gives input on contract
Sheriff agrees to salary proposal
Cathy May, Contributing Writer
Its settled. The sheriff will receive $73,000 salary next
The Ripley County Commissioners, Ripley County Council and the
sheriff all agreed to the amount at the Ripley County Council
meeting December 17. The Ripley County Commissioners, who had
met earlier in the day, continued their meeting during the council
meeting in order to vote on the sheriffs salary and other
After the agreement had been met, Attorney Neil Comer said, We
always have had a contract with the sheriff. We never had to worry
about the 60% [of the prosecutors salary]. It doesnt
have any application at all. I think you [Council] believed you
had to pay 60%, but you didnt. As long as the commissioners,
council and sheriff agree to a salary, thats what it is.
Comer said he will get the contract drawn up for everyone to sign.
Sheriff Tom Grills pleaded his case for the extra $6,000 he felt
he was entitled to by presenting a Certificate of County Auditor,
signed on September 9, 2006, by Auditor Mary Ann McCoy on salaries
for the sheriffs department.
The document listed the sheriff as receiving $69,300 with this
note ($70,000 was approved temporarily until new sheriff is elected
to decide how he wants to be paid. Original amount that would
be allowed is $69,300 per prosecutor salary.)
Grills also passed out a copy of an email he had sent to council
and Attorney Comer. It stated, I am willing to sign a contract
that includes the 60% of the prosecutor (salary), plus $6,000
out of the tax warrant collection. This will have no effect on
the taxpayer or council... I appreciate your thought and keeping
your word in this matter. Also, I am under the firm belief that
if you support me, I can then support you in the revenue which
can be generated to support the county general and the budgets.
This is a team effort and if I can be compensated for my diligent
work and remarkable effort then that working relationship can
Grills continued to protest that he was still entitled to the
additional $6,000. Grills stated, I was wronged. I feel
I was taken advantage of. That money was appropriated. But,
he agreed in the end to accept the $73,000 contract.
A contract for services between the Ripley County Commissioners
and the Ripley County Humane Society was signed after council
agreed to give the society $60,000 toward its building project
in exchange for services designed to assist in relieving
the burden of government to the protection and treatment of cats
and dogs in Ripley County. These are services the humane
society presently offers.
Former Sheriff Bill Dramann, said he wanted to clear up a matter
about how much a vehicle he purchased when he was sheriff had
cost. Dramann said an email had been circulating with an incorrect
amount. The actual cost for the Expedition he purchased in 2001
Traci Eggleston, Director of Family and Childrens Services,
asked for two transfers. Then she asked for $230,511 of bills
for 2007 be encumbered to be paid in 2008. Her requests were approved.
EMS Director Scott Huffman gave a report for 2007. He said 1,718
runs had been dispatched. That is an average of five runs a day.
This is a 9% increase over 2006. The runs broken down by area
are: Batesville 24%, Sunman 10%, Milan 22 %, and Rescue 69s
Appointments were made to the Vernon Fork Water District Board.
Chuck Folz was appointed by the Ripley County Commissioners. The
joint appointment by the commissioners and council was Jeff Volz.
The councils appointment was Mike Vonderhide.
Elsie Luke was appointed to the Board of Health. George Bultman
was appointed to the Ripley County Park Board in place of Doug
Thayer who resigned.
All seven county council members were in attendance. Attorney
Neil Comer and Auditor Mary Ann McCoy were present to advise the
council members. The next regular meeting of the Ripley County
Council will be Tuesday, January 22 at 7:00 p.m. in the commissioners
room of the Ripley County Courthouse Annex. At that time, the
council will decide on officers and meeting dates for 2008.