RIPLEY COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
Robert Reiners, President
10105 N Spades Rd
Sunman, IN 47041
214 Spencer 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 Wagner, Ripley County Auditor
Commissioners meeting opened promptly at 7:00AM on Monday, August 18, 2014 at the Ripley County Highway Department, Osgood, Indiana.
Commissioners Robert Reiners and Gary Stutler were in attendance. Commissioner Busching remained in the hospital and was absent. Auditor Wagner was also present.
USI has been chosen to do the bridge re-inspections.
Mr. Jim Fritsch will provide the review of property in the unincorporated areas of the county owned by Ripley County for ADA compliance.
Foreman Bob DeBurger is replacing Commissioner Busching as ERC for the bridge re-inspections.
Larry Cochran Painting advised he would be repainting the highway garage as the painting he had previously done did not meet his expectations.
Bridge #70 which is a stone arch is being researched as required by the State before being replaced. Howard J. Barth & Associates, Inc. was the lowest bid for doing the research.
Commissioner Stutler moved to approve Howard J. Barth & Associates with a second from Commissioner Reiners. Motion passed with 2 yes.
With no further business Commissioner Stutler moved to recess to the annex meeting room with a second from Commissioner Reiners. Motion passed with 2 yes.
Commissioner Stutler moved to reconvene at the Ripley County Annex with a second from Commissioner Reiners. Motion passed with 2 yes and the meeting reconvened with the Pledge to the Flag. Commissioners Reiners and Stutler were present as well as Auditor Wagner and Attorney Ertel. Commissioner Busching was absent.
Maintenance—Mr. Johnnie Lohrum 8:13:17
Mr. Lohrum advised he will be doing painting on the second floor of the courthouse after hours. Commissioner Stutler questioned what to do during the absence of Mr. Rick Bushhorn, night custodian for the annex, due to his injury. It was decided to advertise a temporary part time position to fill in this absence.
Fish Window Cleaning had been contacted and provided a quote for cleaning windows inside and outside at the courthouse and annex. Commissioner Stutler moved to approve the quote for a total of $1429.00. Commissioner Reiners seconded and the motion passed with 2 yes.
Commissioner Stutler moved to approve the minutes of the August 4, 2014 meeting with a second from Commissioner Reiners. Motion passed with 2 yes.
The claims presented were reviewed and the claim from the Local Coordinating Council was discussed. The question of whether they were in compliance with the State Statute was raised. After discussion Commissioner Stutler moved to approve the claims except the one from the Local Coordinating Council out of the Drug Free Fund until they could provide their Plan approval from the State and show compliance. Commissioner Reiners seconded and the motion passed with 2 yes.
Technology-Ms. Kelly Vollet 8:35:00
Ms. Vollet advised a new breathalyzer is to be installed in the Sheriff Department. Mr. Paul Wells ran the cable and it is ready to be hooked up. She advised Mr. Schneider had turned in his keys and questioned where his voice mails were to be directed. Ms. Holley Rose was requested to appear from the Health Department and advised until a replacement for Mr. Schneider could be hired his duties had been divided among the current employees and his voice mail would be checked by them.
Rescue 30—Mr. Rick Stevens
Mr. Stevens requested a copy of the 2015 Rescue Unit contract to review. He advised he was also requesting copies for the other rescue units as well. The commissioners had submitted the 30% increase in payments requested by the rescue units for the 2015 budget and until the budget process is complete the amounts to be paid the units could not be inserted into the contracts. The commissioners agreed under these conditions they would release the contract for review of the language. Mr. Stevens was provided a copy and the rest of the units will receive theirs by email.
EMS—Mr. Jim Corbin 9:04:22
Mr. Corbin presented the commissioners an application for employment for Mr. Gary Stutzman. The commissioners reviewed the application and Commissioner Stutler moved to approve the request with a second from Commissioner Reiners. Motion passed with 2 yes.
Mr. Corbin then provided the commissioners with the monthly report of the cost savings to the rescue units due to the reduced fee charged for the county EMS support. Through July the rescue units had paid $53,700.00 less than they would have under the previous rate. It was noted that through July this amount already exceeds the 30% increase requested by the units for 2015.
The Commissioners then discussed the Petition for Road Closure requested by A. J. Page, Inc. for County Road 150 East.
Attorney Ertel advised the commissioners recommended the commissioners provide a temporary road closure. This provides that the road will be temporarily closed for a five year period and the petitioner can request a permanent road closure after three years have elapsed. Commissioner Stutler moved to approve the temporary road closure of County Road 150 East west of the Delaware Campground entrance which is gravel and is approximately 420 feet. Commissioner Reiners seconded and the motion passed with 2 yes.
Auditor Wagner discussed the bill received from Laughrey Valley Veterinary Hospital for disposing of and testing for rabies of two dogs brought into the clinic. Attorney Ertel advised he could find no statute making the county responsible for these charges since they were not requested by anyone associated with the county. Auditor Wagner was instructed by the commissioners to notify the clinic that the charges would need to be pursued by the dog’s owner or the person bringing the animal into the clinic and requesting testing.
Ms. Ginger Bradford-Recorder presented the commissioners with an application for part time help-Ms. Morgan Speers. The commissioners approved this application.
SIRPC—Ms. Jodi Comer 9:30:00
Ms. Comer requested a signature from the commissioners for the closeout paperwork for the Delaware Fire Department Grant. The commissioners signed the form.
Vertical Systems—Mr. Nick Chasteen 9:46:07
Mr. Chasteen appeared with service agreements for the consideration of the commissioners for the annex elevator. The commissioners reviewed the two contracts and after discussion Commissioner Stutler moved to accept the Ultimate Service Agreement to include parts and labor for $190.00 monthly. Commissioner Reiners seconded and the motion passed with 2 yes.
Highway—Mr. Owen Heaton
Mr. Heaton advised the bridge department wished to purchase an additional tandem dump truck. Attorney Ertel advised the procedure as stated by IC 5-22-10-2 and
IC 5-22-10-8 that allowed this purchase to be made based on the specs used for the highway purchase of trucks. Commissioner Stutler moved to purchase the tandem dump truck for the bridge department with a second from Commissioner Reiners. Motion passed with 2 yes.
Ms. Mary Ann McCoy appeared to request use of the Courthouse hallway and first floor empty room for the Versailles Pumpkin Show art display. The commissioners ok’d the request.
Commissioner Reiners advised Margaret Mary Health had expressed interest in extending the transfer service agreement. He is to get the paperwork from the Hospital.
Commissioner Stutler moved to adjourn with a second from Commissioner Reiners. Motion passed with 2 yes. Mr. Osborne of the extension office walked into the room with a request to talk with the commissioners and Commissioner Stutler moved to rescind the motion to adjourn. Commissioner Reiners seconded and the motion passed with 2 yes.
Extension Office—Mr. Dave Osborne 10:56:57
Mr. Osborne requested permission to add a food stand area to the 4H Junior Leader Stand instead of using the trailer as it did not have adequate wiring etc and they did the cooking outside. He advised the 4-H would provide the funding for the addition. He was advised by the commissioners to contact the Park Board for approval.
Auditor Wagner presented the commissioners with a request from the Versailles Lions for use of the County grounds around the courthouse and annex for the Versailles Pumpkin Show, September 21-28. Commissioner Stutler moved to approve the request with a second from Commissioner Reiners. Motion passed with 2 yes.
Commissioners signed payroll sheets, claim vouchers (except as noted in the minutes), claims being paid from the commissioners’ budget, and minutes of the August 4, 2014 meeting.With no further business to attend to at this time Commissioner Stutler moved to adjourn the meeting. Commissioner Reiners seconded and the motion passed unanimously.
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