look at insurance options
County Commissioners considered employee health insurance options
at the regular meeting on Monday, January 25. Edward Culpepper
Cooper, vice-president of Maverick Insurance of Batesville, presented
a wellness program, which could help to reduce the costs associated
with county employee healthcare.
According to Cooper, the wellness program consists of a committee
which works to make small, cultural changes to improve quality
of life. This would include a program to stop smoking; regular
screenings for diabetes, high blood pressure or heart disease;
or encouraging employees to begin an exercise program.
Maverick Insurance serves several counties in Indiana including
Decatur County, the city of Jeffersonville and the city of New
Albany. The commissioners unanimously approved the request to
provide insurance quotes for the county. We appreciate you
allowing us to look at your insurance needs, said Cooper.
Donna Land, Sunman, returned to request assistance with the problem
of an adjoining neighbor creating large piles of dirt against
a fence, which marks the property line. Land first brought the
issue to the attention of the commissioners at the November 2
At that time, the commissioners acting as the drainage board advised
Land to file a complaint in the auditors office in order
for any action to be taken. Since then, the commissioners have
been out to the property as well as had the county garage clean
a portion of a ditch that was causing ponding to occur on Lands
Land presented other issues which cannot be addressed by the commissioners.
She was advised that this was a civil matter. The commissioners
assured Land that an employee from the county garage will return
to inspect the ditch and clean it if needed.
Ripley County Surveyor Jeff French requested support from the
commissioners regarding placing the GIS system online. The cost
for initial setup will be $4500 with the annual maintenance fee
According to French, his office is prepared to pay for the first
years fees. He will need to approach the county council
for permission to include the annual maintenance fee in the budget
for the surveyors office, which will increase the budget
beginning in 2011. The motion to provide support for the project
was unanimously approved.
Acting as the county finance board, the commissioners opened the
finance meeting with county treasurer Earline Copeland. Copeland
reported that several accounts will be closed due to the decrease
in interest rates from various banks.
According to Copeland, most of the investments will be kept in
the Friendship Bank, which provides a higher interest rate in
the checking account. The motion to approve the annual financial
report was unanimously approved.
In other business:
The revised building ordinances and the permit fees were
unanimously approved as presented by Ripley County Area Planning
Director Tad Brinson.
The commissioners approved the purchase of a hydraulic
heater for the courthouse elevator. Also approved was the purchase
of a salt spreader.
The 2010 salary ordinance for the Ripley County Sheriffs
Department was unanimously approved.
All commissioners were in attendance along with county auditor
Bill Wagner and county attorney to advise. The next meeting will
be held on Monday, February 8 beginning at 7 a.m. at the county
garage in Osgood and reconvening at 8 a.m. at the courthouse annex