Council holds last regular mtg. of 2009
Ripley County Council held their last regular meeting for 2009
on Monday, November 16 taking care of several agenda items. The
December meeting has been canceled.
The November meeting was the last one for Mary Ann McCoy, auditor,
who will be taking the position she was elected to as clerk for
the county in January. She thanked the council members and said
she had enjoyed serving in her capacity as auditor. The auditor
records the minutes from the county council and commissioners
In business, everything was approved unanimously as council president
Dephane Smith went down the list.
Both the Circuit Court Judge, Carl Taul, and Superior Court Judge,
James Morris, came before the council requesting an additional
appropriation of $24,000 from the juror fee fund to purchase a
Case Management Computer System. Judge Taul explained it was necessary
since the system they have now will not carry the 2010 load.
Council member Ed Armbrecht commended the judges for getting this
system without using taxpayer monies. It will come from jury,
probation user fees and other funds.
Commissioner president Robert Reiners had several requests. He
requested $25,000 from the Cum Cap fund to appropriate funds for
repairs at the jail; $30,930.49 from the Cum Bridge fund to build
a new bridge on County Road 1000 North. He explained this will
help alleviate the flooding problem in the Town of Sunman. He
also requested $1,000 be transferred from the Mileage fund to
complete year end expenses.
Reiners request to transfer $48,000 from the Cum Cap Machinery/Equipment
fund to Building Repairs fund, was unanimously granted with one
change. Council agreed to allow a $44,000 transfer and suggested
the other $4,000 go toward computers needed by Tad Brinson, Ripley
County Area Planning and Building. Reiners agreed to the modification.
Superior Court Judge James Morris request of $184.81
being transferred from the Interpreter fund to the Law Library
fund was granted.
Due to the special election for the Batesville Community
School Corporation, Clerk Ginger Bradford requested two transfers
that totaled $4,260.00 to take care of printing. She noted the
election cost the county $10,642.97 which should be reimbursed
by the school corporation.
Ripley County Technology Director Kelly Vollet was granted
$878.00 to purchase switches for the server room. This was transferred
from the Consultant fund to computer supplies.
$1,750.32 was transferred from the Medical Professional
Liability fund for the health department to the Insurance fund.
Mary Ann McCoy requested $3500.00 be transferred from the
Office Supply fund to Clerical to finish out the end of the year
in the auditors office.
The job description for a maintenance technician as presented
by Sheriff Tom Grills was granted with the stipulation it read
part time hourly. Also granted was a salary ordinance
per request of Harley Robinson, Health Board President with the
stipulation that the amount of salary not exceed that of similar
positions that already exist.
Julie Brancamp and Phil Mohr were at the meeting representing
the Ripley County Parks and Recreation. Brancamp reminded everyone
of the upcoming Christmas Walk set for the first weekend in December.
Council member Donald Dunbar brought up the fact that Ohio has
passed the law allowing casinos and wondered how that might affect
Ripley County with their revenue sharing plans. He cautioned the
council that money from those funds could go down in future years.
All council members were in attendance at the meeting that lasted
about 40 minutes. The next regular meeting will be in January
2010 and will be announced.