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BE IT REMEMBERED, that the White County Commissioners held a regular meeting on Monday, September 18, 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 September 5, 2017, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

PAYROLL

  • Commissioner Burton made a motion to approve payroll for September 5, 2017, and September 18, 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

SKILL UP GRANT

Jim Stradling, Director of Indian Trails, appeared before the commissioners discussing how the Indiana Department of Workforce Development has put together a Skill UP grant to support Innovation Networks. Innovation Networks improve the positioning of employer demand with current and future workforce employees.

 

Mr. Stradling spent the summer meeting with businesses in White and surrounding counties to get an idea of what type of trained employees they are needing. Businesses are saying that they need welders and healthcare workers.

 

Skill UP is a manufacturing program that will allow students to learn and earn. Students will be paid during their entire enrollment in an 11-week program, which will include 5 weeks of class time as well as on-the-job training, and potentially get hired with local companies.

 

The two-year grant is due November 15 and awarded January 1. Mr. Stradling said that he would return in the future requesting around $100k to help with the project.

 

AREA PLAN

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 road vacation hearing to the next meeting on October 2, 2017.

 

Attorney Loy explained that the commissioners could continually continue the discussion or they could not continue the discussion and Indiana Beach would have to re-advertise the vacated road request when they have everything in order. The commissioners agreed that they would continue the hearing one more time.

 

 

  • Commissioner Diener made a motion to continue the Indiana Beach Road Vacation hearing to the October 2, 2017, meeting, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

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 Bruce Clear Jim Davis

Denny Carter Casey Crabb Art Anderson

 

Councilman Jim Annis was absent.

 

BUILDING DEPARTMENT

Director Colin Betts reported that there were 48 building permits issued last month, and $5,836 was collected for permit fees.

 

HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT

Highway Superintendent Mike Kyburz said that Norway Bridge is now closed for reconstruction and he is hoping that the project will finish ahead of schedule and reopen before May 2018.

 

The Highway Department has completed close to 100 miles of chip-and-seal throughout the county. The cost to chip-and-seal is currently $8,500/per mile, which is just the cost of material; not equipment and labor cost.

 

New quotes for the winter salt came in $5.00 lower than last year. This is the lowest that he’s ever seen.

 

ENVIRONMENTAL DEPARTMENT

Environmental Officer Jim Reynolds presented the following in his Environmental Report:

 

  • Received 78 calls/complaints on various issues.
  • Reviewed weekly pool samples.
  • Issued 4 septic permits.
  • Made 8 landfill inspections.
  • Attended active shooter training.

 

Officer Reynolds has talked with the owners of the Parkview Motel, Reynolds, about the building getting cleaned up from the fire damage. They did not have insurance and they are doing as much as they can to get it all cleaned up.

 

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT DEPARTMENT

EMA Director Roberta Yerk said that their golf cart is not working very well and they would like to replace it with a UTV (Utility Task Vehicle).

 

Director Yerk said that she has presented the request to the council and she does have the funds from two different accounts. Quotes were presented showing that for $12,039, she can purchase a UTV and a trailer.

 

Councilman Bruce Clear and Commissioner Burton both spoke in favor of having a UTV instead of a golf cart.

 

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

 

  • Commissioner Burton made a motion to approve the purchase of the 2018 Kawasaki KAF400 SX Mule XC and an Interstate 7x14x6’6” Tall trailer, seconded by Commissioner Diener. Vote: Unanimous

 

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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