owed to Ripley Co. in 911 fees
Cathy May, Contributing Writer
Judy Schebler, Enhanced 911 coordinator, appeared before the Ripley
County Commissioners at their October 22 meeting. Schebler explained
that in 1993 there was a verbal agreement between Ripley and Franklin
County that Ripley County would provide 911 service for 1,456 Franklin
However the telephone company would not pay Ripley County for the
90-cent surcharge for those Franklin County residents which would
have come to $1,270 a month. The two counties agreed that Franklin
County would just pay Ripley County a flat fee of $1,200 a month
for the 911 service to those areas.
Schebler discovered in May of this year that Franklin County had
quit paying the $1,200 a month in October of 2005 and yet Ripley
County had continued to provide 911 service for them. This area
relates to the telephone exchanges that have the same numbers as
Batesville and Sunman.
Schebler said she is working with Franklin County to try to work
out a solution since there is nothing in writing. Schebler said
that since 1993 when this was first instigated the resident homes
involved have almost doubled. She did not ask for any action from
the commissioners, she just wanted them to be informed of the situation.
Representatives from Quality Plumbing and Heating brought a maintenance
agreement before the commissioners for the Ripley County Jail. The
one-year contract is for $6,804 a year or $567 per month. The commissioners
signed the agreement.
They also reported the water leak in the men's restroom was more
serious than first thought. They are going to have to shut off the
water at the street and take off the t-valve and put in a 2"
ball valve. This will have to be done on a Saturday.
A tree expert looked at the trees around the courthouse and found
that three of the old Maples are dying. They are a danger to pedestrians
and cars that are parked around the courthouse as large limbs are
starting to fall. The commissioners will have the three trees removed
and replace them with 3" Red Oak trees. They will get estimates
for the work to be done.
Ray and Barbara Williams and their neighbors came to ask the commissioners
if they would pave 725 N. The mile long stretch is graveled twice
a year and graded. The Williams thought in the long run it would
be cheaper to blacktop the road which they say is heavily trafficked.
Commissioners Rob Reiners said it was too late for this year but
could be put on the list for next year. Of the 740 miles of Ripley
County roads there are 240 miles still in gravel.
Technology Director Kelly Vollet said the Gavel Court System that
has been used for years, will become obsolete in 2010. Vollet indicated
the state is working on a new JTAC system which they hope will be
in place by 2009. If not, then the county will have to purchase
another system which could cost a hundred thousand dollars or more.
Park Manager Julie Brancamp would like to have a phone installed
in the maintenance office shop. She also discussed asking organizations
to plant a tree in the park for Arbor Day. The trees that are there
now are very old and will soon need to be replaced. Commissioner
Chuck Folz said he had thousands of trees on his property he would
donate if they could be moved.
Next year's county budget puts the maintenance on the buildings
at the park in the Commissioners' Cumulative Capital Development
budget. A $500 limit will be placed on the manager for purchases.
Anything above that will have to be brought before the commissioners
unless there is an emergency.
All three commissioners were in attendance: Rob 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, November 5 at 8:00 a.m. at the Commissioners' Room of
the Ripley County Annex.