RIPLEY COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
Robert Reiners, President
10105 N Spades Rd
Sunman, IN 47041
608 Clearview Lane
Versailles, IN 47042
P.O. Box 66
Friendship, IN 47021
2011 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
Commissioner's Meeting Minutes
Minutes prepared by Bill Wagner, Ripley County Auditor
Commissioners meeting opened promptly at 7:00AM on Monday, December 12, 2011 at the Ripley County Highway Department, Osgood, Indiana.
Commissioners Robert Reiners, Mark Busching, and Gary Stutler were in attendance for the meeting as well as Auditor Wagner.
Superintendent Heaton advised they would haul salt until the contract limit is reached.
Mr. Kissell advised he is working on a schedule to put the Gradall to test with a company representative.
Commissioner Reiners advised Bob Linville was training for District 1 Grader operator.
Mr. Larry Prickel requested upkeep on his road (200E) and fixing a ditch so it would not fill up immediately. He was informed they would look at it and that the road would be shot and chipped next spring.
The highway garage is getting sand bags through EMA at no charge.
Mr. Kissell advised they were having issues with the loader as it was rusting badly and breaking. They are using it much more now with the stockpiling of salt and cinders and he requested permission to check on replacing it. He had information from Mr. bill Schmaltz on a loader and would follow up.
Commissioner Reiners signed a grant award from INDOT for grade crossings for $2755.00. This will make private crossing 152532X a public crossing 152522S.
With no further discussion Commissioner Stutler moved to recess to the annex. Commissioner Busching seconded and the motion passed unanimously.
Commissioner Busching made the motion to reconvene while Commissioner Stutler seconded. The motion passed unanimously. The meeting reconvened with the Pledge of Allegiance.
Commissioners Reiners, Busching, and Stutler were present as well as Auditor Wagner and County Attorney Ertel.
8:22:50—Mr. Johnnie Lohrum
Mr. Lohrum advised he had checked the clock tower and there was no problem with water infiltration since the repairs. He advised the annex leak was no worse and would continue to watch it.
8:54:00—Area Planning Commission—Mr. Tad Brinson
Mr. Brinson appeared to request a rezone of 30 acres. It would be rezoned to 10 acres general business and 20 acres local business. The property is located in the SW ¼ of Section 26, Township 10, Range 12 East, Adams Township. This request was approved by the Zoning Board. Commissioner Busching moved to approve the request and Commissioner Stutler seconded. The motion passed unanimously. It was also noted that it would be the purchaser’s responsibility to bring County road 550E up to standards.
Another issue was a request to vacate North Brook and South Brook subdivisions and to vacate the right of ways for the road. Commissioner Busching moved to approve with a second from Commissioner Stutler. The motion passed unanimously. Mr. Jeff French is to provide the documentation to the Auditor. Mr. Brinson also presented the commissioners with an email from Ms. Maureen Sheets resigning from the Ripley County Board of Zoning Appeals.
9:07:39—Technology—Ms. Kelly Vollet
Ms. Vollet advised the commissioners that the only bid for the Bobcat tracks had been withdrawn. The commissioners advised Superintendent Heaton to contact Bobcat and anyone he may know to sell the tracks at the Park.
9:11:26—Ripley County Humane Society—Ms. Dee Dee Holliday
Ms. Holliday provided the commissioners with a copy of the by-laws and advised they were being revised to comply with the commissioner’s request. Also information on the shelter was given. She also provided the signed contract for services, contract for payment for expansion of the facility, and the mortgage on the property to Ripley County.
Commissioner Busching moved to accept the Contract of Services with a second from Commissioner Stutler. The motion passed unanimously. Commissioner Busching then moved to accept the building expansion contract with a second from Commissioner Stutler. This motion also passed unanimously.
9:28:44—LWC-Mr. Gary Turner, Mr. Ed Soots, and Ms. Karen Davis
LWC met with the building committee and commissioners to review color choices for the exterior and interior of the new annex building. Choices were narrowed and they will finalize at a later date.
A building assessment for the remodel of the courthouse was presented.
Also Mr. Sam Puterbaugh provided the updated schedule and monthly meeting of progress.
The bids for county supplies for 2012 were opened. Bids were received as noted.
Ready Mix Concrete:
1) Raver Concrete
2) Lee’s Ready Mix
3) Holman Concrete
4) Nobbe Concrete
1) Terry Oil
2) Marathon Petroleum
1) Hansen Aggregates
2) New Point Stone
1) E & H Bridge and Grating
1) Hot Mix Inc.
2) Paul H. Rohe
3) Paul H. Rohe—picked up at plant
4) Dura Cap-Westport
5) Dave O’Mara
1) Laughrey Valley Ag Co-op
Commissioner Busching moved to take the bids, except fuel under advisement to allow Attorney Ertel time to review. Commissioner Stutler seconded and the motion passed unanimously.
The fuel bid was discussed and the commissioners could not decide on a fixed price or escalating/de-escalating price. Commissioner Busching moved to take the fuel bid under advisement as well and Commissioner Stutler seconded. The motion passed unanimously.
12:43:42—Mr. Mike Jeffries
Mr. Jeffries advised the commissioners their department had received a call on Friday afternoon for a hole inspection on a pole barn for Monday the 12th. When he went to the site the barn was complete except for the doors and the holes had been filled in. He asked the commissioners what they wanted done. He was advised to call the builder and find out why they had proceeded without the inspection. Also he was to use his judgment on how many holes he felt they would need to dig back up to show they were correct.
Commissioner Busching moved to accept the November 28, 2011 minutes with a second from Commissioner Stutler. The motion passed unanimously.
The commissioners signed payroll sheets, claim vouchers, claims being paid from the commissioner’s budget, minutes of the November 14, 2011 meeting, 2012 holiday, meeting and payroll voucher schedules.
Commissioner Stutler moved to approve the Ordinance 2011-13 as presented by Attorney Ertel defining the requirements for any company or person cutting a county highway. Commissioner Busching seconded and the motion passed uananimously.
Commissioner Busching moved to appoint Mr. Barry Lauber, Ms. Brenda Wetzler, and Mr. Von McGuire to the Ripley County Redevelopment Commission. Commissioner Stutler seconded and the motion passed unanimously.
Commissioner Busching also moved to approve the contract of services between Purdue and Ripley County. Commissioner Stutler seconded and the motion passed unanimously. Contract amount is $40,214.00 for the period 1-1-2012 to 12-31-2012.
The commissioners signed payroll sheets, claim vouchers, claims being paid from the commissioner’s budget, minutes of the November 28, 2011 meeting, LWC change orders, Humane Society contracts for the expansion of the buildings and contract for services, Rescue 10, Southern Ripley County Emergency Life Squad, Sunman , Milan Rescue 30 contracts, and Ordinance 2100-13. Also signed was the contract extension between Purdue and Ripley County and the revised COOP Remedial Action Plan.
Being no further business, Commissioner Busching moved to recess until 12-14-2011 at 6:00pm in the annex, with a second from Commissioner Stutler. The motion passed unanimously.
Commissioner Busching moved to reconvene with a second from Commissioner Stutler. The meeting was reconvened with a unanimous vote.
State Representative Randy Frye conducted the meeting with representatives from DNR & IDEM present to answer questions about Versailles State Park and how to obtain permits to work on the creeks to stop or lessen flooding and erosion. Those present expressed their concerns and were given contacts for resolving their problems. These issues will be followed up on.
Representative Frye thanked the officials and everyone for attending and assured those in attendance their concerns would be addressed.Commissioner Busching moved to adjourn with a second from Commissioner Stutler. The motion passed unanimously.
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