Bauman appointed new Assistant Building Inspector
Cathy May, Contributing Writer
The Ripley County Commissioners met on Monday, July 16 at 8:00 a.m.
All commissioners were present and County Auditor Mary Ann McCoy
was available to advise the board.
The Commissioners hired Dwight Bauman as the new assistant building
inspector. He replaces Mike Jeffries, who was promoted to building
inspector at the last Commissioners meeting.
Andy Bryant, Ripley Countys Environmental Health Specialist,
appeared with Buck Lawson. They were requesting to bore under Tanglewood
Road for a perimeter drain for a private dwelling septic system.
Bryant said that Lawson had bought the five acre tract from Sam
Row and he had misrepresented the property as having a septic site
already approved by Bryant for a private dwelling. No perimeter
drain outlet is available on the property. David Swinney, the property
owner across the road, has given his permission to use his property.
The bore will be 68" deep, 30' wide and 5" in diameter.
Lawson will assume all costs and liabilities. The Commissioners
gave permission to bore under Tanglewood Road.
Ripley County Tourism Director Katherine Taul and Kerry Langdon
of Engels Maps brought a proof of the new Ripley County Road Atlas
to the Commissioners. A few changes were made. The final proof will
be presented at the Commissioners July 30 meeting.
Taul shared with the Commissioners three events coming up in Ripley
County. The Friendship Village Association will have their fourth
annual hog roast at the Old Mill Campground in Friendship on Saturday,
July 21. Ertel Winery in Batesville will have their first annual
Wine Festival August 4 and 5. And, Indian Lakes is bringing back
its Balloon Fest on August 24 and 25.
Taul informed the Commissioners the building the Tourism Bureau,
Ripley County Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development share
is now for sale and they may have to move if it sells. The building
is owned by Attorney John Schuerman.
Pat Thomas, Director of the Ripley County Health Department, reported
the state is now taking $1.75 from the cost of every death certificate.
Thomas asked to raise the cost they now charge for a death certificate
from $5.00 to $7.00. The Commissioners agreed to her request.
There are several railroad crossings in the county that need repair.
The Commissioners have been trying to contact the railroad without
any success. Highway Superintendent Owen Heaton Jr. reported he
had spoken to Carol Rayme at the Indiana Department of Transportations
Seymour Office about the situation. She said the county cannot touch
the railroad tracks or any property within 6' from the rails.
Paul Anderson, president of the Farm Bureau, made a presentation
to the Commissioners on animal agriculture. He wants Confinement
Animal Feeding Operations to be allowed in Ripley County. He said
that Jefferson County made the rules so strict that it would be
impossible for an operation to go into that county. Anderson said
he didnt want that to happen in Ripley County. The Commissioners
told Anderson they were very supportive of the farming community.
The next meeting of the Ripley County Commissioners will be on July
30 at 8:00 a.m. at the Commissioners Room in the Ripley County
Courthouse Annex in Versailles.