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BE IT REMEMBERED, that the White County Commissioners held a regular meeting on Monday, April 21, 2014. The meeting was held at the White County Building, 2nd floor Commissioner Conference Room beginning at 8:00 a.m.

Commissioners present were: President John C. Heimlich, Vice President Steve Burton and Commissioner David Diener. Also present was the White County Attorney George Loy, White County Auditor Gayle Rogers and the Commissioners’ Secretary Donya Tirpak.

Commissioner Heimlich called the meeting to order.

MINUTES

  • Commissioner Diener made a motion to approve the minutes from the regular meeting held on April 7, 2014, as presented, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

PAYROLL

  • Commissioner Burton made a motion to approve the payroll for April 21, 2014, as presented, seconded by Commissioner Diener. Vote: Unanimous

CLAIMS

  • Commissioner Burton made a motion to approve and pay the claims as presented, seconded by Commissioner Diener. Vote: Unanimous

INFORMATION BOOTH

Commissioner Heimlich said that the Tourism Authority Board voted not to use the county’s log cabin any longer for the information center. They’ve now entered into an agreement with Indiana Beach to use the old bakery building.

Commissioner Heimlich said that discussion has been made to use the log cabin at the fairgrounds, but now the new Little League Park asked if they could use it temporarily for a concession stand.

Commissioner Burton asked if there was going to be some type of ownership agreement written up by the county attorney. Attorney Loy was not available at the time.

  • Commissioner Diener made a motion allow the Little League to move the county’s log cabin building to their new park to use as a temporary concession stand, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

Commissioner Heimlich asked Highway Superintendent Mike Kyburz to take a look and see if signs, to lower speed limit, and a guard rail could be located in front of the new park.

AREA PLAN

Joe Rogers, Director, presented the following rezoning petitions to the commissioners.

Rezoning Petition #1016

Travis & Heidi VanMeter are requesting to rezone two acres from an A-1 (General Agricultural District) to a B-2 (General Business District). The property is located at 1244 W. State Road 16 in Monon. The property owner is requesting to rezone the property because he would like to obtain a dealer’s license to sell semi-trailers. In order to obtain this license, his property must be zoned B-2.

The Area Plan Commission held a public hearing on April 14, 2014. At that time, the APC voted to recommend this amendment, including commitment letter, to the Commissioner by a vote of 8 yes and 0 no.

Commissioner Heimlich asked if anyone was present to speak about this request. No response.

  • Commissioner Diener made a motion to approve Rezoning Petition #1016 (Ordinance No. 566-14) along with a commitment letter to rezoning the property from an A-1 to a B-2, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

Rezoning Petition #1017

The White County Commissioners are requesting to rezone 21.147 acres from an A-1 (General Agricultural District) to an I-3 (Industrial Park) for property located on US Hwy 24, in Wolcott. This property is intended for the Mid American Commerce Park.

The Area Plan Commission held a public hearing on April 14, 2014, regarding this petition. At that time, the APC voted to recommend this amendment to the commissioners by a vote of 8 yes and 0 no. Mr. Rogers said that there were people present at the meeting with questions, but no objections.

Commissioner Heimlich asked if anyone was present to speak about this request. No response.

  • Commissioner Diener made a motion to approve Rezoning Petition #1017 (Ordinance No. 567-14) rezoning 21.147 acres from an A-1 to I-3, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

Rezoning Petition #1018

The White County Commissioners are requesting to rezone 27.364 acres from an I-2 (Heavy Industrial) to I-3 (Industrial Park) for property located on US Hwy 24, in Wolcott. This area is intended for the Mid American Commerce Park.

The Area Plan Commission held a public hearing on April 14, 2014, regarding this petition. At that time, the APC voted to recommend this amendment to the commissioners by a vote of 8 yes and 0 no. Mr. Rogers said that there were people present at the meeting with questions, but no objections.

Commissioner Heimlich asked if anyone was present to speak about this request. No response.

  • Commissioner Diener made a motion to approve Rezoning Petition #1018 (Ordinance No. 568-14) rezoning 27.364 acres from an I-2 to an I-3, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT – NEW TRACTOR

Highway Superintendent Mike Kyburz reviewed the bids that were submitted and made the recommendation to accept the low bid from Bane-Welker Equipment, Remington for a new, mechanical, front wheel drive, assist tractor.

  • Commissioner Burton made a motion to accept the low bid from Bane-Welker Equipment, Remington for $98,850.00, seconded by Commissioner Diener. Vote: Unanimous

HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT – DUMP TRUCK

County Attorney George Loy announced that the time has expired for the submission of bids for the Highway Department to purchase 2 new production models, heavy-duty, long wheel base, dump trucks. This RFP was properly advertised.

Three bids were received from the following:

Truck City, Gary, IN Single Axle $ 81,454.00

Tandem Axle $ 88,656.00

Stoops Freight Liner Quality

Trailer, Indianapolis, IN Single Axle $ 84,390.00

Tandem Axle $ 91,338.00

Kenworth, Indianapolis Single Axle $ 91,549.00

Tandem Axle $105,214.00

Commissioner Heimlich asked if anyone submitted a bid that wasn’t opened. No response. He said that the bids will be taken under advisement and awarded at the May 5 meeting.

BRIDGE NO. 159 –ACCEPT BIDS

County Attorney George Loy announced that RFP’s were properly advertised for the replacement of County Bridge No. #159 and the time has now expired for all bids to be submitted.

Bids were received from the following:

LaPorte Construction Co., Inc., LaPorte, IN $471,304.00

Jack Isom Construction, Reynolds, IN $329,523.63

Milestone Contractors, LP, Lafayette, IN $505,000.00

Yates Construction, Inc., Kentland, IN $337,622.78

Rieth-Riley Construction Co., Inc., Lafayette, IN $499,359.00

Don Ward, Engineer, said that the engineer’s estimate for this project is $438,054.54. He will take the bids under advisement and make a recommendation before the next meeting.

At this time, White County Council President, Denny Carter, called the council members to order in joint session with the Commissioners.

President Denny Carter Jim Annis Bruce Clear Arthur Anderson

Kevin “Casey” Crabb James Davis Butch Kramer

ENVIRONMENTAL OFFICER

Jim Reynolds, Officer, reported that complaints are starting to pick up.

  • Received 60 calls on complaints on various issues.
  • Made 10 landfill inspections
  • Working with the TLRSD regarding abandoned tanks.
  • Attended Health Department Exercise.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Randy Mitchell, President, presented his Business Summary for March 2014. A copy of the report is available in the Commissioners’ office.

New businesses that have recently opened up in White County:

  • Becky’s Boutique, Brookston
  • Randy Leman Consulting, Brookston
  • Roberts Floral & Gifts, Monticello
  • Label Shopper, Monticello

The Mid America Commerce Park (Wolcott Corridor Project) is well on its way. The material for the Shell Building has been ordered. Three parcels of land in the commerce park has been purchased; one by Economic Development Organization and two by the county. Construction for laying the water and sewer lines will start soon.

BUILDING DEPARTMENT

Joe Rogers, Director, presented a summary of the building permits issued to date. A copy is available in the Commissioners’ office.

EMA

Dean Mullens, Director, explained that they need to purchase a new vehicle. They currently have two Ford Explorers and they both need to be replaced. He would like to replace the 2008 Ford right now because it has over 120,000 miles and it’s having trouble with the power steering and a gasket. Mr. Mullens presented two estimates for a 2014 Ram Crew Cab 4x4.

Bartlett Ford, Brookston, IN $26,507.00

Fletcher Chrysler Dodge Jeep, RAM, Franklin, IN (State Bid) $22,952.00

Dean asked permission to use the $31,760.00, which is in a rainy day fund, to purchase the vehicle.

  • Commissioner Diener made a motion to allow EMA to purchase a new vehicle from the state bid using funds from their rainy day account as presented, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

CHAMBER OF COMMERCE BUILDING

Commissioner Heimlich explained that having the courthouse open during festivals for the public to use the restrooms has always been a safety concern for the courts. Since the renovation project started with the Constitution Plaza, discussion has been made on either adding public restrooms on to the Chamber of Commerce building, or building a new Chamber of Commerce Building with public restrooms. He said that if the county builds a new Chamber building, then we need to have control of the property/building. The Chamber building now sits on property owned by the County and the Chamber, and the property around the building is owned by the County and the City. The building is owned by the Chamber.

Commissioner Heimlich asked the council how they felt about this. Councilman Anderson asked if the building would be deeded to the county, would the county just give the money to the Chamber to put the restrooms in, or would the restrooms be county owned.

County Attorney Loy said that the Chamber is contemplating deeding the building to the county so the county would own the building and leasing it back to the Chamber for a period of time.

Rod Pool, Project Manager, said that he would like to square the Chamber building off so they will obtain more office space and also add 5’ off the back to add the bathrooms.

Jack Faker, a representative of the Chamber of Commerce, commented that they agree that getting the ownership to one place and then leasing the building back to the Chamber seems to be the logical thing to do. They support the idea of squaring up the building for more office space and adding the bathrooms. They think it’s a great opportunity for the City, County and Chamber to work together.

All County Council members were in favor of taking over the Chamber building and leasing it back to the Chamber to move the project forward. Details with Area Plan, cost for the project and ADA compliance must be done before any work on the building can be started.

BIO- TERRORISM COORDINATOR

Laura Bernfield, Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, presented the Medical Counter Measurer Dispensing Plan and the Mass Fatality Plan for White County:

Laura said that all of the guides that are put in her plan were actually put to the test when she held a “Point of Dispensing” exercise. Most of the people that make this all happen are volunteers.

Commissioner Burton complimented Laura for the work that she has done because he has seen the exercises put together. He said that she is doing things for our county that most people don’t think we are doing.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Laura Bernfield, Medical Reserve Corp., invited anyone and everyone to sign up online to be a public volunteer for any public medical health emergency that we may have in White County.

Anyone wishing to serve as a volunteer during an emergency can go online at www.serv-in.org, click on “add organization” and scroll down to White County and chose White County MRC.

Anyone needing assistance can contact Laura at the White County Health Department.

HEALTH WELNESS SCREENING

Commissioner Heimlich informed the Council that the wellness screening for the employees will not be free of charge from the county’s medical insurance. CHC said that they are going to charge $30 per person. He said that the county is going to pay this cost for the employees and the medical screening will be held June 11, 12, and 13.

There being no further business to come before the Council, their meeting was adjourned.

ALKIRE CEMETERY

Jeff Bonnell appeared before the commissioners requesting their blessing to put up a fence and clean-up the Alkire Cemetery in Prairie Township. He said that the property is owned by Paul Hough, which he will also be involved with the clean-up. The cemetery is deeded over to the township and the township trustee is aware of what’s going on.

Attorney Loy recommended that an easement be written up and to also contact the Area Plan office for fence regulations. The commissioners gave their blessing to the clean-up of Alkire Cemetery.

There being no further business to come before the board, their meeting was adjourned.

___________________________ _____________________________ ____________________________

John C. Heimlich, President Steve Burton, Vice President David Diener, Member

ATTEST: _________________________

Gayle Rogers, Auditor