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, September 19, 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.  

The sewer project was discussed and Superintendent Heaton advised that Commonwealth Engineering wanted $11,000.00 to oversee and inspect the project.  The commissioners voiced their agreement that they would not pay that to Commonwealth Engineering and would seek other avenues for the inspections, etc.  The Town Council meeting is set for 9/20/11 and they would have more information at that time.

The electric service for the sewer pump needed to be run from the current box to the other side of the building and Commissioner Busching moved to have the service run with a second from Commissioner Stutler.  The motion passed unanimously.  Payment will be made from Cum. Cap.

The sign grant money is still available for the inventory of the signs with the balance on hold until a representative from Ripley County can attend the meeting.  It will be held October 4, 2011.

The commissioners decided they would prepare a grant request from Rising Sun Regional Foundation for a chipper box for the highway garage. 

The commissioners met with Mr. Pat Kissell on a personnel matter concerning time off and the reporting of time taken to the Superintendent.  They stated they had received complaints that Mr. Kissell had been leaving without reporting the time taken. Also addressed was the complaint that he would leave to get parts and not return.  Mr. Kissell was advised that any time he left he was to report that time to the Superintendent.  Further discussion determined that the Foremen were responsible for notifying the Superintendent of any employees leaving and not returning or that was not on the job for any reason.  These issues will be addressed with all employees at the highway garage.

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.  The 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.

Commissioner Stutler stated he wanted to be on record with his displeasure of the statements made by the Sheriff to news media about the commissioners knowing about a fencing problem and had not acted to repair the problem.

8:41:18—Maintenance-Mr. Johnnie Lohrum

Mr. Lohrum reported the grounds were ready for the Pumpkin Show.

8:44:40—Mr. Paul Wells-Sheriff Department

Mr. Wells advised the commissioners about the fence repair and that no prisoners were allowed into the outside area until the repairs were complete.  They were obtaining razor wire free of charge to use in the repair and estimates were being requested to repair the fence.  He advised he had contacted Butler Water on the water softener and advised them they would not be paid until they successfully repaired the unit.  He also reported a walk in freezer door had to be replaced and had an estimate from QPH for $2201.00.  He was requested to contact QPH and obtain a guarantee that the replacement of the door would solve the problem.

Mr. Wells was asked about the fence and informed of the commissioners’ displeasure of the statements made to the news media that they were neglect in repairing a known problem.  Mr. Wells stated that the commissioners had never been informed of any problem with the fence since he had been with the maintenance for the Sheriff Department.

9:00:51—Technology—Ms. Kelly Vollet

Ms. Vollet advised that Boyer Technologies had installed the new switches in the courthouse and speeds were up dramatically on the system.  She also advised that the Recorder’s office needed to replace the plat map scanner since it needed constant repairs and was getting age on it.

9:19:25—Ms. Mary McCarty—Delaware Fire Department

Ms. McCarty appeared to request the commissioners sponsor the application for the fire department since they were re-applying for a grant to build the fire department building and was not successful with the previous grant.  Commissioner Busching moved to sponsor the grant with a second from Commissioner Stutler.  The motion passed unanimously. 

9:32:40—Commissioner Busching moved to take a short recess with a second from Commissioner Stutler and the motion passed unanimously.

9:44:51—Commissioner Busching moved to reconvene with a second from Commissioner Stutler and the motion passed unanimously.

9:44:53—Highway Superintendent Heaton

Mr. Heaton questioned the use of the balance in salt to purchase cinders.  It was agreed that it would be prudent to do so and directed Mr. Heaton to proceed.  He advised that Attorney Ertel had taken care of the letter received from the State about the selling of the salvage on the vehicles disposed of to Burkhart’s.

9:58:10—Drainage Issue—Mr. Ron Brandes

Mr. Brandes advised his neighbor had put a dirt dike through the middle of a shared pond effectively building a new and larger pond.  He stated the construction was not correct for the dike and questioned who would be liable if it failed and filled in his pond.

Attorney Ertel advised him the commissioners or drainage board had no jurisdiction over the matter since it was not backing up water on property owned by Mr. Brandes.

10:14:15—Traditions Group-Mr. R.J.Kunkle

Mr. Kunkel advised the commissioners there was additional damage found after inspecting the louvers.  He proposed repairs and straightening the louvers and painting them gold as well.  Also provided were estimates to paint the white services and repair the cracks etc.  Total cost $6990.00. 

Commissioner Busching moved to accept the estimates and have the work completed with a second from Commissioner Stutler.  The motion passed unanimously.

10:34:24—Attorney Ertel advised he had sent the request letter to ATC for the additional testing for the Bauer property.  He reviewed the offer he had prepared for the Bauer property with the commissioners.  The terms and conditions were discussed.  Commissioner Busching moved to present the offer to Ms. Bauer as presented.  Commissioner Stutler seconded and the motion passed unanimously.

Commissioner Reiners and Attorney Ertel met with Mr. Dale Hamilton, foreman for Bruns-Gutzwiller, on an issue about electric and resolved it after talking with Mr. Jerry Gilpin with the Lions Club.

The minutes were reviewed and Commissioner Busching moved to approve as written with a second from Commissioner Stutler.  The motion passed unanimously.

The Commissioners signed payroll sheets, claim vouchers, claims being paid from the commissioners’ budget, and minutes of the September 5, 2011 meeting.

Being no further business to come before the commissioners Commissioner Busching moved to adjourn with a second from Commissioner Stutler.  The motion passed unanimously.


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