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BE IT REMEMBERED that a special meeting of the White County Council was held at the White County Building in Monticello at 10:00 A.M. on February 28, 2014 for the purpose of discussing the additional appropriations and other business that might come before the membership.

Council President Dennis Carter called the Council meeting to order in a special joint session with the Commissioners and Economic Development Commission.  The following members were present:

 

Dennis E Carter          Kevin L Crabb                                    Art A Anderson

Bruce D Clear             Raymond L Kramer Jr            James G Annis

James B Davis

 

For more detailed content of joint session, see Commissioners’ minutes.

 

WHITE COUNTY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION OFFICERS

White County Economic Development Commission unanimously re-elected its officers for the year:  Larry Klink as President, Mark Gamble as Vice-President, and Jim Annis as Secretary.

 

RESOLUTION FOR BONDS TO BUILD AT MID-AMERICA COMMERCE PARK

Rick Hall, the attorney from Barnes & Thornburg LLP who has been assisting the County, said the issuance of bonds is simply a loan of $2.25 million from Alliance Bank and $2.25 million from the Bank of Wolcott, with Certificates of Deposit in the amount of $2.25 million being held at each respective bank as collateral.  It will be in the form of a draw, so as money is needed for the construction of the shell building in Wolcott, the County can draw from the loans to pay expenses.  If the cost is less than $4.5 million, the full amount would not be borrowed, thus lowering interest costs.  It’s a three-year term with no penalty for early pay-off.  Once the building is built, marketed, and sold, the County will be reimbursed for the advancement.  The interest rate is 2.5% and is repayable from the Economic Development Wind Farm payments received by the County.  This fulfills the plans the County had for these funds.

Economic Development Commission President Larry Klink opened the meeting for a public hearing.  There being no comments, objections, or questions, Mark Gamble made a motion to adopt Resolution 2014-01approving and authorizing certain actions and proceedings with respect to certain proposed economic development revenue bonds.  Jim Annis seconded the motion.                                                                                                        Vote:  Unanimous

ORDINANCE FOR REVENUE BONDS

Councilor Anderson asked if more funding becomes necessary, would the Council be able to amend this ordinance.  Commissioner Diener explained they have tried to consider all the scenarios and believes this figure puts the County in a good position.  The Ordinance could be amended, however.

 

Councilor Kramer made a motion to suspend the rules and consider passage on the first reading.  Councilor Crabb seconded the motion.                                       Vote:  Unanimous

 

Councilor Kramer made a motion to adopt ordinance 2014-01 authorizing the issuance of the White County, Indiana Taxable Economic Development Revenue Bonds, Series 2014 (Wolcott building project), and authorizing and approving other actions in respect thereto.  Councilor Anderson seconded the motion.                                                            Vote:  Unanimous

 

RESOLUTION FOR REVENUE BONDS

Commissioner Burton made a motion to approve resolution 2014-02-28-05 approving and authorizing certain actions and proceedings with respect to certain proposed economic development revenue bonds.  Commissioner Diener seconded the motion.

Vote:  2 Yea 1 Abstain, Commissioner Diener

 

Commissioner Heimlich thanked everyone for their cooperation on this project.  Under the original proposal, the County would have had to cover the interest if the building didn’t sell after a year, and no one knew where interest rates would be.  Now the County’s cost is guaranteed, thanks to local banks.

Commissioner Diener thanked the two signature investors, Economic Development and its Board, Council, and everyone who has been working on this project for decades.  It makes him proud of White County’s leadership and foresight.

 

LAND PURCHASE IN MID-AMERICA COMMERCE PARK AREA

White County Attorney Loy said the Commissioners have previously adopted a resolution to purchase property for not more than the average appraised value of a little over $14,000 per acre.  The owners will sell the 27.364 and 21.147 acre tracts for $14,000 per acre.  The Councilors agreed the money would come from County Economic Development Income Tax (CEDIT).

Commissioner Diener made a motion to purchase the two tracts of land from the Matthews in the amounts of $383,096 and $296,058.  Commissioner Burton seconded the motion.                                                                                                         Vote:  Unanimous

 

ORDINANCE TO VACATE PORTION OF COUNTY ROAD 25 EAST

Commissioner Heimlich said NIPSCO agreed to build a road on their property to replace a part of County Road 25 East which is being vacated.  Attorney Loy said public hearings on this subject have been held in 2013 on August 19, September 3, and October 7 & 21.  The ordinance is dependent upon the road agreement between NIPSCO and the County.  NIPSCO will reimburse the County for road construction and guardrail costs of $311,171.89.  Area Plan Director Rogers would like to be sure everything complies with Area Plan regulations.

Commissioner Diener made a motion to accept the road agreement with NIPSCO and to adopt Ordinance #14-02-28-06 to vacate a portion of County Road 25 East in White County, Indiana (subject to Area Plan approval).  Commissioner Burton seconded the motion.                                                                                                                                      Vote:  Unanimous

AERIAL PHOTOS

Information Technology Director Eric Storm said other Counties highly recommend the Pictometry aerial photos, and he feels very strongly about the program.  He said the County will benefit from it across the board, including the municipal governments, County, Economic Development, Police, Fire, Area Plan, and Assessor.  He passed out a contract that includes a flyover every two years.

Councilor Anderson went to see this set up at Rensselaer, and they suggested flyovers every three years.  He said the Highway Department would also be able to use it to measure roads.  Councilor Anderson said the County might get a better price with an extended plan of perhaps four flyovers within twelve years.  He said Rensselaer was able to collect a lot of taxes on buildings found from the flyovers.  He was impressed with the system and believes it would be worthwhile.

Councilor Annis asked how Pictometry would work with the software already in the different offices.  Director Storm said it works very well with the County’s current GIS system.  The two vendors know each other and work well together.   The fiber optic connection here will make it work quickly.

Assessor Downey said that 25% of the County gets reassessed every year, and therefore the flyovers every 2 years would best be utilized for Assessor purposes.  Porter County had contracted out $900,000 for assessments.  Once they began utilizing this program and were able to do desk top inspections, they only contracted out $400,000.

Councilor Carter said he spoke with Newton and Tippecanoe Counties.  Both recommended the system and said the money was well spent because of the increase of assessed properties found.

Commissioner Burton suggested the three flyovers in six years, and if the benefit does not prove to be there after the second, to then opt out of the third flyover.

Commissioner Diener made a motion to enter into the contract with Pictometry International Corporation for aerial photography of White County at a total cost for three flyovers of $330,350.89.  Commissioner Burton seconded the motion.  Vote:  Unanimous

IVY TECH LEASE

Commissioner President Heimlich said the County has had a lease agreement with Ivy Tech that gets renewed annually.  Since the County loaned Ivy Tech $1.2 million to refurbish the building, the County would prefer the lease be renewed for a longer period of time.  That would give the County assurance the school is here to stay, and the loan will be paid back.  The new agreement would lower the lease payment and gradually go up to $82,000 by the end of five years.  There would be another five-year option after that.

Commissioner Burton made a motion to accept the five-year Lease Agreement with Ivy Tech.  Commissioner Diener seconded the motion.                                      Vote:  Unanimous

ADJOURNMENT

There being no further business to bring before the Council, Councilor Anderson made a motion to adjourn.  Councilor Annis seconded the motion.                                  Vote:  Unanimous

 

 

___________________________          ___________________________            ___________________________

DENNIS E CARTER, PRESIDENT     JAMES ANNIS                                        ART A ANDERSON

___________________________             ___________________________            ___________________________

JAMES B DAVIS                                    KEVIN L CRABB                             RAYMOND L KRAMER JR

___________________________              Attest:  ___________________________

 

BRUCE D CLEAR                                          GAYLE E ROGERS, AUDITOR