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, October 3, 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.

A report on the progress of the salt storage building was given.  The footers were in and the west wall was ready to pour.  Stainless Steel post holders were on order.  A discussion on coating the concrete walls with a sealer and using a blacktop floor followed.

The grant for the new chipbox was discussed and Commissioner Reiners advised the grant application had been turned in.  Mr. Pat Kissell advised the expandable chipbox was $203,000 and a regular was $146,000.00. He is to get the pricing info to the grant people.

Flu shots are to be available to highway personnel on 10/15/2011 at the highway garage.

Bridge 90 was about complete and should be done within a week if weather holds.

Commissioner Reiners addressed the issue of time reporting.  He advised that all employees at the highway garage, including the foremen, must report any time off to the Superintendent or Deputy when they are absent from work for any reason.

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.

8:26:12—Maintenance-Mr. Johnnie Lohrum

Mr. Lohrum advised he was patching the annex roof and that Traditions Group had found soft spots on the belts that indicated rotted underlayment.

8:29:30—Ms. Juanita Bauer

Ms. Bauer discussed the offer for her property.  She asked for some clarification of statements made in respect of the offer.  She also presented the commissioners with a request for damages during the Pumpkin Show since she could not get close to her property to park and the alley was torn up.  The commissioners advised they would discuss the matter.  She also advised she would advise when she thinks she could be out of the property once the transaction was complete.

9:04:40—Technology—Ms. Kelly Vollet

Ms. Vollet requested a dehumidifier for her office to help dry it out from the leak.  The commissioners advised they would provide her with one.

9:14:50---Planning Commission—Tad Brinson

Mr. Brinson addressed a zoning change on property in Sunman since a bank would not make a loan since it was not zoned residential.  He will look into the matter.

9:25:05—Ms. Felicia Ellison and Mr. James Duncan—Colonial Life

A presentation of the supplement plans available from Colonial Life was made and a date for them to present them to the employees was set for October 20, 2011 in the annex building.

9:56:36—Sheriff Department-Sheriff Grills and Mr. Paul Wells

Sheriff Grills advised he had picked up the razor wire to secure the yard at the jail and had received two quotes from fence contractors.  One was from Indiana Wire Products for $4511.09 did not include installation of razor wire) and one from Mills Fence Co. for $5295.00.  Sheriff Grills requested the quote from Mills Fence Co. be accepted because they had experience with detention installation and would install the razor wire as well.  Also they would then be DOC compliant with the installation.

Commissioner Busching moved to accept the quote from Mills Fence Co. With a second from Commissioner Stutler and the motion passed unanimously.

Mr. Wells advised the commissioners that QPH stated in writing they felt the installation of the new freezer door would solve the problem with the freezer.

Commissioner Busching moved to have QPH replace the door with a second from Commissioner Stutler and the motion passed unanimously.

10:12:40---LWC—Mr. Sam Puterbaugh—New Annex Update

Mr. Puterbaugh advised the foundation was 75% complete.  He presented a progress report and advised the next steps would be to see samples of interior and exterior finishes as well as roof color.

10:24:32—Traditions Group—Mr. R.J. Kunkel

Mr. Kunkel advised that the copper work would be complete 10/03/2011.  The commissioners advised Auditor Wagner to release the funds when the work was complete.

Mr. Kunkel also advised of damage they had found at the belt level two and agreed to do the repair for $800.00.  Commissioner Busching moved to approve the work for $800.00.

Commissioner Stutler seconded and the motion passed unanimously.

10:46:43—Ms. Toni Stinson—Apex Group

Ms. Stinson reviewed the past three months of claims for the partially self funded program.  She also discussed the options for HAS and HRA that the commissioners desired for an option starting 1-1-2012.  The $750.00 deductible would still be offered and the HAS or HRA option would replace the high deductible and would be open for anyone to obtain.  She will present the options with premium costs at the October 17, 2011 meeting.

11:41:46—Clerk-Ms. Mary Ann McCoy and Mr. Paul Mathews

Ms. McCoy explained the change for the annexation of Batesville to Adams 3.  Commissioner Busching moved to accept the recommendation with a second from Commissioner Stutler.  The motion passed unanimously.

Ms. McCoy also presented the 2011 designated polling places with addresses. (copy enclosed in meeting notes) Commissioner Busching moved to accept them with a second from Commissioner Stutler.

Ms. McCoy also discussed setting the Council and Commissioners boundaries as they need to be as even as possible.  This was tabled by the commissioners until more research could be done on the matter.  She advised that a name correction for Adams 2 and Shelby would be made.

Combining precincts was also discussed but she recommended waiting until after the next Presidential election.  The commissioners agreed and this will be re-visited at a later date.

The Local Elected Officials Agreement for Ripley County and Workforce Region 9 was presented for the signatures of the Commissioners and Mayor Rick Fledderman.  The commissioners discussed their appointment and Commissioner Stutler moved to appoint Commissioner Busching as the representative of the commissioners.  Commissioner Reiners seconded and the motion passed unanimously.

The minutes of September 19, 2011 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 19, 2011 meeting. The Change Order for LWC for the change of location of the transformer and generator to comply with distance between the building and transformer was also signed along with the hard copy for the Amendment for the Interlocal Cooperative Agreement to Share Riverboat Gaming Revenue with Belterra Resort, Indiana, LLC.

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


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