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BE IT REMEMBERED, that the White County Commissioners held a regular meeting on Monday, July 7, 2014. The meeting was held at the White County Building, 2nd floor Commissioners’ 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 Burton made a motion to approve the minutes for the regular meeting held on June 16 as presented, seconded by Commissioner Diener. Vote: Unanimous


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


Commissioner Heimlich said that the claim made out to Geiger Excavating for $60,630.59 should not be paid out of the Economic Development fund (221-1000-9-99) but paid out of the Vera Sun Fund (222-1000-9-99). Auditor Rogers said that she would make that correction.

  • Commissioner Burton made a motion to approve and pay the claims as presented, and also make the corrections to the Geiger Excavating invoice, seconded by Commissioner Diener. Vote: Unanimous


Dean Mullens, Director, presented a 2013 Emergency Management Performance Grants- Salaries Sub Grant Agreement.

This grant will reimburse the county $26,425.10, which is a portion of the salaries that were paid to the EMA Director and Assistant for 2013.

  • Commissioner Burton made a motion to approve the 2013 Emergency Management Performance Grants-Salaries Sub Grant Agreement, seconded by Commissioner Diener. Vote: Unanimous


Mike Kyburz reported that $3,257,930 in grant funds from INDOT have been awarded to White County for the Gordon Road Reconstruction project. The money will not be available until 2017.


Mr. Kessler, owner of Xtreme Contracting, Reynolds, requested the opportunity to bid on future work that the county might have.


White County Auditor Gayle Rogers presented department head salary budget proposals for 2015. She would like to have a recommendation from the commissioners after they review the proposals so she can present it to the councilman. Budget hearings are set for July 28.

Within the next two weeks, Auditor Rogers said that she will have copies of the parcels that did not sell at the tax sale. She said that there were four parcels that did not receive any bids at the Tax Sale nor the Commissioners’ Sale. The commissioners will now have to decide what to do with them.


Roger Feldhaus, Executive Director, appeared before the commissioners to present a booklet of information containing the annual report for the Region 4 Workforce Board, Industry Sector Service Delivery, Customers served by County of Residence and an overview for White County.

Mike Godlove, Vice Chair on the Region 4 Workforce Board, thanked the commissioners for their continued commitment to support the program.

Dawn Achor-Smith, Case Manager for WorkOne Workforce Development Services shared a participant’s recent success story.


Dr. Tom Fletcher, Superintendent of Twin Lakes School Corporation, said that they have been awarded a $50,000 matching grant to go towards a new school resource officer program. For its matching portion of the grant, the school corporation will provide security cameras, door bell systems, security glass at entrances and other improvements that they will need.

Dr. Fletcher said that meetings have begun and will continue with school board members, representatives of county and city police officials and attorneys to develop an agreement between the county, city and school corporation.

White County Attorney Loy said a three-part agreement between the School Corporation, city and county will be needed for an officer to be on duty to cover all school buildings when school is in session. The officers will not be employees of the School Corporation, they will be independent contractors.

Commissioner Burton asked if the other school corporations in the county will be applying for the grant. Dr. Fletcher said that Frontier did receive grant funds, but only for safety improvements made to their school. The other two did not apply.

Mr. Fletcher will return at a later date with an agreement.


  • Commissioner Diener made a motion to continue the opening of bids for the demolition of the White County Memorial Hospital to July 21, 2014, at 9:00 a.m., seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

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

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

ATTEST: _________________________

Gayle Rogers, Auditor