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BE IT REMEMBERED, that the White County Commissioners held a regular meeting on Monday, July 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: Commissioner John C. Heimlich, Commissioner Steve Burton and Commissioner David Diener. Also present was Auditor Gayle Rogers, 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 from the regular meeting held on July 6, 2015, with the exception of taking out Heimlich’s name because he was absent from the meeting, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

 

PAYROLL

  • Commissioner Diener made a motion to approve payroll for July 20, 2015, as presented, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

 

CLAIMS

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

 

K-IRPC

Emily Gross Albaugh, K-IRPC, announced that they were awarded $500,000 for the EPA Brownfields Assessment Grant. They will now start looking at the eight counties in their region for key sites that are brownfields that need to be redeveloped. She said $300,000 will be for sites contaminated with hazardous substances and $200,000 is for sites contaminated with petroleum.

 

Mrs. Albaugh requested signatures approving the Memorandum of Understanding so they can start exploring sites in White County.

 

  • Commissioner Diener made a motion to sign the Memorandum of Understanding with K-IRPC for the EPA Agreement for brownfields, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

 

PTABOA REPRESENTATION

White County Assessor Lisa Downey requested approval on a contract from Ad Valorem Solutions to provide a technical advisor to sit on the Property Tax Abatement Board of Appeals (PTABOA). This person is now needed because the law has been changed and she is no longer allowed to have an employee from her office appointed to the board. The technical advisor will run the meeting and be an advisor for the ongoing legal changes and exemptions. The cost of the technical advisor will be $500 per day.

 

  • Commissioner Diener made a motion to accept the proposed contract for a technical advisor to the PTABOA from Ad Valorem Solutions, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

 

BRIDGE #159- HOAGLAND DITCH

Don Ward, Ward Engineering, requested signatures on the Right-of-Way Grant forms for Bridge #159, as presented. The purchase of the right-of-ways were approved at the Commissioners’ meeting held on April 6, 2015. APPROVED

 

Overmeyers .224 & .129 of an acre

Mathew .371 & .049 of an acre

Norman .086 & .039 of an acre

 

 

CHANGE ORDER

Jeff Goodwin, Project Manager with Kemron Environmental Services, submitted a letter requesting the commissioners to approve Change Order No. 2 for the old hospital project. The change order is for additional erosion control for $69,450.

 

Erosion Control:

North Bio-retention area revision to include re-grading/excavation, furnishing and installation of 445 SY of geotextile and 12” of revetment rip-rap stone surrounding retention area. This proposal also provides for additional #8 stone, bio-retention soil mixture, as needed. Up to 2,000 SY of erosion control mat will be installed and seeded to protect areas that have continued to have significant erosion.

 

  • Commissioner Diener made a motion to approve Change Order No. 2 revising the original erosion control specifications for $69,450 on the old hospital project, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

 

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

 

AREA PLAN

Joe Rogers, Director, submitted the building permit report showing that 46 permits were issued for the month. He pointed out that they have issued 180 permits for the year and collected a little over $20,000 in permit fees. Building permit fees are running $100 per applicant, and he considers this to be pretty low compared to most other counties. Mr. Rogers said that the GIS data exchange appears to be working.

 

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Randy Mitchell, President, presented the Business Summary Report for July 2015.

 

Director Mitchell said he received one lead for the Mid-America Commerce Park from a food plant company from California. This could possibly be 123 new jobs and $50 million capital investment for White County.

 

For the month, two new businesses have started a business in the area: Simply Serenity Swim & Spa and The Country Store in Monticello. This puts White County up to 272 new jobs for employees this year.

 

Director Mitchell met with Senator Dan Coats’ representatives to talk about the lake levels and the impact on the economic development standpoint. Working with SFLECC, they are trying to come up with an agreement on how they can measure the water flow coming through the dams. He is also working with the four school districts in White County on trying to increase enrollment at the Monticello Ivy Tech campus.

 

Director Mitchell said that discussions are going on with the Remington-Wolcott Community Development Corporation about getting healthcare on the west side of the county. Purdue currently has clinics in Delphi and Monon and there is the possibility that they can put one in Wolcott.

 

RECYCLE

Dawn Girard, Director, presented a mid-year report for the Recycling Department.

 

Director Girard reported that the department receives a $42,000 grant from the Northwest Indiana Solid Waste District every year to help purchase or maintain their equipment. To date they have spent $11,484 on repairs. Compared to last year, they have already collected 223,900 lbs. of more material. This could slow down as the year goes on. A copy of the full report is available in the Commissioners’ office.

 

 

 

 

ENVIRONMENTAL OFFICER

Jim Reynolds, Officer, presented the Environmental Report for July 2015.

 

  • Received 116 calls/complaints on various issues.

  • Made 14 pool inspections and 10 landfill inspections.

  • Attended an active shooter training course.

  • Clean-up has started on the Rex Wolf property.

 

E-911

Terri Brooks, Director, said that she is going to do some “big” advertising to have a testing day to hire part-time employees.

 

COUNCIL ON AGING

Gayle Spry, Director, presented the second Quarterly Operating Data Report for Council on Aging. She reported that they had 406 more passengers and drove an additional 5,074 miles compared to the first quarter. She has a lot of people that she is driving to Lafayette once a week for medical appointments.

 

Gayle said that they have two new vans that are coming and they are pretty close to raising the 20% matching funds. One of these will replace a van that they lost during the floods.

 

SOIL & WATER

Sharon Watson, Treasurer, presented the 2016 budget request for the White County Soil and Water Conservation District. She mentioned that they are requesting more money for the part time employee so they can have him work 24 hours a week rather than 14 hours a week.

 

HEALTH DEPARTMENT

Theresa Molnar, Health Nurse, appeared before the commissioners and council to introduce herself as the new White County Health Nurse. Mrs. Molnar replaces Linda Pagels, who just retired this year.

 

HWC ENGINEERING

Jacob Isenburg, Project Manager, presented a Memorandum of Agreement for general engineering services for White County.

 

Mike Kyburz, Highway Superintendent, said that Don Ward Engineering has done a lot of work for the county in the past, but he is now wanting to slow down his business. Superintendent Kyburz would like to have the commissioners approve the agreement with HWC so he can get started on some minor bridge repairs that need be done. HWC will engineer projects, put together specifications, and solicit quotes. He is familiar with their work because they did the bridge inspections for the county.

 

Attorney Loy said that the only change that he would like to see in the agreement is a 30-day termination clause. He confirmed that this is not something that you have to put out for bid.

 

  • Commissioner Burton made a motion to accept the Memorandum of Agreement for engineering services with HWC, as long as the termination clause is corrected as discussed, seconded by Commissioner Diener. Vote: Unanimous

 

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

 

BIO-TERRORISM COORDINATOR

  • Commissioner Diener made a motion to approve the Independent Contractor Agreement for Linda Pagels as the Bio-Terrorism Coordinator for White County, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

___________________________ _____________________________ ____________________________

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

ATTEST: _________________________

Gayle Rogers, Auditor