hear drainage issue; agree to help with repairs to the courthouse
A full agenda was awaiting the Ripley County Commissioners
at the regular meeting on Monday, March 7.
Garry Wright of Holton, requested assistance with a drainage issue.
According to Wright, the pond on his property has been damaged
by water draining from US 50 into his pond. Wright explained that
debris and chemicals have been deposited into his pond killing
Wright has made repairs to the pond to prevent further flooding,
which has not helped control the flooding. He explained that he
was on a fact-finding mission to learn what options he may have
to resolve the situation.
County attorney John Ertel explained that Wrights situation
is not under the commissioners jurisdiction. He advised
Wright to speak to the Holton Town Board regarding the situation
and to seek the advice of a lawyer familiar with drainage issues.
Tony Wood, Osgood Wastewater supervisor, presented an estimate
for the installation of a sewer connection at the recycle center.
The estimate is not to exceed $65,000, but Wood feels that the
actual cost could be much lower.
According to Wood, the town will maintain the extension except
for the pump with all repair costs the responsibility of the county.
Commissioner President Rob Reiners explained that the solid waste
district will help to off-set a portion of the costs and that
the information will be presented at the next solid waste board
meeting before a decision will be made.
The commissioners agreed to sign the notice to proceed, which
will start the engineering portion of the project at a cost of
Sherri Hinds and Greg Wendling, USI Consultants, explained the
new federal mandate for road signs. According to Wendling, regulations
require an inventory of signs, location, and that they meet the
He explained that there are grants available to fund the project.
USI offered to submit the application for the county. The motion
to allow USI to submit the grant application on the countys
behalf was unanimously approved.
In other business:
The commissioners unanimously approved to sign the contract
for Rescue 10, Batesville.
The status reports on grants presented to the Osgood Public
Library, Hoosier Hills Regional Water District, and New Marion
VFD were approved.
The county agreed to repair the wood supporting the clock
at the courthouse. The Town of Versailles will pay $3300 and the
county will pay the remaining $4489. Any repairs thereafter will
be split by both entities.
All commissioners were in attendance. The next meeting will be
on Monday, March 21 beginning at 7 a.m. at the Ripley County Highway
Garage in Osgood, and reconvening at 8 a.m. at the courthouse
annex in Versailles.