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
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 Wager, Ripley County Auditor
Commissioners meeting opened promptly at 7:00AM on Monday, September 30, 2013 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.
Bridge #112 was discussed. After inspection it is not feasible to use the current headwalls and put a new deck on them. The bridge and headwalls will need to be removed and new pre-cast footers & headwalls with concrete structure to replace the old bridge.
Quotes for pre-cast footers were received from
DEBCO at @28,200.00 and CPI @
Commissioner Busching moved to accept the quote from CPI for pre-cast footers at $26,140.80. Commissioner Stutler seconded and the motion passed unanimously.
Commissioner Busching moved to accept the quote from CPI for the bridge and guardrail package at $93,483.20. Commissioner Stutler seconded and the motion passed unanimously.
Commissioner Busching then moved to accept the installation quote from Chris Stearns Bulldozing & Hauling for $20,050.00. Commissioner Stutler seconded and the motion passed unanimously.
Total for Bridge #112 replacement--$139,673.00. This does not include engineering costs.
The Hoosier Hills Water request to cut roads was discussed and the commissioners decided to remain firm that all roads had to be bored rather than cut.
Foreman Kissell is working on the dump truck specs which will include cinder boxes & plows. He will provide the cost of the boxes and plows so a grant request can be prepared for the Rising Sun Regional Foundation.
With no further business to discuss Commissioner Busching moved to recess to the Annex meeting room. Commissioner Stutler seconded and the motion passed unanimously.
Commissioner Busching moved to reconvene while Commissioner Stutler seconded. The motion passed unanimously and the meeting reconvened with the Pledge to the Flag.
Commissioners Reiners, Stutler, and Busching were present as well as County Attorney Ertel and Auditor Wagner.
Maintenance-Mr. Johnnie Lohrum 8:25:49
Commissioner Reiners questioned if the water stains on the ceiling at the courthouse was resolved. Mr. Lohrum advised it was from water dripping through the drain pans on the heating and cooling units NOT the work done on the piping insulation. He is to check if there is any fix for this.
EMA—Mr. Patrick Rose 8:31:35
Mr. Rose advised a practice fire drill was scheduled for 10/3/2013 at 10:30 for a walk through for the Annex building.
Also the command vehicle would be looked at to determine the issue with the oil pressure gage.
Attorney Ertel advised the commissioners they should move to authorize President Reiners to execute the contract for Bridge #112. Commissioner Busching moved to do so with a second from Commissioner Stutler and the motion passed unanimously.
Technology—Ms. Becky Cairns 8:37:17
Ms. Cairns advised the fiber cut by the contractor Johanigman had been paid by his insurance company.
Also she advised that Ms. Vollet had ordered a test computer with Windows 8 operating system to see if it was compatible with the county systems.
EMS—Mr. Jim Corbin 8:53:17
Mr. Corbin advised they would be setting up a protocol for emergency and non-emergency transports at the advice of Mr. Jim Freeman of the billing service for the clarification for Medicare and Medicaid billings.
Sheriff Department—Jail Commander McDonald and Chief Deputy Pippin
Chief Deputy Pippin advised the commissioners the Sheriff Department had undergone a drug test for all employees and had 100 % compliance (pass).
He and Jail Commander McDonald then requested a number of applicants for the jail positions be reviewed by the commissioners to establish a pool of candidates to choose from for the positions open. This was due to the time element that would occur if a person hired washed out of the process and had to be replaced quickly. The commissioners reviewed and approved several male and female candidates.
Chief Deputy Pippin then discussed the request that students engage in ride alongs. The commissioners stressed this was the decision of the Sheriff but that the student had to be enrolled in a school program requiring the ride along and appropriate waivers were signed by the students.
All American Vending—Mr. Rick Knueven
Mr. Knueven advised they had checked the machines and repaired them for the issues reported. He stated they would be checking them weekly and if problems occurred other than that time to call 812-290-4981 and he stop sooner.
Mr. Heaton advised Laughrey Valley Co-op had advised the pricing for gas and diesel had declined and questioned if the county wanted to lock pricing for 2014. Mr. Heaton was advised to get additional information for the commissioners to consider at the next meeting.
Mr. Heaton advised CPI would be preparing a contract for Bridge #112 for Attorney Ertel to review. Attorney Ertel will prepare an award letter and contract for Chris Stearns Bulldozing & Hauling.
Jacob and Samantha Weiler—Alley Closing in Morris
Mr. and Mrs. Weiler appeared for the closure of alleys in Morris. Attorney Ertel advised them the procedure to request the closures. They are to do so and report back to the commissioners when complete.
Commissioner Busching moved to approve the minutes of the September 16, 2013 meeting. Commissioner Stutler seconded and the motion passed unanimously.
Auditor Wagner then presented the request from the Highway to pay the last billing from USI for the bridge inspections. Commissioner Busching moved to approve with a second from Commissioner Stutler. Motion passed unanimously.
Auditor Wagner also presented the Business Associate Agreement with APEX for the Health Insurance for the county that needed a signature from the commissioners. Commissioner Busching moved to approve with a second from Commissioner Stutler. Motion passed unanimously.
Also presented was the invoice from Dunlap Consulting for the changes to the Employee Handbook for $75.00. Commissioner Busching moved to approve with a second from Commissioner Stutler. Motion passed unanimously.
Commissioner Busching then moved to approve the claims as presented with a second from Commissioner Stutler. Motion passed unanimously.
Mr. Kevin Krekeler: 10:17:15
Mr. Krekeler requested permission to quote the insurance package for the county for all but Health Insurance for 2014. He was advised to get with Auditor Wagner to obtain the information he needed to prepare the quote.
Assessor—Ms. Shawna Bushhorn 10:20:00
Ms. Bushhorn presented the commissioners with a bid from Tyler Technologies for the 2014-2018 Cyclical Reassessment. Bid was for the 4 year period for a total of $649,400.00. Ms. Bushhorn stated this was less than the last 4 year period. Commissioner Busching moved to accept the bid with a second from Commissioner Stutler. Motion passed unanimously.
The commissioners signed payroll sheets, claim vouchers, and claims being paid from the commissioners’ budget along with the minutes of the September 16, 2013 meeting.
With no further business to come before the commissioners, Commissioner Busching moved to recess until 1:00 pm for the final walk through with the contractors on the annex. Commissioner Stutler seconded and the motion passed unanimously.
1:00pm—Commissioner Stutler moved to reconvene with a second from Commissioner Busching. Motion passed unanimously.
The commissioners and contractors toured the annex building and addressed the list of concerns provided by the employees. The concerns will be addressed by the contractors to complete the contracts.
With the walk through complete Commissioner Busching moved to adjourn with a second from Commissioner Reiners. Motion passed with 2 yes. (Commissioner Stutler was required to leave the walk through at 2:00pm)
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