director introduced at commissioners' meeting
players, cheerleaders to visit
Ripley County will have the
exciting opportunity to meet two Indianapolis Colts players and
two cheerleaders, announced Katherine Taul, Ripley County
Tourism Bureau director, at the regular commissioners meeting
held on Monday, May 18. Taul noted the tour will include the Colts
In Motion museum, interactive inflatables, as well as the opportunity
to sign up for pre-season tickets.
The Colts Make It Personal Tour will be held on Thursday, June
18 from 4-6 p.m. at the courthouse square. North and Washington
streets will close at 1 p.m. Im excited, said
Taul. This is the first time something like this ever happened
in this area.
Fans are encouraged to arrive early as the line for autographs
may be cut off any time to ensure the tour remains on schedule.
There will be one autograph per person, although you can get back
in line for additional autographs.
This is the sixth year for the tour, which will make 15 stops
over a two-month period. For more information, visit www.Colts.com/events.
The director for Southeastern Indiana Solid Waste District, Aaron
Bell, introduced himself to the commissioners. Thanking them for
their help on a project, he said, Its good to work
with the people of Ripley County.
An update on the bed bug situation at the Recycle Center in Osgood
revealed new policies put into place. According to Bell, the center
will no longer accept upholstered furniture, mattresses, hats
and undergarments. Rather, the exchange board will be utilized
for those in need of furniture or beds.
Former employees of the Ripley County Assessors Office spoke
to the commissioners regarding their views of the working conditions
in the assessors office. According to Patty Ruble, Robbie
Evans, and Rachel Edwards, Assessor Shawna Bushhorn makes
it difficult to work.
Ruble, who was fired; Evans, who resigned her position; and Edwards,
who resigned after her full-time position was reduced to a part-time
position, presented letters by Bushhorn stating that they were
given verbal warnings, which they say were later rescinded. Other
assertions made by the former employees include Bushhorn would
not allow the employees to speak to other office holders and that
employees were never sworn in as deputies, but received deputy
The former employees were not on the agenda and Bushhorn was not
in attendance at the meeting.
Commissioner President Robert Reiners reminded the former employees
that as an elected official, Bushhorn runs the office as she sees
fit. He also told them that county attorney Neil Comer will listen
to the tape of the meeting after which Reiners will then ask for
advice on the situation.
In other business:
* The commissioners unanimously adopted the 2009-10 EDIT plan.
* Pat Thomas was unanimously appointed to the DPC by the commissioners.
* The motion to accept the bid for the rooftop air condition unit
at the jail was unanimously approved.
All commissioners were in attendance along with Auditor Mary Ann
McCoy to take the minutes and county attorney Neil Comer to advise.
The next meeting will be held on Monday, June 1 beginning at 7
p.m. at the Ripley County Highway Garage in Osgood and reconvening
at the courthouse annex at 8 a.m.