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, October 1, 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.
The Commissioners discussed several issues which included the pothole patching schedule, issues with consolidating the supplemental insurance carriers, and the type of pickups to purchase for the foremen.
Pickups under the State contract are ½ ton, 4wd, extra cabs for $23,000.00. It was decided to obtain a price for regular cabs.
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 Busching made the motion to reconvene while Commissioner Stutler 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 advised the Town of Osgood would be bringing their camera to explore the holes under the sidewalks to see how extensive they were.
Mr. Bill Warren was present to request the commissioners sign a contract with the Food Pantry. It would have the same terms as they have been operating with for the past years. Since the townships had provided funds to help build the building the food pantry would be provided use of the building and the county would provide the utilities. Mr. Warren is to meet with Attorney Ertel and have a contract prepared for signature.
Mr. Don Dunbar discussed ideas with the commissioners on the grand opening for the new annex building and displayed some pictures that could be displayed in the annex. No decisions were made at this time.
The commissioners discussed the Community Corrections program. It was decided to have Attorney Ertel prepare the ordinance establishing the program for their signature at the 10/15/2012 meeting. It would be funded by the State grant and fees received from those in the program. If funding from the State and fees generated are not enough to sustain the program it would be discontinued.
Also discussed was the letter from the judges on access to the video camera recordings in the courtroom. The judges provided clarification that all recordings of the courtroom were confidential and could not be released to the public without a court order. Ms. Vollet was instructed to determine how these recordings could be password protected.
Workplace Benefits of Indiana—Mr. David Graham
Mr. Graham appeared at the request of the commissioners to answer questions that arose during the Allstate presentation to county employees. He explained that he had met with employees and evaluated their individual situation and had in several cases due to age, medical condition, or specific family situation advised those employees NOT to switch their coverage to Allstate. The issue of payroll deduction availability for those not switching to Allstate was also discussed. The commissioners felt that those that could not change to Allstate should still have the payroll deduction available to them.
Commissioner Stutler moved to allow employees that were not able to switch to Allstate to have payroll deductions for those programs. Commissioner Busching seconded and the motion passed unanimously.
Commissioner Busching then moved to allow Mr. Graham through Workplace Benefits of Indiana to be the exclusive Broker for the supplemental insurance programs provided county employees. A letter of record letter will be provided to his company so he may service the additional programs other than Allstate. Commissioner Stutler seconded and the motion passed unanimously.
EMS-Mr. Scott Huffman
Mr. Huffman appeared to advise the progress of the agreement with Margaret Mary Hospital to provide transports for the Hospital. He advised it was progressing and he and Commissioner Reiners had inspected several ambulances. He provided quotes from Arrow Manufacturing, Lifestar Rescue, Inc., and Crossroads Ambulance Sales & Service, LLC.
The three units were discussed and the recommendation was for the Arrow Manufacturing unit. Commissioner Busching moved to purchase one unit now for the price quoted of $84,200.00 net after discount. If a second unit can be purchased that would keep the total under $150,000.00 for both a second unit would be purchased. Commissioner Stutler seconded and the motion passed unanimously. Funds are to come from Cum Cap Equipment.
Probation—Mr. Shannon Schmaltz—Community Corrections
Mr. Schmaltz questioned the commissioners on the status of their decision for Community Corrections. He was advised the commissioners had voted favorably to proceed with the program. Mr. Schmaltz then answered questions for the commissioners about the length of the grant. It is a two year program with $169,000.00 in annual grant funds from the State. The office area for the program will be provided in the courthouse in the current assessor’s office. Grant funds can be used to provide for the remodel of the office space.
LWC—Mr. Sam Puterbaugh
Mr. Puterbaugh provided information showing the annex project had lost 14.5 days due to the weather since the start of the project and the project is approximately 1 month behind schedule overall. Also provided was the status of the allowances by contractor. Several proposal requests were discussed and approved by the commissioners.
A request from Bruns-Gutzwiller for cost of delays has been received by LWC and was discussed. LWC wanted the commissioners to be advised of the request and is working on a response. Their advice was to deny the request which the commissioners did.
The courthouse renovation was briefly discussed as to the issues of new locks for the doors. It was advised the security cameras in the courtrooms can be password protected and would meet the requirements of the judges’ requests.
Mr. Dennis Dunlap—Employee Handbook Review
Mr. Dunlap finished the review of the employee handbook with the commissioners. He presented for their consideration options for law enforcement pay schedules that are being followed by most counties, cities, etc. for their law enforcement. Attorney Ertel advised he had determined that the merit board did not have the jurisdiction over take home vehicles and that deputies were county employees and were subject to the County Employee Handbook. The take home policy for the county was discussed concerning all county employees.
The review was complete and Mr. Dunlap advised he would finalize the draft and submit for the approval of the commissioners. Once approved he will schedule meetings with each department head to review the handbook with the specific changes so that everyone will have the correct interpretation of each section.
Auditor Wagner presented the commissioners with an Ordinance to use Form 17T-Refund Form as approved for Allen County, Indiana.
Commissioner Busching moved to approve the Ordinance with a second from Commissioner Stutler. The motion passed unanimously.
Also Auditor Wagner presented a request from the Assessor to purchase additional high density storage for the new annex office. Commissioner Busching moved to approve with a second from Commissioner Stutler. The motion passed unanimously.
Commissioner Busching moved to approve the September 17, 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 September 17, 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 recess until 3:00pm 10/02/2012 at the REMC Training Center for the Ripley County Redevelopment Commission meeting. Commissioner Stutler seconded and the motion passed unanimously.
October 2, 2012
Commissioner Busching moved to reconvene with a second from Commissioners Stutler. The motion passed unanimously.
The purpose of the meeting was the Town wanted to annex the Industrial Park land and have it deeded to them so they could apply a TIF to the area to help pay for a bond obligation for a new manufacturing company’s building in the Industrial Park. Numerous questions were discussed and it was decided that it would be necessary to have the Town’s attorney meet with the RCRC and answer these questions.After the RCRC meeting Commissioner Busching moved to adjourn the commissioners’ meeting with a second from Commissioner Stutler. The motion passed unanimously.
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