Armbrecht, Versailles, requested the county commissioners consider
paying for the cost of tar removal from her vehicle after an
incident involving work by the county near her place of employment
on April 7. The request was made at the regular commissioner
meeting on Monday, May 17.
According to Armbrecht, the Ripley County Highway Department
was chipping and sealing a county road and a portion of the
business parking lot in Friendship. When asked by the
facilities director, a county employee stated the employees
of the business did not need to move their vehicles.
As a result, four vehicles showed evidence of a very fine spray
of tar on the roof, sides and rear of the vehicles. According
to Armbrecht, the tar cannot be seen, but rather felt on the
The commissioners requested Armbrecht get three estimates for
the removal of tar and explained that they will only pay for
the removal of tar on those four vehicles involved.
After visiting the property of Lisa Bradshaw, who presented
a drainage complaint at the May 3 meeting, the commissioners
determined that it was not an issue for the drainage board.
According to Bradshaws complaint, a broken tile is causing
ponding and erosion on her property in Osgood.
Julie Berry, Midwestern Engineering, provided three bids for
Phase I environmental site assessment for the courthouse annex
project. The commissioners unanimously approved the bid from
ATC Engineering for $1100. According to Berry, ATC Engineering
had previously worked on site assessment for the courthouse
site for Indiana Department of Environmental Matters (IDEM).
Herman Strumpf, Osgood, requested the county install no parking
signs near his property on North Finks Road near Devils
Elbow. According to Strumpf, those who are parking on the road
are trespassing on his property to fish in a creek. After consideration
and consultation with the county attorney, the commissioners
agreed to advise Strumpf to place No Trespassing signs on his
The Town of Versailles requested permission to install 20 mph
signs along CR 50W near the Tyson Memorial Sports Complex. The
commissioners unanimously approved the request. Ripley County
Highway Department Supervisor Junior Heaton updated the commissioners
on complaints of vehicles parking along the county road and
causing property damage as well as blocking traffic during the
grand opening of the sports complex on May 15.
County Attorney Neil Comer reminded the commissioners that parking
on the county roads is not allowed. He advised the commissioners
to send a letter to the Versailles Town Council regarding the
The Ripley County Tourism received a grant for $1500 to pay
for the cost of inspection of the stone arch bridges by Bill
Condiff, who specializes in historic preservation of stone arch
bridges. According to tourism director Katherine Taul, there
is a balance of $650 yet to be covered. The commissioners unanimously
approved the cost towards the inspection of the stone arch bridges.
All commissioners were in attendance along with county auditor
Bill Wagner and county attorney Neil Comer to advise. The next
meeting will be on Friday, May 28 due to the regular scheduled
meeting is on a holiday. The meeting will begin at 7 a.m. at
the Ripley County Highway Garage in Osgood and reconvene at
8 a.m. at the courthouse annex.