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BE IT REMEMBERED, that the White County Commissioners held a regular meeting on Monday, November 16, 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 as presented for the regular meeting held on November 2, 2015, seconded by Commissioner Diener. Vote: Unanimous



  • Commissioner Diener made a motion to approve the payroll as presented, 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



Roberta Yerk, Director, requested approval on the following grant agreements:


2015 Emergency Management Performance Grant Program- Local Base Grants Subrecipent Agreement

The Indiana Department of Homeland Security is granting $4,795 to the EMA to purchase a Rainwise Portable Weather Station and two HP Notebooks. Director Yerk will be using the portable weather equipment during the county fair.


  • Commissioner Diener made a motion to approve the 2015 Emergency Management Performance Grant for $4,795, as presented, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous


2015 SHSP County Based Competitive Project

The Indiana Department of Homeland Security is providing $19,750 to purchase LE simulation training software. Director Yerk said that she’s been trying to get a grant for this for two years now. The cost for the software and equipment will be $24,900, so she is $5,150 short. This is something that will benefit all county/city officers and town Marshalls. She is hoping someone will help her with the additional funds.


  • Commissioner Burton made a motion to accept the 2015 SHSP County Based Competitive Project grant for $19,750 contingent on receiving the balance of $5,150 from other departments, seconded by Commissioner Diener. Vote: Unanimous



Richard Day, 6780 N. Apple Knob Drive, asked when the inspector was going to inspect the tubes under the Bedford Bay and when the Highway Department was going to come and clean-up the debris that is blocking the tubes. Highway Superintendent Mike Kyburz said that a bridge inspector was coming on Wednesday and as soon as he can get the equipment (boat and life jackets) he will get out there to clean up the debris.


Mr. Day asked the commissioners, “if the bridge can’t be put on the bridge inventory, why can’t we put in a bigger tube that will take in the water flow and solve all of our problems?”


Commissioner Diener said that hopefully the bridge inspector can be more specific about the qualifications of what can and can’t be done on the tubes, and after that they will try to determine how to fund the project.



Joe Roach, SFLECC, talked about a time 15 years ago when he sat on the steering committee for the White County Zoning Ordinance discussing the principals of the agricultural farm ground in White County. Discussion was also made on protecting the lakes from confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs). At that time, he was told that there was a 3-mile buffer added to the zoning ordinance to protect the lakes. Now, he has recently been told that there wasn’t anything actually added. He would like to see preventive measures taken to protect the agricultural and the residential areas by putting up a buffer around the lakes.


Merle Peterson, former board member on the TLRSD, requested the commissioners to insert the language that was originally omitted in the zoning ordinance (3-mile buffer around the lakes) and also consider a permitting process for the application of raw sewage.


Bonnie Woods presented research documents on CAFO’s covering health issues, declining property values, how to protect the environment, signed petitions from property owners on Lake Shafer requesting the commissioners to amend the zoning ordinance, and copies of other zoning ordinances that cover CAFO’s from Union, Wayne and Randolph Counties.


Mrs. Woods stated that after reading the White County Zoning Ordinance, she found twenty-seven different areas, mostly in the comprehensive plan, where the implementation of the Rice farm would’ve violated the zoning ordinance. She said that as residents, they shouldn’t have to retain lawyers to protect their homes or the lakes from CAFO’s. Within one mile of the Rice CAFO application, there are 370 homes and within a 1.5 mile there are 780 homes from Lake Shafer. She requested the commissioners to set a 3-mile setback from all L-1 zonings. This will protect the lake waters, as necessary, and also protect the tributaries and ditches that are nearest to the lake. She also requested that in areas within the county where there’s not an existing L-1 district, that the 3-mile setback be applied as well.


Mrs. Woods understands that actions can’t be made today so she asked the commissioners to consider placing a moratorium on CAFO’s until recommendations can be made.


Commissioner Heimlich said that they will take this information under advisement.




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


President Butch Kramer Jim Annis Jim Davis

Arthur Anderson Bruce Clear Denny Carter


Councilman Casey Crabb was absent.



Director Terri Brooks reported that everything is going well in her department. They are fully staffed with two part-time employees.


Statistics for 2015:

911 Calls Total 911 calls:

Wireline 1,111 Admin. Calls 57,244

Wireless 7,160 Amb. Runs 2,497


Director Brooks submitted a quote for new Motorola radios. The current radio system is at the end of its life and parts can no longer be replaced. The new system will be called Next Gen which is IP based and it will have its own network. The quote is for $452,468.80.





Director Rogers presented a map detailing a 3-mile buffer around the lakes. If this is done, Director Rogers said that it would capture 20% of the land in White County. He said that his office has no way of establishing shore lines. To do this, he said that there would be many challenges for his office.


Director Rogers reported that they now have 20 members on the steering committee. For the month of October, the Building Inspector performed eighty-three inspections.



Officer Jim Reynolds presented the Environmental Report for November 2015.

  • Received 56 calls/complaints on various issues.

  • Issued one septic permit.

  • Made 8 landfill inspections



President Randy Mitchell presented the Business Summary report for November 2015.


Mr. Mitchell reported that they haven’t received any leads in the last six weeks for the Mid America Commerce Park. One new business has started up in Brookston called Antrine’s Photography. The Airport expansion is now completed and the ribbon cutting ceremony went well.



Toni Stinson, Apex, presented the Market Analysis Report for White County’s employees benefit package for 2016.


The Basic Life and AD&D are under a rate guarantee for two years with OneAmerica, so the rates will stay the same for next year. Each employee is given a $20,000 life insurance policy, which is paid in full by the county.


Voluntary vision renewal is also under a two year rate guarantee so the rates with Vision Service Plan will not increase. This premium is paid 100% by the employee, not the county.


The premiums for the voluntary dental by Delta Dental has increased by 50%. Toni said that when they shopped around for this, they received a separate quote for 60% increase. She made the recommendation to stay with Delta Dental go with the plan that charges less of a premium, but the employee will have to pay more when they use the insurance.


On the medical benefits side, there will be a 6% increase in the premium, which will be less than $7 more for the employees. Leah Hull, HR Deputy, said that there hasn’t been an increase to the employees for the past 4 years.


  • Councilman Anderson made a motion to go with the 50% funded plan, accept the 6% increase in the premiums with Anthem, and to pass the increase on to the employees, seconded by Councilman Davis. Vote: Unanimous


  • Commissioner Diener made a motion to go with the 50% funded plan, accept the 6% increase in the premiums with Anthem, and to pass the increase on to the employees, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous


The following are the rates for 2016:


Medical Insurance (with wellness)

Monthly Premium County Portion Employee Portion

Single $ 612.13 $ 569.28 $ 42.85

Family $1,622.13 $1,346.37 $ 275.76






Single $ 7.54

Emp. +1 Child $ 12.68

Emp./Children $ 12.96

Family $ 20.88



Single $ 23.27

Emp./Child $ 47.80

Emp./Children $ 69.43

Family $ 105.03



Commissioner Heimlich informed the council that EDP wants to get started on Phase 5 this year, so they are currently working on the agreements.



  • Commissioner Burton made a motion to allow $300,000 from the CEDIT fund be transferred to the General fund, seconded by Commissioner Diener. Vote: Unanimous



There being no further business to come before the council, they adjourned from the commissioners.


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