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BE IT REMEMBERED, that the White County Commissioners held a regular meeting on Monday, November 2, 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 and executive meeting held on October 19, 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

 

PURCHASE AGREEMENT FOR NEW HIGHWAY GARAGE

County Attorney George Loy presented a resolution authorizing the commissioners to assign the real estate contract to the White County Redevelopment Commission to purchase the land for the new county highway garage.

 

  • Commissioner Diener made a motion to adopt Resolution No. 15-11-02-01, authorizing assignment of Real Estate contract to the White County Redevelopment Commission as presented, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

 

RESOLUTION NO. 15-11-02-01

RESOLUTION OF THE WHITE COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS AUTHORIZING ASSIGNMENT OF REAL ESTATE CONTRACT TO THE WHITE COUNTY REDEVELOPMENT COMMISSION

 

WHEREAS, the White County Board of Commissioners on June 1, 2015, entered into a written purchase agreement with Robert D. Griffin to purchase certain real estate, located at 343 E. US Highway 24, Reynolds, Indiana (the “Real Estate”), for the sum of sixty-five thousand dollars ($65,000.00), a copy of which is attached hereto as Exhibit “A”, (the Purchase Agreement”); and,

 

WHEREAS, on October 16, 2015, the White County Redevelopment Commission (the “Commission”) adopted its Confirmatory Resolution designating an area known as the “Honeycreek Township Economic Development Area” (hereinafter the “Economic Development Area”, as an economic development area pursuant to I.C. 36-7-14-41; and,

 

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

 

WHEREAS, the Real Estate is situated within the Economic Development Area and is intended to be purchased and used for the relocation of the White County Highway Garage as part of the plan; and,

 

WHEREAS, it is the desire of the White County Commissioners to assign the purchase agreement to the Commission in order for the Commission to purchase the real estate pursuant to the plan.

 

 

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT HEREBY RESOLVED that the White County Board of Commissioners be authorized to assign its rights under the purchase agreement as buyer of the real estate to the White County Redevelopment Commission, in order for the Commission to purchase the real estate for the relocation of the White County Highway Garage.

 

IT IS FURTHER RESOLVED that the White County Board of Commissioners be authorized to execute and deliver all documents, and to perform all other actions, required to carry out such assignment and to consummate said purchase.

 

NIPSCO ROAD

White County Highway Superintendent Mike Kyburz presented Addendum No. 1 to the Engineering Agreement from Donald W. Ward for CR 25 E, more commonly known as the NIPSCO Road. An additional $20,000 is needed due to the added environmental deficiencies and violations that had to be addressed with IDEM. This addendum will increase Mr. Ward’s original agreement from $50,000 to $70,000.

 

  • Commissioner Diener made a motion to approve Addendum No. 1 to the Engineering Agreement with Donald W. Ward for the NIPSCO Road, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

 

BEDFORD BAY BRIDGE

Richard Day, 6780 N. Apple Knob Drive, presented a letter from the property owners of Bedford Bay asking if they could be notified when there is any discussion on the Bedford Bay Bridge being added to the county’s bridge inventory. Mr. Day also presented pictures showing the difficulties they have with their boats going through the tubes.

 

Commissioner Diener said that an engineer did inspect the bridge and determined that since the tubes are so far apart from each other, the bridge can’t be added to the county’s bridge inventory. He understands the disappointment of homeowners not being able to get bigger boats through the tubes, but explained that this has been a preexisting condition for the past 65 years and things aren’t going to change right now or any time soon.

 

Mr. Day expressed two other concerns that need attention. First, he questioned why his property taxes are the same as the homeowners that live on the other side of the tubes; and second, the fear that the area will turn into a swamp, which will lower his property value, because the silt traps that were placed in the area have never really worked.

 

Commissioner Diener advised that he address the tax assessment on his property with the White County Assessor and contact Mr. Roach with the Shafer-Freeman Lakes Environmental Conservation (SFLECC) on the concerns with the silt traps.

 

Commissioner Heimlich explained that they just found out about the tubes being too far apart, and they haven’t had a chance to sit down with the county engineer to see what their options are to get it on the bridge inventory.

 

The commissioners will talk with the engineers to see what their alternatives are to get the bridge added to the bridge inventory and have the Highway Superintendent, Mike Kyburz, contact him (Mr. Day) if anything comes about on the Bedford Bay Bridge.

 

PETITION TO VACATE – FOOD PANTRY

Director Joe Rogers submitted a petition, on behalf of the White County Food Pantry, requesting to vacate the portion of the alley that sits between the food pantry and the former bait store.

 

Donald Koleszar, President of the White County Food Pantry, said that they did purchase the lot east of their property, Norway Bait Shop. They plan on turning this area into a parking lot and possibly expand the food pantry in the future. In order to expand the parking lot, the alley that sits between the two parcels must be vacated. The food pantry now owns both parcels that abut the 15’ alley.

 

Commissioner Diener confirmed that this is not the alley that runs behind the property to the North.

 

 

Attorney Loy explained that before the public hearing the Food Pantry will need to put a notice in the paper and certified letters sent to neighboring property owners abutting the alley. Attorney Loy said that he will write-up an ordinance.

 

  • Commissioner Diener made a motion to accept the petition to vacate the portion of White Alley located between Lots 6 & 7 in Norway and allow the proper advertising to be done for a public hearing, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

 

RECYCLE DEPARTMENT

Director Dawn Girard submitted a copy of an invoice from Wiers International Trucks for repairs done to the 1992 International truck. Total cost of repairs is $2,926.37. She requested permission to use the balance of $2,116.56 in the Northwest Indiana Solid Waste Commissioners’ grant fund and pay the balance out of her budget.

 

  • Commissioner Burton made a motion to transfer $2,116.56 from the Northwest Indiana Solid Waste Commissioners’ grant fund, 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