Ripley County residents Tim and Mary Waller discussed a situation
regarding excessive noise as well as animals and animal waste
issues at their home on CR 450S at the regular commissioner
meeting on Monday, March 8. According to the Wallers, although
they are on good terms with their neighbors, they would like
these issues resolved.
Tim Waller explained that he was originally told that there
would only be about 13 dairy cows on the neighboring property
owned by Sarah and Levi Stolzfoos. According to Waller, there
has been as many as 50 cows at different times.
Waller also expressed concerns of the animal waste that flows
onto their property during rains. IDEM has been called, according
to Waller, who said they told him that the lagoons on the property
are nearly full and have been closed.
Excessive noise is also an issue for Waller, who is often confined
to the home due to illness. He reported that a generator runs
for several hours during the night as well as a portable sawmill
and heavy equipment.
The commissioners explained that there is no noise ordinance
for the county and they do not have any authority regarding
the animal waste issues. They will look into the situation to
determine if there is anything else they can do for the Wallers.
USI Consultants, bridge inspectors from Indianapolis, presented
information on services available. USI has worked in almost
20 counties across the state and has been in business for about
The company employs engineers, land surveyors as well as certified
divers that inspect those foundations that are under water.
Software utilized by USI allows for immediate updates while
in the field as well as the ability to address issues immediately.
The commissioners unanimously approved to allow Midwestern Engineers
to contact IDEM and the county health department regarding monitoring
wells located on county property. A space analysis study will
be completed to determine the size required for an annex. The
commissioners will determine whether to purchase an existing
structure or build a new building after learning the results
of the testing.
In other business:
The commissioners approved the cost of batteries for
the panic buttons.
Sherry Cunningham was unanimously re-appointed to the
Osgood Public Library Board.
All commissioners were in attendance along with county auditor
Bill Wagner and county attorney Neil Comer to advise. The next
meeting will be on Monday, March 22 beginning at 7 a.m. at the
Ripley County Highway Garage in Osgood and reconvening at 8
a.m. at the courthouse annex in Versailles.