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

608 Clearview Lane

Versailles, IN  47042

812-689-7119

 

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 6,2014

Monday, July 21, 2014
Friday, January 20, 2014 Monday, August 4, 2014
Monday, February 3, 2014 Monday, August 18, 2014
Monday, February 17, 2014 Friday, August 29, 2014
Monday, March 3, 2014 Monday, September 15, 2014
Monday, March 17, 2014 Monday, September 29, 2014
Monday, March 31, 2014 Friday, October 10, 2014
Monday, April  14, 2014 Monday, October 27, 2014
Monday, April 28, 2014 Monday, November 10, 2014
Monday, May 12, 2014 Monday, November 24, 2014
Friday, May 23, 2014 Monday, December 8, 2014
Monday, June 9, 2014 Monday, December 22, 2014
Monday, June 23, 2014 Monday, January 5, 2015
Monday, July 7, 2014  

Commissioner's Meeting Minutes

Minutes prepared by Bill Wager, Ripley County Auditor 

Commissioners meeting opened promptly at 7:00AM on Monday, December 23, 2013 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 2014 bids were reviewed and action taken as listed below:

1)    Culverts and various products:  Commissioner Busching moved to accept the bids from CivilCon and CPI with a second from Commissioner Stutler.  Motion passed unanimously.

2)    Bridge Packages:  Commissioner Busching moved to accept the bid from E & H Bridge with a second from Commissioner Stutler.  Motion passed unanimously.

3)    Hot Mix Laid:  Commissioner Busching moved to accept the bids from Dave O’Mara, Paul Rohe, and Globe for their fixed and escalating and de-escalating pricing from the closest location to the job.  Commissioner Stutler seconded and the motion passed unanimously.

4)    Cold Mix:  Commissioner Busching moved to accept the bids from Dave O’Mara, Paul Rohe, Globe, and US Aggregates for their pricing and from the closest location to the job.  Commissioner Stutler seconded and the motion passed unanimously.

5)    Stone ( pothole patcher):  Commissioner Busching moved to accept the bids from
US Aggregates and Hansen Aggregates hauling from the closest location.  Commissioner Stutler seconded and the motion passed unanimously.

6)    Stone:  Commissioner Busching moved to accept the bids from Hansen Aggregates and New Point Stone (Napoleon and New Point location) and hauling from the closest location.  Commissioner Stutler seconded and the motion passed unanimously.

7)    Concrete:  Commissioner Busching moved to accept the bids from Roman Nobbe and Holman and hauling from the closest location.  Commissioner Stutler seconded and the motion passed unanimously.

Commissioner Reiners reported that Foreman Kissell had provided the information for the stainless steel truck beds and the grant request with Rising Sun Regional Foundation was being prepared for submission.

Bridge #112 is progressing well and has been set.  It is yet to open to traffic.

Superintendent Heaton discussed the request from Napoleon Water Company for the County to pay for damage to a water line while Bridge #112 was being constructed.  The commissioners discussed that the water line had been marked by Napoleon Water Company incorrectly.  Total cost to repair the line was $4500.00 with the request to the county to pay $2250.00.

Commissioner Stutler moved to reject the request since Napoleon Water Company had marked the line incorrectly.  Commissioner Bushcing seconded and the motion passed unanimously.

Superintendent Heaton also discussed the amount of cinders and salt used during the snow and ice storm.  He stated that all of 2014 funds had been contracted and if additional storms occurred the supply will be used to critical levels.  The commissioners instructed him to have an additional or transfer prepared for the January Council meeting.

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 moved 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.

Maintenance-Mr. Johnnie Lohrum 8:22:40

Mr. Lohrum advised he had nothing to report except the cooling system for the server room had been repaired.

EMA—Mr. Patrick Rose 8:25:30

Mr. Rose presented the Ripley County L.E.P.C. Chemical Emergency Response Plan to the commissioners for their signature.  Commissioner Busching moved to approve with a second from Commissioner Stutler.  Motion passed unanimously.

Also severe weather and surveillance signs had been received and would be installed.

Technology—Ms. Kelly Vollet 8:34:00

Ms. Vollet advised the commissioners the server room cooling had been repaired but the alarms from the heating and cooling system was a different problem and Open Control Systems would be checking it in 2014. 

Auditor Wagner reminded the commissioners the final escrow payment to Open Control Systems was still being held.  The commissioners instructed Auditor Wagner to contact Open Control Systems the funds would be held until the alarm problem was fixed.

Planning—Mr. Tad Brinson 8:37:30

Mr. Brinson advised the commissioners of an appointment needed to the Planning Commission.  He recommended Ms. Kay Hunger be re-appointed.  Commissioner Busching moved to approve Ms. Kay Hunger with a second from Commissioner Stutler. Motion passed unanimously.

Health Department:  Ms. Holley Rose

Ms. Rose presented the choice of the Health Board for the part time EHS Specialist, Mr. Jason Bischoff, for their consideration.  The commissioners advised they would review and take action at a later meeting.  They were given a narrowed down list of those who had been interviewed and the questions asked each candidate.

Sheriff Department:  Sheriff Grills

This is a permanent time slot for the Sheriff Department to discuss any issues with the commissioners.  No one was present from the Sheriff Department for this meeting.

The issue of the Chief Deputy was discussed.  Auditor Wagner explained he had contacted State Board of Accounts for their position on the situation.  They had informed him by phone that without some statute to the contrary and some possible direction from the Sheriff Merit Board the Ripley County Handbook was the only directive.  They would not consider it a problem during an audit that the Ripley County Handbook directive was followed.  The directive found on page 59 of the Ripley County Handbook states “Any employee found guilty of a felony will be subject to immediate dismissal.  An employee charged with a felony or found participating in felonious activity either during work hours or while off duty will be subject to an unpaid leave of absence from work until a court of law establishes innocence or guilt.”

Attorney Ertel stated that he felt the statutes regarding the Sheriff Merit Board did not pertain to the employee after the charges were made but more for the period leading up to charges being filed. Without any direction from the Merit Board and any statutes to the contrary, he advised to follow the Ripley County Handbook. 

The commissioners requested Auditor Wagner contact the Sheriff or a representative from the Department attend the meeting to answer questions.  Auditor Wagner contacted the Sheriff Department.  The reply from the Sheriff, relayed by office personnel, was that an acting Chief Deputy had not been named and one was not required. 

Commissioner Busching then moved to place Chief Deputy Pippin on an unpaid leave of absence, the county portion of the health insurance cost to continue to be paid, and allowing his accrued comp time and vacation time be used.  Any accrued sick time could also be claimed if Chief Deputy Pippin was receiving medical treatment/rehabilitation verified through a rehabilitation center or doctor. 

Commissioner Stutler seconded and the motion passed unanimously.  Auditor Wagner was instructed to notify Chief Deputy Pippin.

9:15:35  A short recess was taken.

EMS—

A call was relayed through the EMS department that the rescue units were not going to be present for the meeting and to be removed from the agenda.

Mr. Jim Corbin, Ripley County EMS Director, was present.  He was asked if the prior EMS Director had informed any of the rescue units that they were required to go to full time personnel.  He stated that the only statement made was that if the rescue units continued to miss their calls their funds would be withheld. 

He provided information on his county budget that showed that the rescue units shared in $178,500.00 that came from his budget for 2013.  They will share the same amount for 2014.  However, the total county operating budget for 2014 had been reduced by $24,317.00 by the County EMS Unit being operated more efficiently.

A letter from SIRPC, Southeastern Indiana Regional Planning Commission, was received requesting the commissioners appoint their representative for 2014.  Commissioner Busching moved to appoint Commissioner Reiners to the SIRPC Board for 2014.  Commissioner Stutler seconded and the motion passed with 2 yes and Commissioner Reiners abstaining.

Commissioner Busching moved to approve the minutes of the December 9, 2103 meeting as presented with a second from Commissioner Stutler.  Motion passed unanimously.

Commissioner Busching also moved to approve the claims as presented with a second from Commissioner Stutler.  Motion passed unanimously.

The commissioners signed payroll sheets, claim vouchers, claims being paid from the Commissioners’ budget, and the minutes of the December 9, 2013 meeting.

2014 Appointments:

Highway:

Commissioner Busching moved to appoint the following;

1)     Highway Superintendent—Mr. Owen Heaton

2)    Garage Foreman—Mr. Pat Kissell

3)    District 1 Foreman—Mr. Steve Schonegg

4)    District 2 Foreman—Mr. Bob DeBurger

5)     District 3 Foreman—Mr. Ray Toops

6)    Bookkeeper—Ms. Jennifer Meyer

Commissioner Stutler seconded and the motion passed unanimously.

Maintenance and Custodial:

Commissioner Busching moved to appoint the following:

1)    Maintenance—Mr. Johnnie Lohrum

2)    Annex—Mr. Tim Agape

3)    Courthouse—Ms. Becky Mullins

Commissioner Stutler seconded and the motion passed unanimously.

Technology:

Commissioner Busching moved to appoint the following:

1)    Coordinator—Ms. Kelly Vollet

2)    Technology Assistant—Ms. Becky Cairns

Commissioner Stutler seconded and the motion passed unanimously.

County Attorney:

Commissioner Busching moved to appoint Mr. John Ertel.  Commissioner Stutler seconded and the motion passed unanimously.

Planning Commission:

Commissioner Busching moved to appoint the following:

1)    Executive Director—Mr. Tad Brinson

2)    Building Inspector—Mr. Dwight Bauman

3)    Office Manager—Ms. Nancy Curry

Commissioner Stutler seconded and the motion passed unanimously.

E911:

Commissioner Busching moved to appoint Ms. Judy Schebler as Director with a second from Commissioner Stutler.  Motion passed unanimously.

EMS

Commissioner Busching moved to appoint Mr. Jim Corbin as Director with a second from Commissioner Stutler.  Motion passed unanimously.

Veterans Service Officer:

Commissioner Busching moved to appoint Mr. Ken Hylton With a second from Commissioner Stutler.  Motion passed unanimously.

EMA:

Commissioner Busching moved to appoint Mr. Patrick Rose with a second from Commissioner Stutler.  Motion passed unanimously.

With no further business to attend to the motion was made by Commissioner Busching to adjourn.  Commissioner Stutler seconded and the motion passed unanimously.

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