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BE IT REMEMBERED, that the White County Commissioners held a regular meeting on Monday, August 17, 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 Auditor Gayle Rogers, Attorney George Loy and the Commissioners’ Assistant Donya Tirpak.


Commissioner Heimlich called the meeting to order.



  • Commissioner Burton made a motion to approve the minutes for the regular meeting held on August 3, 2015, seconded by Commissioner Heimlich. Vote: Unanimous



  • Commissioner Diener made a motion to approve the payroll as presented for August 17, 2015, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous


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



White County Clerk Paula Lantz said that the City of Monticello only has one race that will be on the election ballot this year. Also, Monon Town has elected to have the county run their election. She requested the commissioners to approve the two locations designated for vote centers in White County.


    1. Basement Conference Room of the White County Building

    2. North White High School Auditorium, in Monon


  • Commissioner Diener made a motion to approve the two designated vote centers for White County, as presented, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous



Area Plan Director Joe Rogers said that he feels that the road vacation that was done on Luse Road wasn’t done the way that was intended. On the east side you have a 44’x 20’ segment of road, which is half a road, that wasn’t vacated. On the west you have 100’ x 20’ segment that wasn’t vacated. He feels that it doesn’t make sense to have half of a road not vacated. He requested permission to pursue vacation of the south half of Luse Road on the extreme ends so that the entire Luse Road section is vacated.


Commissioner Diener mentioned that if a turnaround, cul-de-sac, is going to be built there then we might want to keep the 44’ of property. He said that we might even need to get an additional 20’ from the Airport to keep the cul-de-sac centered with the roadway.


Attorney Loy said that an amended Road Vacation Ordinance would need to be done. The commissioners’ told Director Rogers to hold off until they get things cleared up.



Director Rogers discussed the four proposals that were submitted earlier in the year for the Comprehensive Plan. At that time, the Area Plan Commission wasn’t satisfied with what was submitted so they re-advertised, changing the scope of work, and received three proposals. Proposals were received from the following:


Ratio Design, Indianapolis, IN $ 74,751 Cost not to exceed $ 88,863.55

HWC Engineering, Indianapolis, IN $129,900 Cost not to exceed $135,200.00

HL Houseal Lavigne Assoc., Chicago, IL $ 95,000 Cost not to exceed $ 95,700.00


Director Rogers said that the APC recommends that the commissioners choose Ratio Design to prepare the Comprehensive Plan. At this time, he has not gone to the council for funding, but he plans to as soon as a company is chosen. Recommendations for the Steering Committee has also been submitted to the APC, but nothing is finalized.


Commissioner Heimlich said that the commissioners do not have a problem endorsing the recommendation of the APC to hire Ratio Design to do the Comprehensive Plan for White County.



Robert Kmetz, 6624 E. Apple Knob Drive, asked if the county could remove logs, brush and weeds that are up against the shore and blocking the culvert. He said that he was able to remove some of the logs, but he couldn’t get them all. He also said the guardrail on the Bedford Bay Bridge, on Monon Road, is very unstable.


The commissioners said that they will have the Highway Department take a look at it to see if anything can be done.




AT THIS TIME, the County Council did not join the commissioners for reports because they held their monthly meeting a week earlier due to budget hearings. However, three council members (Anderson, Clear, and Kramer) were present during the meeting.



Randy Mitchell, President, presented the Economic Development Business Summary for August 2015.


Mr. Mitchell reported that he has been consumed preparing RFQ’s for three different prospects interested in the Mid America Commerce Park. He was also happy to report that they hosted a prospect for the area and things are going well. He is currently working with the Wolcott Town Council discussing utility rates for the area.



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


  • Received 93 calls/complaints on various issues.

  • Responded to two semi accidents.

  • Made nine landfill inspections.

  • Took lake samples and transported them to Indy Lab.


Officer Reynolds reported that Rex Wolf is still working on cleaning-up his property.



Terri Brooks, Director presented the Communications/E911 report for August 2015.


Terri was recently re-appointed by the Governor to serve another term on the Statewide 911 Board. There are only two nationally recognized certifications for 911 Directors. The Board has paid for her to sit for the ENP (Emergency Number Professional) exam and also paid her tuition to receive her CMAP (Center Manager Certification Program) certification.


Statistics for 2015

911 Calls Wireline 703

Wireless 4,663


Admin Calls 36,322

Tex-911 Inbound 1

Outbound 589


Terri reported that they have been very busy, but she kept the overtime down by using the part-time staff.



Director Rogers, said that 27 building permits were issued in July. Things are beginning to slow down now.



Roger Feldhaus, Executive Director, thanked the commissioners for their continued support and presented information highlighting their services that they offer in White County. Mr. Feldhaus presented a packet of information, which included a copy of their WorkOne Annual Report for 2013, Workforce Development Summary for White County, and other reference materials.


Mike Godlove, county appointed board member on the Region 4 Workforce Development Board along with team leader of WorkOne for Monticello, Cindy Hicks, were also present. Cindy gave a short discussion on the Work Indiana Program being in conjunction with the Adult Basic Ed Program. Meghan Grist shared her testimony on how the program helped her obtain a degree and a better paying job.



Joe Butz, Brookston Council President, and Ken Smith, Engineer, said that Brookston has a pretty serious problem with the storm water drainage in the downtown business district. They have an opportunity to apply for a grant with the Office of Community and Rural Affairs for $900,000 to solve the drainage problems. If they are awarded the grant, there is a local match of $120,000 that will be required 2016. Mr. Smith asked the commissioners if the county could assist them with this cost in any way.


Commissioner Diener asked if the Town of Brookston would be open to a loan from the county with a payback period. This way they could work the amount into their budget every year. Mr. Smith said that he would have to talk with the council.


Being that the grant application is due September 11 and the County Council will not meet until September 21, Commissioner Diener asked the three councilman that were present if there is a possibility the council will approve the funding/loan if they make a motion today to write a letter of support. Councilman Kramer recommended that the commissioners make the commitment and the council will work out the mechanics.


Commissioner Heimlich said that they will talk individually with the county council and discuss this at their next commissioners’ meeting on September 8.



  • Commissioner Diener made a motion to accept the resignation of Don Park on the Dolick Maintenance District Board, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous


  • Commissioner Burton made a motion to appoint William Dahlenburg to the Dolick Maintenance District Board, seconded by Commissioner Diener. 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