Cindy DiFazio Staff Writer
The Ripley County Commissioners
met in regular session on Monday, March 12. Commissioners Robert
Reiners, Chuck Folz and Lawrence Nickell, plus County Attorney
Neil Comer and County Auditor, Mary Ann McCoy were present.
County Surveyor, Jeff French, addressed the commissioners regarding
an issue recently brought up at the Ripley County Council meeting.
Clarification was being sought as to who is supposed to maintain
county maps. Council member, Ed Armbrecht, who also serves on
the Technology Committee had expressed concerns that although
the responsibility currently falls to the county surveyor, the
maps have been the property of the auditor in the past.
French reported that since 1995 the surveyors office has
been charged with that duty. Thats the county surveyors
expertise, said French. French said that the maps were
in horrible shape when his office took them over, explaining,
Over the past twelve years weve really improved
and corrected them. They are as close to perfect as they can
possibly be. He noted that it has taken two years to parcel
two townships with the least population. Commissioner Chuck
Folz, who has worked with Frenchs office concurred stating,
They were really rough when we first started. They are
in good shape now.
Neil Comer asserted that the surveyors office has the
responsibility for the maps and not the surveyor personally.
French agreed, Thats our job, the mapping. Its
why there is an office staff now.
It was reported that there is a lot of talk in the state legislature
about counties being required to provide their GIS data to the
state. Robert Reiners suggested that Ripley County look into
requesting grant money to get help with completing the GIS computer
mapping layers. Folz added, Weve been talking about
this for ten years.
Tad Brinson, of the planning commission, brought several zoning
requests in front of the commissioners for a vote. Brinson informed
the commissioners that all had received unanimous favorable
Three parcels of property for a business park outside of Versailles
were rezoned from A-2 to I-1.
Setbacks were changed from five to 100 feet.
Also, although individuals wishing to erect billboards will
still be required to go through the planning commission, rezoning
will not be required. Special exception criteria will have to
be met for approval.
The zoning issues were approved by the commissioners.
Scott Meisberger, of the New Marion Fire Department, came before
commissioners to get signatures on a grant request to the Rising
Sun Regional Foundation for a new building. The department will
erect a 3,500 square foot building if they are approved for
Commissioners approved improvements to the shower stalls at
the county jail. Sheriff Tom Grills showed a picture of shower
floors that do not drain properly posing a slipping hazard.
Grills stated that he had tried to obtain several bids to install
tile, but had only been successful in getting one. The bid,
$18,000+, is to install tile in a 1,296 square foot area. The
job should require 12-15 days of labor. Reiners asked, Is
it state approved to use tile? Deputy David Pippin told
commissioners that tile is used at other facilities including
the Dearborn County Jail.
Commissioner Lawrence Nickell asked the sheriff if the inmate
population had gone up, noting that numbers had been down recently.
Grills responded that he has asked the department of corrections
to send inmates to Ripley County as well as e-mailing other
departments to let them know the jail has space. Grills and
Pippin noted, however, that because of the repair work that
needs to be done at the jail, having fewer inmates has been
a positive thing.