RIPLEY COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
5227 W County Rd 800 N
Osgood, IN 47037
214 Spencer Lane
Versailles, IN 47042
Gerald Stutler, President
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, Monday, September 14, 2015 at the Ripley County Highway Department, Osgood, Indiana.
Commissioners Stutler, Linville and Busching were present.
Foreman Bob DeBurger reported that the berm for the privately owned drive for Estell Acres is being discussed with Mr. Tad Brinson of the Planning and Zoning.
Foreman Steve Schonegg advised that chip and seal for District 1 is complete. This finished all three districts for this year.
Shop Foreman Kissell is awaiting delivery of parts for both tandems and the shop will start preparation of snow plows and cinder boxes the 3rd week of September. A grant for 3 snow plows will be submitted October 15, 2015 to Rising Sun Regional Foundation.
He also advised he had received a quote for a new power broom for $52,000.00 and will get a quote on trading the old one.
Foreman Ray Toops discussed the excellent quality of cinders from Miami Fort. The county will continue to stockpile cinders as long as they are available.
An update on Bridge 36 (south of New Marion) was given. The boiler pipes were being removed and the footers will be started 9/14/2015.
With no further business to discuss Commissioner Busching moved to recess to the annex.
Commissioner Linville seconded and the motion passed with 3 yes.
Commissioner Busching moved to reconvene with a second from Commissioner Linville. Motion passed with 3 yes and the meeting reconvened with the Pledge to the Flag. Commissioners Stutler, Busching, and Linville were present as well as Attorney Ertel and First Deputy Danielle Peetz.
Maintenance—Mr. Johnny Lohrum 8:11:10
Mr. Lohrum advised the courthouse doors were peeling and ask for recommendations. He was advised to obtain a quote for refinishing them. Also discussed was the security lights for the annex dumpster area.
EMA—Mr. Patrick Rose 8:03:00
Updated commissioners on the mock disaster 9/25/2015.
Also discussed was the new procedure for grants by the state requiring two signatures to receive the funds. Commissioner Linville moved to have Commissioner Busching and Auditor Wagner as the two officials to sigh the paperwork. Commissioner Busching seconded and the motion passed with 3 yes.
Planning—Mr. Tad Brinson 8:33:00
The commissioners discussed changing some specifications for the roads and were advised they just needed to revise them at the highway garage. Commissioner Busching moved to require that future new roads and any roads to be turned over to the county would require it meet all county specifications and have a two foot berm. Commissioner Linville seconded and the motion passed with 3 yes.
Technology—Ms. Kelly Vollet 8:36:20
Ms. Vollet advised the upgrade to the wireless in the courthouse is working very well and she has enough funding in the budget to upgrade the wireless access for the annex as well.
Sheriff Department—Sheriff Jeff Cumberworth 8:55:00
Freezer had stopped working and had been repaired. Two cameras were out and some others will not switch over.
Sheriff Cunberworth requested the Spillman software be approved. Commissioner Busching moved to approve the purchase with a second from Commissioner Linville. Motion passed with 3 yes.
Sheriff Cumberworth advised he was getting new quotes for the water softeners as there are two water intakes at the jail.
Probation—Mr. Shannon Schmaltz 9:01:20
Painting has been completed in the Circuit Court.
EMS—Mr. Jim Corbin 9:12:00
Mr. Corbin was advised that Rescue 30 was still working with Medicount on resolving the issues. Medicount had received a letter from Rescue 30’s attorney on the billings in question and are working with them to resolve the issues.
Mr. Corbin addressed the issue with Rescue 69 and lack of payment on the loan given them. They are approximately 14 months delinquent in payments. Approximately $48,000.00 is still owed and he recommended that their quarterly draws be held the next two quarters to pay off the loan.
Commissioner Busching moved to hold the payments until the loan is paid off. He withdrew his motion.
Mr. Corbin was instructed to send a letter that payment is to be paid or quarterly payments from the county will be withheld until payment is complete. The commissioners will act at the next meeting.
Versailles American Legion—Mr. Roger Cavanaugh—9:29:00
Mr. Cavanaugh requested the county allow use of the annex parking October 31, 2015 7:00-8:00pm for Halloween. Commissioner Busching moved to approve the request with a second from Commissioner Linville. Motion passed with 3 yes.
Tri Kappa—Ms. Mary Ann McCoy 9:57:00
Ms. Mary Ann McCoy requested the use of the courthouse hallways for their art display during the Pumpkin Show and move the security against the wall. Commissioner Busching moved to approve the request with a second from Commissioner Linville. Motion passed with 3 yes.
Liberty National Ins.—Ms. Stephanie Steltenpohl
Ms. Steltenpohl requested to meet with county employees to show their products.
She was advised she would NOT be allowed to meet with county employees on county time. On 10/1/2012 the commissioners approved Allstate to be the exclusive Broker for the workplace benefits to simplify the payroll deductions necessary.
Commissioner Busching moved to approve the minutes of the August 31, 2015 meeting and the claims as submitted. Commissioner Linville seconded and the motion passed with 3 yes.
Commissioners signed payroll sheets, claim vouchers, and claims being paid from the commissioners’ budget and minutes of the August 31, 2015 meeting.
With no further business to attend Commissioner Busching moved to adjourn with a second from Commissioner Linville. Motion passed with 3 yes.
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