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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 20, 2010

Minutes prepared by Bill Wagner, Ripley County Auditor

Commissioners meeting opened promptly at 7:00AM on Monday, September 20, 2010 at the Ripley County Highway Department, Osgood, Indiana.

Commissioners Robert Reiners, Gary Stutler and Mark Busching were all in attendance for the Commissioners meeting.

Auditor Wagner was present for the meeting at the Ripley County Highway Garage.

Ms. Julie Brancamp , Parks and Recreation, attended the meeting to update the commissioners.  She advised the priority is the drainage of the race track.  They are working with the Town of Osgood and will be using the endowment money as well as a budget increase of $10,000.00 for 2011. 

The harness race was well attended by racers and public.

She also advised she was working Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.

Mr. Pat Kissell advised the pot hole patcher blower was being repaired and was under warranty.  The Gradeall will be done soon.  The hydraulic pump is being repaired and the transmission is done.  The plan is to test it before bring it home.  He will also check on an extended warranty beyond the 12 months.

Highway Superintendent, Mr. Owen Heaton, advised the highway roof repair was expected to be complete by 9/22/2010 subject to weather.  He also reported that the highway was obtaining 120 loads of cinders.

The Leon Berner road that is partially in Switzerland County was discussed and no estimate of cost to blacktop has been received.  Nothing will be done until estimate is received.

The commissioners discussed the Ken Eadens windshield issue and decided that they would NOT pay for the damage as they felt it was not actually caused by the county.

The 2011 EDIT Plan is to be completed.

With no further business 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.  The meeting was reconvened at 8:15 am at the Ripley County Annex building in Versailles, Indiana and opened with the pledge of allegiance.

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

Maintenance:  Mr. Johnnie Lohrum (8:19:59 )

Mr. Lohrum reported he had not cut the courthouse grass due to lack of rain and the stress it will have from the traffic of the Pumpkin Show. 

The Courthouse doors were discussed and Commissioner Reiners questioned the framework remaining.  The door casings are good and will be kept but will be refinished to match the doors.

The Commissioners reviewed the minutes:  Commissioner Busching moved to accept the minutes with a second from Commissioner Stutler.  The motion passed unanimously and the minutes were signed.

During a break in appointments the commissioners signed claims paid from the commissioner’s budget, claim vouchers, and payroll sheets.

8:26:00    The clock tower was discussed and the proposal from Versailles was reviewed.  Commissioner Reiners stated it should be taken care of before the rainy season.  It was unclear if Versailles Town was applying for a grant for help with repairs.  Auditor Wagner stated it may be possible to turn in the damage to the Town’s insurance carrier.  It was decided to discuss this with the county attorney.

Technology-Ms Kelly Vollet (8:29:50)

Ms. Vollet presented the 50,000.00 grant request to present to The Rising Sun Regional Foundation for the engineering fees for the proposed annex building.  Commissioner Busching moved to sign and send the application with a second from Commissioner Stutler.  The motion was approved unanimously.

Area Planning Commission:  Mr. Tad Brinson (8:42:00)

The Margaret Land drainage was discussed with Attorney John Ertel, Surveyor Jeff French.  Commissioner Reiners is checking to see if work is complete.  If work is not completed, Attorney Ertel will file with the court to obtain a court order to allow the county access to the property to complete the work. 

Mr. Brinson advised the Durango was blowing anti-freeze onto the windshield.  The commissioners advised they were working on getting a different vehicle for them to use.

Mr. Jerry Ison—Fence Line Issue (8:55:49)

Mr. Ison advised he has been trying to get a line fence replaced from County Road 800 to US 421 and his neighbor is fighting the process.  He advised the neighbors did not want any trees touched.  He stated he was advised there were no trees that had any economic value that would be removed with the replacement of the fence.   He was advised he would need to contact Stacy Schmaltz the township trustee as they handle this dispute.

9:52:35  The commissioners discussed the Solid Waste appointment and that they had appointed Dee Dee Holiday to the board.  Mr. Rick Fledderman had attended the meeting and stated he was the county representative.   County Attorney Comer is to contact Mr. Fledderman that he was not the appointee.

Clerk:  Ms. Mary Ann McCoy

Ms. McCoy requested the commissioners sign an application to recoup past expenses for making polling places handicap accessible.

Commissioner Busching moved to sign the application with a second form Commissioner Stutler and the motion passed unanimously.

The commissioners asked Attorney Comer if he had contacted Mrs. Juanita Bauer on the annex proposal yet and he advised he had not but will do so.

Also discussed were the billings being received from Humana.  The current billings are not matching the guarantee received by the commissioners from MainSource Insurance representatives.   Attorney Comer advised future payments should be accompanied by a letter that payment was being made under protest. Auditor Wagner is to meet with Attorney Comer on the wording on the letter.

The clock tower was discussed with Attorney Comer.  He advised his opinion is that it is hard to distinguish between who owns and is responsible for what damage under the current situation.  He advised that after any grant money is received and used by the Town of Versailles the county and town split repairs 50/50 on the clock and tower.  Attorney Comer will contact the Town of Versailles counsel, Mr. Larry Eaton.

The Health Department was also discussed and their current operating situation.  The commissioners expressed concern that the department was having trouble with providing enough funds for operation and more funds were requested from the county.  With the oversight coming from a separate board they questioned the recent decisions for the 2011 budget.  Some discussion with Council Member Dunbar followed and it was decided to wait for more information.  Also mentioned was the State of Indiana is looking into the consolidation of health departments but the commissioners have received no information on this at this date.

Commissioner Busching questioned a no burn ordinance due to the dry conditions and it was decided to not pursue it at this time.

A request from the City of Batesville for permission for Hannum, Wagle, & Cline Engineering to use the GIS system was presented.  Commissioner Busching moved to sign the request with a second from Commissioner Stutler.  The motion passed unanimously.

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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