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BE IT REMEMBERED, that the White County Commissioners held a regular meeting on Tuesday, September 5, 2017, in 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’ Assistant Donya Tirpak.

 

Commissioner Heimlich called the meeting to order.

 

MINUTES

  • Commissioner Diener made a motion to approve the minutes of the regular meeting held on August 21, 2017, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

PAYROLL

  • Commissioner Burton made a motion to approve payroll for August 28, 2017, seconded by Commissioner Diener. Vote: Unanimous

CLAIMS

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

LETTER OF INTENT & MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING

Attorney George Loy said that the commissioners have been talking with Renewable Opportunities, Inc., (ROI) for possibly locating at the Mid-America Commerce Park. ROI is requesting a letter of intent from the commissioners detailing incentives to ROI if they decide to move forward with the project.

 

Attorney Loy submitted a letter stating the county agrees to offer the following incentives:

 

Incentive Scenario #1 – Is anticipated to provide ROI with much greater short and long term value plus added flexibility in the utilization of incentives, through the County’s issuance of a tax increment financing (TIF) bond, a bond which ROI would purchase. The bond would be repaid utilizing a proposed 64% of the personal property taxes ROI would typically pay to the County yearly, for the life of the bond, anticipated to be plus or minus 20 years in duration.

 

Incentive Scenario #2 – Reflects a very traditional approach to White County offering to waive the cost of the 21 acres of real estate, valued at approximately $525,000, plus provide a five (5) year personal property tax abatement (declining 20% per year).

 

Attorney Loy said that this is all subject to approval by all bodies other than the commissioners.

 

  • Commissioner Diener made a motion to approve the Letter of Intent to Renewable Opportunities, Inc., as presented, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

APPOINTMENT – MONTICELLO – UNION TOWNSHIP PUBLIC LIBRARY

  • Commissioner Burton made a motion to reappoint Emily Thacker to the Monticello-Union Township Public Library for a four-year term expiring August 30, 2021. Vote: Unanimous

AREA PLAN – INDIANA BEACH ROAD VACATION HEARING REQUEST

Area Plan Director Colin Betts reported that he is still waiting on Indiana Beach to submit the proper paperwork. He requested the commissioners to continue the hearing to the next meeting.

 

  • Commissioner Diener made a motion to continue the Indiana Beach Road Vacation hearing to Monday, September 18, 2017, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

HEALTH DEPARTMENT – HEALTH OFFICER

Commissioner Heimlich said that Dr. Sharvelle submitted a letter dated August 30, 2017, resigning his position as the White County Health Officer effective immediately. White County Health Board President, James Stradling, submitted a letter stating that the White County Board of Health recommends the appointment of Charles R. Tribbett, MD, as the Interim White County Health Officer.

 

  • Commissioner Burton made a motion to accept the resignation of Dr. Sharvelle and to certify the appointment of Dr. Charles Tribbett as the Interim White County Health Officer, seconded by Commissioner Diener. Vote: Unanimous

HIGHWAY DEPT. – BRIDGE #95

Highway Superintendent Mike Kyburz presented a contract for Bridge #95, 300 E. over Little Monon Creek, from HWC Engineering. This will be our first federal/state transportation funding swap project.

 

Every year the state sets aside a portion of the federal highway funding for local highway projects. INDOT is allowed to swap $1 in federal funds for 75 cents in state funding. When we receive federal funding for transportation, there’s a lot of restrictions that have to be followed. By going this route, there will be fewer restrictions, and we can now start construction a couple years earlier. The contract is for $254,650, and the funding for the construction will still be 80/20.

 

Attorney Loy said that he had reviewed the contract and he has no issues with it.

 

  • Commissioner Burton made a motion to enter into a contract with HWC Engineering for Bridge #95 for $254,650, seconded by Commissioner Diener. Vote: Unanimous

HIGHWAY DEPT. - NORWAY BRIDGE

Highway Superintendent Kyburz reminded the commissioners that Norway Bridge would be closing on or after Monday, September 11, 2017, and reopen on June 1, 2018, due to reconstruction.

 

HIGHWAY DEPT. – WINDFARM ROADS CHIP & SEAL

Highway Superintendent Kyburz has inspected all of the roads from the recent Meadow Lake V Wind Farm project. All of the wind turbines are built and producing now. He’s very happy with the construction company and the way they’ve taken care of the roads; even making improvements to roads that weren’t in the contract.

 

The county will be responsible for the finish coat on the hard surface roads. Superintendent Kyburz hasn’t determined if he’s going to wait for a check from Meadow Lake to start the project; or if he’s going to ask for an additional appropriation and then be reimbursed.

 

The commissioners asked him to get the Tri-County High School road completed before this winter.

 

Auditor Rogers told Superintendent Kyburz that she would meet with him to see where they can come up with the funds to get started on the project.

 

TAX SALE – RESOLUTION

Auditor Rogers requested the commissioners to adopt a resolution stating that they will hold a Commissioners’ Sale to sell tax sale certificates sometime early next year. There are 18 properties with $206,096.44 in delinquent taxes. She made the recommendation to raise the minimum fee from $50 to $100 and asked if they would like to have an online sale or a live sale.

 

  • Commissioner Diener made a motion to adopt Resolution No. 17-09-05-01 establishing the intent to conduct a Commissioners’ Sale to sell tax sale certificates with a minimum fee of $100 at a live tax sale, seconded by Commissioners Burton. Vote: Unanimous

RESOLUTION 17-09-05-01

A RESOLUTION ESTABLISHING THE INTENT TO CONDUCT A COMMISSIONERS’ SALE TO SELL TAX SALE CERTIFICATES FOR PROPERTIES THAT ARE SEVERELY DELINQUENT IN PAYMENT OF PROPERTY TAXES

 

WHEREAS, there are several properties in White County that are severely delinquent in the payment of property taxes, having been offered for tax sales and which received no bids equal to or in excess of the minimum sale price. The parcel numbers of those properties being attached to this resolution as “Exhibit A,” and

 

WHEREAS, there is an assessed value associated with these properties for taxation purposes, but no taxes are being collected, therefore causing a lower than expected tax distribution to those taxing units and taxing districts within which the properties are located, and

 

WHEREAS, the White County Commissioners desire to have these properties back on the tax rolls with taxes being collected, and

 

WHEREAS, IC 6-1.1-24-6, et seq. allows for the County Commissioners to acquire a lien on those delinquent properties and receive issuance of the tax sale certificates for those properties, without taking title to the properties, therefore limiting the liability and cost normally associated with taking title,

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the White County Board of Commissioners that the County Executive shall acquire liens and receive tax sale certificates of the properties listed on Exhibit A that are severely delinquent and sell said certificates at a properly advertised Commissioner Tax Certificate sale.

 

 

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

 

 

 

___________________________ _____________________________ __________________________

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

 

 

 

 

ATTEST: _________________________

Gayle Rogers, Auditor

 

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