approaches council concerning improvement fund
Cathy May, Contributing Writer
Sheriff Tom Grills appeared before the Ripley County Council at
their June meeting. He said the Sheriffs Improvement Fund,
which has about $167,000 in it, was not set up according to State
Statute. The fund needs to be dissolved and the money moved into
It was decided a check for $13.52 which was a refund for overpayment
would be sent as a claim from the Sheriffs Improvement Fund.
The sheriff will have to return to council and ask for an additional
appropriation for two bills: one for $1,703.86 for repair of a
camera and one for $341.30 for gasoline.
Then the sheriff needs to go back to the start of the Work Release
Program and see how much money from that program went into the
fund, which could be around $15,000. That money should be placed
in the Work Release line item by writing a check. The balance
of the money would go into the Commissary Fund, also by writing
a check into that fund.
Bill Neal, representing the Ripley County Parks Department, asked
council for $10,000 for repairs and maintenance for the Fairgrounds
Park. Neal said the 6.23 acres recently purchased next to the
horse barn and playground area is moving along with its improvements.
Several outbuildings have been torn down as well as the old house
on the property, but the board has decided to leave the barn.
The barn roof needs to be painted.
A new road will be added on the property from Fairground Road
to the horse barn. Neal stated reasons for adding the new road
are to keep the traffic flow away from the playground area; keep
heavy trucks off the other roads; and to alleviate congestion
during the fair. The barn area of the 6 acres will have a park
like setting since it is next to the playground area. The Park
Board would like to ask for a grant of $10,000 from the Rising
Sun Regional Foundation toward the road project. No one objected
to his requests.
County Commissioner President Bob Reiners asked for a transfer
of $150,000 from the Economic Development Fund to Bituminous.
This will enable the highway department to do additional road
work like patching and leveling, getting the roads ready for a
capital project next year. They will also do some chipping and
Ripley County Assessor Shawna Bushhorn asked for an additional
appropriation of $20,000 to be used for 2007 Trending with Appraisal
Research. Bushhorn said the cost would be placed in her 2008 budget
for next year. The appropriation was approved.
Connie DeBurger from Family Connections requested $5,000 be put
into the 2008 budget for their programs. DeBurger said they have
been serving the needs of Ripley County for 24 years. During that
time they have served 15,000 families with their Healthy Children,
Healthy Families and PSUPP programs. They serve about 300 families
a year from Ripley County.
In the councils attempt to learn the needs of each department
prior to budget time, several department heads spoke about their
departments: 911 Coordinator Judy Schebler; Jeff Meinders, Soil
and Water; Auditor Mary Ann McCoy and Treasurer Earlene Copeland.
Five of the seven Ripley County Council members were present:
Donald Dunbar, Dephane Smith, Dee Dee Kaiser, Ed Armbrecht and
David Simon. Auditor Mary Ann McCoy and Attorney Neal Comer were
present to advise the council. All three County Commissioners
were present. The next meeting of the Ripley County Council will
be held on July 16 at 7:00 p.m. at the Commissioners Room
at the Ripley County Annex.