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BE IT REMEMBERED, that the White County Commissioners held a regular meeting on Monday, May 19, 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.


  • Commissioner Diener made a motion to approve the minutes from the regular meeting held on May 5, 2014, seconded by Commissioner Burton.  Vote:  Unanimous


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


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


White County Attorney George Loy presented a demolition contract for the Dennis Wakeland property.  The contract states that Jim Overbeck Excavating, Inc., will provide equipment and labor to remove all of the structures, debris and concrete located at 212 E. South Railroad Street, Idaville.  The contract is for $8,999.00.

  • Commissioner Diener made a motion to enter into a contract with Jim Overbeck Excavating, Inc., as presented, seconded by Commissioner Burton.  Vote:  Unanimous


White County Attorney George Loy submitted a resolution to start the process of rezoning the Ivy Tech Campus property from a B-1 to an R-2.

  • Commissioner Diener made a motion to approve Resolution No. 14-05-19-01, requesting the APC to rezone property located at 1017 O’Connor Blvd, Monticello, from a B-1 to an R-2, seconded by Commissioner Burton.  Vote:  Unanimous

RESOLUTION NO. 14-05-19-01





WHEREAS, certain real estate owned by White County, located at 1017 O’Connor Blvd., Monticello, Indiana, is currently leased to Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana; and

WHEREAS, said property is zoned “B-1” under the White County Zoning Ordinance which zoning is inappropriate for the district location and applicable development standards for said property as reflected by the White County Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Control Ordinance; and

WHEREAS, the White County Commissioners desire said property to be rezoned to “R-2” in order that the current use of said property conform with the White County Zoning Ordinance.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT HEREBY RESOLVED by the White County Commissioners that the White County Area Plan Commission rezones said property located at 1017 O’Connor Blvd. (Tax I.D. #91-73-28-000-068.000-021) from “B-1” to “R-2.”


Commissioner Burton said that he received an email from Sheriff Pat Shafer saying that the main water heater at the Sheriff’s Department is down and requested permission to have it replaced.  Sheriff Shafer estimates that it will cost $22,000 to $25,000 and asked if this would be covered under the Capital Improvement Fund account.  He also wanted to know if he needs to collect more than one quote.

Commissioner Diener said that it can be paid out of the Capital Improvement Fund and Attorney Loy said that quotes do need to be collected.  Commissioner Burton will relay this information to the Sheriff.


Director Joe Rogers presented Rezoning Petition #1019.


Timothy & Shelley Burnside are requesting to rezone 1.919 acres from an I-1 (Light Industrial District) to an RR (Rural Residential District). The property is located at 5577 W. 900 S., Brookston.

A public hearing was held on May 12, 2014.  At that time, the APC voted to recommend this amendment to the Commissioners 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 #1019, rezoning 1.919 acres from an I-1 to an RR, seconded by Commissioner Burton.  Vote:  Unanimous


White County Auditor Gayle Rogers presented an addendum to the Tax Sale Support Services agreement from SRI.  The addendum states that the county agrees to bill each property owner a fee of $70.00 for each parcel listed instead of $75.00.

  • Commissioner Diener made a motion to accept the Tax Sale Support Services Addendum with SRI as presented, seconded by Commissioner Diener.  Vote:  Unanimous

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 presented the Environmental Report for May 2014.

  • Received 48 calls/complaints on various issues.
  • Made 7 landfill inspections
  • Working with TLRSD regarding compliance with abandon tanks.
  • EVOC Training


Randy Mitchell, President, presented the White County Economic Development Business Summary for April 2014.


Joe Rogers, Director, presented a list of building permits that were issued for April.  They issued 39 permits, 2 of them were for new homes and 2 were for new commercial facilities.

Mr. Rogers discussed a time restraint issue with all of the inspections that they have.  A lot of the permits are for minor permits and they are taking a lot of time to inspect.  There’s only one inspector in the department and at this rate he will have over 100 hrs of overtime this year if they continue to inspect everything.  Over the next couple of months Mr. Rogers said that he will come before the board on recommendations on how they can manage this problem.


Commissioner Heimlich discussed with the council a meeting that was held with Dave Girtz; Owner of Girtz Industries, Mike Kyburz; Highway Superintendent, and Randy Mitchell, Economic Development.  The meeting was held to discuss road work that needs to be done on East Shafer Drive, the road from Lowes Bridge to the first curve, to accommodate the loads coming from Girtz Industries.  Concrete stabilization was discussed but Mike felt that re-asphalt would be sufficient.   The estimated cost to re-asphalt the one mile would be $124,000.

Commissioner Heimlich asked the council how they felt about funding this as an economic development project.

David Girtz was present at the meeting and said that they will have at least one load a month that will average 80,000 lbs.

The commissioners made the recommendation to the council to find the funds to do this project this summer.

  • Councilman Anderson made the motion to approve the road project to be done on East Shafer Drive this summer, how to fund the project will be determined at a later date, seconded by Councilman Davis.  Vote:  Unanimous


Chamber of Commerce representatives were present during the meeting to see if there were any updates on the new Chamber of Commerce Building.

Commissioner Diener said that he has communicated with Mr. Gross and he currently has his two sets of dimensional drawings.  He has talked with Rod Pool on what he needs to progress along.

Joe Rogers, Area Plan Director, asked what has been done about the property issues.  Commissioner Diener said that paperwork is still being discussed between attorneys.


Commissioner Heimlich recognized BJ Propes for 39 years of service at the Highway Department.  Mr. Propes worked the last two years as Highway Superintendent before retiring.  The commissioners thanked BJ for his years of service and dedication to the county.


  • Commissioner Burton made a motion to allow Commissioner Heimlich to be the designated signer for the commissioners for the county’s farm ground, seconded by Commissioner Diener.  Vote:  Unanimous

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