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BE IT REMEMBERED, that the White County Commissioners held a regular meeting on Tuesday, January 20, 2015. 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, Commissioner Steve Burton and Commissioner David Diener. Also present was the White County Auditor Gayle Rogers, White County Attorney George Loy and the Commissioners’ Assistant Donya Tirpak.

 

Commissioner Heimlich called the meeting to order.

 

MINUTES

  • Commissioner Diener made the motion to approve the minutes from the regular meeting on January 5, 2015, as presented, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

 

PAYROLL

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

 

CLAIMS

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

 

AREA PLAN

Area Plan Director Joe Rogers presented the following rezoning petition and amendment:

 

Rezoning Petition #1027

Kenneth & Nicole Dotson are requesting to rezone Lot Number One and Lot Number Two in Chapman Addition, Liberty Township from a B-2 (General Business District) to an R-2 (Single and Two-Family Residential District). The property is located at 6379 E. State Road 16, Monticello.

 

A public hearing was held by the APC on January 12, 2015. At that time, the APC voted to recommend this rezoning petition to the commissioners by a vote of 11 Yes and 0 No.

 

  • Commissioner Diener made a motion to approve rezoning petition #1027 for Kenneth & Nicole Dotson as presented, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

 

Amendment to White County Rezoning Ordinance

Director Rogers proposed amendment #39 to the zoning ordinance. The amendment will make changes to Chapter 3 and Chapter 8, which covers parking requirements for home occupation/childcare.

 

Mr. Rogers said that this amendment is necessary to establish parking and loading standards for the home occupations, child care homes and child care houses use category, relative to off-street ADA parking and access requirements.

 

The APC held a public hearing on January 12, 2015, and voted 10 Yes and 1 No to recommend this amendment to the commissioners.

 

  • Commissioner Diener made a motion to accept amendment #39 to the zoning ordinance as presented for Chapter 3 and Chapter 8, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

 

 

 

 

 

 

AMENDMENT

TO THE ZONING ORDINANCE OF

WHITE COUNTY

STATE OF INDIANA

 

Ordinance No. 15-01-20-01

 

WHEREAS, the White County Area Plan Commission has initiated and prepared this ordinance to amend the White County Zoning Ordinance pursuant to IC 36-7-4-602(c) and IC 36-7-4-607;

 

WHEREAS, the White County Area Plan Commission has reported that it held a public hearing concerning this ordinance on January 12, 2015, after timely notification of the hearing was given by publication in the Herald Journal, Monticello, Indiana at least 10 days prior as required by IC 36-7-4-604;

 

WHEREAS, the White County Area Plan Commission has reported that it paid reasonable regard to the factors enumerated in IC 36-7-4-603 in consideration of the ordinance and determination or recommendation to be made to the legislative body of White County;

 

WHEREAS, the White County Area Plan Commission has certified this ordinance to the legislative body with a recommendation by a majority vote in favor of adoption pursuant to IC 36-7-4-603 before acting on this ordinance amendment;

 

WHEREAS, the legislative body recognizes that the ordinance is required for the reasons summarized below;

 

WHEREAS, the legislative body has determined that this ordinance should be adopted without amendment as certified by the White County Area Plan Commission pursuant to IC 36-7-4-607; therefore,

 

BE IT ORDAINED AND ADOPTED BY THE LEGISLATIVE BODY OF WHITE COUNTY, INDIANA:

 

AMENDING CHAPTERS:

 

Chapter 3: Specific Use Requirements

3.1.2 – Required Conditions: Subsection G

 

Chapter 8: Parking & Loading Standards

Table 8.6 – Required Off-Street Parking Spaces for Child Care Home and Child Care House

 

AREA PLAN – NEW HIRE

Joe Rogers, Director, said that he has been approved by the Council to hire an additional full-time secretary for his department. This employee will finish entering updates from previous rezoning records on to the GIS, clean-up a lot of technical errors that require a lot of research on the GIS, flood plain formation, subdivision evaluations and approvals, and maintain the comprehensive plan.

 

Mr. Rogers asked for the commissioners’ blessing to fill this position, so he can move forward with setting up the interviews. PERMISSION APPROVED

 

APPOINTMENT – ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION

Commissioner Heimlich said that nominations from the county council and the city council must be made to the commissioners for the appointments to the Economic Development Commission. Nominations have been made and term dates are needing to be cleaned up at this time.

 

Larry Klink, County Commissioners’ appointment Term expires: 1/31/2018

Jim Annis, County Council’s nomination Term expires: 1/31/2017

Mark Gamble, Monticello City Council’s nomination Term expires: 1/31/2016

 

  • Commissioner Burton made a motion to accept the nominations and appoint Larry Klink, Jim Annis and Mark Gamble to the White County Economic Development Commission board as presented, seconded by Commissioner Diener. Vote: Unanimous

 

APPOINTMENT – NWISWD

Commissioner Heimlich said that according to the by-laws of the Northwest Indiana Solid Waste District Board of Directors, the commissioners are also responsible for appointing recommendations from the county council and city council.

 

The following recommendations have been made:

 

Butch Kramer, County Council

Ralph Widmer, City Council

Phil Vogel, Alternate City Council

 

  • Commissioner Diener made a motion to appoint Butch Kramer, Ralph Widmer and Phil Vogel to the NWISWD Board of Directors for a one year term, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

 

AUDITOR – DIGITALIZE RECORDS

Gayle Rogers, Auditor, said that she would like to digitize 50 years’ worth of records from the transfer books so that they can make them accessible to researchers over the internet. She presented three quotes and said that she would like to have SBS Group do the job. She said that we aren’t required to buy their software and they will also maintain the web site.

 

The cost from SBS Group is $14,989.80 for indexing the books and putting them on microfilm. The cost to set-up and provide a web site for the records over the internet will be an additional $2,400. Annual cost to maintain the web site will be under $2,400.

 

Quotes were also received from Crossroads Document Services and CD-COM Systems Midwest, both came in around $40,000. Funds are appropriated in her budget to have this done.

 

  • Commissioner Diener made a motion to approve the quote from SBS Group for the imaging project in the Auditor’s office, seconded by Commissioner Burton. 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

Butch Kramer

 

Councilman Jim Davis and Casey Crabb were absent.

 

E911

Terri Brooks, E-911 Director, presented the White County Communications E-911 year-end report for 2014.

 

Phone Statistics for 2014:

911 Wireless calls 8,910

911 Landline calls 1,439

Admin calls 67,462

Ambulance Runs 2,987

Text messages sent 735

 

COUNCIL ON AGING

Juanita Ohman, Assistant to the Director, presented the 4th quarter and year-end operating report. She reported that they had 15,020 passengers boarding in 2014. For next year they plan on receiving $118,000 from Federal and $50,000 from the State. A fundraiser will be held this year for two new vans. A copy of the financial report is available in the Commissioners’ Office.

 

ENVIRONMENTAL OFFICER

Jim Reynolds, Officer, provided the Environmental Report for January 2015.

 

  • Received 33 calls/complaints on various issues

  • Assisted with a spill on I-65

  • Sent out six letters for clean-ups.

  • Made nine landfill inspections.

  • Attended a training course.

 

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Randy Mitchell, President, presented the White County Economic Development Summary report for December 2014.

 

Mr. Mitchell reported that he maintained around six retention visits a month throughout the year. In 2014, White County had 27 new businesses start-up and 698 new jobs created. He continues to be very aggressive meeting with site selectors from Atlanta, Chicago and Indianapolis for the Mid-America Commerce Park. A grant has been submitted for $150,000 for the Career & Technical Education program for county schools.

 

Their annual meeting is March 6 and only available to the first 250 people.

 

RECYCLING DEPARTMENT

Dawn Girard, Director, presented a year-end report for the department. A copy of the report is available in the Commissioners’ Office for review.

 

AREA PLAN

Joe Rogers, Director, reported that the department issued 23 permits last month, which puts them at 289 permits for the year. A copy of the department’s annual report was presented.

 

Mr. Rogers said that he requested proposals for the 2015 White County Comprehensive Plan from eight different firms, and four were received from the following:

 

  1. CHA Companies, Indianapolis, IN

  2. RATIO Architects, Inc., Indianapolis, IN

  3. Houseal Lavigne Associates, LLC. Chicago, IL

  4. HWC Engineering, Lafayette, IN

 

He is planning on the APC to hold interviews/presentations sometime in February.

 

AIRPORT

Area Plan Director Joe Rogers reported that the Airport has been operating under many different zoning districts and he would like to get it corrected. He asked the commissioners permission to apply a single fee to all of the application submissions, and to hold one hearing to clean-up all the different parcels.

 

  • Commissioner Diener made a motion to allow Area Plan to combine the Airport different parcels in one hearing to be heard all at the same time, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

 

Commissioner Heimlich announced that the commissioners have already voted to close Luse Road and a public hearing for a road vacation needs to be held before construction starts this spring. The public hearing can be held during a commissioners’ regular meeting. He would like to have this held during the joint meeting with the council as well, for their input.

 

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

 

TAX SALE CERTIFICATE

White County Attorney George Loy presented the following resolution transferring a tax sale certificate to the City of Monticello.

 

 

 

  • Commissioner Burton made a motion to adopt Resolution No. 15-01-20-02 for the transfer of tax sale certificate to the City of Monticello, seconded by Commissioner Diener. Vote: Unanimous

 

 

RESOLUTION NO. 15-01-20-02

RESOLUTION OF THE BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS OF WHITE COUNTY, INDIANA FOR THE TRANSFER OF TAX SALE CERTIFICATE TO THE CITY OF MONTICELLO

 

WHEREAS, certain real property parcel was offered for tax sale conducted by the White County Treasurer pursuant to I.C. 6-1.1-24 et seq., which parcel is more particularly described as follows:

 

15’ even width off N/S Tract C in TW O’Connor’s Addition

Tax I.D. #91-63-04-000-005.801-021, formerly owned by Minnie Carpenter

 

Along with all buildings, fixtures and personal property associated therewith (hereinafter the “Real Estate”); and

 

WHEREAS, an amount was not received equal to or in excess of the minimum sale price required for the Real Estate, and pursuant to I.C. 6-1.1-24-6 the Board of Commissioners of White County was issued a tax sale certificate for the Real Estate and therefore has acquired the same rights as a purchaser of such certificate; and

 

WHEREAS, the Board of Commissioners has determined that it is best interest of White County, Indiana that the tax sale certificate for the Real Estate described above be assigned to the City of Monticello, Indiana, pursuant to I.C. 6-1.1-24-9 (c) and (d) for no consideration.

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT HEREBY RESOLVED, that the Board of Commissioners of White County approves the assignment of the tax sale certificate for the Real Estate described above for no consideration to the City of Monticello, Indiana.

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

___________________________ _____________________________ ____________________________

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

 

 

 

 

ATTEST: _________________________

Gayle Rogers, Auditor