RIPLEY COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
Robert Reiners, President
10105 N Spades Rd
Sunman, IN 47041
214 Spencer 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 Wagner, Ripley County Auditor
Commissioners meeting opened promptly at 7:00AM, Friday, October 10, 2014 at the Ripley County Highway Department, Osgood, Indiana.
Commissioners Robert Reiners and Gary Stutler were in attendance. Commissioner Busching was absent due to health issues. Auditor Wagner was also present.
Foreman Kissell advised the new trucks were ready for beds. Manufacture of the Graders is to be started the end of October.
Foreman Toops advised replacement of Bridge #16 is going well. The walls have been poured and weather will determine the placement of the flooring.
No parking signs are to be installed on the county road by On Target in Sunman.
Commissioner Stutler advised that Mr. Wohlfrum was to have the Corps of Engineers inspect his property in Rexville.
With no further business Commissioner Stutler moved to recess to the annex meeting room with a second from Commissioner Reiners. Motion passed with 2 yes.
Commissioner Stutler moved to reconvene at the Ripley County Annex with a second from Commissioner Reiners. Motion passed with 2 yes and the meeting reconvened with the Pledge to the Flag. Commissioners Reiners and Stutler, were present as well as Auditor Wagner and Attorney Ertel. Commissioner Busching continues to have health issues and was absent.
Commissioner Stutler moved to approve the minutes as presented with a second from Commissioner Reiners. Motion passed with 2 yes.
Maintenance—Mr. Johnnie Lohrum 8:12:15
Mr. Lohrum advised he was waiting on the trees to be replaced in the annex lot. Also the snow removal by Negangard was discussed and Auditor Wagner advised it would be the same as last year at $100.00 per time.
EMA—Mr. Patrick Rose 8:21:30
Mr. Rose advised he would be revising the Dept. of Homeland Security Grant for the radio request. (HS GP 2014). Rescue 20, 30, and 69 will have their handheld units replaced instead. Commissioner Stutler moved to approve the revision with a second from Commissioner Reiners. Motion passed with 2 yes.
Sheriff Department—Sheriff Stratton 8:57:20
Sheriff Stratton was present to discuss the quote for the jail conversion to digital cameras and the quote from Stanley Security Systems. The quote was reviewed with Mr. Mickey Wydick. Questions arose on the extended warranty, surge protectors, and length of storage on the system. It was noted a recommendation was made to have engineers from Square D to inspect the electrical system and provide what was needed to ground the system and or the exact type and size of surge protector needed. The commissioners advised 911 should also be inspected for this as well. It was decided to obtain additional information before deciding on how to proceed.
EMA Director Patrick Rose advised there was a federal grant to help provide the CAD system for the Sheriff. He advised a quote he had obtained was for $234,621.70 with NO matching funds required. He is to submit the grant request. While funds do not need to be matched there is annual operating expenses of approximately $22,000.00.
Water Drainage Issue—Mr. Dan Stoneking
Mr. Stoneking did not appear.
Election—Ms. Diane Macek and Ms. Vicki Hon
Ms. Macek presented the commissioners with a list of polling places for 2014. It did not change from the previous election. Commissioner Stutler moved to approve with a second from Commissioner Reiners. Motion passed with 2 yes.
Health Dept.—Ms. Vicky Powell 9:57:01
Ms. Powell requested the current part time person’s hours be increased to help the Nurse in clerical duties also. There were no objections.
JCD Schools—Superintendent Bill Narwold and Board Member Phil Mohr 10:33:50
Superintendent Narwold spoke on the School Resource Officer who obtains his police powers through the Ripley County Sheriff’s Office. He requested the consideration of providing a vehicle for this person as well as the issues of liability resolved. Sheriff Stratton advised there were many different arrangements between schools and police departments as to how this is handled. He also advised the Special Deputy Status was NOT a merit position. Options were discussed and the issues were tabled until more information could be obtained.
Sheriff Dept—Sheriff Stratton
Sheriff Stratton advised the prospective jailer starting 10/6/2014 had NOT accepted the position and the position was still open. After discussion it was determined the position did not need to be advertised again since it had not been filled. Sheriff Stratton presented an application form Ernest Holt, Jr. to fill the position. Commissioner Stutler moved to approve the request with a second from Commissioner Reiners. Motion passed with 2 yes.
Auditor Wagner presented the commissioners with a handbook revision that would make it required to have legal guardianship of minor dependents before they would be eligible to be added to the county health policy.
Commissioner Stutler moved to approve the change with a second from Commissioner Reiners. Motion passed with 2 yes.
Commissioner Stutler moved to approve the claims and payroll with a second from Commissioner Reiners. Motion passed with 2 yes.
Commissioners signed payroll sheets, claim vouchers, claims being paid from the commissioners’ budget, and minutes of the September 15, 2014 meeting.
With no further business to conduct, Commissioner Stutler moved to adjourn with a second from Commissioner Reiners. Motion passed with 2 yes.
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