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 17, 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 walls and posts were up and sealant was to be put on the concrete walls.  There will be doors on both ends.

The sewer extension was discussed and the Town of Osgood was taking bids to be opened 10/18/2011 at the Town Council meeting.

FEMA has the total damage report and the paperwork has been turned in and approved.

10/19/2011 Commissioner Busching will attend the sign training to get the funds released for the sign inventory.

It was reported the Health department had contacted the Highway department about pulling their trailer. There was no decision on this at this time. 

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.

8:05:19—Maintenance-Mr. Johnnie Lohrum

Mr. Lohrum advised that Traditions Group had requested the county fix the ruts in the courthouse yard and the bush damage in exchange for them fixing a couple soft spots on the first tier of the tower.  The commissioners agreed to this proposal.

Commissioner Busching moved to recess for a short period with a second from Commissioner Stutler.  The motion passed unanimously.

8:45:00—Commissioner Busching moved to reconvene with a second from Commissioner Stutler and the motion passed unanimously.

8:51:00—Clerk—Ms. Mary Ann McCoy

Ms. McCoy discussed with the commissioners her work on the redistricting for the commissioners and council boundaries.    She also advised that she and County Attorney Ertel had looked at the precincts to determine equality among them.  After looking at the numbers for both, Commissioner Busching moved to leave the precincts as they were currently drawn.  Commissioner Stutler seconded and the motion passed unanimously. 

Commissioner Stutler then moved to keep the current boundary lines for Council and Commissioners.  Commissioner Busching seconded and the motion passed unanimously.

9:06:35—LCC—Ms. Paula Goodpaster

The commissioners were asked to proclaim “Red Ribbon Week” for drug prevention campaign.  Commissioner Busching moved to sign the proclamation with a second from Commissioner Stutler and the motion passed unanimously.

9:28:40—Ms. Juanita Bauer

Ms. Bauer presented the commissioners with the signed Uniform Property Acquisition Offer for her property on the square for the new annex building.  She will provide the commissioners with a date she will be able to vacate once the offer is approved by IDEM and Brownfield.

9:30:24—Health Department—Ms. Pat Thomas

Ms. Thomas requested use of the courthouse for the Great American Smokeout 11/17/2011.  Commissioner Stutler moved to approve the request with a second from Commissioner Busching and the motion passed unanimously.

9:59:14—Sheriff Department-- Mr. Paul Wells

Mr. Wells advised the commissioners that the tank on the water softener was leaking and Butler Water was trying to find a new or replacement.  He advised the bill for the repair could now be paid.  The commissioners advised him to purchase a new tank rather than a used.

10:14:51---LWC—Mr. Sam Puterbaugh—New Annex Update

Mr. Puterbaugh advised they were working with Duke and the Wesleyan Church to re-route their service.  A gas feed was in on Second Street and will be used for temporary service.  The Town of Versailles is working on the sanitation.  Steel erection is scheduled to start 10/24/2011

10:33:58—EMA—Mr. Patrick Rose

Mr. Rose advised the commissioners that there was no State grant money available for weather warning sirens.  He advised he could get weather radios and provide them to the people in the Benham area and he will do more research and advise them.  He inquired about the Rising Sun Regional Foundation grant as well.

10:53:58—Mr. Barry Lauber from the Ripley County Redevelopment Commission had requested the commissioners redirect economic development funds previously earmarked for businesses that had not met their plans and were not operating to be used to develop an incentive package for a different company.  Commissioner Busching moved to do so and a second was made by Commissioner Stutler.  The motion passed unanimously.

The commissioners reviewed the QPH contract for maintenance at the jail and Commissioner Busching moved to renew the contract.  Commissioner Stutler seconded and the motion passed unanimously.

The commissioners were advised about a line fence dispute that had been filed in court.  They stated they would take no action until a verdict was rendered by the court.

The minutes of October 3, 2011 were reviewed and Commissioner Stutler moved to approve as written with a second from Commissioner Busching.  The motion passed unanimously.

The Commissioners signed payroll sheets, claim vouchers, claims being paid from the commissioners’ budget, and minutes of the October 3, 2011 meeting.  Also signed was the renewal of the revenue sharing with Rising Sun for Riverboat Funds and the amendment requested by SRI to show they were in compliance with the E-Verify program.

Being no further business, Commissioner Busching moved to adjourn with a second from Commissioner Stutler.  The motion passed unanimously.



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