can now find building codes, permit fees online
Cathy May, Contributing Writer
The Ripley County Commissioners met on Friday,
October 5 due to their regular meeting day being on Columbus Day,
which is a holiday for county employees.
The public can now access information from Ripley County Planning
and the Building Department on the Internet. Just go to the Ripley
County website and click on Area Planning. There are commonly
asked questions on building codes and a list of permit fees. There
is also an application form for Improvement Location/Building
Permits, which can be downloaded. The public can now have this
form completed and filled out before coming to the office. There
is also an example of a site plan.
Courthouse Maintenance Supervisor Johnnie Lohrum said he was closing
the courthouse at 4:00 p.m. on Monday to get a water leak in the
mens restroom repaired. Lohrum was also concerned because
several trees around the courthouse are dying. The commissioners
advised him to get a free expert in to check the trees.
County Clerk Ginger Bradford asked the commissioners to move the
Johnson 1, 2, and 3 polling place from the Tyson United Methodist
Church to the Masonic Lodge. Bradford said the state gives the
county $53.11 for each precinct, which amounts to about $1,400.
She would like to use the funds to place more gravel at Elrod,
for four new handicapped signs at Morris and Delaware, door knobs
at Morris and Stumpkes Corner and a ramp at Milan. The commissioners
approved her requests.
Wayne Peace was called to the meeting regarding the burn ban.
There had been some questions about burning at the Versailles
State Park. Peace was to meet with Ted Tapp at the park to clarify
The commissioners approved two rezones, which had come to them
from the Ripley County Area Planning Commission with favorable
recommendations. The first was 3.92 acres as part of the Industrial
Park in Versailles and the other was from Eugene and Elene Gunter,
property in Batesville to be used for storage buildings for RVs
and boats. The Gunters will now have to go to the Board of Zoning
Appeals for a Special Exception.
Tad Brinson, planning director, said they are making a change
to the Planning Code with regard to not building an accessory
building before a primary building. Now, if the property is ten
acres or more, the property owner will be able to build a barn
without a house.
Deputy David Pippin of the Ripley County Sheriffs Office
was asked about a Rising Sun Regional Foundation grant. The grant
was for 800 mg radios. Pippin explained the grant is for mobile
units for each sheriffs vehicle.
Head paramedic Scott Huffman said that Margaret Mary Community
Hospital was only charging $275 for basic EMT classes. That is
the lowest in the area. MMCH does that as a way to give back to
All three commissioners were in attendance: Bob Reiners, Chuck
Folz and Lawrence Nickell. County Auditor Mary Ann McCoy was present
to advise the commissioners. The next meeting of the Ripley County
Commissioners will be held on Monday, October 22 at 8:00 a.m.
at the Commissioners' Room of the Ripley County Annex.
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