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


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.

Monday, January 9

Monday, July 9

Monday, January 23 Monday, July 23
Monday, February 6 Monday, August 6
Friday, February 17 Monday, August 20
Monday, March 5 Friday, August 31
Monday, March 19 Monday, September 17
Monday, April 2 Monday, October 1
Monday, April  16 Monday, October 15
Monday, April 30 Monday, October 29
Monday, May 14 Friday, November 9
Friday, May 25 Monday, November 26
Monday, June 11 Monday, December 10
Monday, June 25 Friday, December 21


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, November 9, 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 purchase of the pickup trucks for the foremen was discussed.  One has been ordered through the State bid from Struckman Ford.  The others will be ordered in 2013 in the new budget.

The commissioners noted that ServePro would be continuing cleaning the courthouse.  Also QPH is to bring an estimate for repair on the air handler on the second floor.

The Commissioners also discussed the request of Ms. Ruth Riehle on a request for a drainage board hearing.  Her concern was the owners of the old Pri-Pak property in Sunman were clearing trees from a natural waterway and would cause her property to flood.  Auditor Wagner advised the commissioners he had conferred with Attorney Ertel and had advised Ms. Riehle that the drainage board had no jurisdiction since there was no natural drainage blocked.  She was advised she could still appear before the commissioners if she so wished.  The commissioners agreed that since there was no drainage being blocked the drainage board had no jurisdiction in the matter.

A discussion about a highway representative attending the Hazmat meeting was discussed and it was decided it would be a good idea for someone to attend. 

With no further business to discuss Commissioner Busching moved to recess to the EMS 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 to the Flag.

Commissioners Reiners, Stutler, and Busching were present as well as County Attorney Ertel and Auditor Wagner.

Maintenance-Mr. Johnnie Lohrum and Mr. Dave Drew (QPH)

Mr. Drew presented his quote for the replacement of the air handler for the second floor.  It included removing and disposing of the old unit and replacing with a new Trane unit.  Total projected cost was $12,705.00.  The commissioners discussed the quote with Mr. Drew and Commissioner Busching moved to table the issue to obtain additional information.  Commissioner Stutler seconded and the motion passed unanimously.

Mr. Lohrum advised Judge Taul was requesting space in the annex storage for tapes in his office.  This will be considered after the storage room is complete.  Also Mr. Lohrum was advised to take the old law books to recycle.

Ms. Kim Jahnigen questioned the type and number of trash cans needed for the annex.  She was advised solid waste would provide the recycle cans and Mr. Sam Puterbaugh of LWC stated he would go over the plans with her for the number of trash cans needed.

Technology—Ms. Kelly Vollet

Ms. Vollet advised the new annex monitoring system is up and running and Boyer is to move the servers 11/12/2012.  Phone system is estimated to be moved 11/14/2012 to coincide with the move to the annex.  She advised Enriching Spaces was to make final inspection today at 2:30 pm.

EMA—Mr. Patrick Rose

Mr. Rose appeared to obtain signatures from the commissioners for the 2011 Emergency Management Performance Grant.  Commissioner Busching moved to sign the grant with a second from Commissioner Stutler.  The motion passed unanimously.

Mr. Bill Warren appeared before the commissioners and stated he needed rental contract for the food pantry to operate at the Park.  Attorney Ertel is to look into the matter.

Commissioner Busching moved to approve the minutes from the October 15, 2012 and October 29, 2012 meetings.  Commissioner Stutler seconded and the motion passed unanimously.

Delaware Fire Department—Mr. Rick Stevens and Mr. Melvin Dwenger

Mr. Dwenger thanked the commissioners for sponsoring the fire department for the CFF Grant and they were successful in obtaining $400,000.00.  He stated they had submitted another grant request for electric producing equipment so they would produce the electric needed to operate the building.  He also stated the funds received from the CFF Grant were less than originally applied for and requested financial assistance from the Commissioners for the building project.  The commissioners stated they would research what they could do and advise at a later date.

LWC—Mr. Sam Puterbaugh

Mr. Puterbaugh appeared to review the annex progress and the courthouse renovation.  He stated substantial completion of the annex has been reached.  Duke energy needs two week advance notice to remove the pole in the future parking lot and the excavator needed two weeks to mobilize for the demolition of the old annex building. 

He also advised an old cistern was found and ATC was testing for contamination.

The question of the temporary occupancy permit was discussed and he advised it should be received 11/9/2012 late afternoon.

A problem with an interior door in reference to exit requirements was discussed and to change the door would be $2806.00 per G-028 proposal request.  This was discussed and was not approved at this time.  There was question as to who would be responsible for the cost.

The color selections for the courthouse renovation were made at this time.

911—Ms. Judy Schebler

Ms. Schebler requested the commissioners extend the request for extended FMLA for MS. Debra Patton for the full period rather than only until 12/31/2012.  The commissioners advised Auditor Wagner to notify Ms. Schebler the 12/31/2012 date would remain.

A request from Mr. Keith Sieverding, Board President of Rescue 69, to suspend payments due Ripley County until an IRS lien can be satisfied.  After the lien is satisfied they will resume payments.  After discussion Commissioner Busching moved to approve the request with a second from Commissioner Stutler.  The motion passed with a two yes vote majority.  Commissioner Reiners was absent after 11:00 am for an emergency.

Ms. Pat Thomas appeared to request she be allowed to remain on the county supplemental insurance program as a part time employee.  She stated she was unable to obtain the same coverage as an individual.  After discussion the commissioners requested Auditor Wagner contact Workplace Benefits, Mr. David Graham, to obtain additional information.

Commissioner Stutler questioned Ms. Thomas about a part time employee being the administrator of a department.  He also questioned how the Health Board handled the re-assignment of job responsibilities and pay changes for those that were assigned additional responsibilities.  Ms. Thomas stated she would pass along those questions to the Health Board.

The commissioners signed payroll sheets, claim vouchers, claims being paid from the commissioners’ budget, a purchase order for a grant from the State of Indiana for the GIS program, and the grant agreement from the City of Rising Sun.

With no further business to discuss, Commissioner Busching moved to adjourn with a second from Commissioner Stutler.  The motion passed with two yes.  Commissioner Reiners was absent at that time.


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