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
Commissioners meeting opened promptly at 7:00AM on Monday, August 19, 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.
The commissioners discussed a flooding issue raised by Mr. Alfred Woodruff on property he has purchased. Foreman Toops is to meet him for further information and inspection.
A meeting for contractors to obtain pre-quote information on Bridge#112 will be held at the Highway Garage 8/22/2013 at 10:00am.
Delivery of cinders was discussed and Superintendent Heaton will contact the suppliers to get pricing.
Bridge #14 is re-opened to traffic.
Commissioner Stutler advised night custodian Kim Jahinigan had tendered her resignation. Commissioner Busching moved to accept the resignation with a second from Commissioner Stutler. Motion passed with 3 yes.
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 8:017:40
Mr. Lohrum advised QPH had fixed some ceiling leak spots that occurred after renovation. Serve Pro needed to be contacted for a leak in the Clerk’s office.
Mr. Lohrum also presented the commissioners with a quote from Atom Chemical Inc. for monthly water treatment and testing for the hot and chilled loop system in the annex at a rate of $100.00 per month.
Commissioner Busching moved to accept the quote with a second from Commissioner Stutler and the motion passed unanimously.
EMA—Mr. Patrick Rose 8:22:00
Mr. Rose advised of September being National Preparedness Month. He presented the commissioners the proclamation to review.
Commissioner Busching moved to approve the proclamation with a second from Commissioner Stutler.. Motion passed unanimously.
Mr. Rose also provided a copy of the District 9 Mutual Aid Inter-local Agreement for review.
EMS-Mr. Jim Corbin 8:27:27
Mr. Corbin presented the quotes for new chase vehicles. Kelly Chevrolet bid $27,725.00 for Special Services Vehicle-Tahoe-4x4 and Tom Sibbitt Chevrolet-Buick, Inc. bid a 2014 Tahoe SSV 4x4 for $45,680.00.
Commissioner Busching moved to accept the bid from Kelly Chevrolet with a second from Commissioner Stutler. Motion passed unanimously.
Mr. Corbin advised the commissioners approximately $164,000.00 had been collected from the inter-facility transfers as of this date.
8:34:30—Mr. Tim Agapie
Mr. Agapie presented his application and resume for the annex custodial position. He was advised the position would be advertised a week internally before outside candidates would be considered.
8:37:20—Attorney Ertel provided the commissioners with an establishing a Public Defender Board so the County would be eligible to receive partial reimbursement from the State for Public Defender costs.
Commissioner Busching moved to approve the Ordinance 2013-08 with a second from Commissioner Stutler. Motion passed unanimously.
Recorder—Ms. Ginger Bradford
Ms. Bradford provided the contracts for signatures to the commissioners from CSI for the software conversion in her office. The commissioners signed the contracts which were approved at a prior meeting.
Attorney Ertel advised he had received phone calls from county residents, referred to him by the Sheriff’s Department, of cornfields blocking the view at some intersections. He advised the commissioners they may want to look at some intersections and make some changes to the intersections such as 4 way stops rather than 2 way stops.
Batesville Economic Development Commission—Mayor Rick Fledderman 9:14:21
Mayor Fledderman introduced those in attendance with him for the presentation. Mr. Bill Flannery, EDC—Ms. Vicki Kellerman, EDC—Mr. Gene Lambert, EDC and Council President—Mr. Andy Saner, EDC—Ms. Lori Feldbauer, EDC—Mr. Dennis Harmeyer, EDC—Mr. Keith Crum, Crum Trucking—Mr. Steve Moore, VS Engineering—Mr. Chris Lowery, Hillenbrand—Mr. Ron Weigel, Batesville Clerk-Treasurer—Ms. Debbie Blank, Batesville Herald Tribune.
Mayor Fledderman advised they were attending the meeting to discuss improvements needed for Merkel Road. He advised the commissioners their attendance was twofold.
1) To obtain permission from the County to proceed with the improvements of Merkel Road
2) To request funding assistance from the county.
Mr. Gene Lambert spoke with the help of Mr. Andy Saner on the issues of safety of Merkel Road leading to the industrial park. It was not designed to carry the traffic numbers and type of truck traffic that is required for the industrial park. The industrial park project was explained the need to improve Merkel Road discussed.
Mr. Keith Crum of Crum Trucking explained the safety issues with his trucking company and advised they had had several close calls in the past years on Lammers Pike to State Road 46 and access on Merkel Road would enhance the safety of their trucks and drivers.
Mr. Steve Moore of VS Engineering spoke to the improvements needed for Merkel Road. He stated the road needed to be widened and would require some utilities to be relocated.
The commissioners advised those present they would take the issue under advisement and provide an answer at a later meeting.
Recorder Bradford, Treasurer Copeland, Assessor Bushhorn, and Auditor Wagner discussed with the commissioners the possibility of having a credit card issued to the county and kept in the Auditor’s Office to be used to make reservations for meetings/ conferences, and related parking for these meetings/conferences. Attorney Ertel is to prepare an ordinance for review.
10:26:59—Mr. Marty Hon of E&H Bridge was present to question the quoting process for Bridge #112. He was advised the pre-quote meeting was set for the Highway Garage 8/22/2013 at 10:00am. He stated he would have a representative present.
Clerk—Ms. Mary Ann McCoy 10:32:38
Ms. McCoy expressed her concern to the commissioners of the comp time being discontinued for 2014. She stated her office would like the comp time reinstated with the 40 hour cap as it is for 2013.
She also requested the use of the Courthouse hallway for the Art Show during Pumpkin show which the commissioners approved.
Legal Shield—Ms. Cathy May 10:36:50
Ms. May spoke of the benefits she had received by being a member of Legal Shield. She then introduced Ms. Cindy Tollar who spoke of the benefits Legal Shield provided and requested permission from the commissioners to contact employees. She provided a copy of the contract which the commissioners chose not to sign. The commissioners advised Ms. Tollar if she provided brochures of the program they would allow those brochures to be included in employees pay packets and any employee that was interested in the program could contact the company representative directly.
Commissioner Busching moved to approve the minutes of the August 5, 2013 and claims as presented. Commissioner Stutler seconded and the motion passed unanimously.
Auditor Wagner presented the second quarter grant agreement to be signed from Ohio County. This was for $18,271.23.
The commissioners signed payroll sheets, claim vouchers, and claims being paid from the commissioners’ budget along with the minutes of the August 5, 2013 meeting.
With no further business to come before the commissioners, Commissioner Busching moved to recess to 8/20/2013 for the budget reviews with a second from Commissioner Stutler. Motion passed unanimously.
August 20, 2013
Commissioner Busching moved to reconvene with a second from Commissioner Stutler. Motion passed unanimously.
Commissioners discussed the minutes being released before they were approve and signed. After deliberation Commissioner Busching moved to NOT release the minutes to the press until they were approved and signed. Commissioner Stutler seconded and the motion passed unanimously.
The commissioners were present for the budget reviews from August 20, 2013 through August 22, 2013. At the close 8/22/2013 Commissioner Busching moved to adjourn with a second from Commissioner Stutler. Motion passed unanimously.
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