payroll issue heard
Beth Ramsey, Staff Writer
Ginger Bradford, Ripley County Clerk, came before the commissioners
at the December 17 meeting to request the problems in the payroll
department get fixed. Assessor Shawna Bushhorn and County Treasurer
Earline Copeland also attended to represent employees affected
by this problem.
According to Bradford, there will be seven courthouse employees
who will be getting paid for nine days, instead of ten. The computerized
payroll program is set up for 28 weeks, sometimes leaving a day
left over. The program compensates for this by allotting a portion
of the wage to the paychecks throughout the year. But, this program
doesnt compensate for someone hired in the middle of the
year. The employee who started in the middle of the year
will not get enough, said Bradford.
Bushhorn stated, We have had people to quit and hired new
employees. We dont have any money to pay them. Four
employees in her office and three employees in Bradfords
office were affected by this shortage. We are talking about
a days pay per person, said Bradford.
This needs to be fixed, stated Bushhorn. According
to Bradford, if the problem isnt fixed, then there will
be two days lost next year. Bradford emphatically requested the
commissioners, Before you sign that first claim next year,
be sure that everything is correct. President Robert Reiners
replied, We will try to do our best to fix it for next year.
Sheriff Grills request for $875 for the installation of a chain
link fence at the jail was unanimously approved. He reported that
he purged the insurance coverage on the vehicles and is working
with Brad Samples to ensure that only the 17 vehicles in use are
insured. A bill from county Attorney Neil Comer charging the sheriffs
office for writing ordinances was given to the commissioners.
According to Grills, the sheriffs office can only pay for
those ordinances that were requested by them.
Inmate medical expenses were addressed by the commissioners. According
to information provided by Grills, the medical expenses have exceeded
the approved budgeted amount since 2003. Advance Health Care has
saved the sheriffs department $45,561 in 2007, according
to Grills. Also, Advance Health Care pays for any prescriptions,
so the county prescription card will not be necessary.
The jail has approximately 90 inmates per day, according to the
sheriff. When you increase the amount of population (inmates),
you increase the amount of medical costs, he stated. Chief
Deputy David Pippin related how the sheriffs department
is working with the judges to put as many as possible on home
incarceration as a means to reduce costs. Pippin gave as an example:
one with a high-risk pregnancy was released on her own recognizance,
with the understanding to return after the child is born. An inmate
with stage four cancer was placed on home incarceration, according
to Pippin. Weve been really diligent to cut costs,
Ripley County Economic Development Director Brad Buening requested
to appropriate money for a micro-enterprise loan on the behalf
of a business owner in Osgood to start a butcher shop that will
provide local ly grown meat. The amount of $20,000 was unanimously
approved by the commissioners. The loan will be repaid over five
years at 4% interest. This money will pay for the remodeling and
to put in drains.
Tad Brinson, Ripley County Planning Commission, presented a request
for a second extension for the remodeling of a house. The commissioners
allowed three months, instead of the usual six. President Reiners
requested that Brinson remind the owners of the mobile home park
on Western Avenue in Sunman to have the mobile home inspected
before the hook up of utilities.
Johnnie Lohrum, courthouse maintenance, reported on the inspection
of the boilers by the state inspector. Lohrum stated, The
inspector was quite impressed. He told us we were doing a very
good job. The commissioners told Lohrum that there is a
contingency plan in the works in case of tornado, fire, loss of
electricity over several days. They are working with Wayne Peace,
Ripley County EMA, and will address the issue at the next meeting.
The commissioners told Lohrum to take every measure to get water
out of the pipes to prevent any damage from freezing. Lohrum requested
that several broken chairs be recycled. Commissioner Folz told
Lohrum to keep a count of the number of chairs recycled for inventory
Ken Hylton, Ripley County Veterans Officer, requested a handicap
sign to be placed on the veterans van so that the driver can park
the van in the handicap parking spaces. Commissioner Folz told
Hylton, The veterans need help and were glad to have
you there to help them
Bushhorn updated the commissioners on her need for extra filing
cabinets. According to Bushhorn, the Office Shop in Batesville
has assessed her situation and given a quote on a filing system.
The commissioners requested a second quote, and will address the
issue at the next meeting.
Larry Prickel, of District 1, was before the commissioners requesting
something be done about the condition of County Road 200E. Its
a pretty pitiful mess, stated Prickel. President Reiners
said, We will give it some kind of extra attention this
spring. Prickel also requested something be done to keep
down the dust. According to Prickel, there are families who live
on 200E who are having health problems from the dust.
In other business, bids for 2008 were read by the commissioners:
Bids for fuel were presented by Retzner Oil and Laughery
Crushed stone bids presented were from Newpoint Stone Company
of Greensburg, Napoleon Quarry, and Hanson Quarry of Versailles.
Ready mix concrete bids were presented by Irving Materials
Inc., Roman Nobbe, Inc. and Raver Ready Mix of Greensburg.
Rohe Company, Hot Mix Inc., and Dave OMara Inc. presented
bids for ready mix asphalt.
Asphalt Materials, Inc., Terry Materials, and Marathon
Petroleum presented bids for liquid asphalt materials.
CPI Supply was the only bid for culvert pipe.
E&H Bridge and Grading of Bedford and CPI Supply presented
bids for steel beam bridges.
All bids will be awarded at the December 31 meeting, held at the
commissioners meeting room in the courthouse annex.