How some of the clerks money would be spent and how the
sheriff would be paid were items the Ripley County Council dealt
with at their November meeting that lasted nearly two hours.
A request at the beginning of the meeting from Mary Ann McCoy,
clerk, prompted a half hour discussion, a vote, a motion to
rescind a previous motion and finally with a four to three vote,
the clerks request was granted.
McCoy asked to appropriate $3,000 from Clerical to the Perpetuation
fund; and $611 from Social Security to the Perpetuation fund.
The monies would be used from the Perpetuation fund to pay the
salary for someone to file and scan in the clerks office
until the end of the year.
Much discussion ensued as McCoy explained why she needed the
help and Council member Ed Armbrecht questioned what she would
do next year when the money was gone.
The first vote was three for the appropriation request and four
against - Bill Dramann, Ed Armbrecht, Dave Simon and Donald
That will not work, McCoy told the council as she
asked them to please reconsider their votes.
Employees from McCoys office were present to explain how
the process works and give reasons why they need the additional
help. Kelly Vollet, technology director for the county, cited
the Madison courthouse fire and said scanning was not just a
convenience, but a digital back up that is kept in three separate
Armbrecht told McCoy You are an elected official...its
your job to get it done. He told her if it took her 12
hours a day, she would be responsible to get the work done in
the office she was elected to.
In the end, Dunbar reconsidered his vote with the notation,
this was only until the end of the year.
Recently, re-elected Sheriff Tom Grills came before the council
with two items.
First, he explained that the Friendship State Bank no longer
had a trust department and the sheriffs office retirement
fund would need to be changed. He said Morgan Stanley had over
60% of the sheriffs offices in the state. The council
voted unanimously to go with this company.
Then the sheriff asked that his salary be paid under the 2.8
law, which he described as state minimum. He said, I think
Im deserving of the 2.8", which would bring his salary
to $75,388 plus 10% of the tax warrants collected.
Again there was considerable discussion about the amount he
was requesting, considering previous sheriffs salaries.
Armbrecht noted Grills received a 36% increase when he took
Four years ago Grills agreed to only draw his salary and not
the tax warrant money. Now he wants both. He said the dangers
of his job and considering his now four-years experience as
sheriff, he believes he should have the request granted.
The council opted to further research their options and have
an executive meeting one hour before their regular meeting on
December 13. (Note: this is a change from the regular meeting
of the third Monday of the month for December).
The salary ordinance for all county employees with the exception
of the sheriffs salary, was approved unanimously.