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
2012 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
Starting June 11 8:00am meetings will be in the EMA meeting room located at 210 North Monroe Street.
Commissioner's Meeting Minutes
Minutes prepared by Bill Wager, Ripley County Auditor Minutes are unofficial until approved at the next Commissioners Meeting.
Commissioners meeting opened promptly at 7:00AM on Monday, September 17, 2012 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.
Superintendent Heaton advised Enterprise Liquid Pipeline, LLC had provided the $25,000.00 Bond requested for any damages they may cause when installing the pipeline through Ripley County. Commissioner Busching moved to approve the Bond with a second from Commissioner Stutler. The motion passed unanimously.
Commissioner Busching also moved to approve the funds received from INDOT for Railroad Crossing marking. Commissioner Stutler seconded and the motion passed unanimously.
Superintendent Heaton also advised the old distributor tank had been sold for $2000.00.
Mr. Dennis McKittrick appeared to advise the commissioners he would be paving CR 725 to his subdivision. He questioned the need of the compaction testing. He was advised the County felt the width and gravel depth was not sufficient in places and he should check with the company providing the blacktopping service to see if compaction testing would be done by them. He stated he would check and advise the County Highway before proceeding with the blacktopping.
With no further business to attend to, Commissioner Busching moved to recess to the EMA office. Commissioner Stutler seconded and the motion passed unanimously.
Commissioner Stutler made the motion to reconvene while Commissioner Busching seconded. The motion passed unanimously and the meeting reconvened with the Pledge of Allegiance.
Commissioners Reiners, Stutler, and Busching were present as well as County Attorney Ertel and Auditor Wagner.
Maintenance-Mr. Johnnie Lohrum
Mr. Lohrum provided a quote from Lohrum Electrical LLC for $275.00 to install an automatic dialer in the Courthouse to notify of a power outage. Dave from QPH advised old piping in the basement is getting extremely bad and should be replaced with PVC. He stated he would wait until the ceiling is open in the courthouse remodeling to provide a quote of wrapping the pipes overhead.
EMA—Mr. Patrick Rose
Mr. Rose presented a grant to the commissioners for their signatures.
Technology—Ms. Kelly Vollet
Ms. Volett advised Comcast includes high speed internet for video conferencing in their package.
She discussed the automatic Dialer in the courthouse and Commissioner Busching moved to approve the quote from Lohrum Electrical LLC to do the work. Commissioner Stutler seconded and the motion passed unanimously.
Area Planning Commission: Mr. Tad Brinson
Mr. Brinson presented the commissioners with a request for a rezone of property in Penntown owned by Mr. Ed Fraley. He advised the Planning Commission voted 9 against the rezone. The unfavorable vote was based on the issue that 2 dwellings were on the property and it was not large enough to provide two separate septic sites. Several concerned citizens were also present with Ms. Mary Sue Hacker speaking about sewage problems and runoff onto her and neighboring properties. She was advised to contact the Health Department and have Mr. Tony Schneider attend the meeting also. Her contact information is on file.
Commissioner Stutler moved to accept the recommendation of the Planning Commission and deny the request for a rezone. Commissioner Busching seconded and the motion passed unanimously.
LWC—Mr. Sam Puterbaugh
Mr. Puterbaugh provided the commissioners with an update of the move in date for the annex along with items that needed immediate attention. He also addressed the start date for the renovation of the Courthouse based on the new move in date for the annex.
Assessor:Ms. Shawna Bushhorn and Mr. Jim Davis
Ms. Bushhorn presented the contracts from Tyler Technologies and X-Soft that had been revised by the State for signatures. Commissioner Busching moved to approve and sign the contracts with a second from Commissioner Stutler. The motion passed unanimously.
SE Indiana Health Center: Ms. Geralyn Litzinger
Ms. Litzinger appeared to advise the commissioners of the plan to provide a health center in Batesville to serve Ripley and Franklin Counties. The center would serve the indigent and would have requirements to meet. The target date is 1-1-13 and they are receiving help from the Ripley County Regional Foundation until they receive the 5013C status. She requested funding for the program. The commissioners advised the budget process for 2012 had been complete but she should advise the Council of her request.
Ms. Carla Miller & Ms. Cindy Heidt
Ms. Miller and Ms. Heidt appeared before the commissioners to request their out of pocket medical expenses for their allergy/breathing issues be paid by the commissioners. They also requested the sick days used for doctor visits and tests be credited back to their accounts. This request was the result of the air quality tests that showed that their work areas had higher levels of allergens than other areas of the courthouse. County Attorney Ertel advised the sick time would be as anyone else that used their time for a health related issue and the correct avenue to pursue would be to file a Worker Compensation claim since the health issues were claimed to be work related.
Probation: Mr. Shannon Schmaltz, Mr. Mike Lloyd, Mr. Dalton Haney
Mr. Lloyd spoke on the Community Corrections program. He stated it has been in operation since 1981 and 78 counties are participating. The program is funded with a State grant and once established will provide user fees to help fund it as well. They advised a decision needed to be made very soon if Ripley County desired to participate.
Mr. Ed Fraley—Zoning Issue
Mr. Fraley appeared on the zoning issue on property he owns at Penntown. He was advised the commissioners had accepted the unfavorable vote of rezone from the Planning Commission and had voted to NOT approve the rezone. Mr. Fraley questioned the commissioners about what he would need to do to make the property eligible for rezone. He stated he was contacting an engineer to develop a septic system that would meet specifications and would then discuss the issue further with the commissioners and Planning Commission.
EMS: Mr. Scott Huffman
Mr. Huffman presented the Letter of Intent between Ripley County EMS and Margaret Mary Hospital for the inter-facility transfers. Commissioner Busching moved to sign the letter with a second from Commissioner Stutler. The motion passed unanimously.
Attorney Ertel provided the commissioners with a revised grant from Lawrenceburg for the Indiana Trail Riders Association for work within the Versailles State Park. He stated it met the criteria required and advised the commissioners it was ready for signature.
Commissioner Busching moved to sign and accept the agreement with a second from Commissioner Stutler. The motion passed unanimously.
The commissioners discussed the renovation of the Courthouse and the possible need for office space for a Community Corrections Program. It was noted that the current Clerk did not want the Elections in the annex away from the courthouse.
Commissioner Busching moved to keep the Elections office at the current location on the second floor. Commissioner Stutler seconded and the motion passed unanimously.
Commissioner Busching moved to approve the August 31, 2012 minutes as written with a second from Commissioner Stutler. The motion passed unanimously.
The commissioners signed payroll sheets, claim vouchers, claims being paid from the commissioner’s budget, and the minutes of the August 31, 2012 meeting.
Commissioner Busching moved to recess until after lunch to tour the annex building. Commissioner Stutler seconded and the motion passed unanimously.
After lunch the commissioners, auditor, and technology toured the annex. At the conclusion of the tour Commissioner Busching moved to adjourn with a second from Commissioner Stutler. The motion passed unanimously.Being no further business at this time, Commissioner Busching moved to adjourn with a second from Commissioner Stutler. The motion passed unanimously.
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