Rumsey, Staff Writer
The Ripley County Commissioners, acting as the board of finance,
heard the annual financial report from Ripley County Treasurer
Earline Copeland, at the regular meeting held on Monday, January
26. According to Copeland, the treasurers department utilizes
the resources of several local banks for the investment of funds.
Copeland noted that the interest earned in 2008 was lower than
the previous year. She said the interest earned in the checking
account only was approximately $574,744.57. Last year it was
almost $1M. Also, during this meeting, Robert Reiners was elected
president with Gary Stutler elected secretary for the board
of finance. The motion to accept the financial report as presented
by Treasurer Earline Copeland was unanimously approved.
Ripley County Parks and Recreation Director Julie Brancamp updated
the commissioners on maintenance projects needed at the fairgrounds
in Osgood. Brancamp noted that building #10, known as the commercial
building, is in need of a new roof along with insulation installed
in order to save money on the heating bills for the building.
She told the commissioners that there are 13 dead or dying trees
at the fairgrounds that need to be removed. Brancamp noted that
a few of the trees pose a hazard due to their proximity to buildings.
Commissioner President Reiners requested Brancamp solicit quotes
for the roof repairs and for the tree removal for their consideration
at a later meeting. Brancamp gave an update on the lighting
project for the west end of the fairgrounds. She also noted
she is still waiting for a response for some grants that have
been applied for.
The new phone system is up and running at the courthouse, according
to Technology Director Kelly Vollet, along with the ten jacks
at the EMA office installed. Things are going good,
In other business:
Courthouse maintenance Johnny Lohrum reported on general
maintenance repairs at the courthouse
The motion to approve the agreement between the county
and the Town of Osgood was unanimously approved.
Drew Barth of Barth and Associates, reminded the commissioners
that the last day to apply for federal grant money for bridge
repair was February 21. According to Barth, several bridges
in Ripley County might apply to the grant requirements.
Commissioners attending were Gary Stutler and Robert Reiners
with Mark Busching absent. Also in attendance were Mary Ann
McCoy, auditor, to take the minutes and Attorney Neil Comer
to advise. The next commissioner meeting will be held on Monday,
February 9 beginning at 7 a.m. at the Ripley County Highway
Garage in Osgood and reconvening at 8 a.m. at the commissioners
office in the courthouse annex.