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 24, 2014 at the Ripley County Highway Department, Osgood, Indiana.
Commissioners Reiners, Stutler, and Busching were present as well as Auditor Wagner.
Foreman Kissell advised 1 grader had been delivered and was ready for use.
Superintendent Heaton advised he had received a call from Mr. Sam Martin of CPI and beginning 2015 they would no longer be able to supply culvert pipe and manufactured bridges to the county due to assignment of territories.
Also approximately 450 tons of salt has been received with more to be delivered.
Foreman Schonneg advised O’Mara would repair County Road 1400 N. next spring.
With no further business Commissioner Stutler moved to recess to the annex meeting room with a second from Commissioner Busching. Motion passed with 3 yes.
Commissioner Busching moved to reconvene with a second from Commissioner Stutler. Motion passed with 3 yes and the meeting reconvened with the Pledge to the Flag. Commissioners Reiners and Stutler, and Busching were present as well as Auditor Wagner and Attorney Ertel.
Commissioner Stutler moved to approve the minutes of the November 10, 2014 meeting as presented with a second from Commissioner Reiners. Motion passed with 2 yes. Commissioner Busching abstained.
EMA—Mr. Patrick Rose 8:15:00
Mr. Rose advised the EMA advisory meeting would be December 8, 2014 at 1:00pm at the annex.
He presented the LEPC agreement for the commissioners’ review and signature. Commissioner Busching moved to approve the request with a second from Commissioner Stutler. Motion passed with 3 yes.
Mr. Rose also presented the Emergency Management Performance Grant to the commissioners for signature. This is to be used to upgrade the emergency radios. Commissioner Stutler moved to approve the request with a second from Commissioner Busching. Motion passed with 3 yes.
Technology—Ms. Kelly Vollet 8:41:15
Ms. Vollet presented the commissioners with a job description for the ADA Coordinator for the record. She advised she had completed the certification training.
Representatives from Hanson Aggregates appeared to request permanent closure of County Road 350S. They were informed what procedure to follow and present the written request at the next meeting.
Mr. Ryan King-Judge Elect of Circuit Court—9:03:15
Judge Elect King spoke as representative of the Courthouse Security Committee. He advised the committee desired a member of the Commissioners and Council as well as the clerk sit on the committee. He presented some statistics on security issues such as courthouse shootings and bombings increase in the last ten years as well as assaults. He provided information on how surrounding counties provide some of the security for those counties.
Commissioner Busching volunteered to represent the commissioners. Commissioner Stutler moved to appoint Commissioner Busching to the committee with a second from Commissioner Reiners. Motion passed with 2 yes and Commissioner Busching abstaining.
Prosecutor—Mr. Ric Hertel
Mr. Hertel presented two applications for prospective hires. Commissioner Busching moved to approve both for Mr. Hertel to choose from. Commissioner Stutler seconded and the motion passed with 3 yes.
EMS—Mr. Jim Corbin 9:21:15
Mr. Corbin introduced Mr. Charles Malinowski of Malcon, who presented the commissioners with the renewal contract for Medicaid reimbursement for EMS runs. He advised the county should see approximately $11,300.00 coming back in the next 12 months.
Commissioner Busching moved to approve the contract with a second from Commissioner Stutler. Motion passed with 3 yes.
Mr. Scott Corbin of Rescue 20, Sunman, was not on the agenda but spoke to the questions previously sent to the commissioners.
1) Requested the commissioners reduce the contract period from 3 years to 1?
2) Why the contract needed to be signed and returned by December 1, 2014?
3) If the Rescue unit’s current billing company can obtain the information requested by their company, without burden to the county, can the Rescue Units retain the current billing service rather than switch to the same billing company used by the county?
Commissioner Reiners stated in reply:
1) When the 10% increase in operating funds was approved at budget time the 3 year was required by the County Council.
2) The December 1, 2014 return date was requested by Council Member Horstman.
3) It was stressed that the same billing company was to be used by all units involved to reduce the confusion and sharing of the information. Ripley County EMS Director Jim Corbin stated that this was already a problem in that Ambulance Billing Service was calling stating that they were not receiving information from the county EMS on runs made with different rescue units even though the information had been faxed. He stressed this was a problem and would continue unless all units were using the same billing service.
Mr. Scott Corbin then stated that sharing all information even if Ripley County was not involved with the run was a HIPPA violation. Ripley County EMS Director Jim Corbin stated this was correct.
The commissioners consulted with County Attorney John Ertel about revising the language on point 5 of the current contract pertaining to the sharing of information.
Commissioner Busching moved to keep the contract as presented to the Rescue Units with the exception of correcting the language in point 5. Commissioner Stutler seconded and the motion passed with 3 yes.
Commissioner Busching then moved to extend the signing and return date of the contract to December 15, 2014. Commissioner Stutler seconded and the motion passed with 3 yes.
The commissioners interviewed the following for the Highway Secretary Position. Each candidate was advised the job was a 40 hour per week position with benefits after 30 days. Pay for 2014 would be bi-weekly at $1105.46 and for 2015 $1127.57 for 26 pays. Hours are 7:00am to 3:30pm.
Candidates: Ms. Robin Stegemiller, Ms. Belinda Harris, Ms. Trisha French, Ms. Jan Thomas, and Ms. Suzanne Fiset.
After the interviews Commissioner Busching moved to hire Ms. Robin Stegemiller for the position. Commissioner Stutler seconded and the motion passed with 3 yes.
E911—Ms. Judy Schebler
Ms. Schebler presented the commissioners with an application for the 911 Telecommunicator. Applicant was Ms. Lauren Thielking who is the current County Coroner. The commissioners discussed the application with Ms. Schebler and with advice from Attorney Ertel stated Ms. Thielking would be required to resign from the Coroner position before she could be hired.
Commissioner Stutler moved to approve the request for hire subject to receiving a resignation letter as Coroner prior to hiring. Commissioner Busching seconded and the motion passed with 3 yes.
Sheriff Department—Sheriff Rodney Stratton—Mr. Mickey Wydick—Stanley Security Systems---Ms. Kelly Vollet Technology 10:26:50
Mr. Wydick presented the commissioners with a revised quote to replace the entire camera system at the jail which included a server, 180 days of recorded video, cabling, installation, etc. for $311,234.00.
Sheriff Stratton advised the commissioners that Duke Energy had checked their equipment for grounding and found no problems.
Ms. Vollet advised the committee had reviewed the software requirement for booking at the jail. Three quotes were requested- InterAct, Alert, and Emergitech. All quotes had not yet been received and will be evaluated when received.
Commissioner Busching then moved to have Square D proceed with the grounding study for the jail and 911 for #13,850.00 and to purchase the software booking prior to making a decision to replace the camera system at the jail. Commissioner Stutler seconded and the motion passed with 3 yes.
Ripley County Fire Chiefs Association
At the November 10, 2014 meeting the request to the commissioners for 911 to automatically tone out the second fire department for a structure fire was tabled. Commissioner Stutler moved to bring the tabled request back to the table for discussion. Commissioner Busching seconded and the motion passed with 3 yes.
After discussion and with 80% of the fire companies signing the request to the commissioners as in favor, Commissioner Stutler moved to have 911 automatically tone out the second fire company for a structure fire for a 6 month trial period. Commissioner Busching seconded and the motion passed with 3 yes.
Sheriff Elect Jeff Cumberworth—11:54:00
Mr. Cumberworth requested that two persons who were current county employees that would be moving to the Sheriff Department 1/1/2015 be paid for attending training for the Sheriff Department in December 2014. A discussion followed on how to provide funding for this. No clear answer was presented and it was to be researched.
Commissioner Busching moved to approve the claims and payroll with a second from Commissioner Stutler. Motion passed with 3 yes.
The Holiday Schedule, Payroll Voucher Schedule, and Commissioners’ Meeting/Accounts Payable Schedule were reviewed. Commissioner Stutler moved to approve them with a second from Commissioner Busching. Motion passed with 3 yes.
Commissioners signed payroll sheets, claim vouchers, claims being paid from the commissioners’ budget, and minutes of the November 10, 2014 meeting.With no further business to conduct, Commissioner Stutler moved to adjourn with a second from Commissioner Busching. Motion passed with 3 yes.
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