control officer requested
Geneen Ostendorf appeared before the Ripley County Commissioners
to repeat her request for the commissioners to consider employing
an Animal Control Officer at the regular meeting on Monday, March
22. Ostendorf had previously appeared at the February 8 meeting
making a similar request as well as pointing out the need for
rabies prevention education and requesting information on the
duties of the county dog warden.
According to Ostendorf, she represents a group of citizens concerned
about animal welfare in the county. She has been a volunteer for
several animal rights organizations including PAAIN and the Ripley
County Humane Society.
The need for rabies control measures was reiterated by Ostendorf
as well as a request for proof of any existing county animal welfare
ordinances. As well, she presented a petition requesting the replacement
of the county dog warden.
According to Ostendorf, she has received several complaints about
the current dog warden. Commissioner President Robert Reiners
noted that without any documentation the complaints are hearsay.
Reiners explained that the commissioners will take the matter
under consideration and research the animal welfare ordinances
as per Ostendorfs request. Ostendorf was requested to attend
the April 19 meeting where the commissioners will address the
concerns presented. The dog warden will be requested to attend
as well, according to Reiners.
Barry Lauber, Ripley County Redevelopment Commission, requested
support for a possible new business with plans to be established
in the Versailles Industrial Park. According to Lauber, support
from the county council was requested and granted at the council
meeting on March 15.
Lauber requested $120,000 contingent on the company coming to
the county and breaking ground. The motion to grant the request
of the RCRC for $120,000 towards the funding for the project in
the industrial park was unanimously approved.
In other business:
The request of County Recorder Ginger Bradford for additional
shelving for storage was unanimously approved.
Ripley County Parks Director Julie Brancamp reminded the
commissioners of the upcoming tree planting event on April 24.
National Day of Prayer event sponsored by the South Ripley
Ministerial Association will be held on Thursday, May 6 from 12:15p.m.
to 12:45 p.m. on the courthouse square.
All commissioners were in attendance along with John Ertel, substituting
for county attorney Neil Comer, to advise and county auditor Bill
Wagner. The next meeting will be on Monday, April 5 beginning
at 7 am at the Ripley County Highway Garage in Osgood and reconvening
at 8 am at the courthouse annex.