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

Minutes prepared by Bill Wagner, Ripley County Auditor

The Ripley County Council met on Monday, October 21, 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, Brenda Wetzler and Mark Horstman were in attendance.  Council Member Bill Warren was absent.     Also in attendance were Attorney Ertel and Auditor Wagner.

Approval of the minutes from the September 16, 2013 meeting

Council Member Armbrecht moved to approve the minutes as presented with a second from Council Member Horstman.  Motion passed with 6 yes.

TRANSFERS:  Council Approval Needed

Probation:

$1.00  FROM #2052-19100-000-0335 Juvenile Adm. Fees WC TO #2052-13300-000-0335 Juvenile Adm. Fees Insurance

$3.00 FROM #2051-19100-000-0041 Juvenile Probation WC TO #2051-13300-000-0041 Juvenile Probation Insurance.  This makes the insurance account liquid for the year.

Council Member Kaiser moved to approve the request with a second from Council Member Wetzler.  Motion passed with 6 yes.

Surveyor:

$300.00 FROM #1001-25300-000-0008 Office Supplies TO #1001-32301-000-0008 Copy Machine Maintenance Agreement.  More copies are being made due to updates of GIS.

Council Member Horstman moved to approve the request with a second from Council Member McDonald.  Motion passed with 6 yes.

Superior Court:

$1428.56 FROM #1001-14501-000-0022 Assistant Court Reporter TO # 1001-14503-000-0022   This transfer zeros out fund used to pay out employee retiring in 2012.

Council Member Wetzler moved to approve with a second from Council Member Kaiser.  Motion passed with 6 yes.

Coroner:

$1067.03 FROM #1001-34600-000-0010 County General Autopsy TO #1001-35800-000-010 County General Vehicle Maintenance for various repairs to Coroner’s Van.

Council Member Kaiser moved to approve the request with a second from Council Member Armbrecht.  Motion passed with 5 yes and Council Member McDonald abstaining.

Sheriff:

$900.00 FROM # 1110-37900-000-0014 Utilities TO #1110-32355-000-0014 Trash Removal to cover the balance of 2013.

Council Member Kaiser moved to approve the request with a second from Council Member McDonald.  Motion passed with 6 yes.

$2515.00 FROM #4009-37800-000-0000 Sheriff Sales TO #4009-11700-000-0000 Part time clerical to cover the balance of 2013.

Council Member Wetzler moved to approve the request with a second from Council Member Horstman.  Motion passed with 6 yes.

ADDITIONAL APPROPRIATIONS:

Coroner:

$8000.00 TO # 1001-34600-000-0010 Autopsy.  This is due to the high number of autopsies required in 2013.  This should cover the balance of 2013.  This had been tabled at the September 16, 2013 meeting.

Council Member Wetzler mover to approve the request with a second from Council Member Horstman.  Motion passed with 6 yes.

Health Dept:

$133.11 FROM #8119-25355-000-0564 RC Comm. Tobacco Grant to close out the balance of the grant.

Council Member Horstman moved to approve the request with a second from Council Member Kaiser.  Motion passed with 6 yes.

911/Communications:

$20,480.49 FROM #1222-11290-000-0045 Statewide 911 to pay 2 years back pay for holiday pay for the 911/communications center.  Holiday pay had been calculated incorrectly on pay vouchers turned in.

Council Member Wetzler moved to approve the request and payout be made on one payroll check.  Council Member Kaiser seconded and the motion passed with 6 yes.

OLD BUSINESS:

The paperwork for the Sheriff Retirement Fund required by the IRS was presented for signature.  Council President-Ms. Dephane Smith-signed the documents.

Chief Deputy Pippin advised the Council the salary and overtime will be short for the department and he will provide more information at the next meeting.  Also an additional appropriation will be needed for Garage and Motors.

NEW BUSINESS:

Parks:

Ms. Shawna Joseph presented the Council with estimates for building repairs/gutters and deck & ramp at the office building.  She informed them she would be at the next meeting with the surveillance cameras estimate.  She was told the commissioners would be the decision making board.

Treasurer:

Ms. Amy Copeland appeared with a request for an Ordinance to charge $10.00 for Mobile Home Permit to Transfer. 

Council Member McDonald moved to approve with a second from Council Member Kaiser.  Motion passed with 6 yes.

EMA:

Mr. Patrick Rose appeared to request approval to use Plan Update Funds to hire an independent contractor to oversee the press releases.

Council Member Wetzler moved to approve the request with a second from Council Member Horstman.  Motion passed with 6 yes.

Council Member Armbrecht moved to open the Budget Adoption with a second from Council Member Horstman.  Motion passed with 5 yes and 1 no (Council Member McDonald)

Council Member McDonald then moved from the Council table to the podium to make a statement.  In it he stated he was excusing himself from the meeting as the budget vote affected him personally from his position as Jail Commander.  Also he felt since these issues were not addressed the budget was not credible and should not be voted upon.  At that time he stated he would not remain for the balance of the meeting and exited the room. (approximately 8:11:52 pm of meeting recording) Council Member McDonald’s statement is as follows:

Fellow Council Members:

I will excuse myself from the balance of this meeting, as you will be voting on the County Budget, which contains provisions, which affect my employment as Jail Commander of the Ripley County Jail.

This budget fails to address many of the safety, security, and personnel issues of the jail operation that are required to comply with the Indiana Jail Standards, that the Sheriff has requested in his Budget.  Since this Council failed to address those issues with the Sheriff or his designees prior to the adoption of this budget, I cannot in good conscience vote on a budget that may have a very negative impact on the potential liability of the county along with the safety and security of the jail staff and jail.

I do not support a vote on this budget as I do not support the failed process that produced it.  I respect all the hard work each of us spent for the 3 ½ days to produce this budget, however when we failed to address these issues, we failed to produce a creditable budget.

I therefore shall not remain for the balance of this meeting.

Thank you….Good Night.”

Council President Smith then asked the audience if there were any statements, questions, or comments.  Commissioner Reiners spoke and stated that it had been previously decided by the Finance Committee that no new hires would take place for 2014.  The exception to this was a part time position in the Health Department.  Council Member Armbrecht stated that a wage committee had been established many months prior to this budget and had not met more than a couple times and had never presented any findings or recommendations to consider.

With no further discussion Council Member Armbrecht moved to adopt the 2014 budget as presented with a second from Council Member Horstman.  Motion passed with 5 yes.  Council Member Warren and McDonald was absent for this vote.

The Council then signed the Ordinance or Resolution for Appropriations and Tax Rate for Southeastern Indiana Solid Waste Mgt. (2013-11) and Ripley County (2013-12).

Council member Wetzler then moved to close the budget adoption with a second from Council Member Kaiser.  Motion passed with 5 yes.

OTHER INFORMATION:

None

PUBLIC COMMENT:

None

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT:  Mr. Jeff Volz—Absent

TECHNOLOGY COMMITTEE: Edward Armbrecht—The request for computers for the Jail and Sheriff had been recommended to the commissioners.

E911 ADVISORY BOARD:  Ms. Juanita Kaiser—None

SEI REGIONAL PLANNING COMM.—Ms. Juanita Kaiser—None

GRANTS COMMITTEE –Commissioner Reiners advised the large document printer request was successful for $14,950.00.

SOUTHEAST INDIANA RECYCLING—Mr. Bill McDonald—None  

EMS ADVISORY COMMITTEE—Mr. Bill McDonald—None

With no further business to come before the Council a motion was made by Council Member Wetzler to adjourn.  A second was made by Council Member Horstman and the motion passed with 5 yes.  Council Member Warren and McDonald was absent for this vote.

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