Beth Rumsey, Staff Writer
The Ripley County Sheriffs Office requested
permission to purchase new inmate uniforms at the Ripley County
Council meeting held on Monday, September 21. According to Sheriff
Tom Grills, the new uniforms will be color coded according to
each classification of crime committed.
Sheriff Grills explained that the color coding system would
allow outside agencies, such as EMTs, to better identify which
inmates are the most dangerous, therefore providing an additional
layer of safety within the jail.
According to Sheriff Grills, most of the inmate uniforms need
to be replaced and that the funds to purchase them will come
from the inmate commissary account. The council approved the
purchase of the uniforms with a vote of 6-0-1 with councilman
Bill Dramann abstaining.
Questions were posed to the sheriff regarding some expenditures
from the commissary account, required to be reviewed by the
council every six months. According to councilman Ed Armbrecht,
items such as flowers and memorials are not allowable expenses
as per guidelines set by the state board of accounts.
Sheriff Grills noted that he was following the examples of past
sheriffs. He assured the council that the requested changes
will be immediately implemented.
In other business, the 2010 budget for Ripley County was read
and approved. The budget total for all offices is $6,600,264.00
Those interested in a complete breakdown of the budget can request
that information at the auditors office.
The salary ordinance for the sheriffs office was approved
as corrected with the exception of the maintenance position
until receipt of the job description.
Ripley County Parks requested two appropriations of $500 for
rental deposits and $3,325 for payment for the show mobile operators.
According to Ripley County Parks and Recreation Director Julie
Brancamp, the show mobile was rented more this year than last
year. The council unanimously approved both appropriation requests.
Brancamp also requested the transfer of $1500 from the new equipment
account to the special events account. The council gave unanimous
The Ripley County Health Department received unanimous approval
to transfer $4000, funds from a H1N1 grant, to the communication
All council members were in attendance along with county auditor
Mary Ann McCoy and council attorney Neil Comer to advise. The
next meeting will be on Monday, October 19 beginning at 7 p.m.
in the courthouse annex.