RIPLEY COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
Robert Reiners, President
10105 N Spades Rd
Sunman, IN 47041
608 Clearview Lane
Versailles, IN 47042
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 Wager, Ripley County Auditor Minutes are unofficial until approved at the next Commissioners Meeting.
Commissioners meeting opened promptly at 7:00AM on Monday, August 5, 2013 at the Ripley County Highway Department, Osgood, Indiana.
Commissioners Robert Reiners, Mark Busching, Gary Stutler, and Auditor William Wagner were in attendance for the meeting.
Ms. Shawna Joseph-Ripley County Parks-advised the commissioners that Elmer Powell would be off work for 5 weeks due to health reasons. She advised the commissioners of the desire to replace him and she was advised she would need to post the job internally for 5 days and then advertise if no one internally responded and was chosen.
Bridge #112: With the need for larger footers due to subsurface soil different options are being explored with CPI engineers.
Bridge #14: Painting continues and should take approximately 2 weeks depending on weather. Foreman Ray Toops questioned the penalty clause of the contract as the deadline for completion is being exceeded. He stated that not all of the delay is weather related. He was informed the commissioners would confer with Attorney John Ertel.
Foreman Pat Kissell advised that he had an opening for mechanic and advised he would be advertising the position.
With no further business to discuss Commissioner Busching moved to recess to the Annex meeting room. Commissioner Stutler seconded and the motion passed unanimously.
Commissioner Busching moved to reconvene while Commissioner Stutler seconded. The motion passed unanimously and the meeting reconvened with the Pledge to the Flag.
Commissioners Reiners, Stutler, and Busching were present as well as County Attorney Ertel and Auditor Wagner.
Maintenance-Mr. Johnnie Lohrum 8:08:55
Mr. Lohrum advised the drop box had been received and questioned where the commissioners wanted it installed. They informed him of the location and he is to install.
Coroner-Mr. Ron Buchanan 8:13:16
Mr. Buchanan advised the commissioners he would be moving his family to Jennings County and was resigning as Ripley County Coroner at the end of August. He thanked the commissioners for their support. They in turn thanked him for his service and wished him well with his move.
EMS-Mr. Jim Corbin 8:33:59
Mr. Corbin presented two applications for review. He stated these would put the EMS at full capacity. The commissioners reviewed the applications for Mr. Gary Caudill and Ms. Brandy Thompson. After review Commissioner Busching moved to approve with a second from Commissioner Stutler. Motion passed unanimously.
Mr. Corbin advised they had approximately $50,000.00 billings past due. He presented a contract from a collection agency recommended by Mr. Jim Freeman of the county billing service for review. Attorney Ertel reviewed and advised of some areas of concern to work out. Mr. Corbin stated he would contact the company and go over these areas.
Mr. Corbin advised the Medicaid number had been received and payments from Medicaid should be received in the near future.
Ripley County Humane Society-Ms. Dee Dee Holiday
Ms. Holiday was unable to attend due to a medical emergency in the family and Ms. Dana Row appeared in her place. Ms. Row informed the commissioners the animal food they had received in the past without charge had stopped and they now had to pay for the food.
Also with the new isolation building ready to open the monthly expenses would be increasing. She was questioned about rumors that they were taking dogs from Decatur County and advised that the only time they have done that is when there was a small dog that they could adopt out immediately. She requested an additional $5000.00 funding from the county for 2014. She was advised the additional funds had been requested with the 2014 budget but would have to be approved.
Bridge 14 was discussed and the associated issues of the holdup of completion. A steel deck arched bridge is being considered so regular footers can be used and comply with the footprint of the existing bridge. Highway Superintendent Owen Heaton advised CPI would be providing the new engineering specs for quotes for installation of the new design by the end of the week.
Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home—Mr. Eric Karsteter 9:07:35
Mr. Karsteter requested permission from the commissioners regarding the use of the Sheriff Department for traffic control at stop lights for funeral processions. He advised that he did not pay off duty officers, but that, historically, he has called upon the Versailles Town Police, Ripley County Sheriff’s Department and the Indiana State Police to assist in blocking the intersections of the State and U.S. Highways, and whichever law enforcement agency has someone available sends over a unit. He was advised that this was the call of the Sheriff if the deputy is on duty and is in the course of his normal patrol. The Commissioners agreed that if an off duty officer of the Sheriff’s Department performed this service for compensation and used a County vehicle, the County would need to be compensated for the use of the vehicle..
Departments with regularly scheduled time slots for the commissioners meeting that were not present with any issues or information were: Building and Planning, Technology, EMA, and Sheriff.
Auditor Wagner discussed the expenses with Cedarbridge Treatment Centers. He advised the funds approved with the 2013 budget would be exceeded before the end of the year. He advised an additional appropriation would be submitted later in the year when a total could be established. Current costs are running approximately $10,000.00 per month.
Also, he presented the letter of approval of the request of Ms. Mary Ann McCoy, Clerk, to change precinct boundaries. Commissioner Busching moved to adopt the changes with a second from Commissioner Stutler. Motion passed unanimously.
Commissioner Busching moved to approve the minutes of the July 22, 2013 and claims as presented. Commissioner Stutler seconded and the motion passed unanimously.
The commissioners signed payroll sheets, claim vouchers, and claims being paid from the commissioners’ budget along with the minutes of the July 22, 2013 meeting.
With no further business to come before the commissioners, Commissioner Busching moved to adjourn with a second from Commissioner Stutler. Motion passed unanimously.
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