RIPLEY COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

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District 1

Robert Reiners, President

10105 N Spades Rd

Sunman, IN  47041

812-623-3209

 

District 2

Mark Busching

214 Spencer Lane

Versailles, IN  47042

812-621-7904

 

District 3

Gerald Stutler

P.O. Box 66

Friendship, IN  47021

812-667-5505

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 5,2015

Monday, July 20, 2015
Monday, January 19, 2015 Monday, August 3, 2015
Monday, February 2, 2015 Monday, August 17, 2015
Monday, February 16, 2015 Monday, August 31, 2015
Monday, March 2, 2015 Monday, September 14, 2015
Monday, March 16, 2015 Monday, September 28, 2015
Monday, March 30, 2015 Friday, October 9, 2015
Monday, April  13, 2015 Monday, October 26, 2015
Monday, April 27, 2015 Monday, November 9, 2015
Monday, May 11, 2015 Monday, November 23, 2015
Friday, May 22, 2015 Monday, December 7, 2015
Monday, June 8, 2015 Monday, December 21, 2015
Monday, June 22, 2015 Monday, January 4, 2016
Monday, July 6, 2015  

Commissioner's Meeting Minutes

Minutes prepared by Bill Wagner, Ripley County Auditor

Commissioners meeting opened promptly at 7:00AM, Monday, December 22, 2014 at the Ripley County Highway Department, Osgood, Indiana.

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

Commissioner Busching moved to accept all bids submitted for 2015 subject to spec requirements being met.  Commissioner Stutler seconded and the motion passed with 3 yes.

Foreman Kissell reported that all 3 graders had been received and were in use.

Superintendent Heaton reported all salt had been received and cinders were being hauled.

The commissioners considered the request of extending earned vacation by Mr. Charles Eckstein.  He had a death of an uncle while he was on vacation at the end of the anniversary period and was unable to use up his vacation.  Commissioner Stutler moved to extend 3 days (24 hours) of vacation time for 6 months from 11/28/2014.

The Rising Sun Regional Foundation grant was discussed as the county was awarded $20,000.00 towards the purchase of a new pothole patcher. Cost of the new patcher is $64,900.00.  It was decided to take $32,450.00 from New Equipment Bridge and $32,450.00 from Highway.  The old patcher will be sold and the funds received for the sale deposited to the Highway fund.

Foreman Schonegg presented Commissioner Bob Reiners with an antique pocket knife and thanked him for his service on behalf of the Highway personnel.  Commissioner Reiners is retiring at the end of his term 12/31/2014 after 16 years as Commissioner.

With no further business Commissioner Busching moved to recess to the annex meeting room with a second from Commissioner Stutler.  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.

EMA-Mr. Patrick Rose 8:05:37

Mr. Rose advised he was meeting with personnel on radio upgrades.

He also advised the Hazard Mitigation Plan needed to have a new plan submitted and he was applying for a grant to cover the expense.

Assessor-Ms. Shawna Bushhorn

Ms. Bushhorn submitted an application for employment for Ms. Belinda Harris for the commissioners’ consideration.  Commissioner Busching moved to approve with a second from Commissioner Stutler.  Motion passed with 3 yes.

Technology-Ms. Kelly Vollet 8:19:00

Ms. Vollet advised the Circuit Court and Treasurer copiers had been ordered and the funds encumbered.

Commissioner Elect Bob Linville

Mr. Linville presented the commissioners with a conflict of interest form for their signature.  This was due to him being an owner of a business that provides services to the county.  Commissioner Busching moved to approve the request with a second from Commissioner Stutler.  Motion passed with 3 yes.

Maintenance:  Mr. Johnnie Lohrum 8:26:00

Mr. Lohrum advised he had not received any return call from the landscaper about the dead trees and shrubs. 

Also the repair on the gutter on the north side of the annex building to be done by Bruns- Gutzwiller had not been completed.  Attorney Ertel advised he had received a call that it would be completed by the end of November and he would again contact Bruns-Gutzwiller.

BREAK—9:02:00

EMS—Mr. Jim Corbin 9:08:00

Mr. Corbin presented an application for Mr. Gary Weimer to the commissioners for their consideration.  Commissioner Busching moved to approve with a second from Commissioner Stutler.  Motion passed with 3 yes.

Mr. also presented the report to show the reduced costs for BLS runs by the Rescue Units.  Through November the total fees saved by the reduced charge from the county was $87,900.00.  Batesville Fire and EMS $19,500.00, Sunman Area Life Squad $10,700.00,

Milan Rescue 30 $23,100.00, Southern Ripley County Emergence Life Squad $34,600.00.

Sheriff—Rodney Stratton 9:15:00

Sheriff Stratton and Sheriff Elect Cumberworth advised the commissioners the electrical survey was being completed and a report would be forthcoming.

Sheriff Stratton advised a DVR had quit recording and needed to be replaced.  Commissioner Busching moved to replace the DVR with funds from Cum Cap Equipment with a second from Commissioner Stutler.  Motion passed with 3 yes.

Prosecutor—Mr. Ric Hertel

Mr. Hertel appeared to thank Commissioner Reiners for his 16 years of service on behalf of his office.

Hanson Aggregates—Mr. Neil Allen 9:30:30

Mr. Allen requested a permanent road closure for county road 350S.  After discussion Commissioner Stutler moved to approve the request with a second from Commissioner Busching.  Motion passed with 3 yes.

Health Dept.—Ms. Vicky Powell and Ms. Pat Thomas 9:42:40

Ms. Powell and Ms. Thomas presented the commissioners with recommended appointments for the Health Board.  Those were Dr. Davis Welsh, Dr. Harley Robinson, Dr. Michael Parker and RN Mary Schmaltz.  These were discussed and Commissioner Stutler moved to approve.  Commissioner Busching seconded and the motion passed with 3 yes.

Also presented was the recommendation for Commissioner Stutler to continue as Board Member for the Friendship Sewer Board.  Commissioner Busching moved to approve the request with a second from Commissioner Reiners.  Motion passed with 2 yes and Commissioner Stutler abstaining.

Probation—Mr. Sjannon Schmaltz 10:05:30

Mr. Schmaltz appeared with a year-end update on the Intensive Outpatient Substance Abuse Program.  He provided statistics and stated that the results for Ripley County were slightly higher than the national averages.

2015 Bids:

Attorney Ertel advised the commissioners that the bids received met specifications required.  All bids were accepted per the vote taken earlier by the commissioners.

Encore Insurance—Mr. Brad Samples 10:38:06

Mr. Samples presented the commissioners with the 2015 insurance package renewal.  Premium declined by 1.2% from 2014.   Auditor Wagner received the policies and will review with Mr. Samples.

Board Appointments:

Southeastern Indiana Solid Waste District:

Commissioner Stutler moved to appoint Commissioner Busching and Ms. Dee Holiday to the Board.  Commissioner Reiners seconded and the motion passes with 3 yes.

Ripley County Redevelopment Commission:

Commissioner Busching moved to appoint Mr. Barry Lauber and Ms. Brenda Wetzler to the Commission.  Commissioner Stutler seconded and the motion passed with 3 yes.

Vernon Fork Water District:

Commissioner Busching moved to appoint Commissioner Elect Bob Linville to the Board.  Commissioner Stutler seconded and the motion passed with 3 yes.

Auditor Wagner presented the request from Vertical Systems for emergency contacts for the Elevator in the annex.  Commissioner Busching moved to list Mr. Johnnie Lohrum and Commissioner Stutler.  Commissioners Stutler seconded and the motion passed with 3 yes.

Auditor Wagner presented the commissioners with choices for the signs in the annex for restrooms and elevator.  Commissioner Stutler moved to have Auditor Wagner order these signs with a second from Commissioner Busching.  Motion passed with 3 yes.

The grant agreement from Rising Sun was presented for signature.  Commissioner Busching moved to approve the agreement with a second from Commissioner sStutler.  Motion passed with 3 yes.  Commissioner Reiners signed the agreement for the distribution for $15,715.70 for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2014, $150,704.49 supplemental distribution for fiscal year 2014, $16,524.51 for the first quarter of fiscal year 2015, and $16,710.63 for the second quarter of fiscal year 2015.  Total of all equals $199,655.33.

Commissioner Busching moved to approve claims as presented with a second from Commissioner Stutler.  Motion passed with 3 yes.

Commissioner Busching moved to approve the minutes of the

December 8, 2014 meeting with a second from Commissioner Stutler.  Motion passed with 3yes.

Commissioners signed payroll sheets, claim vouchers, claims being paid from the commissioners’ budget, and minutes of the December 8, 2014 meeting.

With no further business to conduct, Commissioner Busching moved to recess to December 31, 2014 at 2:00 pm in the annex meeting room after the swearing in of newly  elected officials. At this time the 2015 appointments will be made.  Commissioner Stutler seconded and the motion passed with 3 yes. 

DECEMBER 31, 2014—2:00 PM

Commissioner Busching moved to reconvene with a second from Commissioner Stutler.  Motion passed with 3 yes.

Commissioner Busching moved to continue all annual appointments made by the commissioners through 2015.  Commissioner Stutler seconded and the motion passed with 3 yes.

EMA-Mr. Patrick Rose

Mr. Rose requested a signature for the grant for the P25 radio upgrade for compliance. The commissioners signed the grant request.

The appointments of the Health Board that had been made earlier were discussed as there was some question of Statute compliance.  It was decided to continue with the earlier appointments.

With no further business to attend Commissioner Busching moved to adjourn with a second from Commissioner Stutler.  Motion passed with 3 yes.

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