highway Garage.

Commissioner Reiners advised he was meeting with the engineering company today to come up with a fix for the footer issue on Bridge 210.  He has also spoken with Mr. Jim Thomas on a culvert under the railroad that needs to be replaced.  Mr. Thomas is to get back with the commissioners. 

Mr. Leon Berner is scheduled for the commissioners at the annex but they discussed his request to have the road blacktopped.  Problem is that part of the road is in Switzerland County and part in Ripley County.  The commissioners did not feel that they could do anything at this time as the funds had been spent for blacktopping. 

Soil and Water had contacted the commissioners about a flood basin on 600E around 1150/1200.  The Highway dept. is to contact them and decide if it would be a problem for the county road.

Mr. Pat Kissell advised the commissioners that Catepillar had advised him that the quote had not included parts for the grader repair.  The additional would bring the repair cost to approximately $27,600.00.

Superintendent Heaton advised that he had met with the Town of Milan about Pike Lumber.  They had requested the road be widened to accommodate the trucks.  They also requested a header be put on a culvert.  Milan is to advise the cost of widening the road and once the construction is complete the highway dept. will install a guardrail on the culvert.

The ATV race will be held again on the Danny Beach farm in Holton.  The commissioners agreed that if the paperwork and permits for the racers were in order and they did not operate on county or town roads the event was ok.

Mr. Mark Klosterkemper appeared and explained the paperwork he was helping with for the bridge inspections.  He went over the score sheets and advised that once the commissioners chose a firm the “Labor Board and Affirmative Action” forms would be needed.  Once the State approves the “Notice of Award and Notice to Proceed” forms would need to be signed and sent to the chosen firm.

It was noted that Chad Meyer was to get his neighbor’s approval so a ditch could be installed to help with the flooding problem.

Commissioner Busching moved to accept and sign the Hornberger contract to repair the highway garage roof with a second from Commissioner Stutler.  The motion passed unanimously.

With no further business 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.  The meeting was reconvened at 8:00 am at the Ripley County Annex building in Versailles, Indiana and opened with the pledge of allegiance.

Commissioners Reiners, Busching, and Stutler were present as well as Auditor Wagner and Attorney Neil Comer.

Maintenance:  Mr. Johnnie Lohrum

The courthouse doors were discussed to the condition and the locks.  Commissioner Stutler is going to contact them and have them contact Mr. Lohrum.  Also Mr. Cecil Brown is to give us a bid. 

Commissioner Stutler advised that Mr. Scott Huffman would take care of the trees that needed cut in exchange for the wood.

Area Planning Commission:  Mr. Tad Brinson

The commissioners questioned Mr. Brinson about the cleanup of the trailer in Pierceville.  The deadline is July 30, 2010.  The commissioners requested Mr. Brinson contact Mr. Sheets and advise him the deadline would NOT be extended.  If the deadline was not met the commissioners would clean up the property and the fine would NOT be reduced to Mr. Sheets.

The property at Elrod was also discussed and Commissioner Stutler is to contact Mr. John Ertel about asking the court for permission to clean up. 

The Commissioners discussed the trash pickup cost at the Fair and other rumors brought up.  They decided they would ask Dave Osborne about the trash pickup and some of the upkeep on the grounds.  Also there was a mix up with some volunteer labor that was turned down they are to look into.

Technology Coordinator:  Ms. Kelly Vollet

Ms. Vollet advised that the phone bill received from Frontier (that purchased the land lines from Verizon) was $265.00 less per month.  They discussed the defibrillator and Ms. Vollet is to research. 

Auditor Wagner advised the commissioners that Boston Mutual Life Insurance wanted permission from the commissioners to provide an open enrollment for the employees.  The commissioners had no problem with this.

Also Auditor Wagner questioned from which fund the commissioners had decided to pay the additional money for the stone arch bridge inspections.  Commissioner Reiners advised this project was postponed and this was put on hold.

The Ripley County Revitalization Corporation appointment was discussed.  A letter had been received from the Town of Osgood recommending Ms. Brenda Wetzler.  Commissioner Busching moved to accept Ms. Wetzler with a second from Commissioner Stutler.  Motion was approved unanimously.

During a break in the agenda the commissioners signed the July 12, 2010 minutes, payroll sheets, claims vouchers, and claims from the commissioner’s budget.  Commissioner Busching also moved to approve the minutes of the July 12, 2010 meeting with a second from Commissioner Stutler.  The motion was approved unanimously.

Also brought before the commissioners was the contract for services from GFC for consulting services.  The contract had been presented to the County Council but should have had the County Commissioners signatures.  Commissioner Busching moved to accept the contract and Commissioner Stutler seconded and the motion passed unanimously. 

Mr. Leon Berner:  Road Pavement

Mr. Berner appeared with Commissioner Casey Banta from Switzerland County.  He requested that the part of Ripley County road 1000S be blacktopped at the same time the rest of the road that was in Switzerland County was being paved by Switzerland County. 

Mr. Ray Toops and Mr. Owen Heaton from the Ripley County Highway discussed the cost of blacktopping and what part of the road was actually in Ripley County.  Commissioner Banta suggested that they would pave the Ripley County part at the same time if agreed.  Commissioner Stutler advised that prior to paving it would be necessary to determine the actual line and a price provided Ripley County for their share.  Commissioner Banta agreed to have the line determined and provide a cost of paving Ripley County’s share before proceeding.

Commissioner Reiners advised that the bridge inspection paperwork had been submitted and USI would do the inspections.  Also discussed was a request from Cincinnati Insurance about roadwork done in a part of the county that had been annexed by the Town of Sunman.  Mr. Tad Brinson was to check on his paperwork to determine if Ripley County had any problem releasing this.

Ripley County Economic Development:  Mr. Gary Norman

Mr. Norman updated the commissioners on different projects and the SE Indiana Growth Alliance made up of Ohio, Ripley, Dearborn, Switzerland, Franklin counties and the City of Batesville to help promote Southeastern Indiana.

He also advised there was training funds available from Workforce Development. 

He provided information to the commissioners about some discussion of moving the Tourism and Economic Development office to another location.  The idea was to get on US 50 and make a welcome center location that was visible.  He advised it was only in discussion stage, no contracts have been signed, and nothing would be done without the boards contacting the commissioners.

Mr. Norman presented the commissioners with the 2011 Inter-local agreement for their signatures.  Commissioner Busching moved to accept and sign the agreement and Commissioner Stutler seconded.  The motion was approved unanimously.

Sheriff Department:  Mr. David Pippen

Mr. Pippen appeared to obtain signatures from the commissioners to apply for a grant for Operation Pullover.  Commissioner Busching moved to sign the grant with a second from Commissioner Stutler and the motion passed unanimously.

 Election Board:  Mr. Everett Thompson-Mr. Paul Mathews-Ms. Mary Ann McCoy

The election board appeared with a request to move some polling places.  After discussion is was determined that Washington 1 & 2 would be moved to the life center of the Washington Baptist Church in Elrod and Franklin 3 to Stumpke’s Corner.  Commissioner Busching moved to approve these changes and Commissioner Stutler seconded.  The motion was approved unanimously. 

Commissioner Busching asked Counsel Comer who makes appointments to the Park Board.  Attorney Comer advised the statute provided the Circuit Judge appointed two, County Council appointed 1, and Commissioners appointed 1.

Ripley County Parks and Recreation:  Ms. Julie Brancamp

Ms. Brancamp updated the commissioners about additional trees that needed attention.  Three trees would be priority around the playground and would be $800.00.  Two additional trees needed trimmed and would be an additional $575.00.  The commissioners advised they would take this under advisement.

She also advised of another tree had been struck by lightning and needed to be looked at soon.  Also the commercial building #1 had a bad roof leak in several spots.

The commissioners spent time on the 2011 budgets and Auditor Wagner will prepare them for signatures. 

Being no further business to attend to, Commissioner Busching moved to recess until July 27, 2010 at 7:30 am, with a second from Commissioner Stutler.  The motion was approved unanimously.

July 27, 2010

Commissioner Busching moved to reconvene with a second from Commissioner Stutler.  The motion passed unanimously.

The day was spent touring properties in Jennings County, Dubois County, Jasper, and Huntingburg to obtain ideas for the annex project.  Upon completion of the tour Commissioner Busching moved to adjourn until the next commissioner’s meeting August 9, 2010.  Commissioner Stutler seconded and the motion was approved unanimously.

 

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