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BE IT REMEMBERED, that the White County Commissioners held a regular meeting on Monday, April 6, 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.



  • Commissioner Diener made a motion to approve the minutes from the regular meeting held on March 16, 2015, as presented, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous



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



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



Commissioner Heimlich announced that the White County Board of Aviation Commissioners filed a Petition for vacation of a portion of a public right-of-way in Union Township. A Public Hearing will be held on Monday, April 20, 2015, at 8:45 a.m. to discuss the petition that was submitted to vacate a portion of Luse Road.



Don Ward, Ward Engineering, said that he has met with Doug Wolf, IDEM, discussing the permits that are needed to finish up the new road, CR 25 East, around the new NIPSCO Substation. The county recently received a letter of violation and he just wanted the commissioners to be aware that he is getting everything taking care of.



Don Ward, Ward Engineering, requested signatures on three “Summary(s) of Offer to Purchase R/W” for the bridge project, Bridge #159 over the Hoagland Ditch. Mr. Ward recommended the unit value of land be $14,000 an acre.


The right-of-way acquisition offers were as follows:


James Denton & Juanita Gutwein Norman $1,036

Gary L. & Kathleen A. & Richard L. & Beverly A. Overmyer $ 560

Orville & Dorothy Mathew $1,470


  • Commissioner Burton made a motion to approve the Summary of Offer to Purchase R/W as presented, seconded by Commissioner Diener. Vote: Unanimous




John Million, Attorney for Vincent W. Dolick Maintenance District, submitted a letter to the commissioners requesting them to appoint a new member to the Dolick Ditch Board replacing Russell Sickler. Other members of the Dolick Ditch Board have made the recommendation of Gary Woods of Chalmers.


  • Commissioner Burton made a motion to accept the recommendation and appoint Gary Woods to fill the unexpired term of Russell Sickler to the Dolick Ditch Board, seconded by Commissioner Diener. Vote: Unanimous




Commissioner Heimlich explained that the non-voting member on the White County Redevelopment Commission that is a school representative was Susan Mrzlack from the Twin Lakes School Board. Mrs. Mrzlack has just informed us that she no longer serves on the board. At this time, no recommendations have been made, but an appointment will need to be done in the near future for her replacement. The appointment can be from any of the four school districts from White County.



Recycling Director Dawn Girard presented a resolution approving the purchase of a fork lift from the town of Rensselaer.


  • Commissioner Diener made a motion to approve Resolution No. 15-04-06-01 approving the purchase of personal property from City of Rensselaer, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous


RESOLUTION NO. 15-04-06-01



WHEREAS, I.C. 5-22-22-10 permits the exchange of personal property with another governmental body upon terms and conditions agreed upon by both governmental bodies as evidenced by adoption of substantially identical resolutions by each entity; and


WHEREAS, the White County Commissioners desire to purchase from the City of Rensselaer a certain 2002 Hyster Forklift, Model Number H65XM, Serial Number H177B39607A, for Five Thousand Dollars ($5,000.00), to be used by White County Recycling; and


WHEREAS, on March 9, 2015, the Rensselaer City Council passed and adopted a resolution approving such sale to White County.


NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT HEREBY RESOLVED, by the White County Board of Commissioners as follows:


  1. White County shall purchase the above-described forklift from the City of Rensselaer for the sum of $5,000.00 for use by White County Recycling.

  2. This Resolution shall be in full force and effect from and after its passage and approval.



White County Recorder Bruce Lambert presented a new contract from Fidlar Software asking the commissioners approval to extend the agreement for another five years. Fidlar software is what the Recorder’s Department uses for the complete operation of the department. It takes care of all the accounting, reporting for the State Board of Accounts and financials. He said that his five year contract is expiring and he would like to renew it for another five years so the next elected Recorder won’t have to negotiate a new contract during their first term. Recorder Lambert’s term ends 2018. The contract price is $28,265.00 annually, which is an $825.00 increase from the contract price from 2015 and 2010.


Commissioner Diener would like to table this decision until the next meeting so he can review the contract, considering we are spending over $140,000 in the next five years. There has been discussion on intergrading software programs within offices and he would like to do some research first.


Recorder Lambert said that the software was endorsed by the State Board of Accounts. The funds for the software will be paid out of the Clerk’s Perpetuation fund.


  • Commissioner Burton made a motion to table this discussion to the next meeting, seconded by Commissioner Diener. Vote: Unanimous







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





___________________________ _____________________________ ____________________________

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






ATTEST: _________________________

Gayle Rogers, Auditor