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, Monday, October 27, 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.
Commissioner Reiners advised he was to attend the Rising Sun Regional Foundation grant meeting November 12, 2014 at 3:30 pm to find out about the Pot Hole Patcher grant request.
Foreman Kissell reported the trucks should be ready for delivery in December depending on build schedule and the graders should be out 2-3 weeks.
A lap top computer was requested for the bridge crew. Commissioner Stutler moved to approve and Commissioner Reiners seconded. Motion passed with 2 yes.
Foreman Schonegg reported the settlement of road damages with Precision Pipeline is still pending.
Commissioner Stutler advised applications for a new hire in his district were to be reviewed and brought to the commissioners for approval.
Foreman Toops advised Bridge #16 was complete and open to traffic.
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 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 of the October 10, 2014 meeting as presented with a second from Commissioner Reiners. Motion passed with 2 yes.
Maintenance—Mr. Johnnie Lohrum 8:08:33
Mr. Lohrum advised the courthouse heat had been changed over. He also reported the roof at the EMS building needed to be inspected. The windows at the courthouse were discussed. Fish window cleaners had found the water was leaking through the panes into the interior. The commissioners requested the windows be finished and they will obtain a quote for glazing the window panes.
QPH presented a quote for replacing a fan coil in Probation that had been leaking and could not be repaired. Quote was for $3950.00. Commissioner Stutler moved to approve the quote with a second from Commissioner Reiners. Motion passed with 2 yes.
EMA—Mr. Patrick Rose 8:19:00
Mr. Rose reported the year end EMA was 9:00 am Friday, 10/31/2014 at the annex Meeting Room.
Technology—Ms. Kelly Vollet 8:22:35
Ms. Vollet advised the technology committee had met and recommended a new copier be purchased for the Circuit Court at a cost of $3525.00 and this purchase could wait until 2015. Commissioner Stutler moved to approve the purchase from cum cap equipment in 2015 with a second from Commissioner Reiners. Motion passed with 2 yes.
Ms. Amy Copeland advised her copier was also unable to be repaired properly and would submit a request for consideration to the technology committee.
EMS—Mr. Jim Corbin 9:01:15
Mr. Corbin discussed the contracts for the Rescue Units. He advised the payments as approved by the 2015 budget were: (1) Batesville EMS 10---$39,270.00 (2) Sunman Rescue 20---$19635.00 (3) Milan Rescue 30---$29452.50 (4) Rescue 69---$107,992.50.
These numbers included the 10% increase approved by the Council during budget reviews and are additional to the amounts saved by the Rescue Units from the reduced charge for EMS runs by the county. The amounts to the Rescue Units are dependent on the acceptance of stipulations in the 3 year contract between the Rescue Units and Ripley County. If the contract is not accepted by a Rescue Unit they will not receive ANY funding from Ripley County and will not be able to operate in the County.
He is to send the copies of the contracts with amounts inserted for the signatures of the Rescue Units.
Mr. Corbin also provided the savings to each Rescue Unit based on the reduced charge by Ripley County for the use of their EMS people. The numbers through September are (1) Batesville Fire and EMS 10---$16,300.00 (2) Sunman Rescue 20---$8,500.00 (3) Milan Rescue 30---$19,200.00 (4) Rescue 69---$29,100.00
Mr. Corbin also presented an application for employment for Mr. Keith Bradley for consideration. Commissioner Stutler moved to approve the application with a second from Commissioner Reiners. Motion passed with 2 yes.
Sheriff Department—Sheriff Stratton
Sheriff Stratton advised Square D Engineers were to evaluate the jail for grounding and power spike problems. He will advise when the report is received.
The Stanley Security quote was discussed. There were still several unanswered questions and the quotes are somewhat confusing. The commissioners requested the Sheriff contact Stanley Security and have them attend the next meeting.
Veteran’s—Mr. Ken Hylton
Mr. Hylton reviewed the resolution for support of alternative treatments for veterans for Traumatic Brain Injury and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders to the State of Indiana. Commissioner Stutler moved to adopt a resolution based on the sample received from Dearborn County at the next meeting. Commissioner Reiners seconded and the motion passed with 2 yes.
Bid Specs for 2015 were discussed and it was decided to have them available so they can be opened December 8, 2014 Commissioners’ meeting.
Auditor Wagner presented the commissioners with quotes from Negangard Enterprises for mowing the Sheriff, EMS, Courthouse, and annex locations. It was decided to NOT accept those bids and the county employees to continue mowing these locations.
The snow removal was also considered and the quote was slightly different than originally advised. Quote for snow removal for November 2014-2015 was presented at $125.00 per time unless more than 8 inches of snow is received and if so it is billed at $75.00 per hour. Commissioner Stutler moved to approve the quote 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 October 10, 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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