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RIPLEY COUNTY COUNCIL MEMBERS

 

DEPHANE SMITH , PRESIDENT

5796 E. CO. RD. 475 N.

MILAN, IN 47031

(812) 654-2619

 

DONALD DUNBAR

829 E. BEECH

P.O. BOX 122

OSGOOD, IN 47037

(812) 689-4406

 

 

MARK BUSCHING

608 CLEARVIEW LANE

VERSAILLES, IN  47042

(812) 689-7119

 

 

BEN PEETZ

9570 N. COUNTY RD. 250 W

BATESVILLE, IN  47006

(812) 852-4573

 

JUANITA (DEE DEE) KAISER

418 PLEASANT VIEW LANE

BATESVILLE, IN 47006

(812) 934-4899

 

DAVID C. SIMON

5127 W. COUNTY RD. 500 N.

OSGOOD, IN 47037

(812) 689-5226

 

EDWARD L. ARMBRECHT

1784 E. COUNTY RD. 800 S.

VERSAILLES, IN 47042

(812) 667-5690

 

2008 Council meeting schedule

Meetings begin at 7:00 pm in Commissioner's room in Annex building

TUESDAY JANUARY 22, 2008

TUESDAY FEBRUARY 19, 2008

MONDAY MARCH 17, 2008

MONDAY APRIL 21, 2008

MONDAY MAY 19, 2008

MONDAY JUNE 16, 2008

MONDAY JULY 21, 2008

MONDAY AUGUST 18, 2008

MONDAY SEPTEMBER 15, 2008

MONDAY OCTOBER 20, 2008

MONDAY NOVEMBER 17, 2008

MONDAY DECEMBER 15, 2008

 

Unapproved Council Meeting Minutes for October 29, 30, 31, 2008

 

September 29, 30, 31, 2008

 

The Ripley County Council met on Wednesday, Thursday & Friday, October 29th, 30th & 31st 2008 at the Ripley County Annex in Versailles, Indiana.

Dephane Smith, Council President called the meeting to order promptly at 7:30AM with the pledge allegiance with Council Members Dephane Smith, Juanita Kaiser, Ed Armbrecht, Ben Peetz, Donald Dunbar and David Simon were in attendance. Mark Busching was unable to attend on Wednesday, October 29th, 2008.

Mary Ann McCoy, Ripley County Auditor took minutes for the Council.

Council President asked if there were any questions or comments from the public and advised that the budget meetings were open to the public.

Dave Osborn, Extension Agent & Lu Ann Menchoffer presented budget request totaling $89,284. Council Members approved the budget as presented. This is an increase of 3.09%.

Bill Neal, Park & Recreation presented budget request totaling $135,510. Council Members approved the budget as presented. This is an increase of 18.17%.

Tom Grills, Sheriff of Ripley County presented Sheriff’s budget request totaling $723,572. Council Members approved the budget at $627,569. This is an increase of 10.29% for Sheriff’s budget. Grills presented Jail budget request totaling $949,194. Council Members approved the Jail budget at $930,625. This is an increase 10.63%. Grills also presented the County Misdemeanant Fund budget request totaling $26,145. This is a new budget for 2009 and was approved as presented. Grills also presented the Home Incarceration/Work Release Fund budget request totaling $125,000. This is a new budget for 2009 and was approved as presented.

Carl Taul, Circuit Court Judge presented Circuit Court budget request totaling $256,750. Council Members approved the budget as presented. This is an increase of 2.66%. Taul presented Gal Casa budget request totaling $15,000. This is a new budget for 2009 and approved as presented.

James Morris, Superior Court Judge presented budget request totaling $223,912. Council Members approved budget as presented. This is an increase of 1.95%. Morris advised that he would like to have his third deputy brought up to an first deputy pay in 2010.

Shannon Schmaltz, Chief Probation Office presented budget request totaling $211,402 Probation (County General). Council Members approved as presented with an increase of 5.18%. Adult Probation $122,780 10.84% decrease, Juvenile Probation $4,000 33.33% increase, Juvenile Detention $6,000 27.27% decrease, Substance Abuse $6,000 50.00% decease,  Administrative Fees $44,464 129.95% increase and Probation Court Ordered Testing $5,000 (new budget). Council Members approved the above budgets.

Ric Hertel, Prosecutor Ripley County presented budget request totaling $154,096 for Prosecutor (County General). This is a 1.86% increase. Child Support (County General) $99,077 2.25% increase, Victim Assistance Grant $60,639 11.26% decrease. The above budgets approved as presented. Pre Trial Diversion $92,139 a 4.16% increase. Approved Pre Trial Diversion budget at $89,448 1.12% increase.

John Lohrum, Courthouse Maintenance presented budget request totaling $83,936 for Courthouse. This is an increase of 1.86% increase. Council Member approved as presented.

Tourism Commission presented a budget request totaling $50,000 for Innkeepers Tax. Council Members approved as presented.

Mary Ann McCoy, Auditor Ripley County presented budget request totaling $152,954. This is an increase of 3.75%. Council Members approved as presented.

Ken Kylton, Veteran’s Service Officer presented a budget request totaling $30,146. This is an increase of 1.39%. Council Member approved as presented.

Kelly Vollet, Technology presented a budget request totaling $106,538. This is an increase of 13.96%. Vollet requested that her clerical employee be brought up to a full time deputy. Council Members approved clerical be changed to full time (first) deputy and budget was approved as presented.

Ginger Bradford, Clerk, Ripley County Circuit Court presented budget request totaling $173,597. This is an increase of 3.77%. Clerk’s budget approved at $170,496 a increase of 1.92%. ($4,000 added to budget for training for new office holder) Registration of Voters budget presented at $37,613 at 42.67% decease. Registration of Voters budget approved at $37,110 a 43.44% decrease. County Election Board budget presented at $51,422 a 47.80 % decrease. County Election Board budget approved at $50,952 a 48.28% decrease. Clerk Superior Court budget presented at $57,829 an 3.48% increase. Clerk Superior Court budget approved at $56,856 and 1.74% increase. Clerk Perpetuation Fund budget presented at $6,000 (no increase) and approved as presented.

Ron Buchanan, Coroner Ripley County presented budget request totaling $35,875.  This is an increase of 44.65%. Council Members approved budget as presented.

Wayne Peace, Emergency Management presented budget request totaling $40,564. This is an increase of 4.39%. Council Member approved budget as presented.

Shawna Bushhorn, Assessor of Ripley County presented budget request totaling $108,052. This is an increase of 46.36%. Council Members approved budget at $103,485 a 40.18% increase. Property Reassessment budget presented at $163,724 an increase of 1.37%. Council Members approved Property Reassessment budget at $162,720 an increase of .75%. County Sales Disclosure Fee budget presented at $6,000 (no increase) and approved by Council Members as presented.

Earline Copeland, Treasurer of Ripley County presented budget request totaling $107,707. This is an increase of .94%. Copeland requested that her second deputy be brought up to a first deputy. Council Members denied the request of the second deputy being brought up to a first deputy and approved the budget at $106,048 and increase of .62%.

Tammy Borgman, Recorder of Ripley County presented budget request totaling $107,425. This is an increase of .27%. Council Members approved the budget at $105,759 at a decrease of 1.28%.

Jeff French, Surveyor of Ripley County presented budget request totaling $68,039. This is an increase of 4.07%. Council Member approved as presented. Surveyor Corner Prep. Fund budget request totaling $26,000 (no increase) and was approved by Council Members as presented.

Judy Schebler, E911 presented the Commissioner Communication budget request totaling $152,915. This is an increase of 2.87%. Council Member approved as presented. Schebler also presented the Emergency Telephone budget request totaling $397,309. This is an increase of 4.01%. Schebler requested to go to hourly instead of salary. Council Members approved Schebler’s request and budget as presented.

Pat Thomas, Health Department presented budget request totaling $306,505. This is a increase of 86.69%. This increase is due to combining two budgets together. (Health Department & Nursing Division) Health Maintenance presented a budget request totaling $53,342. No increase same as last year…Local Emergency Planning presented a budget request totaling $15,800. No increase same as last year. Master Tobacco Settlement presented a budget request totaling $24,073. No increase same as last year. Tobacco Grant (Prevention & Cessation Program) presented a budget request totaling $34,664. This is a decrease of 1.62%. Bio-Terrorism Grant presented a budget request totaling $68,695. This is an increase of 10.59%.  Council Members approved budgets as presented.

Council President Smith opened the meeting on Thursday morning at 7:30AM with the Pledge of Allegiance advising that the meeting was open to the public and asked if anyone had questions. All members were present except Mark Bushing and he was able to come at noon on Thursday.

Jeff Minders, Soil & Water Conservation Director presented budget request totaling $62,340. This is an increase of 27.55%. Minders presented a request to increase the District Coordinator and Environmental Conservationist salaries. Council Members approved the salaries at 2% according to the other county employees and approved the budget at $49,852. This is an increase of 2.00%.

Tad Brinson,  Area Planning Commission presented budget request totaling $153,493. This is a decrease of 3.68%. Council Members approved budget as presented.

Scott Huffman, EMS Director presented budget request totaling $403,500 (in Riverboat Gaming Fund). This is an increase of 3.59%. Council Members approved budget as presented. Emergency Medical Service Fund (EMS) presented a budget of $123,110. This is a decrease of 13.35%. Council Members approved as presented.

Robert Reiners, Chuck Folz & Lawrence Nickell, Ripley County Commissioners presented budget request totaling $2,645,433. This is an increase of 8.01%. Council Members approved the budget at $2,514,433 leaving a increase of 2.66%. Beltarra Riverboat Fund budget presented at $315,000. This is a decrease of 41.34%. Council Members approved Beltarra Riverboat budget at $300,000 leaving a decrease of 44.13%. Cum Cap Development Fund budget (includes Tech Coordinator) was presented at $284,181. This is an increase of 19.75%. Council Members approved Cum Cap Development budget as presented. EDIT fund budget was presented at $994,906. This is an increase of 25.32%. Council Members approved the budget at $830,998 leaving an increase 4.67%. Riverboat Gaming Fund budget (includes EMS Director) presented at $458,500. This is a decrease of 4.38%. Council Members approved the budget as presented.

Robert Reiners, Chuck Folz, Lawrence Nickell, Commissioners and Junior Heaton, Highway Superintendent presented Highway Administrative budget request totaling $169,989. This is a decrease of 6.68%. Highway Repairs & Maintenance budget was presented at $742,661. This is a decrease of 38.15%. Highway General budget was presented $1,957,555. This is a decrease of 18.57%. Cum Bridge budget was presented at $545,351. This is a decrease of 1.89%. Local Roads and Streets budget was presented at $293,538. This is a decrease of 2.15%. Budgets cuts were due to the hours being cut at the Highway department and after a long discussion with the Council Members it was decided that the Commissioners would re-look the budgets and make some changes. The changes were as follows. Highway Department Administrative budget $184,754 at an increase of 1.42%. Highway Department Maintenance & Repairs budget $765,790 at a decrease of 36.23%. Highway General budget $1,006,011 at a decrease of 1.46%. Cum Bridge Fund budget $545,351 at a decrease of 1.89%.  (Same) Local Roads & Streets budget $293,538 at a decrease of 2.15 %.( Same) The change had to do with the hours at the Highway changing back to what they were at the beginning of 2008. Council Members will look at these at the next meeting. County General budgets totaled $6,610,214.

Council Members met on Friday, October 31st that morning at 7:30AM with the pledge of allegiance and all members were present. Council Members looked over the budgets (Townships, Libraries, City and Towns) from all these units that had been turned in and decided to have all units come to the next Council Meeting. Council will made a non binding recommendation at that time for all units.

Council Members approved the following units:  Adams, Franklin, Johnson, Shelby, Washington, Holton Civil Town, Milan Civil Town and Versailles Civil Town. Center & Delaware were missing information for the Council to make a recommendation. Council Members suggested that the following units be modified: Brown, Jackson, Laughery, Otter Creek, City of Batesville, Town of Sunman, Town of Osgood, Town of Napoleon, Osgood Public Library and Batesville Public Library. Southeastern Indiana Solid Waste Management will be approved by the Jefferson County.

Council Members discussed having a hearing on the LOIT Tax and decided to set that for November 17th, 2008 at 7:30PM. 

Council Members adjourn until the next meeting on Monday, November 17th, 2008 at 7:00PM at the Ripley County Annex, Versailles, Indiana.

 

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