Garry Wright, LWC, an architect for the annex project, presented
the final schematics for the building at the regular commissioner
meeting on Monday, March 21. Wright utilized the comments and
suggestions made in both commissioner and building committee meetings,
as well as input from office holders, to create an acceptable
The schematics show a three-floor building with a meeting room
for commissioners or council meetings. The third floor or attic
space, will be utilized for storage, with storage areas on the
second floor. Other changes to the design was made.
The commissioners unanimously approved the schematic designs with
the changes made and the contract for the architect services.
Jennifer Sturgeon requested the commissioners act as a sponsor
for Horsefeathers Therapeutic Learning Center in order for a $200,000
grant from the City of Lawrenceburg be applied for.
According to Stugeron, the grant will be used to purchase land
located in the area behind the United Parcel Service in Versailles.
Sturgeon explained that Horsefeathers will provide therapeutic
riding lessons in an 80x100 indoor arena. The building will also
have a banquet room and office spaces that will be available for
rent in order to generate an income.
She also explained that if the nonprofit closed, the land would
go to the Jefferson County Youth Shelter, which helps children
from surrounding counties. The commissioners explained that if
Ripley County was to be a sponsor for Horsefeathers, then the
land should go to another 501c3 nonprofit in the county.
Sturgeon agreed to the request and said she would contact the
lawyer representing Horsefeathers to make the changes. The commissioners
unanimously approved the motion to sponsor Horsefeathers Therapeutic
Learning Center for grant applications.
Stan Richards, QPH, presented a quote for a new heating/air conditioning
control system for the county jail. According to Richards, the
current control system needs updated.
He proposed to disable the current system and to install individual
thermostats to the six roof top units. This will solve the problem
of the heating and air conditioning running at the same time,
according to Richards. The motion to table the quote from QPH
was unanimously approved.
In other business:
The commissioners unanimously approved to sign the grant
application to the City of Lawrenceburg for $500,000 for the annex
A certificate of temporary occupancy issued to Mark Rulli,
Gold Star Chili, was approved. The certificate will be for 30
days. According to Rulli, he is waiting for permits from the State
for the suppression hood over the fryer and cannot use the fryer
until the permits are received.
All commissioners were in attendance. The next meeting will be
held on Monday, April 4 beginning at 7 a.m. at the Ripley County
Highway Garage in Osgood and reconvening at the annex in Versailles
at 8 a.m.