initiates burn ban
The Ripley County Commissioners issued a burn
ban for all of Ripley County at the regular meeting on Monday,
October 4. An exception was made for the Versailles State Park
due to the lateness of the year and safety measures already in
According to the proclamation signed by the commissioners the
following activities are prohibited effective immediately:
Campfire and other recreational fires.
Open burning of any kind using conventional fuel such as
wood or other combustible matter with the exception of grills
fueled by charcoal or propane.
The burning of debris such as timber or vegetation including
debris from building construction.
The use of burn barrels for any open burning at residential
Further information on the burn ban can be found on the county
website at: www.ripleycounty.com.
Brad Samples from MainSource Insurance explained the increase
in premiums for the employee health insurance. According to Samples,
there was an increase in participation in both health insurance
and dental insurance.
Currently, the county pays a flat rate of 83% for the employee
health insurance according to Samples. He noted that he has been
working with Humana in order to lower the premiums to the quoted
price. He will continue to work with the county auditor to resolve
In other business, John Ertel presented the findings regarding
the drainage issue filed by Margaret Lamb. The motion to accept
the findings was unanimously approved. The next step will be to
contact the neighbor named in the complaint regarding cleanup
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, October 18 beginning at 7 a.m. at the
Ripley County Garage in Osgood and reconvening at 8 a.m. at the
courthouse annex in Versailles.