student recognized at commissioners' mtg.
Beth Rumsey, Staff Writer
Meredith Struewing, a third grade Sunman Elementary
student, was recognized for receiving first place in the Association
of Indiana Counties essay contest at the regular commissioner
meeting on Monday, May 5. Struewings essay contest was titled,
How my county protects its children, competed with
more than 200 other students in the southeastern district. Struewing
received $50 and a trophy, as well as the opportunity to read
her essay at the AIC conference.
An excerpt from the essay that Struewing wrote, Many different
businesses help to keep us safe. The police make sure we stay
away from drugs and other dangerous things. They keep us safe
by keeping criminals off the streets. They keep an eye on us whenever
we get too close to the road or do dangerous things. They use
their time and efforts to protect our family from harm.
Commissioner President Robert Reiners told Struewing, We
are extremely proud of you. Struewing is the daughter of
Lori Wiedeman and William Struewing, both of Sunman.
Area Planning Executive Director Tad Brinson updated the commissioners
on the dumping situation at Dabney. He said the thirty day time
limit for the clean up of the property in Dabney where illegal
dumping has been going on is up this Friday, May 9. According
to Brinson, a letter was sent to the property owners asking them
to cease and desist dumping and to begin the clean
up process. He told the commissioners that not only has there
not been any clean up efforts made, but there was also evidence
of additional dumping.
Commissioner Chuck Folz requested an update on a mobile home at
Pierceville that has apparently been abandoned and burned out.
He is concerned that the mobile home has become a nuisance. He
indicated that someone has come forward to aid in the removal
of the mobile home at no cost to the county. Attorney Neil Comer
pointed out that the mobile home is on private property, and whoever
removes it needs the owners permission.
Brinson reminded the commissioners that attempts have been made
to find the owner of the mobile home, including a photo published
in the local newspapers requesting those who knew any information
concerning it to contact Brinson. He said letters have been sent
to who he believed were the owners of the property, a holding
company in New York, with no response. But, according to Ripley
County Auditor, Mary Ann McCoy, Roy Lewis currently owns the property,
as the deed has not been transferred since it was purchased at
a sheriffs sale.
Brinson agreed to continue his investigation into the owner of
the trailer. County Attorney Neil Comer believes the trailer to
be abandoned, and advised the commissioners to look for the property
owner and request permission to remove it.
Technology Director Kelly Vollet reported that the first phase
of the online auction was a success. Fourteen of the 16 items
offered were sold, making $344. She also told the commissioners
that they made a wonderful decision putting in the PA system.
According to Vollet, Design Sound in Greensburg installed the
In other business:
An auction will be held at the Ripley County Highway Garage
in Osgood on Friday, May 9 beginning at 3:30 p.m.
Courthouse maintenance Johnnie Lohrum reported the installation
of the carpet on the third floor of the courthouse is nearly complete.
He also received permission to refinish and repair the benches
in the lobby.
The commissioners were advised by Comer to advertise bids
concerning the bridge #89 repair project.
The commissioners unanimously agreed to allow the state
of Indiana to use the county frequencies during emergencies.
The next commissioner meeting will be held on Monday, May 19 at
8:00 a.m. in the commissioner meeting room in the courthouse annex.
BETH RUMSEY PHOTO
Standing from left are: William Struewing, his daughter
Meredith, who received first place in the Association of
Indiana Counties essay contest, her grandmother, Roberta
Struewing, and County Auditor Mary Ann McCoy. Seated are
Commissioners Chuck Folz, Robert Reiners, and Lawrence Nickell.
Meredith was honored at the regular meeting of the commissioners
on Monday, May 5..