Commissioners hear noise concerns

Beth Rumsey
Staff Writer

Ripley County residents Tim and Mary Waller discussed a situation regarding excessive noise as well as animals and animal waste issues at their home on CR 450S at the regular commissioner meeting on Monday, March 8. According to the Wallers, although they are on good terms with their neighbors, they would like these issues resolved.

Tim Waller explained that he was originally told that there would only be about 13 dairy cows on the neighboring property owned by Sarah and Levi Stolzfoos. According to Waller, there has been as many as 50 cows at different times.

Waller also expressed concerns of the animal waste that flows onto their property during rains. IDEM has been called, according to Waller, who said they told him that the lagoons on the property are nearly full and have been closed.

Excessive noise is also an issue for Waller, who is often confined to the home due to illness. He reported that a generator runs for several hours during the night as well as a portable sawmill and heavy equipment.
The commissioners explained that there is no noise ordinance for the county and they do not have any authority regarding the animal waste issues. They will look into the situation to determine if there is anything else they can do for the Wallers.

USI Consultants, bridge inspectors from Indianapolis, presented information on services available. USI has worked in almost 20 counties across the state and has been in business for about 30 years.

The company employs engineers, land surveyors as well as certified divers that inspect those foundations that are under water. Software utilized by USI allows for immediate updates while in the field as well as the ability to address issues immediately.

The commissioners unanimously approved to allow Midwestern Engineers to contact IDEM and the county health department regarding monitoring wells located on county property. A space analysis study will be completed to determine the size required for an annex. The commissioners will determine whether to purchase an existing structure or build a new building after learning the results of the testing.
In other business:

• The commissioners approved the cost of batteries for the panic buttons.
• Sherry Cunningham was unanimously re-appointed to the Osgood Public Library Board.

All commissioners were in attendance along with county auditor Bill Wagner and county attorney Neil Comer to advise. The next meeting will be on Monday, March 22 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.