has questions about police protection
Members of the Ripley County Council dealt with a short agenda
at their regular meeting held Monday, September 20.
The portion of the meeting that took the most amount of time was
something the members didnt take action on, but instead
listened to a resident who was upset.
I want to feel protected, the resident told council
members as she told her story. The resident (who will not be named
due to an ongoing investigation) said her home was broken into
on September 9 and several items stolen.
She said the Ripley County Sheriffs Office responded to
her home, but hadnt followed up on the situation ten days
Council members would hear that the sheriff told the woman they
dont have enough staff.
A security system has now been installed at the residence, but
the homeowners still don't feel secure. If I have a distressing
situation, I hope the police can respond, she noted.
Sheriff Tom Grills was at the meeting and responded to the complaint.
He said he personally took ten case reports last Friday alone.
The sheriff said his deputies keep busy, but it seems the work
load has increased. He said he has requested three additional
officers and is waiting for the councils decision.
Council member Ed Armbrecht said he understands both sides but
would like to have some questions answered before responding.
He noted that adding one officer is an expense of $75,000 to the
county. In a year when county coffers face a $380,000 revenue
shortfall, adding the additional personnel is something the council
will have to weigh out.
The sheriff said there is more criminal activity now. But, he
did reassure the public that his office will always be there
The lady speaking to the council said she is afraid people will
begin to protect themselves.
In other business, council members voted unanimously to approve
$750 was appropriated for the Ripley County Park and Recreation
for sand for the racetrack. This is grant money from the Indiana
Commissioners will transfer $10,000 from the Change of
Venue fund to the Unemployment fund. This will pay the remainder
of unemployment for the rest of the year.
The coroner was approved to transfer $1386 from the Training
fund for mortuary garments; $300 for uniforms and $400 for mortuary
garments from the Tire and Lubes fund.
A public hearing was opened and closed concerning budgets.
There was no one from the public with comments about the budgets.
All council members were in attendance. The next regular meeting
is set for October 18 at 7:00 p.m. at the courthouse annex building