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BE IT REMEMBERED, that the White County Commissioners held a regular meeting on Monday, September 21, 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.

 

MINUTES

  • Commissioner Burton made a motion to approve the minutes from the regular meeting held on September 8, 2015, seconded by Commissioner Diener. Vote: Unanimous

 

PAYROLL

  • Commissioner Diener made a motion to approve the payroll 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

 

AIRPORT

Phil Gutwein, White County Airport Board member, reported that they just received an additional $3 million grant for the runway project. Unfortunately, these funds can’t be used to cover the expense of the additional 500’ runway that they added. The bids came in a little over $500,000, which was lower than expected, and they feel that they will have enough money in the Airport fund to cover this cost.

 

Mr. Gutwein mentioned that the FAA will not fund the new above ground fuel system that they want to put in. He asked the commissioners if they could use the money that was committed for the additional runway, for the new fuel system. The system will cost $500,000 and he asked when they could get the money because they would like to install the system in the spring of 2016.

 

The commissioners said that this request needs to go before the council.

 

AREA PLAN

Joe Rogers, Director, presented the following petition:

 

Rezoning Petition #1036

TW Buildings are requesting to rezone 1.661 acres from an R-4 (Mobile & Manufactured Home Park Residential District) to a B-2 (General Business District). The property is located at E. Lake Rd 65 W, Monon.

 

The Area Plan Commission held a public hearing on September 14, 2015. At that time, the APC voted to recommend this petition to the commissioners by a vote of 7 yes and 0 no.

 

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

 

  • Commissioner Diener made a motion to approve Rezoning Petition #1036 (Ordinance No. 580-15) rezoning property from an R-4 to a B-2, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

 

REQUEST FOR GIS DATA

Joe Rogers, Director of Area Plan, said that Mapping Solutions is currently working with White County Soil & Water Conservation District to publish the new county plat books. They are requesting a copy of the GIS parcel data and since our Data Sharing Ordinance has not been adopted yet, he asked permission to direct them to 39 Degrees North for the information.

 

  • Commissioner Burton made a motion to direct Mapping Solutions to 39 Degrees North for the county’s GIS parcel data, seconded by Commissioner Diener. Vote: Unanimous

 

BRIDGE #245 – CHALMERS ROAD OVER BIG CREEK DITCH

White County Attorney George Loy announced that the time has expired for submission of bids for the repairs on White County Bridge #245. Bridge #245 is located on Chalmers Road, over Big Creek Ditch.

 

Bids were received from the following:

  1. LaPorte Construction Co., Inc., LaPorte, IN $449,369.90

  2. Yates Construction, Inc., Kentland, IN $243,331.40

  3. Billy Ray Isom Construction, LLC, Reynolds, IN $189,632.50

    • Engineers estimate: $263,000.00

 

Commissioner Heimlich announced that the bids are available for review, and at this time the highway superintendent and engineer will take the bids under advisement. The bids will be awarded before the end of the meeting.

 

HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT – ESTABLISHING THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AREA

White County Attorney George Loy presented a resolution establishing an economic development area and an economic development plan for the new highway garage in Reynolds. This is necessary for the Redevelopment Commission to purchase the two ground parcels for the project.

 

  • Commissioner Diener made a motion to approve Resolution No. 15-09-21-02 approving the establishment of an economic development area and an economic development plan, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

 

RESOLUTION NO. 15-09-21-02

APPROVING THE ESTABLISHMENT OF AN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT 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 September 2, 2015, adopted Resolution No. 2015-5 (the “Declaratory Resolution”) designating an area known as the White County Honey Creek Township Economic Development Area (the “Economic Development Area”) as an economic development area pursuant to IC 36-7-14-41;

 

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

 

WHEREAS, on September 14, 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.



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

 

TAX SALE CERTIFICATE

White County Auditor Gayle Rogers presented a letter from St. James Lutheran Church in Reynolds requesting the county to transfer a parcel certificate from the tax sale to them. They would like to acquire the parcel that abuts their parking lot.

 

  • Commissioner Diener made a motion to approve Resolution No. 15-09-21-03, transferring a tax sale certificate to St. James Lutheran Church, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous



RESOLUTION NO. 15-09-21-03

RESOLUTION OF THE BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS OF WHITE COUNTY, INDIANA FOR THE TRANSFER OF A TAX SALE CERTIFICATE TO ST JAMES LUTHERAN CHURCH AT 110 N. KENTON STREET, REYNOLDS, WHITE COUNTY, INDIANA

 

WHEREAS, a certain real property was offered for tax sale conducted by the White County treasurer on August 31, 2015, pursuant to I.C. 6-1.1-24, et seq., including property located at NE corner 2nd Street and Boone Street, Reynolds, Indiana, Tax Key No. 91-74-330004-000.500-007, formerly owned by Daniel R. Brock, and described as follows: 65’ OUT O.P. LOT 5 BLK 4, 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, Indiana was issued tax sale certificates 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 in the best interest of White County Indiana that the tax sale certificate for the real estate described above be assigned to St. James Lutheran Church, Reynolds, Indiana pursuant to I.C. 6-1.1-24-9© and (d) for consideration.

 

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

 

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

 

President Butch Kramer Denny Carter Jim Annis Bruce Clear Jim Davis

Casey Crabb

 

Councilman Arthur Anderson was absent.

 

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

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

 

Mr. Mitchell said that he continues to respond aggressively to leads on the shell building. He had the opportunity to meet with the new owners of Indiana Beach, Apex Parks Group, and he feels that there’s going to be some big changes with them.

 

AREA PLAN

Director Joe Rogers presented a Building Permits report for the month of August.

 

ENVIRONMENTAL REPORT

Jim Reynolds, Environmental Officer, presented the Environmental Report for September.

 

  • Received 98 calls/complaints on various issues.

  • Issued 10 Septic Permits.

  • Made 10 landfill inspections.

  • Responded to one semi accident involving hazardous waste.

  • Attended Norfolk Southern Rail Safety for Emergency Responders.

 

LIBERTY LANDFILL

Gene Klisiak, District Manager, reported that they just recently sold a piece of land next to their Plant #2 to Carroll-White REMC. REMC is going to put up a sub-station because the landfill is creating so much electricity and they don’t have anywhere to put it. They hope to be done with the project in one year.

 

AREA PLAN – COMPREHENSIVE PLAN

Area Plan Director Joe Rogers requested $90,000 to pay for the new Comprehensive Development Plan for White County.

 

  • Commissioner Diener made a motion to approve funding the Comprehensive Development Plan project with the blessing of the council and the funds coming from CEDIT, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

 

SRI – DOCUMENT MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE

Zach Hughes, Director of Consulting Services with SRI, discussed a document management program that they can provide to the county that eliminates the process of having to store original, hard copy documents. The Auditor’s Department is most interested in this program because it will allow them to scan in documents, such as the tax deduction applications, instead of storing the original documents for 3-10 years. The program could possibly be integrated with their taxing software, MVP as well.

 

Commissioner Diener talked about a similar program presented earlier in the year by Xerox for the courts and other departments. He said that he’s not opposed to this program that SRI is offering, but suggested that the county find a program that’s going to work with every department. He suggested that a committee be set up with representation from every department and the IT Department to find a program that works for everyone and then present it to the commissioners and council.

 

Commissioner Diener and Councilman Kramer volunteered to sit on the committee.

 

AIRPORT

Commissioner Heimlich updated the council on the additional $3 million grant that the Airport was just awarded. He also informed them that the Airport would like to use the funds that were committed for the additional runway, to go towards the new above ground fueling system. The system is going to cost $500,000 and the FAA will not offer any funding for it. Since the bids came in lower than expected on the additional runway, the Airport feels that they have enough money to cover the cost. They now just need financial assistance to help with the fueling system that they would like to install in the spring of 2016.

 

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

 

BRIDGE #245 - AWARD BIDS

Jacob Isenburg, HWC Engineering, said that he has looked over all the bids that were submitted for Bridge #245 with the highway superintendent and all three bids were legal.

 

Mr. Isenburg said that Isom Construction was the low bidder and Yates Construction came in second. He mentioned that Yates had indicated in their bid that they wouldn’t be able to start the repairs until after the first of the year. He made the recommendation to consider Isom or Yates to do the job, because either is suited for the project.

 

  • Commissioner Burton made a motion to accept the lowest bid from Billy Ray Isom Construction for the Bridge #245 project for $189,632.50, 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