commissioners give solution to drainage problem
The Land vs. Richmond drainage board hearing was held at the regular
commissioners' meeting on Monday, June 14. The drainage issue was
first presented to the commissioners at the November 2009 meeting.
According to Donna Land of Milan, property owned by her and her
mother, Margaret, had standing water issues due to an obstructed
ditch on land owned by Mike and Cindy Richmond. According to Land,
this was caused by the construction of a building on the Richmond
property that left a mound of dirt near a fence on the Land property
resulting in the additional water runoff.
The commissioners visited the property in April and addressed the
concerns presented by the Lands. Junior Heaton, Ripley County Highway
Garage supervisor, noted that the water was flowing through the
ditch on Saturday, June 12 when he stopped to look at the site.
According to Commissioner President Rob Reiners, since the ditch
is open and flowing, the only thing for the Richmonds to do is to
remove the earthen mound to natural grade. The commissioners gave
the Richmonds 60 days to remove the obstruction and will re-inspect
the property on August 16.
911 Communications Director Judy Schebler updated the commissioners
on the loss of income from the land line account. According to Schebler,
the current monthly fee charged by 911 for a land line phone is
$1.75. These fees help to pay for expenses such as salaries.
More customers are giving up the land lines and going to only cell
phone usage, according to Schebler. The monthly fee for cell phones
is 50 cents and is collected by the state, which then provides a
portion to each county communication center.
There is enough in the account for the current year, but Schebler
said that next years budget will be affected by the loss.
She said five salaries are paid by the county and five salaries
are paid through the land line/cell phone accounts.
In other business:
The motion to give annual support of $28,000 to LifeTime
Resources was approved.
The resignation of Ted Spurlock as commissioner representative
to the Rising Sun Regional Foundation was approved.
The motion to move voting in Johnson Township from the Masonic
Lodge to the Versailles Baptist Church was approved.
The motion to replace a camera in superior court was approved.
All commissioners were in attendance. The next meeting will be on
Monday, June 28 beginning at 7 a.m. at the Ripley County Highway
Garage and reconvening at 8 a.m. at the courthouse annex in Versailles.