County Commissioners continued to discuss inmate medical expenses
at their regular meeting on Monday, November 29. According to
county attorney Neil Comer, there is a program for indigents,
those without medical insurance, through the welfare department.
Sheriff Tom Grills explained that he knew of the program but
that he believes that inmates are excluded from the program.
"Once a person commits a crime, he/she becomes a ward of
the county," said Sheriff Grills.
The sheriff noted that he will further investigate the program
to see if the county qualifies.
Paula Goodpaster, Ripley County LCC, presented information regarding
the federal ban on synthetic marijuana.
According to Goodpaster, the Drug Enforcement Agency has passed
an emergency law that will make possessing and selling these
chemicals and products containing the chemicals illegal for
at least one year while the matter is further investigated.
In other business, Technology Director Kelly Vollet was appointed
to the Ripley County EcO15 committee. The commissioners unanimously
approved the request to vacate a portion of Base Line Road near
Osgood. This portion of road has been closed for several years,
but needed proper documentation.
All commissioners were in attendance. The next meeting will
be on Monday, December 13 beginning at 7 a.m. at the county
highway garage in Osgood and reconvening at 8 a.m. at the courthouse
annex in Versailles.