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BE IT REMEMBERED, that the White County Commissioners held a regular meeting on Monday, March 16, 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 a motion to approve the minutes as presented for the regular meeting held on March 2, 2015, and the executive meeting held on February 17, 2015, 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 the claims as presented, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

 

AREA PLAN - GIS

Director Joe Rogers presented a quote from 39 Degrees North to add additional flood data layers to the GIS. He said that the Building Inspector said that it would make things easier when he is reviewing a site for floodplain compliance. This request was proposed at the last commissioners’ joint meeting with the council in February. The one-time cost will be $4,250 with an annual maintenance (support and storage) fee of $500.

 

  • Commissioner Diener made a motion to accept the quote from 39 Degrees North to add the additional flood data layers to the GIS as presented, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

 

AREA PLAN – REZONINGS

Director Joe Rogers presented the following rezoning request to the Commissioners.

 

Rezoning Petition #1029

The White County Economic Development Organization is requesting to rezone 5.494 acres from an I-2 (Heavy Industrial District) to an I-3 (Industrial Park District) for property located at W. US Hwy 24, in Wolcott. More commonly known as the Mid-America Commerce Park.

 

Mr. Rogers said that the intention is to eventually assign all property within the Mid-America Commerce Park as an I-3 District designation subjecting all properties in this area to the same zoning design and development standards.

 

The APC held a public hearing on this request on March 9, 2015. At that time, the APC voted 11 Yes and 0 No to recommend this petition to the Commissioners. Commissioner Heimlich asked if there was anyone present to speak about this rezoning petition. No response.

 

  • Commissioner Diener made a motion to approve petition #1029 (Ordinance No. 573-16) rezoning 5.494 acres from an I-2 to an I-3 for the White County Economic Development Organization, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

 

Rezoning Petition #1030

The White County Commissioners are requesting to rezone .511 of an acre from an I-2 (Heavy Industrial District) to an I-3 (Industrial Park District). The property is located at 11876 W. US Hwy 24, in Wolcott. More commonly known as the Mid-America Commerce Park.

 

Mr. Rogers said that the intention is to eventually assign all property within the Mid-America Commerce Park as an I-3 District designation subjecting all properties in this area to the same zoning design and development standards.

 

The APC held a public hearing on this request on March 9, 2015. At that time, the APC voted 11 Yes and 0 No to recommend this petition to the Commissioners. Commissioner Heimlich asked if there was anyone present to speak about this rezoning petition. No response.

 

  • Commissioner Burton made a motion to approve petition #1030 (Ordinance No. 573-17) rezoning .511 of an acre from an I-2 to an I-3 as presented, seconded by Commissioner Diener. Vote: Unanimous

 

Rezoning Petition #1031

The White County Board of Aviation Commission is requesting to rezone 18 parcels that are currently zoned A-1 (General Agricultural District) and R-2 (Single and Two Family Residential District) to an I-1 (Light Industrial District).

 

Mr. Rogers explained that there are 18 parcels that are part of the Airport Complex. When the Airport acquired these properties, they did not have the properties rezoned. If the properties aren’t rezoned, then they can’t be consolidated into a single parcel. If they aren’t consolidated, then they legally can’t develop the parcels. In order to get all of this fixed, they must all be rezoned to a single zoning. He did state that rezoning these properties will not impact property taxes on surrounding neighbors.

 

The APC held a public hearing on this request on March 9, 2015. At that time, the APC voted 11 Yes and 0 No to recommend this petition to the Commissioners. Commissioner Heimlich asked if there was anyone present to speak about this request.

 

Darrell Smith, 3519 S. Freeman Road, complained that the Airport authority has not been a very good neighbor to them. He was upset that they are wanting to change the rezoning of his property to Industrial.

 

Director Joe Rogers explained to Mr. Smith that a letter was sent to all adjoining land owners stating that the properties owned by the Airport were the ones being requested to be rezoned, no other properties. Mr. Smith misunderstood the letter.

 

Commissioner Heimlich asked if there was anyone else wishing to speak to this request. No response.

 

  • Commissioner Diener made a motion to approve rezoning petition #1031 (Ordinance 573-18) rezoning 18 parcels owned by the Board of Aviation to an I-1 zoning, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

 

HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT – AWARD BIDS

Mike Kyburz, Highway Superintendent, made the recommendation to the Commissioners to accept the bids from Gutwein Motor for the new pick-up truck, Southeastern Equipment for the new chip spreader, and The Larson Group for the new dump trucks. He said that the low bid for the dump trucks, Wiers Trucks, did not meet the specifications on a lot of the items, the engine being the biggest.

 

  • Commissioner Burton made a motion to accept the recommendations from the Highway Superintendent to award the bids to Gutwein Motor, The Larson Group and Southeastern Equipment, seconded by Commissioner Diener. Vote: Unanimous

 

Pick-Up Truck

Gutwein Motor Co., Monon, IN $ 33,655

Bartlett Ford, Brookston, IN $ 34,496

 

Dump Trucks

Kenworth of Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN $106,869

Truck City, Gary, IN $100,273

Wiers Trucks, Plymouth, IN $ 88,980

The Larson Group, Portage, IN $ 93,600

 

Chip Spreader

Southeastern Equipment Co., Ft. Wayne, IN $149,500

 

RESOLUTION – MID AMERICA COMMERCE PARK

County Attorney George Loy presented two resolutions. The first resolution will dissolve the first Economic Development Area that was created in 2007 for the Wolcott Corridor project, and the second resolution will establish the “new” Economic Development Area for the Mid America Commerce Park, aka Wolcott Corridor. The White County Redevelopment Commission and the Area Plan Commission has already approved their resolutions to dissolve and expand the area it now comes to the Commissioners for their approval.

 

Commissioner Heimlich said that there has been a tax increment financing (TIF) area south of Hwy 24 and discussion has been made to include the area north of Hwy 24. Any future development that might occur could be closest to Interstate I-65. He said TIF money could be used to benefit the area; not only with water and sewer, but also road improvements and addressing drainage issues. By having this additional TIF area, we will have additional money 20 years down the road.

 

Ed Fedder, 1905 N. 1100 W, Wolcott, said that this was the first that he has heard of the TIF District going north of Hwy 24. He asked if this was going to be the same deal as they did south of Hwy 24; where the county will have the option to buy the land. He also asked if his property taxes will be going up from this.

 

Commissioner Heimlich said, “No, the options are completely separate from this, this will not affect the land or landowners. If development occurs on land north of Hwy 24, it will not affect the amount of taxes collected. The additional, above the base, would be captured by the TIF and could be used by the redevelopment commission for roads and drainage issues. It will not increase the taxes that the landowners are going to pay.”

A tax increment is the difference between the amount of property tax revenue generated before TIF district designation and the amount of property tax revenue generated after TIF designation.

Only property taxes generated by the incremental increase in value of TIF district are available for TIF projects.  Tax rates do not change when a TIF is created. TIF districts do not increase taxes.

Commissioner Heimlich asked if there was anyone else present to speak about this matter. No response.

 

Attorney Loy said that if the county adopts this today, it then goes back to the Redevelopment Commission for a public hearing.

 

  • Commissioner Diener made a motion to approve Resolution No. 15-03-16-01 approving certain matters in connection with the dissolution of an Economic Development Area (Wolcott Corridor area), seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

 

RESOLUTION NO. 15-03-16-01

A RESOLUTION OF THE BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS OF WHITE COUNTY, INDIANA APPROVING CERTAIN MATTERS IN CONNECTION WITH THE DISSOLUTION OF AN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AREA

 

WHEREAS, the White County Redevelopment Commission (the “Commission”), as the governing body of the White County Department of Redevelopment (the “Department”), pursuant to Indiana Code 36-7-14, as amended (the “Act”), previously adopted Resolution No. 2006-1, on December 19, 2006, as confirmed by a Resolution No. 2, adopted on February 5, 2007 (collectively, the “Original Resolution”) for the purpose of (i) declaring an area known as the Wolcott Corridor Economic Development Area (the “Economic Development Area”) to be an “economic development area” within the meaning of Section 41 of the Act, (ii) designating all of the Economic Development Area as an “allocation area” for purposes of the Section 39 of the Act (the

 

Allocation Area”); and (iii) approving the Economic Development Area Plan for the Economic Development Area;

 

WHEREAS, on February 26, 2015, the Commission adopted Resolution No. 2015-1 (the “Declaratory6 Resolution”), which repealed the Original Resolution and dissolved the Economic Development Area and Allocation Area;

 

WHEREAS, on March 9, 2015, the White County Plan Commission adopted an order (the “Plan Commission Order”) determining that the Declaratory Resolution conforms to the plan of development for White County, Indiana (the “County”) and approving the Declaratory Resolution; and

 

WHEREAS, pursuant to Sections 16(b) of the Act, the Redevelopment Commission has submitted the Declaratory Resolution to the Board of Commissioners of the County, as the county executive (the “Board”).

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of Commissioners of White County, Indiana, that:

 

  1. Pursuant to Sections 16(b) of Act, this Board hereby determines that the Declaratory Resolution conforms to the plan of development for the County, and hereby approves, in all respects, the Plan Commission Order and the Declaratory Resolution.

 

  1. This resolution shall be in full force and effect from and after its adoption.

 

Commissioner Heimlich presented the resolution that established the enlarged Economic Development Area for the Mid America Commerce Park.

 

  • Commissioner Burton made a motion to approve Resolution No. 15-03-16-02, approving the establishment of an Economic Development Area (Mid America Commerce Park), seconded by Commissioner Diener. Vote: Unanimous

 

RESOLUTION NO. 15-03-16-02

A RESOLUTION OF THE BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS OF WHITE COUNTY, INDIANA APPROVING THE ESTABLISHMENT OF AN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AREA, AN ALLOCATION AREA, AND AN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PLAN

 

WHEREAS, the White County Redevelopment Commission (the “Commission”), as the governing body for the White County Redevelopment Department (the “Department”), pursuant to Indiana Code 36-7-14, as amended (the “Act”), on February 26, 2015 adopted Resolution No. 2015-2 (the “Declaratory Resolution”) designating an area known as the White County Mid-America Commerce Park Economic Development Area (the “Economic Development Area”) as an economic development area pursuant to IC 36-7-14-41, and designated all of such area as an allocation area pursuant to IC 36-7-14-39 (the “Allocation Area”);

 

WHEREAS, the Declaratory Resolution approved an economic development plan for the Economic Development Area (the “Plan”);

 

WHEREAS, on March 9, 2015, the White County Plan Commission adopted an order (the “Plan Commission Order”) determining that the Declaratory Resolution and the Plan conform to the plan of development for White County, Indiana (the “County”) and approving the Declaratory Resolution and the Plan; and

 

WHEREAS, pursuant to Sections 16(b) of the Act, the Redevelopment Commission has submitted the Declaratory Resolution and the Plan to the Board of Commissioners of the County, as the county executive (the “Board”).

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of Commissioners of White County, Indiana, that:

 

  1. Pursuant to Sections 16(b) of the Act, this Board hereby determines that the Declaratory Resolution and the Plan conform to the plan of development for the County, and hereby approves, in all respects, the Plan Commission Order, the Declaratory Resolution, and the Plan.

 

 

 

 

  1. The Board hereby approves the determination that the Economic Development Area is an economic development area pursuant to Section 41 of the Act and the Allocation Area is an allocation area pursuant to Section 39 of the Act.



  1. This resolution shall be in full force and effect from and after its adoption.

 

REDEVELOPMENT COMMISSION REPORT

Auditor Rogers said that according to:

I.C. 36-7-14-13 Annual reports; contents
Sec. 13.

(a) Within thirty (30) days after the close of each calendar year, the redevelopment commissioners shall file with the unit's executive a report setting out their activities during the preceding calendar year.

 

(b) The report of the commissioners of a municipal redevelopment commission must show the names of the then qualified and acting commissioners, the names of the officers of that body, the number of regular employees and their fixed salaries or compensation, the amount of the expenditures made during the preceding year and their general purpose, the amount of funds on hand at the close of the calendar year, and other information necessary to disclose the activities of the commissioners and the results obtained.



(c) The report of the commissioners of a county redevelopment commission must show all the information required by subsection (b), plus the names of any commissioners appointed to or removed from office during the preceding calendar year.



A copy of the Redevelopment Commission Report for 2014 was submitted to the commissioners for their review.

 

At this time, White County Council President Butch Kramer called the council members to order in joint session with the commissioners. All council members were present:

 

President Butch Kramer Denny Carter Jim Annis Bruce Clear Jim Davis

Arthur Anderson Casey Crabb

 

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Randy Mitchell, President, presented the Business Summary report for March 2015.

 

Mr. Mitchell reported that he made 15 retention visits to date for the year and the businesses are all reporting that they are doing well. The Indiana Economic Development Corporation has provided 10 leads so far this year; all of them are focusing on the Mid-America Commerce Park. To date we have six new businesses, smaller entrepreneurs, join our county.

 

The annual meeting was a success this year with over 250 guest in attendance.

 

BUILDING DEPARTMENT

Area Plan Director Joe Rogers submitted the Building Permits Summary. Director Rogers gave an update on the Shafer litigation.

 

ENVIRONMENTAL OFFICER

Environmental Officer Jim Reynolds presented the Environmental Report for March 2015.

 

  • Received 41 calls/complaints on various issues.

  • Responded to three separate spills.

  • Issued two septic permits.

  • Made six landfill inspections.

 

 

 

 

 

COUNTY INVESTMENT OPTIONS

Commissioner Heimlich said that last December the commissioners and councilman held a discussion about investing the county’s extra funds to get more interest. At that time, the council said that they would like to have Todd Samuelson from H.J. Umbaugh & Associates to come in to give another presentation.

 

Todd Samuelson and Jeffrey Messer, Umbaugh Cash Advisory Services, LLC, (UCAS) appeared at the joint meeting to discuss the services that they can provide to the county and their fees.

 

Mr. Messer discussed how they will sit with county representatives and look at all of the county’s core balances to identify what to invest. Based upon cash flows, they will suggest suitable investments for consideration by the county. Mr. Messer discussed a resolution that they would recommend the county adopt. The resolution will allow the county to invest in Indiana Public Funds CDs, which basically means any bank in Indiana. If we choose not to adopt the resolution, then the county would only be allowed to use banks in the county to bid CDs. They have found that some banks outside of the county might be a little more aggressive with their interest offerings, and sometimes they like to add those to the mix of competitive bidding. He said that they will analyze the current marketplace to assist in determining the most appropriate time frames for investing the bond proceeds and operating funds. They will assist the county in competitively bidding investments, evaluate the bids received, summarize the bid results for the county, and assist with the settlement of the securities. They will also assist in ongoing analysis of cash flow needs as well as the reinvestment of available monies.

 

Commissioner Burton asked how many other counties do they have that they are involved with. Mr. Messer said that they are currently assisting Dearborn and Warren County with their investments and core balances.

 

Councilman Anderson asked what their fees were. Mr. Messer said that their standard fee is .10% (ten basis points). For every million dollars invested in 12 months, they will receive $1,000. Anything over $10 million invested, their fee drops to $.08% (eight basis points).

 

After a short discussion, Commissioner Diener made the recommendation to put a committee together with representatives of the Council, a Commissioner and the Treasurer to sit down and discuss how the county wants to move forward with investments.

 

Commissioner Heimlich thanked Todd and Jeffrey for their presentation.

 

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

 

APPOINTMENT – RC&D

  • Commissioner Burton made a motion to appoint Laura VanMeter to the Arrow Head Country RC&D Council Board, seconded by Commissioner Diener. Vote: Unanimous

 

HWC – RAILROAD LIFT STATION

Brian Stephens-Hotopp, HWC, has been working with the county on the lift station that’s out by the railroad at the Mid-America Commerce Park. He said that he met with the Jasper County Drainage Board on March 2. Since the outfall from the lift station discharges in the Charles-May ditch, which is a legal drain in Jasper County, he wanted to meet with them to try an update the permit that was originally improved in 1983. As part of their application, they had to address some concerns that Jasper County had as far as including a level lift control, increasing the flow rates from the lift station from 1.8 cfs to 3.6 cfs and also making sure the lift station is automated. All of these things were approved. One of the conditions from Jasper County was the cleaning of the Charles-May ditch from where our discharge is to the mouth of the Charles-May (all the way to Carpenter Creek).





Brian said that he has been putting some numbers together and there will need to be a survey, wetland investigation and environmental permitting and design done. After he received Jasper County’s approval he did submit plans to the railroad and the Town of Wolcott. Based on what they think the cost is going to be on the project, he does think that a wage hearing will need to be done. He would like to see advertising being done in April and receiving bids in May.

Commissioner Heimlich asked what the wage hearing would be for. Brian said it would cover the lift-station, generator and grading of the ponds. The Jasper County Surveyor has proposed that White County would do the survey, wetland delineation, and the plans for the Charles-May Ditch and then they would be the ones that enter into a contract with the contractor, since it’s their legal drain. Jasper County will receive the bids and White County would issue them a check. This will also include the automated controls in Remington.

Commissioner Diener stressed that an agreement has be in place with the railroad before any of this takes place. He said that they have worked with the railroad in the past, and they do things at their own pace. Brian said that he has been talking with the railroad since November and making sure that the designs are up to their expectations. Mr. Diener said that we have some long range terms that need to be in agreement the railroad. If we are paying the bill for all of this, then we need to have some control of this or have a way of being repaid for all of this if they decide something changes.

Attorney Loy asked Brian to give him the contacts names of the representatives that he’s working with at the railroad.

There being no further business to come before the board, the meeting was FINALLY over!

 

 

 

 

___________________________ _____________________________ ____________________________

John C. Heimlich, President Steve Burton, Commissioner David Diener, Commissioner

 

 

 

 

 

ATTEST: _________________________

Gayle Rogers, Auditor