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BE IT REMEMBERED, that the White County Commissioners held a regular meeting on Monday, November 7, 2016.  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, Vice President Steve Burton and Commissioner David Diener.  Also present was the White County Attorney George Loy, White County Auditor Gayle Rogers and the Commissioners’ Executive 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 October 17, 2016, the minutes from the executive session held on October 17, 2016, and the minutes from the special meeting held on October 28, 2016, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote:  Unanimous

PAYROLL

  • Commissioner Burton made a motion to approve payroll for October 25, 2016, and November 7, 2016, as presented, seconded by Commissioner Diener. Vote:  Unanimous

CLAIMS

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

UTILITY EXTENSIONS AGREEMENT

County Attorney George Loy said that he has reviewed the agreement from American Structurepoint for engineering the offsite utility extensions (water, sanitary, and storm sewer design) to the new highway garage.  The proposal/agreement looks acceptable and the cost is $49,600.

  • Commissioner Diener made a motion to approve the contract with American Structurepoint for engineering the offsite utility extensions for the new highway garage, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote:  Unanimous

HOOSIER LIFT STATION AND PONDS PROJECT

County Attorney George Loy confirmed that the low bid submitted for the Hoosier Lift Station and Ponds project was from F & K Construction, Inc., from Flora, IN, with a bid amount of $608,740.  He has examine the bid and he considers it to be in proper form and ready to accept.

  • Commissioner Burton made a motion to accept the low bid from F & K Construction, Inc., from Flora, IN, for the Hoosier Lift Station and Ponds project, seconded by Commissioner Diener. Vote:  Unanimous

HEALTH DEPARTMENT – APPOINTMENT

Commissioner Heimlich said that a letter was received by Dr. Philip Hassan stating that he will be resigning from the White County Health Department as the Health Officer effective November 1, 2016, due to health issues.

Dr. Derek Sharvelle also submitted a letter stating that he is resigning as a board member on the White County Health Board effective November 2, 2016, so he can be appointed as the Health Officer for the White County Health Board.

The White County Board of Health submitted a letter on November 4, 2016, stating that they have appointed Dr. Derek Sharvelle as the new Health Officer.

  • Commissioner Diener made a motion to accept the resignations of Dr. Hassan as the Health Officer, Dr. Derek Sharvelle as a board member and accept the Health Board’s appointment of Dr. Derek Sharvelle as the new White County Health Officer, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote:  Unanimous

MONON TOWN & TOWNSHIP LIBRARY – APPOINTMENT

  • Commissioner Burton made a motion to reappoint Jennifer Annis to the Monon Town & Township Public Library for a four term expiring November 7, 2020, seconded by Commissioner Diener. Vote:  Unanimous

AEP – ELECTRICAL TRANMISSION TOWERS

Chris Welbaum, ROW Agent for Indiana Michigan Power Company/AEP, appeared before the commissioners saying that they would like to replace and rebuild approximately 8.7 miles of existing 345kV overhead electric transmission towers in White County.  This will take place between the Meadow Lake Switchyard (southern portion) and the Reynolds Substation (northern portion).  The purpose of the project is to prevent overload of current facilities and to potentially provide increased capacity in the future.

County Attorney George Loy said that he has been working with Mr. Welbaum since July and with the assistance of White County Surveyor Brad Ward and Highway Superintendent Mike Kyburz, he has put together a Road Use and Drainage Agreement for this project.  In the agreement, the county will do all of the road repair work and then be reimbursed within 45 days.  A $1 million bond will be posted and good for 18 months after construction.  He also pointed out that there will not be any wires placed underground throughout this project.

Attorney Loy also presented a Supplemental Easement and Right of Way because AEP needs to change their route on one of the towers and access the county’s property.  There won’t be any structures on the county’s property, just overhead lines.  They will pay the county $7,800 for access.

Commissioner Heimlich asked if there were any other questions from anyone.  No response.

  • Commissioner Burton made a motion to approve and enter into an agreement with AEP for a Road Use and Drainage Agreement as presented, seconded by Commissioner Diener. Vote:  Unanimous

  • Commissioner Diener made a motion to grant easement to AEP to access across county property as requested, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote:  Unanimous

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

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John C. Heimlich, President               Steve Burton, Vice President                  David Diener, Member

 

 

 

 

ATTEST:  _________________________

Gayle Rogers, Auditor