odor problem solved
Wanda English Burnett
At the Ripley County Commissioners meeting held July 25 it was
noted that the bad smell in the assessors office has been
pinpointed and taken care of.
Johnnie Lohrum, maintenance employee, noted that the State Department
of Health had looked into the matter determining that a chemical
used in moth balls and bathroom scent bars was the cause of the
odor. The items were removed from the basement area beneath the
assessors office, and the problem was resolved.
Lohrum further reported that he had finished painting the mens
bathroom at the courthouse and will paint the womens in
the next few weeks. Both will have the floors painted as well.
The saga of fixing the courthouse clock continues. R.J. Kunkle
of The Traditions Group, came before the commissioners with options
for the repair of the clock. He said to replace the copper on
two sides would be $15,300.00. To replace the other two sides
would be an additional $12,900.00. The belts also had damage and
rivets were loose. To repair those would be an additional $2,300.00.
Also, the clock tower could be painted gold for $9,300.00 and
the belts for $1,300.00
Another option given was to remove all copper and replace with
Terne metal, repair the belts and paint them all gold for a total
cost of $35,700.00. The county would keep the copper salvage.
Kunkle said he would repair the caulking around some windows without
The commissioners said they would take the matter under advisement.
The annex project is underway with Gary Turner of LWC at the meeting.
He addressed the commissioners request of high density floor
storage files on the second floor of the annex building. He told
them the change would result in an additional $150,000 for the
added steel. He did not recommend the change saying that type
of storage would more than likely not be needed for long term.
The commissioners accepted his recommendation.
Turner also asked about the Bauer property, which is a house still
on the location where the annex project is underway. County Attorney
John Ertel said he had talked with the property owner, the Indiana
Attorney Generals office and IDEM. He said that IDEM would
take half of the funds paid for the Bauer property to help with
remediation of the property after the county purchases it.
Turner went on to say the county would need to get control of
the property within the next few months to keep the project on
Auditor Bill Wagner advised the commissioners that LWC still needed
a decision on the construction of the electric panel cover for
the Versailles Pumpkin Show. They decided to use an enclosed structure
with a cover.
In other business:
The commissioners discussed the problem of crops being
planted too close to intersections. Attorney Ertel will look into
the situation. They discussed the option of placing an ad in the
newspaper next year to try to eliminate some of the problems before
planting season begins.
Technology Director Kelly Vollet raised a concern about
the health department having a separate employee handbook that
is different than other county employees. She was told it had
been in place for quite a while and that new hires from 2008 forward
were on the same handbook as the rest of the county employees.
Newly hired emergency management director Patrick Rose
reported that the paperwork for the storm damage in the county
had been completed and submitted.
The commissioners decided not to sign the contract concerning
the reverse auction at this time on the advice of their attorney,
John Ertel. He said there were some problems with wording.
The motion to amend Ordinance 2011-11, which clarifies
payments for burial allowance for military members, was unanimously
Attorney Ertel will work on the wording for the Town of
Osgood for the sewer tap information needed.
The commissioners and attorney were advised by the auditor
that the Ripley County Humane Society would require a contract
service for budget requests for 2012 if approved by the county
Sheriff Tom Grills was present to discuss his request for
an ordinance that would regulate door-to-door sales. His concern
was to have a way to protect the citizens of the county. The ordinance
would allow his department to run a check on individuals wanting
to go door-to-door. Attorney Ertel will draft an ordinance for
the commissioners to review and then act on.
County clerk Mary Ann McCoy was present to advise the commissioners
that the election precinct line maps had changed due to the recent
census. She said the minor errors and changes would not affect
voting. After a discussion, the commissioners unanimously signed
The Ripley County Economic Development Corporation Inter-Local
Agreement for 2012 was presented. They asked to receive 12% of
the Economic Development Tax funds received from the state in
2012. The commissioners approved the request.
The commissioners recessed the meeting until 11:00 a.m. today,
August 2 where they will meet at the Southeastern Indiana REMC
Training Center in Osgood to open bids for the annex project.
The bids will be formally accepted at the August 8 meeting of