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, November 10, 2014 at the Ripley County Highway Department, Osgood, Indiana.
A drainage issue North of the Annex building was discussed. The Town of Versailles and the Ripley County will work together to get this resolved and repaired.
Applications for the Secretary/Bookkeeper position at the Highway were reviewed. These will not be considered until the internal job posting expires.
Foreman Steve Schonegg advised a culvert pipe at Salem Road and 1100 N. would be replaced. A quote from Kevin Wood for $2000.00 was reviewed and Commissioner Stutler moved to accept the quote. Commissioner Reiners seconded and the motion passed with 2 yes.
Foreman Pat Kissell advised a new grader was scheduled to be delivered this week.
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 8:09:35
Mr. Lohrum advised he had nothing new. Auditor Wagner reported he had been contacted by the restoration company that the gold on the courthouse tower should be due for the touch up and sealant. He was advised by the commissioners to contact them and schedule the service work.
EMA—Mr. Patrick Rose 8:19:00
Mr. Rose advised the need to reschedule the EMA final meeting. He will contact everyone and advise the date.
EMS—Mr. Jim Corbin 8:51:15
Mr. Corbin presented the BLS saving report from the reduced fee to the rescue units. Through October 2014 the total saved is $81,800.00.
He also presented employment applications for Paramedic Joshua Borkosky and EMT Joshua Lathery. These were reviewed and Commissioner Stutler moved to approve with a second from Commissioner Reiners. Motion passed with 2 yes.
Sheriff Department—Sheriff Rodney Stratton—Mr. Mickey Wydick—Stanley Security Systems---Ms. Kelly Vollet Technology
Sheriff Stratton presented the quote from Square D Engineering for testing on the grounding of the jail, camera system, and 911mast for $12,962.96. LeffCo Electric submitted a quote for a constant voltage transformer for $11,610.00. These may not provide a solution to the problem and the commissioners agreed additional information was needed.
Mr. Wydick of Stanley Security Systems advised his company would test their current system at NO cost to determine if it was grounded properly. He is to also provide a written quote for the final TOTAL cost to upgrade the surveillance system replacement and have at the 11/24/2014 meeting.
Veteran’s—Mr. Ken Hylton 10:03:42
Mr. Hylton advised the commissioners the award ceremony was for World War II Veteran Mr. Carl Schwier. Mr. Schwier received numerous awards including the Purple Heart. The awards were presented to his family; wife-Viola, sons Andy and Jeff, and daughter Carla by Mr. Ken Hylton, Ripley County Veterans’ Service Officer and Mr. Kyle Moss, Versailles American Legion Post 173. Mr. Randy Frye, State Representative presented the family with an American Flag flown over the Indiana Statehouse.
Otis Elevator—Mr. Caleb Evans 10:11:14
Mr. Evans presented the commissioners with information about his company and the service they provided and proposed rolling all elevator servicing to one company. Auditor Wagner is to obtain information on the current elevator contract expirations and forward that information to Otis Elevator.
Ripley County Fire Chiefs Association—Mr. Ben Sieverding President
Mr. Sieverding presented the commissioners with a copy of the Ripley County Fire Chiefs’ Association Mutual Aid Standard Operation Guideline. He was requesting the commissioners instruct 911 to start following the request to start automatic mutual aid dispatch for the fire departments that were requesting that service. He presented a signature page of the departments in the County that were wanting the service. All Departments were in agreement except Milan and New Marion.
Commissioner Stutler moved to table any vote on the issue until the 911 director could be contacted and additional information could be obtained. Commissioner Reiners seconded and the motion passed with 2 yes.
Merkel Road Project—Mayor Rick Fledderman and Mr. Ron Weigel 11:29:15
Mayor Fledderman advised the commissioners Batesville was proceeding with the Merkel Road Project and the estimated cost was $1.1 million. He advised they had received a grant from Lawrenceburg for $500,000.00. He requested the details of the $100,000.00 funding from Ripley County be established and an agreement signed.
Mr. Ron Weigel then requested additional EDIT funding from the county and any road improvement funds that may be available.
The commissioners advised they wanted them to present the request to the County Council as well. It would be considered at a later date what if anything could be done.
Commissioner Stutler moved to approve the claims and payroll with a second from Commissioner Reiners. Motion passed with 2 yes.
Auditor Wagner presented the commissioners with Resolution 2014-05 which showed the Commissioners’ support for alternative treatments for veterans with Traumatic Brain Injury and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Commissioner Stutler moved to approve the Resolution with a second from Commissioner Reiners. Motion passed with 2 yes.
The 2015 Holiday Schedule was discussed and will be ready for approval at the 11/24/2014 meeting.
A request from Robert Linville for a leave of absence starting 12/1/2014 was presented. Commissioner Stutler moved to approve the request 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 27, 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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