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, August 3, 2015 at the Ripley County Highway Department, Osgood, Indiana.
Commissioners Stutler, Linville and Busching were present as well as Auditor Wagner.
Mr. Delbert Abplanalp appeared representing the St. John’s Cemetery. He requested the commissioners help find a solution to stop vehicles from damaging the cemetery fence along US 421 and Michigan Road. The county highway advised they could put up a sign to try to stop semi trucks from using the turn. Also they would supply some old guardrail if the cemetery wanted to use it as a barrier. Mr. Abplanalp advised he would consult his Board.
Superintendent Heaton advised a good supply of cinders will be released at GIBBCO around October, 2015.
With no further business to discuss Commissioner Busching moved to recess to 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 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 8:16:30
Mr. Lohrum requested the commissioners purchase a shrub groomer to trim the bushes. Commissioner Busching moved to do so with a second from Commissioner Linville. Motion passed with 3 yes.
Technology—Ms. Kelly Vollet 8:31:25
Ms. Vollet advised the servers, etc. were working but were in need of replacement in the near future as they are 11 years old. Commissioner Busching moved to have her apply for a grant from Rising Sun Regional Foundation with a second from Commissioner Linville. Motion passed with 3 yes.
Planning—Mr. Tad Brinson 8:36:25
Mr. Brinson appeared to request Mr. Harry Mitchell be appointed to the Planning Commission Board to replace Ms. Kay Hunger. Commissioner Linville moved to approve the request with a second from Commissioner Busching. Motion passed with 3 yes.
Sheriff Department—Sheriff Jeff Cumberworth 8:57:55
Sheriff Cumberworth advised the demo for the CAD and jail software system from Zuercher was scheduled for Thursday 8/6/2015.
EMS—Mr. Jim Corbin 9:00:00
Mr. Paul Hildebrand and Mr. Rick Stevens spoke in reference to Rescue 30 billings not being received from Medicount. Mr. Corbin advised he had been in contact daily to determine the problem and was advised by Medicount that there had been a glitch for Rescue 30, county runs, and another rescue unit in Ohio that the claims were being entered but had not been submitted to Medicare and Medicaid. The payments should catch up in August.
Mr. Corbin advised the commissioners that a payment had been received from Rescue 69 and their balance was $49750.00.
Probation—Mr. Shannon Schmaltz 9:28:39
Mr. Schmaltz advised Community Corrections started to function 8/3/2015. He stated any non-profit organizations that needed work done could contact him for the Probation/Community Corrections community service people to provide.
Coroner—Mr. Ron Reynolds and Mr. Jason Smith
Mr. Reynolds advised they had the old van ready to dispose of at the will of the commissioners. He was advised to contact Ms. Kelly Vollet to put the vehicle on the county auction web site with a reserve of $2000.00.
Highway—Mr. Owen Heaton
Mr. Heaton provided the commissioners with the current fuel cost for consideration to contract into 2016. Commissioner Busching moved to wait to contract 2016 with a second from Commissioner Linville. Motion passed with 3 yes.
Circuit Court—Judge Ryan King 10:06:15
Judge King requested the commissioners replace the carpet in the hallways, offices, courtroom and jury room and paint those areas. He advised he would use inmates and community corrections community service people to do the painting. He presented a quote for the carpet from Pulskamps for $14,752.33.
Commissioner Busching moved to approve the painting but table the carpet. Commissioner Linville seconded and the motion passed with 3 yes.
Commissioner Busching moved for the paint purchase to be paid by the commissioners from cum cap building. Commissioner Linville seconded and the motion passed with 3 yes.
Commissioner Busching moved to approve the minutes of the July 20, 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 20, 2015 meeting.
With no further business at this time Commissioner Busching moved to recess to 1:00 pm for a presentation from EMS. 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.
EMS Director Jim Corbin stated that with a couple rescue units in financial difficulties he felt a presentation on the State of the EMS in Ripley County was necessary. He referred to the 2001 Fitch Study that provided 46 recommendations for the county. Most of the recommendations have been implemented. However all have not as they pertained to a single EMS for the entire county. The Fitch Study also determined the current EMS program in the county with 4 rescue units was not sustainable since it took 3500- 4000 runs for an EMS to break even on costs. Total runs in the county do not exceed 4000 so it will not sustain 4 individual rescue units and an EMS unit. Mr. Corbin also stated the Medical Director now oversees 5 units and there is some lack of structure and uniformity in training with 5 units to oversee. Also there has been some issue with some units not responding as dispatched.
Mr. Corbin presented the commissioners with 3 Options to consider for the future.
1) Dissolve the EMS and let the rescue units provide the paramedic service.
2) Merge all units into one.
3) Cancel the 4 rescue units’ contracts for service in the county and let them continue providing the service to their respective town limits with mutual aid contracts to the county for backup if needed. The county would provide the EMS service to those areas outside the town limits of the rescue units.
Optimal situation for this would be for the county to have an ambulance in Batesville for the northern part of the county, one in the Delaware area for the central part of the county and one in the Versailles area for the southern part of the county.
Mr. Corbin stated that the lowering of the fees to the rescue units and providing an additional 10% funding in the 2015 budget has not solved the financial issues with several of the rescue units.
Commissioner Busching moved to take under advisement until after the budget hearings for 2016 with a second from Commissioner Linville. Motion passed with 3 yes.
Commissioner Busching moved to adjourn with a second from Commissioner Linville. Motion passed with 3 yes.
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