Robert Reiners, President

10105 N Spades Rd

Sunman, IN  47041



Mark Busching

608 Clearview Lane

Versailles, IN  47042



Gerald Stutler

P.O. Box 66

Friendship, IN  47021


2011 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 10

Monday, July 11

Monday, January 24 Monday, July 25
Monday, February 7 Monday, August 8
Friday, February 18 Monday, August 22
Monday, March 7 Friday, September 2
Monday, March 21 Monday, September 19
Monday, April 4 Monday, October 3
Monday, April  18 Monday, October 17
Monday, May 2 Monday, October 31
Monday, May 16 Monday, November 14
Friday, May 27 Monday, November 28
Monday, June 13 Monday, December 12
Monday, June 27 Thursday, December 22





Minutes prepared by Bill Wagner, Ripley County Auditor

Commissioners meeting opened promptly at 7:00AM on Monday, August 22, 2011 at the Ripley County Highway Department, Osgood, Indiana.

Commissioners Robert Reiners, Mark Busching, and Gary Stutler were in attendance for the meeting as well as Auditor Wagner.

Mr. Jim Fristch, architect for the salt building is ready to send the plan to the State of Indiana and supplied the application to complete.  This will be sent to the State for approval.

FEMA is still inspecting storm damage and will be back to finish. 

We are waiting on State approval for the sewer project for Osgood.

The 2000 gallon propane tank at the highway garage will be put on the website auction with a $2000. 00 minimum bid.

Foreman Schonegg stated there were numerous trees down in his district.  He stated one of their pole saws was not working and advised they could buy 2 from Nobbe for $1039.92.  Commissioner Busching moved to purchase them with a second from Commissioner Stutler.  The motion passed unanimously.

With nothing further 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 unanimously.  The meeting reconvened with the Pledge of Allegiance.

Commissioners Reiners, Busching, and Stutler were present as well as Auditor Wagner and County Attorney Ertel.

8:18:55—Maintenance-Mr. Johnnie Lohrum

Mr. Lohrum advised he was painting the women’s bathroom white as well.  He will pain the floors of both when complete with the walls.

8:23:40---Attorney Ertel provided the commissioners with a letter from CCI Counsel with respect to payment for billings sent to Ripley County.  His reply to this letter was the County did not dispute something was owed but did not agree with the amount billed since CCI could not provide an acceptable contract for the Commissioners’ signatures.

Attorney Ertel also provided a letter from ATC on the cost of providing the Phase I study on the Bauer property.  With an environmental lien search and title search the cost would be $1365.00.  Commissioner Busching moved to accept the entire package with a second from Commissioner Stutler.  The motion passed unanimously.

8:34:00—Ms. Amy Copeland, Treasurer’s Office advised the commissioners that Friendship Bank will now charge the county for any NSF checks.  She requested an Ordinance that would allow their office to recover the costs of the NSF charge and additional mailing and notice costs.  The commissioners reviewed the Ordinance prepared by Attorney Ertel and Commissioner Busching moved to accept the Ordinance as written.  Commissioner Stutler seconded and the motion passed unanimously.

8:36:55—Ms. Kelly Vollet-Technology

Ms. Vollet advised she had given inventory sheets to each office to verify.  She will compare these to the master list and revise as needed.  Boyer Technology had installed new switches in the Jail and 911.  This had made a difference in the operation as all are working properly now.

Commissioner Stutler advised the Fair Board had given the horse club permission to add a building addition to the horse barn.  Also the State Fire Marshall had advised the Parks that all things stored under the grandstand had to be removed.

The Commissioners discussed the request from Ms. Sandy Pickett on donating the Surveyor’s office to her and her moving it.  They concurred that they could not donate it to any individual without an equal chance of the public who may be interested.  Also they felt it would hold up the construction project if advertised on the auction site and directed Auditor Wagner to notify her they would not donate it.

9:14:00--EMA Director-Mr. Patrick Rose

Mr. Rose advised the commissioners he was taking pictures of the damage in the Batesville area.  He requested the blessing of the commissioners for developing contingency plans for an emergency move of the county government in a disaster so the county can keep operating with essential offices.

The commissioners also advised him that in the past there had been outside help on the EMA website.  They explained that they would not approve any outside help in the future since the county had a technology department that should be doing the work to ensure it did not create problems within the county system.

9:27:20—Mr. Tad Brinson—Area Planning

The commissioners questioned Mr. Brinson about some complaints of the inspectors as well as people continuing to build without renewing expired permits. They also questioned mileage from the inspectors since they had purchased a vehicle for the inspectors. Since the inspectors are under control of the commissioners Mr. Brinson was asked to notify them to see the commissioners at the next meeting.

9:41:40—Ms. Pat Thomas & Holley Meador-Health Department

The trailer for the health department has been received and they requested a signature from Commissioner President Robert Reiners for the title.

They advised they were planning an open house for the trailer 9-18-2011 at the Fairgrounds.

9:50:00—Traditions Group-Mr. R.J. Kunkel

Mr. Kunkel advised the insurance company adjuster had advised him they were allowing additional funds to re-fasten the North & East sides of the clock tower.  He was advised that Auditor Wagner had not received any information from them yet and would contact them.  A decision will be made at the September 2, 2011 commissioners’ meeting.

9:55:00—Commissioner Busching moved to recess for the Annex Groundbreaking with a second from Commissioner Stutler and the motion passed unanimously.

10:52:01—Commissioner Busching moved to reconvene with a second from Commissioner Stutler.  The motion passed unanimously.

Commissioner Busching is to do some investigation on the Traditions Group before their bid would be approved.  Auditor Wagner will contact Kramer Roofing to see if they are interested in the repair any longer. Mr. Kunkel will be at the next meeting to firm up his numbers and the commissioners will determine the course of action at the next meeting.


LWC presented the contracts from Koch Mechanical and Glenwood Electric for the commissioners’ signatures.  The contracts for Bruns-Gutzwiller, Dalmation Fire, and Open Control Systems will be signed at a later meeting at the recommendation of LWC.

LWC advised that a space study should be done for the courthouse renovation to accommodate the Probation department and any other office moves within the courthouse.  Commissioner Busching moved to accept LWC with a not to exceed price of $4000.00.  Commissioner Stutler seconded with the motion passing unanimously.

Annex Housekeeper—Ms. Kim Jahnigan

Ms. Jahnigan met with the commissioners to discuss the job requirements and expectations.  The commissioners advised her they were extremely pleased with her performance at this point.

Commissioner Busching moved to accept the minutes of the August 8, 2011 meeting with a second from Commissioner Stutler and the motion passed unanimously.

The commissioners signed the payroll sheets, claim vouchers, claims being paid from the commissioner’s budget, and the minutes of the August 8, 2011 meeting.

With no further business to come before the Commissioners a motion to adjourn was made by Commissioner Busching and seconded by Commissioner Stutler.  The motion passed unanimously.



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