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ROBERT REINERS, PRESIDENT

10105 N. SPADES RD

SUNMAN, IN 47041

 (812) 623-3209

 

MARK BUSCHING

608 CLEARVIEW LANE

VERSAILLES, IN  47042

(812) 689-7119

 

                                                          GERALD STUTLER

P.O. BOX 66

FRIENDSHIP, IN  47021

(812) 667-5505

                                                         

                                                         

                                                         

2010 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 11, 2010

MONDAY JULY 12, 2010

MONDAY JANUARY 25, 2010 MONDAY JULY 26, 2010
MONDAY FEBRUARY 8, 2010 MONDAY AUGUST 9, 2010
MONDAY FEBRUARY 22, 2010 MONDAY AUGUST 23, 2010
MONDAY MARCH 8, 2010 MONDAY SEPTEMBER 3, 2010
MONDAY MARCH 22, 2010 MONDAY SEPTEMBER 20, 2010
MONDAY APRIL 5, 2010 MONDAY OCTOBER 4, 2010
MONDAY APRIL 19, 2010 MONDAY OCTOBER 18, 2010
MONDAY MAY 3, 2010 MONDAY NOVEMBER 1, 2010
MONDAY MAY 17, 2010 MONDAY NOVEMBER 15, 2010
MONDAY MAY 28, 2010 MONDAY NOVEMBER 29, 2010
MONDAY JUNE 14, 2010 MONDAY DECEMBER 13, 2010
MONDAY JUNE 28, 2010 MONDAY DECEMBER 27, 2010

 

 

 

 

Commissioner's Meeting Unapproved Minutes for September 3, 2010

Minutes prepared by Bill Wagner, Ripley County Auditor

The meeting was called to order by Commissioner President Robert Reiners promptly at 8:00am Friday, September 3, 2010 at the Ripley County Annex building, Versailles, Indiana.

Commissioners Reiners, Busching, and Stutler were present as well as Auditor Wagner and Attorney Neil Comer.

Maintenance:  Mr. Johnnie Lohrum (8:00:00)

Mr. Lohrum advised he would be on vacation w/o 9/6/2010 but would be in to mow the grass.  He had unplugged drain lines on the first and second floor of the courthouse.  He was instructed by the commissioners to purchase a table for the annex to use for meetings.

Mr. John Holzer- Town of Versailles (8:04:30)

Mr. Holzer advised the town was only going to fix the leak in the clock.  He admits the rotted wood is from the clock leaking and lack of maintenance to the clock face however he states they feel it is the county’s responsibility to repair the wood. 

The commissioners stated they would discuss the matter at a later date.

(8:12:32)

Minutes of the August 23, 2010 meeting were reviewed and the commissioners requested a change to the wording that they had received their share of Major Moves money but that additional sharing from the State would be helpful.  Commissioner Busching moved to accept the minutes with the change and Commissioner Stutler seconded.  Motion was approved unanimously.

Mr. Paul Smerud-Liberty National Optional Life Plan (8:15:05)

Mr. Smerud presented his program of pre-tax life insurance for county employees to the commissioners.  He can offer a term to 100 and a traditional whole life program that the employee can take with him after resignation or retirement.  He requested permission to provide the program to the county employees and he would contact each office to explain the program. There is no obligation to the county for any cost of this program. After discussion Commissioner Busching moved to sign the contract with Liberty National.  Commissioner Stutler seconded and the motion passed unanimously.

Technology: Ms. Kelly Vollet  (8:48:00)

Ms. Vollet discussed with the commissioners the request from the building committee to provide a layout of the offices request for space in the proposed annex building.  She asked if she could provide everyone a scale and graph to use for the layout.  The commissioners agreed.

Economic Development/Tourism: Mr. Gary Norman and Ms. Katherine Taul (8:58:40)

Mr. Norman and Ms. Taul appeared to explain the idea for the welcome center to be located on US 50 in Versailles.  They are considering a 5 year term.  The expenses would be no more than currently spending for the current location.  They have applied to The Rising Sun Regional Foundation for a grant to help with remodeling expenses and a sign.

Mr. Norman advised Gold Star Chili had received their tax abatement and the project is moving forward.  He also reported Ohio Rod had received a $500,000.00 grant from Lawrenceburg to expand their business internally with equipment and would create a few new jobs in the near future.  He also brought the commissioners up to date on his activity with Economic Development.  Indiana is working on real estate license reciprocity so Ohio agents can sell in Indiana which would make it much easier to promote southeastern Indiana through the big commercial agents.

(9:19:00)  Ms. Taul advised the Historic Michigan Road Byway Committee is wanting to designate Michigan Road as a historic byway.  She requested the commissioners provide a letter of support on their letterhead.  Commissioner Busching moved to put the letter on their letterhead and Commissioner Stutler seconded with the motion passing unanimously.

Mr. Ken Eadens-windshield chips from highway truck

Mr. Eadens appeared before the commissioners to advise a couple months ago he received chips in his windshield from gravel from a county highway truck.  The incident occurred on the road by Browning’s Camp the highway department was chipping.  He turned the claim into MainSource Insurance for $198.00 with an estimate from Mark Pratt. The insurance adjuster investigated and per Mr. Eadens, he  was told he did not have enough proof it was a county vehicle that caused the damage.  He was unable to provide any truck number but advised the commissioners he knew the driver and had talked with Mr. Ray Toops (highway foreman) the day of the incident.  The commissioners inspected his 1990 Ford Ranger and advised Mr. Eadens they would investigate and talk with the driver before making any decision.

(9:48:00)

Mr. Eric Wolf was present as an observer and to answer any questions the commissioners may have on construction managers.  They discussed a few concerns about construction managers, etc. 

During a break of appointments the commissioners signed the payroll sheets, claim vouchers, claims being paid from the commissioners’ budget and minutes of the last meeting.

Clerk: Ms. Mary Ann McCoy (10:09:10)

Ms. McCoy advised the revisions had been made for the polling places.   Commissioner Busching moved to accept the list as presented with a second from Commissioner Stutler.  Motion was approved unanimously.  (Copy included in the minutes)

(10:14:25)

Commissioners discussed the ATC letter possibilities and what scenarios with the current dry cleaners building may exist.  Also discussed was how and when to approach IDEM and Ms. Bauer to solve the problem.  It doesn’t seem to have any actual judgement on the property from IDEM.  Counsel Comer explored a possible three way solution between the county, IDEM, and Ms. Bauer. 

It was agreed the next step would be to approach Ms. Bauer if she would be receptive to the idea. The commissioners requested County Attorney Comer to approach Ms. Bauer.

Also discussed was inviting engineering firms to provide their fees for the project.  Mr. Wolf advised it could be done with RFP-request for proposal and he would provide these forms to Commissioner Busching through e-mail.  He also advised it would be advantageous to use a hard number fee not a percentage.

PMSI, INC.-Mr. Bill Shepler and Mr. Spike Shepler

The Sheplers presented the commissioners with their firm’s expertise and advise they had done some space study and projections for the county in 1997.  They advised their fee generally ran 1-3%.

(11:42:45)

Commissioner Busching discussed reviewing the budget to see if the county could help Milan at this time to finish the road from Airport Road to Highway 101 for Pike Lumber.  The commissioners agreed that it would be best to help finish the road if funds could be found.  Commissioner Busching is to investigate and they will decide at a later date. 

The INDOT contract for bridge inspections was presented.  Commissioner Busching moved to sign the contract with a second from Commissioner Stutler.  Motion passed unanimously.  A question arose with the dates in the contract and a call to INDOT was unsuccessful and a voice message was left with Ms. Brandi Fischvogt to answer the questions.  The commissioners withheld their signatures until the questions could be answered.

Being no further business to attend to, Commissioner Busching  moved to adjourn with a second from Commissioner Stutler.  The motion was approved unanimously.

 

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