Commissioners hear from bridge inspection companies at meeting
Representatives from two engineering firms presented information
regarding their bridge inspection services to the Ripley County
Commissioners at the regular meeting on Monday, February 22. Leo
Rumschlag, Rumschlag Technical Services is an independent engineer
who has been completing bridge inspections for the past eight
years throughout the state.
According to Rumschlag, as well as an inspection report, he provides
a maintenance report that will pinpoint repairs such as cleaning
and painting before they become a major problem.
Doug Ralston from Bernard and Lochmueller has offices in Indianapolis,
Evansville as well as Missouri and Illinois. The firm has worked
with many counties in the state and has the resources to inspect
all of the bridges in the county including the historic structures.
Catharine Dwyer, program manager for CMHC Directions Rape Crisis
Support and Advocacy, received permission to display T-shirts
created by victims of a violent crime on the courthouse lawn on
Thursday, April 29.
According to Dwyer, the Clothesline Project is a visually impacted
message about violence. There will be about 40 shirts from victims
and the family of victims displayed. There will be representatives
available to answer any questions. For more information, call
812-537-7381 or visit www.rapecrisissas.org.
In other business, the commissioners unanimously approved the
purchase of 15,000 county maps at a cost of $15,000.
Due to some confusion regarding the county emergency levels during
the last snow storm, the commissioners explained that the emergency
levels only apply to the county roads and not to the highways
or the incorporated towns unless an ordinance has been passed.
A snow emergency is called in order for the road crews to have
a chance to clean the roads.
We dont really want to call a level III unless we
have to, said commissioner president Robert Reiners. He
noted that the website explains the levels as well as any changes
All commissioners were in attendance along with county auditor
Bill Wagner and county attorney Neil Comer to advise. The next
meeting will be held on Monday, March 8 beginning at 7 a.m. at
the Ripley County Highway Garage in Osgood and reconvening at
8 a.m. at the courthouse annex.