hear complaint about guardrails
Controversy on new bridge discussed
Cathy May, Contributing Writer
You shouldnt have a new bridge and make it more dangerous
than the old bridge. That is a quote from Ripley County Commissioner
Lawrence Nickell at the Commissioners meeting Monday, August
27. He was referring to the new bridge off Highway 50 on Cave Hill
Nickell reported he has had several phone calls since the bridge
opened last weekend from people who have been using the bridge and
believe it to be dangerous. The main complaint is the need for more
guardrails. The fall off from the road is very deep there and the
public is concerned.
Nickell asked engineer John Graf about the concerns. Graf stated
the bridge was built according to state specifications and are within
the guidelines. However, if the Commissioners want to put up additional
guardrails, they can.
There was some discussion about closing the bridge until the guardrails
are up, but the Commissioners decided that since the state opened
the bridge, it would be up to them to close it.
In other business, Attorney Jack Kellerman, representing Joe Smith,
who bought Lot 20 in Bischoff Subdivision in Batesville from Patricia
Hare, asked to have the vacation of County Road 400 E rescinded.
At the April 29, 2003 Commissioners meeting the road was vacated
at the request of several property owners and the City of Batesville.
However, Hare says she was never properly notified of the intended
vacation of the road.
Since 2003 several truckloads of dirt have been placed on the road
by Todd and Roberta Cook, one of the property owners. Joe Smith
said he just needs enough road back to get access to his property.
His property consists of 1.34 acres on the corner of Lakeview Drive
The Commissioners said they would get with county Attorney Neil
Comer and let them know as soon as possible.
Sheriff Tom Grills and Deputy David Pippin, were called to the meeting
to explain to the Commissioners the problems with the HVAC system
and the plumbing. The Commissioners said they should call Quality
and they will make sure the jail is included in the maintenance
agreement. Quality (QPH) is presently working on an air lock at
The officers were asked about grants available through Homeland
Security. Grills replied that Wayne Peace is working on getting
laptops for all their vehicles, which would have the GIS system.
The sheriff said many times they are first on the scene and the
GIS system would be a great help to the officers.
Training has started on putting parcels on the GIS system. The county
surveyors office will start scanning the plat maps. Kelly
Vollet is currently working on a grant for new recording systems
for superior court and the Commissioners Room.
Darren Wood appeared to ask the Commissioners for an extension on
his building permit that will expire on September 8. The Commissioners
granted him another 180 days but said that would be the only extension
he would receive.
All three commissioners were in attendance: Robert Reiners, Chuck
Folz, and Lawrence Nickell. Auditor Mary Ann McCoy was present to
advise the Commissioners. The next meeting of the Ripley County
Commissioners will be September 10 at 8:00 a.m. at the Commissioners
Room of the Ripley County Annex.
CATHY MAY PHOTO
The new bridge over Cave Hill Road just opened and
is already causing controversy. Some who have used the
bridge say it isn't safe and needs more guardrails. Commissioner
Lawrence Nickell said, "you shouldn't have a new
bridge that is more dangerous than the old one."