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, December 10, 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 Commissioners reviewed the bids for services and supplies for 2013.

1)     Asphalt Materials, Inc. & Terry Asphalt Materials, Inc.

RS-2, AE-90, AE-P Fixed and escalating/de-escalating pricing for county storage, vendor storage and job site delivery.

Commissioner Busching moved to accept all bids with a second from Commissioner Stutler.  The motion passed unanimously.

2)     CPI Supply and Civil-Con

Culvert and Bridge Supplies

Commissioner Busching moved to accept all bids based on review of pricing of the item needed at the time of purchase.

3)     Hot Mix, Inc., Paul H. Rohe, and Dave O’Mara

Asphalt picked up at plant fixed and escalating/de-escalating pricing.

Commissioner Busching moved to accept all bids to be picked up at closest plant.  Commissioner Stutler seconded and the motion passed unanimously.

4)     Paul H. Rohe and  Dave O’Mara

Asphalt laid-fixed and escalating/de-escalating pricing

Commissioner Busching moved to accept all bids with a second from Commissioner Stutler.  The motion passed unanimously.

5)     New Point Stone and Hanson

Various Stone sizes

Commissioner Stutler moved to accept all bids with pick up at the closest location.

Commissioner Busching seconded and the motion passed unanimously.

6)     Holman Septic Tank Sales and Service, Inc. and Roman Nobbe, Inc.

Ready mix of various mixes.

Commissioner Busching moved to accept both bids with a second from Commissioner Stutler.  The motion passed unanimously.

Superintendent Heaton advised the commissioners he had received a request from the contractor clearing the right of way for Enterprise Pipeline for the amount of bond Ripley County required for possible damage to the roads.  It was decided that a bond for $100,000.00 would be sufficient.

Foreman Kissell advised the pickup is built and ready for delivery.

With no further business to discuss Commissioner Busching moved to recess to the Annex meeting room.  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.

Superior Court-Judge Morris

Judge Morris appeared before the commissioners to express his concerns regarding the Community Corrections Program.  He stated that for the program to be successful it requires complete co-operation between all of the departments involved. He explained the Prosecutor presents the plea deal to the Judge, Probation then assesses the person for acceptance into the program and presents the Judges their recommendation.  The Judges then have the sole discretion in sentencing.

He stated he did not feel that at this time all the departments (Sheriff, Prosecutor, Judges, and Probation) were of the same mind set to cooperate and without everyone co-operating, the program would not work nor would DOC provide the grant.

Judge Morris stated that there would be a bill introduced in the State legislature that may combine the Community Corrections Program into the Probation Department.  Also he felt the commissioners should not commit funds to build offices for Community Corrections with no assurance the program would be viable.  He stated it may be best to wait until the  Judges’ and Sheriff’s terms were up and revisit the program for 2015.

Commissioner Stutler recommended that all concerned meet with the commissioners to see if the cooperation needed would be possible.  Judge Morris stated he would contact the parties to see if this could occur.

Commissioner Stutler gave Judge Morris a resume from Mr. Frank Hillberg who was interested in serving on the Community Corrections Board.  Judge Morris stated he knew Mr. Hillberg and would have no objections to him serving.

Judge Morris also presented two resumes of prospective employees for the commissioners’ approval.  He was advised they met the commissioners’ approval.

EMS-Mr. Scott Huffman

Mr. Huffman provided the commissioners with a list of employees to be hired with their approval.  All hires are to be part time employees and most would be for the inter-facility transfers with Margaret Mary Hospital.

Commissioner Busching moved to approve the list with a second from Commissioner Stutler and the motion passed unanimously.

Maintenance-Mr. Johnnie Lohrum

Mr. Lohrum advised the commissioners about a concern with the gates to the chiller area.  He was advised to work out a solution and advise the commissioners.  Also he was advised he could hang items for offices as long as there were no nails or holes put in the walls.  Preventive Maintenance for the Annex was discussed and Mr. Lohrum is to obtain additional quotes.

Technology—Ms. Kelly Vollet

Ms. Vollet advised Pinnacle would be bringing the mail machine w/o 12/17/12 and would provide training on the machine. 

Ms. Vollet then presented the commissioners with a request from Assessor Bushhorn for a new copy machine. Her current machine is too small for the number of copies required and has been requiring more than normal maintenance.  Ms. Bushhorn advised she had received the recommendation of the technology committee.  The new machine will be $4834.00. 

Commissioner Busching moved to approve the purchase with a second from Commissioner Stutler.  The motion passed unanimously.

Ms. Vollet advised phone and data lines were not in the renovation plan for the courthouse and she would obtain a quote from Boyer.

Town of Osgood: Ms. Linda Kreinhop and Mr. Gary Norman

Ms. Kreinhop spoke about the solar panel company coming to Osgood.  There had been additional costs to provide a temporary location for the business to operate until the new building was complete in the business park.  She explained the temporary building could be used for future businesses for startup at a later date.  She requested Ripley County provide $120,000.00 EDIT funds to help with the costs of getting the business into Osgood.  20 people will be hired January, 2013 and will have approximately 140 when in full operation.

Mr. Gary Norman, Ripley County Economic Director, spoke with an update of his activities.  He advised there were additional businesses that could locate due to the new solar panel business already committed.  There is a 5 year contract with the US Government for the panels but they must have a made in the USA label.  If the county would participate with additional funds it was advised to have the Town of Osgood oversee the funds.

Commissioner Stutler brought up the issue of a sign needed at the Versailles Industrial Park and to keep it mowed.  He also questioned if the land originally deeded to Beltech had been transferred back to the Redevelopment Commission. 

Ms. Brenda Wetzler assured him the land had been transferred back and the sign and mowing issue would be addressed.

Prosecutor:  Mr. Ric Hertel

Mr. Hertel advised the commissioners he had notified everyone appointed to the Community Corrections Board and a meeting had been set for January 2, 2013 at 5:30 pm  and requested permission to use the meeting room.  Permission was granted.

Highway: Superintendent Heaton

Mr. Heaton questioned the quote received from Meshberger Stone and if the highway could purchase stone from them based on the quote or were they limited to the special 8’s.

He was advised that since Meshberger did not provide a bid, only the specialized stone could be purchased.

The bond amount for Enterprise Pipeline was discussed.  Commissioner Busching moved to approve the $100,000.00 amount with a second from Commissioner Stutler.  The motion passed unanimously.

LWC—Mr. Gary Turner

Mr. Turner appeared to present the commissioners with an estimate of cost for additional oversight services to complete the annex project.  Some issues were discussed and would

be addressed through the punch list for contractors to complete.  Also a final walk through inspection would be conducted.

He also referenced the request from Bruns-Gutzwiller for additional funds for delays to the project.  He stated Mr. Puterbaugh had addressed the issues with an e-mail and the negotiation will occur at a later date.

Clerk:  Ms. Mary Ann McCoy

Ms. McCoy appeared to request the meal claims for workers for election be paid as they had been denied at the previous commissioner meeting.  She stated that the claims had been paid in the past even though they were for workers of the offices rather than poll workers.  After deliberation Commissioner Stutler moved to approve the claims with a second from Commissioner Busching.  The motion passed unanimously.

Recorder:  Ms. Ginger Bradford

Ms. Bradford advised the commissioners the Christmas Dinner for employees of the Courthouse and Annex would be 12/20/2012.  She also requested permission in purchasing a Christmas tree for the annex lobby which was approved.  Also the swearing in of office holders would be in the annex on 1-1-2013.

She requested additional phone lines be installed in her office.  Ms. Vollet of the Technology department advised all the extensions of the current system are in use and to add lines would require the system be upgraded.

Attorney Ertel Advised the commissioners that he had reviewed the Community Corrections Statute and stated the resolution needed revised.  Commissioner Stutler moved to approve the revision with Resolution 2012-04.  Commissioner Busching seconded and the motion passed unanimously.

Commissioner Stutler moved to approve Mr. Frank Hillberg to the Community Corrections Board as an additional lay person.  Commissioner Busching seconded and the motion passed unanimously.

The commissioners signed payroll sheets, claim vouchers and claims being paid from the commissioner’s budget.  Also signed was the quarterly grant agreement from Ohio County, Change Order 001 for Open Control Systems for the courthouse renovation,


Auditor Wagner reminded the commissioners they needed to consider the grant from Solid Waste and the funds from the Ripley County Community Foundation before the end of the year.  Also, he advised Cedarbridge Treatment Centers had notified him that the funds for Juvenile detention would be used up by the end of December.  The commissioners advised to order another 200 beds.

Phillips Supply Company:  Mr. Dave Butt

Mr. Butt addressed the commissioners about his company supplying cleaning supplies for the annex and courthouse as he was already supplying them for the jail.  He was advised his company would be considered when supplies were ordered.

With no further business to conduct Commissioner Busching moved to adjourn.  Commissioner Stutler seconded and the motion passed unanimously.


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