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BE IT REMEMBERED, that the White County Commissioners held a regular meeting on Monday, November 21, 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 White County Auditor Gayle Rogers, White County Attorney George Loy and the Commissioners’ Executive Assistant Donya Tirpak.
Commissioner Heimlich called the meeting to order.
MINUTES

  • Commissioner Burton made a motion to approve the minutes for the regular meeting held on November 7, 2016, 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

HEALTH BOARD – APPOINTMENT
The White County Health Board submitted a letter recommending Lisa Diener be appointed to the board to fill the unexpired term of Dr. Derek Sharvelle.
Dr. Adel Khdour submitted a letter of resignation from the board because he is relocating to a different county.  The Health Board made the recommendation to appoint Dr. Samantha Shields to fill his unexpired term.

  • Commissioner Diener made the motion to accept Dr. Khdour’s resignation letter and to accept the Health Board’s recommendation and appoint Lisa Diener and Samantha Shields to fill the unexpired terms to the White County Health Board, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote:  Unanimous

AREA PLAN
Area Plan Director Joe Rogers presented amendments to the following chapters in the Zoning Ordinance and Subdivision Ordinance.
Amendments to Zoning Ordinance
Chapter 2 – District Boundaries and Standards:  2.3 Establishment of District; 2.4 District Classifications – General:  2.4.3 Non-residential districts; 2.5 Standards and Regulations by District:  2.5.9 B-1 Neighborhood Business District; 2.5.12 B-4 General Business Dense Development District
Chapter 8 – Parking and Loading Standards:  8.2 Applicability
Chapter 9 – Landscaping Standards:  9.0 Purpose and Intent; 9.3 General Landscaping Requirements; 9.3.9 Screening requirements for service structures; 9.5 Fencing; 9.5.5   Non-residential fences
Appendix A - Official Schedule of Uses:  B-4
Appendix B - Bulk Use Standards
Amendments to Sub-Division Ordinance
Chapter 6 – Administrative Subdivisions:  6.0 Applicability
Director Rogers explained that the purpose of the amendments is to create a B-4, General Business Dense Development, District.  The sites will typically have conditions of extreme lot coverage, shared walls with neighboring developments and/or where a proper area for off-street parking is not available or readily achievable.  The amendments do not rezone any properties in and of itself, it only sets the stage for the legislative bodies to have available a zoning classification for commercial areas where dense development has occurred or is desire.
The Area Plan Commission held a public hearing on November 14, 2016, in regards to these amendments to the Zoning Ordinance and Sub-Division Ordinance.  The APC voted 9 Yes and 0 No to recommend these amendments to the commissioners.
Director Rogers said that each of the towns have been supplied with a map from his office suggesting which properties should be rezoned.  He intends to work with the communities to assist them through this process.

  • Commissioner Diener made a motion to approve amendments to Chapter 2, Chapter 8 and Chapter 9 in the Zoning Ordinance and Chapter 6 in the Subdivision Ordinance as presented, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote:  Unanimous

ORDINANCE NO. 16-11-21-01
AMENDMENT TO THE ZONING ORDINANCE OF
WHITE COUNTY, STATE OF INDIANA
WHEREAS, the White County Area Plan Commission has initiated and prepared this ordinance to amend the White County Subdivision Ordinance pursuant to IC 36-7-4-602(c) and IC 36-7-4-607;
WHEREAS, the White County Area Plan Commission has reported that it held a public hearing concerning this ordinance on November 14, 2016, , after timely notification of the hearing was given by publication in the Herald Journal, Monticello, Indiana at least 10 days prior as required by IC 36-7-4-604;
WHEREAS, the White County Area Plan Commission has reported that it paid reasonable regard to the factors enumerated in IC 36-7-4-603 in consideration of the ordinance and determination or a recommendation to be made to the legislative body of White County;
WHEREAS, the White County Area Plan Commission has certified this ordinance to the legislative body with a recommendation by a majority vote in favor of adoption pursuant to IC 36-7-4-603 before acting on this ordinance;
WHEREAS, the legislative body recognizes that certain land uses, by their very nature, require restricted size of signage.  Because the restrictions are a necessary aspect of zoning use to the public, it is deemed that such restrictions on signage are not detrimental to the public safety and welfare.
WHEREAS, the legislative body has determined that this ordinance should be adopted without amendment as certified by the White County Area Plan Commission pursuant to IC 36-7-4-607; therefore,
BE IT ORDAINED AND ADOPTED BY THE LEGISLATIVE BODY OF WHITE COUNTY, INDIANA:
AMENDING CHAPTERS:
CHAPTER 6 – Administrative Subdivisions: 6.0 Applicability
The purpose of this amendment is to create a B-4, General Business Dense Development, District, to be strategically used to account for properties, primarily in or very near downtown areas.  These sites will typically have conditions of extreme lot coverage, shared walls with neighboring developments and/or where a proper area for off-street parking is not available or readily achievable.
This amendment does not rezone any properties in and of itself, it only sets the stage for the legislative bodies to have available a zoning classification for commercial areas where dense development has occurred or is desired.
THIS ORDINANCE TAKES EFFECT UPON PASSAGE.
ORDINANCE NO. 16-11-21-02
AMENDMENT TO THE ZONING ORDINANCE OF
WHITE COUNTY, STATE OF INDIANA
WHEREAS, the White County Area Plan Commission has initiated and prepared this ordinance to amend the White County Zoning Ordinance pursuant to IC 36-7-4-602(c) and IC 36-7-4-607;
WHEREAS, the White County Area Plan Commission has reported that it held a public hearing concerning this ordinance on November 14, 2016, after timely notification of the hearing was given by publication in the Herald Journal, Monticello, Indiana at least 10 days prior as required by IC 36-7-4-604;
WHEREAS, the White County Area Plan Commission has reported that it paid reasonable regard to the factors enumerated in IC 36-7-4-603 in consideration of the ordinance and determination or recommendation to be made to the legislative body of White County;
WHEREAS, the White County Area Plan Commission has certified this ordinance to the legislative body with a recommendation by a majority vote in favor of adoption pursuant to IC 36-7-4-603 before acting on this ordinance amendment;
WHEREAS, the legislative body recognizes that the ordinance is required for the reasons summarized below;
WHEREAS, the legislative body has determined that this ordinance should be adopted without amendment as certified by the White County Area Plan Commission pursuant to IC 36-7-4-607; therefore,
BE IT ORDAINED AND ADOPTED BY THE LEGISLATIVE BODY OF WHITE COUNTY, INDIANA:
AMENDING CHAPTERS:
CHAPTER 2 – District Boundaries and Standards: 2.3 Establishment of District; 2.4 District Classifications-General: 2.4.3 Non-residential districts; 2.5 Standards and Regulations By District: 2.5.9 B-1 Neighborhood Business District, 2.5.12 B-4 General Business Dense Development District
CHAPTER 8 – Parking and Loading Standards: 8.2 Applicability
CHAPTER 9 – Landscaping Standards: 9.0 Purpose and Intent; 9.3 General Landscaping Requirements: 9.3.9 Screening requirements for service structures; 9.5 Fencing: 9.5.5 Non-residential fences; Table 9.1: Landscaping Requirements
APPENDIX A – Official Schedule of Uses: B-4
APPENDIX B – Bulk Use Standards
The purpose of this amendment is to create a B-4, General Business Dense Development, District, to be strategically used to account for properties, primarily in or very near downtown areas.  These sites will typically have conditions of extreme lot coverage, shared walls with neighboring developments and/or where a proper area for off-street parking is not available or readily achievable.
This amendment does not rezone any properties in and of itself, it only sets the stage for the legislative bodies to have available a zoning classification for commercial areas where dense development has occurred or is desired.
THIS ORDINANCE TAKES EFFECT UPON PASSAGE.
At this time, Council President Butch Kramer called the council members to order in joint session with the commissioners.  Council members present:
President Butch Kramer Jim Annis Arthur Anderson
Denny Carter Jim Davis
Councilman Casey Crabb and Bruce Clear were absent.
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
Economic Development President Randy Mitchell presented the Business Summary for November 2016.
Mr. Mitchell said that the advertising campaign in Chicago for the Mid America Commerce Park has brought in a lead for the area.  The unemployment rate for White County is currently at 3.8%.
Five new businesses have started up throughout the county:

  1. Beaks and Fins, Reynolds
  1. The Chicken Box, Monticello
  1. Dusty Road Saddlery, Burnettsville
  1. Betty’s Quilting, Burnettsville
  1. Tori Lynn Photography, Monticello

ENVIRONMENTAL DEPARTMENT
Jim Reynolds, Environmental Officer, presented the Environmental Report for November.

  • Issued 4 septic permits.
  • Made 10 landfill inspections.
  • Took lake samples and transported to ISDH; results came back good.
  • Attended a Defensive Tactics training.

BUILDING DEPARTMENT
Area Plan Director Joe Rogers presented the following permit information for the year.
2016 2015
Building Inspections:  619 642
Building Permits: 300                       314
New Homes:   36                        35
CAREER COUNSELOR
North White School Corporation Superintendent Teresa Gremaux spoke on behalf of all White County Superintendents seeking the county’s financial partnership to support a Career Counselor for the county schools.  Dr. Gremaux explained that 37% of students don’t have any plans after they graduate.
The Career Counselor will plan and implement outreach services in conjunction with school corporations, industry representatives, post-secondary institutions, and economic development representatives.  The purpose for this position is to decrease the high school dropout rate, improve academic outcomes, and prepare students for college and/or career opportunities.
Dr. Gremaux said that they are seeking $33,000 for starting salary + benefits (needing $50,000 to pay salary and benefits for 1 year).  North White will be the Local Education Agency (LEA), which will take care of holding the money and distributing the salary.  The counselor will spend one day a week at each school and one flex day to plan and participate in field trips.
All county school superintendents; as well as, Judith Doppelfeld from Ivy Tech were present to support the request.
Council President Kramer said that they do have money set aside to fund the $50,000 request.

  • Commissioner Diener made a motion to approve the Career Counselor job description through North White School and the other school corporations throughout the county, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote:  Unanimous
  • Councilman Anderson made a motion to approve the Career Counselor program with the funding that they have already set aside, seconded by Councilman Annis. Vote:  Unanimous

PROPOSED RESOLUTION – ADOPT CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PLAN
White County Auditor Gayle Rogers proposed a resolution to adopt a three year Capital Improvement Plan.  She said that this resolution is required in order to spend money out of the County Economic Development Income Tax fund (CEDIT).
White County Attorney George Loy said that he has reviewed the resolution and he is good with it.

  • Commissioner Diener made a motion to approve Resolution No. 16-11-21-03 adopting a Capital Improvement Plan for 2017, 2018 and 2019 as presented, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote:  Unanimous
  • Councilman Anderson made a motion to approve Resolution No. 16-11-21-03 adopting a Capital Improvement Plan for 2017, 2018 and 2019 as presented, seconded by Councilman Davis. Vote:  Unanimous

RESOLUTION NO. 16-11-21-03
RESOLUTION OF WHITE COUNTY, INDIANA
TO ADOPT A CAPITAL IMPROVENENT PLAN SPECIFYING USES OF REVENUES RECEIVED
FROM ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT INCOME TAX FUNDS
WHEREAS, the County of White will be receiving economic development income tax funds; and,
WHEREAS, said funds may be used to promote significant opportunities for the gainful employment of the citizens of the County, to attract a major new business enterprise to the County, or to retain or expand significant business enterprises within the County; and,
WHEREAS, said funds may be used for the construction or acquisition of, or remedial action with respect to, a capital project for which the unit empowered to issue general obligation bonds or establish a fund under any statute listed in IC 6-1.1-18.5-9.8, or authorized under IC 6-3.5-7-13.1 (b) (2) (A), contract payments to a nonprofit corporation whose primary corporate purpose is to assist government in planning and implementing economic development projects authorized under IC 6-3.5-7-13.1 (b) (2) (D), or operating expenses of a governmental entity that plans or implements economic development projects authorized under IC 6-3.5-7-13.1 (b) (2) (E), or for any lawful purpose for which money in any of the county’s other funds may be used as authorized under IC 6-3.5-7-13.1 (3), or any combination of these uses.
NOW, THEREFORE, the County of White hereby states that revenues received from economic development income taxes shall be deposited in the County’s Economic Development Income Tax Fund and that revenues may be used as follows:

  1. For economic development projects, for paying notwithstanding any other law under a written agreement all or a part of a loan and interest on a loan extended by a financial institution or other lender, if the proceeds of the loan are or are to be used to finance an economic development project.
  1. For:
  1. The construction or acquisition of, or remedial action with respect to, a capital project for which the unit is empowered to issue general obligation bonds or establish a fund under any statute listed in IC 6-1.1-18.5-9.8;
  1. The retirement of bonds issued under any provision of Indiana law for a capital project;
  1. The payment of lease rentals under any statute for a capital project;
  1. Contract payments to a nonprofit corporation whose primary corporate purpose is to assist government in planning and implementing economic development projects;
  1. Operating expenses of a governmental entity that plans or implements economic development projects;
  1. Funding substance removal or remedial action in a designated unit;
  1. Funding a revolving fund established under IC 5-1-14-14; or
  1. Any lawful purpose for which money in any of the County of White’s other funds may be used.
  1. That said funds shall include the following capital projects which are hereby determined by the County of White:
  1. Identification of general description of each project funded by the County economic development income tax:



  1. Funding of health insurance claims and premiums as needed
  1. Funding economic development agencies
  1. Any lawful purpose as determined by the White County Board of Commissioners
  1. Estimated cost of each project:
  1. Funding of health insurance claims and premiums as needed - $300,000
  1. Funding economic development agencies - $215,000
  1. Any lawful purpose as determined by the White County Board of Commissioners - $300,000
  1. Sources of funds expected to be used for each project:
  1. Insurance

Funded with CEDIT distributions, employee contributions and other funds

  1. Economic development agencies

Funded with CEDIT distributions

  1. Any other purpose

Funded with CEDIT distributions and other funds

  1. The planning, development and construction schedule of each project:
  1. Insurance

Calendar years 2017, 2018 and 2019 funding

  1. Economic development agencies

Calendar years 2017, 2018 and 2019 funding

  1. Any other purpose

Calendar years 2017, 2018 and 2019 funding
MATERIALITY POLICY
County Attorney Loy said that he will be putting together a Materiality Policy for the county because it is now required by the State Board of Accounts.  SBOA are now requiring all counties to self-report any missing funds or missing property.  The county will have to set a threshold.
CONTRACTS
Auditor Rogers informed the commissioners and council that starting in 2017, State Board of Accounts are requiring all contracts that are $50,000 or more be uploaded into Gateway by the Auditor.
There being no further business to come before the joint meeting, the council members adjourned to their own meeting room.
MOBILITIE – UTILITY TOWERS
Bianca Zaklikowski, Permitting Manager, explained that Mobilitie is a company that works with wireless carriers to provide infrastructure for cell phone networks (data, voice connectivity, capacity coverage).  They build the towers and then the carriers will put their equipment on them.
Mobilitie is a registered private utility with the IURC and carry a certificate of territorial authority that allows them to be located within the right-of-way.  Ms. Zaklikowski said that they would like to place 3-120’ towers in the county’s right-of-way.  The three towers will be located at 600 S. near 231 & I65, 300 E. - which is just north of Monon Road and 500 N. & 550 E.
If approved, Commissioner Burton said that EDP needs to be contacted before any towers are built by their wind turbines.
Area Plan Director Rogers said that the APC has determined that these type of structures need to go through the planning commission process first because they are covered under the Zoning Ordinance under communication towers.
After a short discussion, it was decided that this request must go before the Area Plan Commission first; and in the meantime, someone needs to find out what other utilities are located in right-of-way at these three locations.


AIRPORT
Richard & Shirley Weidner, 2803 S. Airport Road, appeared to express their concerns about the activities that are going on at the Airport and the neighbors are not being informed.  They asked if there was a way where they could be better informed on when and what the airport authority is doing at the airport.  The commissioners suggested that they attend the next airport meeting, which will be held on December 12 at 7:00 p.m.
There being no further business to come before the commissioners, their meeting was adjourned.


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



ATTEST:  _________________________
Gayle Rogers, Auditor