annex plans presented
The Ripley County Commissioners were presented with additional
schemes for the new courthouse annex at the regular meeting on
Friday, February 18. The commissioners had requested the project
architects draw up plans that included a basement to be used for
According to Gary Turner, LWC, a basement was not feasible due
to soil contamination. Turner noted that the basement option would
require floor drains, perimeter drains and a sump pump that would
remove possibly contaminated water adding more cost to the project
as well as on-going costs to remove the water as per IDEM requirements.
He proposed to utilize the attic space for storage, which could
be assessed by both stair and elevator. There would not be much
of an increase to the project cost, according to Turner. The recommendation
to use the attic space and to begin the first floor at ground
level will be taken to the building committee for discussion.
In other business the commissioners unanimously approved the re-appointment
of Denessa Benkie, Brenda Wetzler and Barry Lauber to the Ripley
County Redevelopment Committee.
Richard Zinz, Versailles Lions Club president, and Jerry Gilpin,
Lions Club member, expressed their concerns regarding parking
during the Pumpkin Show when construction for the annex began.
The commissioners explained that the location of the stage will
stay the same for this year, but could change during construction.
The motion to authorize the auditor to pay recurring bills upon
receipt in order to prevent finance charges was unanimously approved.
County employee Bill McDonald expressed his displeasure with the
current health insurance provider. According to McDonald, he will
present documentation regarding his complaint and will work with
the auditor to resolve those issues.
All commissioners were in attendance. The next commissioner meeting
will be on Monday, February 28 beginning at 7 a.m. at the highway
garage in Osgood and reconvening at 8 a.m. at the courthouse annex