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ROBERT REINERS, PRESIDENT

10105 N. SPADES RD

SUNMAN, IN 47041

 (812) 623-3209

 

MARK BUSCHING

608 CLEARVIEW LANE

VERSAILLES, IN  47042

(812) 689-7119

 

                                                          GERALD STUTLER

P.O. BOX 66

FRIENDSHIP, IN  47021

(812) 667-5505

                                                         

                                                         

                                                         

2010 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 11, 2010

MONDAY JULY 12, 2010

MONDAY JANUARY 25, 2010 MONDAY JULY 26, 2010
MONDAY FEBRUARY 8, 2010 MONDAY AUGUST 9, 2010
MONDAY FEBRUARY 22, 2010 MONDAY AUGUST 23, 2010
MONDAY MARCH 8, 2010 MONDAY SEPTEMBER 3, 2010
MONDAY MARCH 22, 2010 MONDAY SEPTEMBER 20, 2010
MONDAY APRIL 5, 2010 MONDAY OCTOBER 4, 2010
MONDAY APRIL 19, 2010 MONDAY OCTOBER 18, 2010
MONDAY MAY 3, 2010 MONDAY NOVEMBER 1, 2010
MONDAY MAY 17, 2010 MONDAY NOVEMBER 15, 2010
MONDAY MAY 28, 2010 MONDAY NOVEMBER 29, 2010
MONDAY JUNE 14, 2010 MONDAY DECEMBER 13, 2010
MONDAY JUNE 28, 2010 MONDAY DECEMBER 27, 2010

 

 

 

 

Commissioner's Meeting Unapproved Minutes for November 29, 2010

Minutes prepared by Bill Wagner, Ripley County Auditor

 

Commissioners meeting opened promptly at 7:00AM on Monday, November 29, 2010 at the Ripley County Highway Department, Osgood, Indiana.

Commissioners Robert Reiners, Gary Stutler and Mark Busching were all in attendance for the Commissioners meeting.

Auditor Wagner was present for the meeting at the Ripley County Highway Garage.

The commissioners and highway department discussed selling brine to Decatur County.  It was decided that Mr. Owen Heaton-Highway Superintendent-contact Mr. Steve Wilhoit with Osgood to discuss and advise him the commissioners feel a 15-18 cent/ gallon range would be needed.

Commissioner Reiners advised the culvert on 600E under the railroad was completed.

Mr. Pat Kissell advised he was still checking on trucks for the Parks Department and noted there were several available.  He is to continue looking and working with Mr. George Bultman of the Parks Board.  Mr. Kissell also advised the gradall had a mechanical noise they were trying to find and repair but he had been unable to locate at this time.  It is not related to the repair done previously.

The commissioners were advised the Parks Board had hired Ms. Shawna Joseph as the new manager on a part time basis.

Superintendent Heaton advised that Meshberger Stone Inc. at Hope Indiana had advised they could supply the washed 11ís for $6.00 per ton.  Ron James has advised he would be available to haul them at $5.00 per ton.

With no further business to discuss, Commissioner Busching moved to recess to the annex building.  Commissioner Reiners seconded and the motion passed.  Commissioner Stutler abstained.

Commissioner Busching made the motion to reconvene while Commissioner Stutler seconded, motion passed unanimously.  The meeting was reconvened at 8:00 am at the Ripley County Annex building in Versailles, Indiana and opened with the pledge of allegiance.

Commissioners Reiners, Busching, and Stutler were present as well as Auditor Wagner and Attorney Neil Comer.

Maintenance:  Mr. Johnnie Lohrum (8:00:10 )

Mr. Lohrum advised the courthouse doors were complete.  He asked the commissioners their advice on the local children playing on the courthouse lawn and monument leaving trash and rocks.  He was advised to call the town police and talk with them to keep an eye on it.  The commissioners also requested Mr. Lohrum to keep an eye on QH repairs and the hours spent on repairs.

Technology:  Ms Kelly Vollet (8:40:29)

Ms. Vollet advised she had provided a key for the courthouse doors so they could be keyed correctly and advised there was a small charge for that service.  She also presented the phone system contract for the commissionersí signature.  Commissioner Busching moved to renew the contract with a second from Commissioner Stutler.  The motion passed unanimously and the commissioners signed the contract.

Ms. Vollet advised she had received no information from the highway garage on the vehicles for sale.  She was advised the commissioners would contact Mr. Owen Heaton-Superintendent- to provide the information.

During a lull in appointments Commissioner Busching moved to accept the minutes from the last meeting with a second form Commissioner Stutler.  The motion was approved unanimously. The commissioners signed the payroll sheets, claim vouchers, claims to be paid from the commissionerís budget and the minutes of the last meeting.  Also signed were the 2011 meeting schedule, accounts payable schedule, payroll schedule, and holiday schedule.

(9:00:00) Commissioner Stutler questioned if it would be feasible to auction  the house situated on the land to be used for the annex building and let someone move it.  It will be discussed at a later date.

EcO 15:  Ms. Cheryll Obendorf & Ms. Sally Morris

Ms. Obendorf presented the commissioners with information on EcO 15.  She advised it was started with a grant from a Lilly grant to the Heritage Foundation to help with training people in the area to create a better workforce and draw industry to the area.  She requested that the commissioners authorize Ms. Kelly Vollet to serve on the committee. 

Commissioner Busching moved to grant that authorization with a second from Commissioner Stutler.  The motion passed unanimously.

(9:30:50)  Highway Garage-Mr. Owen Heaton

A discussion on the vehicles for sale ensued along with the need for maintenance on a pickup at the garage that may have a bad engine.  Other counties cost of stone was also discussed as well as who was hauling it.  Mr. Heaton will check with Spoerleader on hauling costs. 

Mr. Heaton advised the cinders would be coming starting the first week of December, 2010.

(10:06:00)  Hearing for Vacation of Road:

Mr. Joseph Mejaski appeared before the commissioners explaining he was there to confirm the road closing of part of Base Line Road that had not been vacated properly per County Attorney Comer.  Minutes from a previous commissionerís meeting in the past had indicated there was no opposition to the vacation of the part of the road requested. The commissioners discussed the length of time the road has been closed and unusable in its present state and the cost of opening the road if there would ever be a request to open it.   After advice from County Attorney Comer and review of the request Commissioner Stutler moved to approve the request to abandon the part of Base Line Road described in the petition.  Commissioner Busching seconded and the motion passed unanimously.  Mr. Larry Eaton, attorney for Mr. Mejaski, is to prepare an Ordinance stating the vacation of the road and present it to the commissioners for their signature. 

(10:29:56)  Sheriff Tom Grills

Sheriff Grills appeared at the request of the commissioners to discuss the problem of medical costs to inmates at the jail.  County Attorney Comer asked Sheriff Grills if he was aware of the Indigent Inmate Statute through the welfare department.  Sheriff Grills stated he knew about it but had never had any funds secured through it.  Sheriff Grills stated that he had talked with the prosecutor to try to obtain recovery through a criminal mischief statute but nothing has been done as of this date.  The commissioners discussed the situation with County Attorney Comer and decided to try to get someone from the Welfare Department to come to a meeting to explain the process to them.  Also, they were to try to obtain information from other counties while attending the Commissioners Conference.  

(11:00:00)  Ms. Paula Goodpaster, LCC

Ms. Goodpaster presented the commissioners with an news release from the DEA that they were exercising their authority to control the chemicals used in Spice etc.  The commissioners decided to take no action since it is being controlled by DEA.

(11:05:06)  Vernon Forks Water Appointment

Commissioner Reiners advised the commissioners that Mr. Jeff Volzís term expired December 31, 2010.  His position was a joint appointment of the county commissioners and the county council.  He stated Mr. Volz would serve another term if appointed.  Commissioner Busching moved to appoint Mr. Volz and forward the recommendation to the County Council for their approval.  Commissioner Stutler seconded and the motion passed unanimously.

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

 

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