Commissioners receive print in honor of Pat
Humane Society asks for funds
Cathy May, Contributing Writer
At the Ripley County Commissioners third meeting in July, Alvin
Busching brought a print of all 92 courthouses in Indiana and
gave it to the county in memory of his wife, former Auditor Pat
Busching. The commissioners accepted the picture and it will hang
in the courthouse outside the Auditors Office
As the meeting got underway, Gene Swing, DeeDee Holiday and Donna
Huffmaster appeared before the commissioners regarding the Ripley
County Humane Society. They reported that last year they facilitated
the placement of 658 animals at a cost of $176 per animal or $116,000.
Already this year they have managed nearly 300 animals.
In their report to commissioners they said, The Society
has one full time and four part time workers to manage the animals.
If there was no Ripley County Humane Society, these animals would
become the responsibility of the animal control officer in Ripley
County. The cost of euthanizing these animals would be roughly
The Humane Society has operated bimonthly spay/neuter clinics
for the past two years offering low cost/no cost spay/neuter to
Ripley County residents in an attempt to lower the number of unwanted
litters. In two years we have assisted with roughly 1200 surgeries...This
has resulted in a significant drop call in volume asking us to
take unwanted litters.
The Ripley County Humane Society has obtained several grants to
put up a new building. They have received $50,000 from the Rising
Sun Regional Foundation and $50,000 from the Reynolds Foundation.
With $10,000 of their own money they will be able to put up the
bare bones of the building and the floor. It will cost another
$164,000 to finish the building: heating and cooling, caging,
etc. The society asked the commissioners for a one time gift of
$150,000 to help them finish the building.
The commissioners said they were certainly supportive of their
efforts and advised them to attend the Ripley County Council meeting
to ask for the funds.
In other business:
Kelly Vollet, technology coordinator, reported the new digital
recording system will be installed in Judge Carl Tauls Circuit
Courtroom on Wednesday, (August 1). The system had broken down
and couldnt be fixed. Vollet also requested she be given
permission to try for a grant from the Rising Sun Regional Foundation
to also replace the systems in Superior Court and in the commissioners
meeting room. Both need to be replaced and by doing all three
systems, they can get a discount. Commissioners gave Vollet their
consent to proceed.
Larry Volz, owner of Delaware Campground, appeared to ask if the
county would move a directional sign they put up to another location
which would be better for his campers. Volz said the sign belonged
to the county and he couldnt move it. The commissioners
consulted with County Attorney Neil Comer and he didnt see
a problem with moving the sign as long as it was in the county
right of way.
Brad Buening and Ed Armbrecht appeared representing the Ripley
County Economic Development Corporation and gave the commissioners
an update on their activities and a proposed budget for 2008.
The commissioners signed contracts with Heart House for $5,000;
Family Connections for $5,000; the Ripley County Historical Society
for $5,000; Historic Hoosier Hills RC&D for $2,500; and LifeTime
Resources for $28,000. These contracts were for 2007 and already
All three commissioners were present at the July 30 meeting: Robert
Reiners, Chuck Folz and Lawrence Nickell. Also, present to advise
the board was Attorney Neil Comer. The next meeting of the Ripley
County Commissioners will be on August 13 at 8:00 a.m. at the
commissioners room in the Ripley County Courthouse Annex
CATHY MAY PHOTO
Pictured from left: Commissioners Chuck Folz, Lawrence
Nickell and Robert Reiners, accept a print of all 92 courthouses
in Indiana from Alvin Busching, in memory of his wife,
former Auditor Pat Busching. The picture will hang in
the courthouse outside the Auditor's Office.