Courthouse annex plans discussed

Beth Rumsey
Staff f Writer

Plans for a new courthouse annex continue according to Julie Berry, Midwestern Engineering, who presented possible granting opportunities as well as a request for a space study at the regular commissioners meeting held on Friday, May 28. According to Berry, the space study will be required in order to be considered for future grants for the annex.

A representative from ATC was also at the meeting regarding the annex. He requested that a title search be completed to ensure there are no environmental liens or restrictions on the property.

Dan Stoneking, Milan, presented the commissioners a unique drainage issue causing damage to his property on County Line Road. According to Stoneking, a neighboring property in Dearborn County is the cause of flooding on his driveway and in his barn.
Stoneking noted that he has not had a problem with flooding during his five years at the residence until the neighbor cleaned up the area for better drainage on his property.

Due to the unique nature of the problem, the commissioners advised Stoneking to file a complaint at the auditor’s office so that they can start the process of resolving the issue.
Attorney Larry Eaton, representing the Town of Milan, received permission to access the county’s GIS system to complete a sewer project. “That’s what it’s there for,” said Commissioner President Rob Reiners.

In other business, the commissioners unanimously approved the cost of $1300 for the removal of trees at the Ripley County Fairgrounds Park.

All commissioners were in attendance. The next meeting will be on Monday, June 14 beginning at 7 a.m. at the Ripley County Highway Garage in Osgood and reconvening at 8 a.m. at the courthouse annex in Versailles.