chosen for county attorney
The Ripley County Commissioners welcomed new county attorney John
Ertel at the regular meeting on Monday, February 7. We look
forward to working with you, said commissioner president
The commissioners considered proposed site layouts for the annex
building presented by the architectural firm Lawrence, Williams,
Clinton (LWC). According to project manager Gary Turner, construction
could begin as early as August 2011.
The proposed plans were designed with office holders space
needs in mind as well as those needs for the commissioner meeting
room. Input from the commissioners, the county council and the
building committee will be considered before a final plan will
According to Turner, the schemes were developed to protect the
historical look of the square and to ensure that the courthouse
was the primary focus. None of the plans included a basement.
Newer plans will be adjusted to include a partial basement and
will be contingent on approval from IDEM due to soil contamination
from the old dry cleaning business.
LWC will meet with the building committee for their recommendations
and will present adjusted plans at the next commissioners meeting.
In other business, the commissioners approved the formation of
the voting advisory council, as part of the Help America Vote
Council, which will ensure that polling places are accessible.
The council will be comprised of three members with at least two
members over the age of 65 or disabled. County clerk Mary Ann
McCoy requested members to include Mark Busching, Everett Thompson
and Paul Mathews. The motion to approve the advisory council and
the appointments were approved with a vote of 2-0-1 with Busching
Scott Huffman, Ripley County EMS director, presented the annual
contract from the Batesville Rescue 10. According to Huffman,
the Rescue 10 contract was modified from the original contract
signed by the other paramedic services.
Huffman noted that Rescue 10 does not want to disclose the billing
information to the county nor use the same billing software used
by others in the county. Commissioner President Reiners noted
that billing information is public record and therefore should
be reported. County attorney John Ertel was requested to send
a letter stating that Rescue 10 will not receive the first quarter
check until the original contract is signed.
All commissioners were in attendance. The next meeting will be
held on Friday, February 18 beginning at 7 a.m. at the Ripley
County Garage in Osgood and reconvening at 8 a.m. at the courthouse
annex. Note this is a different schedule due to Presidents
Day being on February 21.