RIPLEY COUNTY COUNCIL

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District 2

Dephane Smith, President

5796 E Co Rd 475 N

Milan, IN 47031

812-654-2619

 

District 1

Juanita (Dee Dee) Kaiser

418 Pleasant View Lane

Batesville, IN  47006

812-934-4899

 

At Large

Brenda Wetzler

413 E Fairground Ave

Osgood, IN  47037

 

At Large

Mark Horstman

13825 N Co Rd 775 E

Sunman, IN  47041

District 3

Bill McDonald, President Pro Tem

5756 W Fairground Rd

Osgood, IN  47037

812-689-6699

 

District 4

Edward L. Armbrecht

1784 E County Rd 800 S

Versailles, IN  47042

812-667-5690

 

At Large

Bill Warren

645 Columbia Avenue

Osgood, IN  47037

812-689-4427

2013 Meeting Schedule

Meetings begin at 7:00pm in the Commissioner's meeting room located in  the Annex Building

Tuesday, January 22

Tuesday, February 19
Monday, March 18
Monday, April 15
Monday, May 20
Monday, June 17
Monday, July 15
Monday, August 19
Budget Hearings TBA
Monday, September 16
Monday, October 21
Monday, November 18
Monday, December 16

 

Council Meeting Minutes

The Ripley County Council met on Monday, March 18, 2013 at the Ripley County Annex in Versailles, Indiana.

Council President Ms. Dephane Smith opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegience to the flag.  Council Members Dephane Smith, Bill McDonald, Ed Armbrecht, Juanita Kaiser, Bill Warren,and Mark Horstman were in attendance.   Council Member Wetzler was absent.  Also in attendance were Attorney Ertel and Auditor Wagner.

Approval of minutes from December 17, 2012:

Council Member McDonald moved to approve the December 17, 2012 minutes with a second from Council Member Kaiser.  The motion passed with 5 yes.  Council Member Horstman abstained as he was not on the Council in December.

Approval of the minutes from the February 19, 2013 meeting:

Council Member McDonald moved to approve the minutes with a second from Council Member Armbrecht.  The motion passed with 5 yes.  Council Member Warren abstained as he was absent for that meeting.

TRANSFERS:  Council Approval Needed

EMS

$1500.00 FROM #1151.35800.000.0055 Vehicle Maintenance TO #1151.25300.000.0055 Office Supplies

Needed a fund created to pay for office supplies-was missed during budget

Council Member Armbrecht moved to approve the request with a second from Council Member Warren.  The motion passed with 6 yes.

ADDITIONAL APPROPRIATIONS:

Highway:

$44,362.99 FROM #1135.32620.000.0033 Bridge Fund Re-inspection.

This request was withdrawn as funds had been received from the State of Indiana reimbursing for the inspections.

$200,000.00 FROM #1176.32520.000.0026 Highway General Bituminous

For liquid bituminous to chip and seal roads in each district.

$100,000.00 FROM #1176.32490.000.0026 Highway General Stone

For stone to chip and seal roads in each district.

Council Member Horstman moved to approve the request with a second from Council Member Warren.  The motion passed with 6 yes.

Commissioners:

$1400.00 FROM #1001.32327.000.0018 County General

Funds for county match to the victim assistance

$1175.00 FROM #1001.19100.000.0018 County General

Funds to cover the shortage for the 2013 renewal of workers’ comp.

Council Member Armbrecht moved to approve the request with a second from Council Member Warren.  The motion passed with 6 yes.

OLD BUSINESS:

Mr. Tony Schneider –Health Department- requested approval from the Council to use funds from the Health Maintenance Fund to purchase software to track septic systems.  Cost of the software would be $6400.00.  Council Member Horstman moved to approve the request with a second from Council Member McDonald.  The motion passed with 6 yes.

NEW BUSINESS:

Auditor Wagner advised the Council that sometime around 2007 funds had not been withheld from employees’ paychecks or had been withheld and deposited to the wrong account.  This has caused a shortage in the AFLAC account of $400.00.  Treasurer Amy Copeland had requested the funds be transferred from County General to fix this problem. 

Council Member Armbrecht moved to approve this request with a second from Council Member Kaiser.  The motion passed with 5 yes.  Council Member McDonald abstained.

Ms. Paula Goodpaster spoke and explained she was applying for a Federal Grand for LCC and needed a sponsor and fiscal agent.  She had spoken with the commissioners and they told her to obtain the approval of the Council before they signed the paperwork to be the fiscal agent. She stated the grand would be for $125,000.00 per year and matching funds needed could be in the form of donations, donated labor, donated office space, and similar items.  Other counties that have used the grant included Dearborn, Decatur, and Franklin.

Council Member Armbrecht moved to approve with a second from Council Member Horstman.  The motion passed with 6 yes.

Council appointment for Vernon Forks Water District Board was discussed.  Current appointment is Mr. Jeff Meinders and Council Member Horstman moved to re-appoint Mr. Meinders to the Board for a new term ending December 31, 2015.  Council Member Warren seconded and the motion passed with 6 yes.

OTHER INFORMATION:

Mr. Jim Corbin introduced himself to the Council as the new EMS Director.

Commissioner Stutler advised the Council the courthouse renovation is close to being completed.  An auction for county surplus items will be held April 10, 2013 at the Ripley County Fairgrounds.

Council Member Armbrecht spoke on the EDIT funds being received from Ripley County by the Solid Waste District.  He expressed the need to consider stopping these funds as Ripley County is paying the largest portion of any county in the district.  He requested the Finance Committee meet with Solid Waste and discus this for the 2014 budget.

Council President Smith advised a new Finance Committee member was needed with Mr. Donald Dunbar no longer on the Council.  She had asked Council Member to serve and he has accepted.  There was no objection from the Council.  Finance Committee members are now Council Members Smith, Armbrecht, and McDonald.

PUBLIC COMMENT: NONE

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT:  Mr. Jeff Volz—Absent

TECHNOLOGY COMMITTEE: Edward Armbrecht--None

E911 ADVISORY BOARD:  Ms. Juanita Kaiser—None

SEI REGIONAL PLANNING COMM.—Ms. Juanita Kaiser—Ms. Kaiser advised Shelby County had joined the region.

GRANTS COMMITTEE –Ms. Dephane Smith—None

SOUTHEAST INDIANA RECYCLING—Mr. Bill McDonald—Mr. McDonald advised they were working on the budget          

EMS ADVISORY COMMITTEE—Mr. Bill McDonald—None

With no further business to come before the Council a motion was made by Council Member McDonald to adjourn.  A second was made by Council Member Horstman and the motion passed with 6 yes.

 

Unofficial Minutes prepared by Bill Wagner, Ripley County Auditor

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