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BE IT REMEMBERED, that the White County Commissioners held a regular meeting on Monday, October 2, 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 Burton made a motion to approve the minutes of the regular meeting held on September 18, 2017, seconded by Commissioner Diener. Vote: Unanimous

PAYROLL

  • Commissioner Diener made a motion to approve payroll for October 2, 2017, 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

HIGHWAY DEPT.

J.D. Smith, Assistant Superintendent, reported that a sealer coat had been applied to the hard surface roads on the Wind Farm project. Another coat will be applied in the spring.

 

The county has been awarded $538,598.25 in funds from the Community Crossing grant for CR 300 W, and CR

500 W.

 

QUOTES – COUNTY FARM GROUND

White County Attorney George Loy announced that the time has expired for the submission of quotes to lease White County’s farm ground. Quotes were received from the following:

 

21.147 Acres in Wolcott

Andy Federer $306.00/per acre

Christopher Wiese $241.19/ per acre

Crb Ag LLC $275.00/per acre

 

27.364 Acres in Wolcott

Andy Federer $306.00/per acre

Christopher Wiese $241.19/per acre

CRB Ag LLC $275.00/per acre

 

75.6 Acres in Monticello

Chase Lowry $281.00/per acre

CRB Ag LLC $275.00/per acre

Lear Farms GP $242.00/per acre

Adam Howe $250.00/per acre

Kyle Lachmund $261.00/per acre

 

The commissioners took the quotes under advisement.

 

 

 

 

INDIANA BEACH - ROAD VACATION HEARING

Colin Betts, the Director, said that Indiana Beach had submitted the paperwork to continue with the hearing.

 

Director Betts said that Indiana Beach’s petition is requesting the following be vacated:

 

The portion of Indiana Beach Road platted between the Lots in Union Township, Untalulti Subdivision, is fifty (50) feet of even width and extends east and west four hundred thirty-five (435) feet beginning at the portion of vacated roadway which is now a part of the Lots identified with the Parcel Nos. of 91-73-16-000-012.000-020 and 91-73-16-000-013.000-020 and then extending west a distance of four hundred thirty-five (435) feet, said portion of Indiana Beach Road being more particularly described as follows:

 

Beginning at the Southeast corner of Lot 65 in Untalulti Subdivision; thence South 00° 00’ 00” East 50.00 feet; thence North 90 00’ 00” West along the South right-of-way of Indiana Beach Road 435.00 feet; thence North 00° 00” 00” East 50.00 feet to the South line of Lot 70 in Untalulti Subdivision; thence North 90° 00’ 00” East along the North right-of-way of Indiana Beach Road 435 feet to the point of beginning, containing 0.499 Acres, more or less.

 

Director Betts said that Indiana Beach had combined Lots 61-69 as requested.

 

Gary Fawks, Indiana Beach General Manager, presented documents that showed how traffic would flow once they get approval from their corporate office for the $250,000 project. A short discussion on the traffic flow was held with the commissioners.

 

Commissioner Diener felt that Mr. Fawks was getting ahead of the game by requesting to vacate the road when they’re not really for sure if the project will happen or not.

 

Mr. Fawks said that they would like to have the road vacated so they can have control of the road so they can work with their parking flow and parking gates. This will allow them more flexibility.

 

Commissioner Heimlich pointed out that if the vacation is approved, nobody will be landlocked, the Riviera Complex will still have access to the county road, and the snow plow will still be able to get through.

 

Auditor Rogers stated that the commissioners would be approving the petition today, but the ordinance will still need to be passed at another meeting and published. The petition is also incorrect since they combined Lots 61-70, and an addendum will need to be done.

 

Some time ago, another road was vacated to Indiana Beach, and Auditor Rogers said that it was never attached to the adjoining parcels. She would like to do some research on the previous vacated road and see about getting all of the parcels combined.

 

Attorney Loy said that the commissioners could approve in principal what Mr. Fawks proposes, and then he will draft an ordinance for the next meeting.

 

Commissioner Heimlich asked if there was anyone wishing to speak about the proposed vacated road request. No response.

 

Commissioner Heimlich announced that the hearing is now closed.

 

  • Commissioner Diener made a motion to approve the petition to vacate a portion of Indiana Beach Road, amend the description of the parcels beginning with Lot 61 and ending with Lot 70, and the ordinance to be presented at the next meeting, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

CHANGE ORDER - HOOSIER LIFT STATION & PONDS PROJECT

Surveyor Brad Ward submitted the following change orders from F & K Construction for the Hoosier Lift Station and Ponds project.

 

1. Change Order #2, $8,704.75

Addition of labor and materials due to a construction entrance/access (CR1200) to the site that was added to the proposed scope after bidding.

 

2. Change Order #3 $8,524.70

Replacement of a culvert crossing railroad lots access to the lift station and discharge to the pond system was required. NIPSCO requires the county to install its own service electrical service line from a new transformer being set on a new pole located along CR1200W.

 

3. Change Order #4, $0, Continuation till spring 2018

This change order adds time to the contract period due allow for the workability of silt material making up the pond banks. Allowing the pond to silty soils to dry over the winter will allow them to be more workable. The contractor will provide additional grading, final grade, and seeding after the silty soils have become more workable in spring 2018

 

  • Commissioner Burton made a motion to approve the change orders as presented, seconded by Commissioner Diener. Vote: Unanimous

PROPOSED ORDINANCE – CONFLICT OF INTEREST

Auditor Rogers said that the county is required to adopt a Conflict of Interest ordinance by the end of the year. The proposed ordinance will apply to all employees and states what they can accept from a vendor.

 

  • Commissioner Diener made a motion to suspend the rules on the proposed Conflict of Interest Ordinance and to adopt on the first reading, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

 

  • Commissioner Diener made a motion to approve the Conflict of Interest Ordinance and the accompany policy setting White County’s threshold at $550.00, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

ORDINANCE NO. 17-10-02-01

AN ORDINANCE OF THE BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS OF WHITE COUNTY, INDIANA ESTABLISHING AND ADOPTING A CONFLICT OF INTEREST POLICY

WHEREAS, White County, Indiana, recognizes the importance of eliminating conflicts of interest in the conduct of County business;

 

WHEREAS, Conflicts of interest are not only against state and federal regulations but are detrimental to the County’s good reputation and the public’s confidence in County government;

WHEREAS, the Board of Commissioners also recognizes the value of collaboration that occurs at special events and functions such as conferences, dinners, and social outings in which White County officials and employees may be guests of one (1) or more vendors that do business with the County; and

 

WHEREAS, the Board of Commissioners desires to fulfill both the letter and spirit of federal and state regulations addressing conflicts of interest, and desires to establish a dollar threshold of $555.00, below which any financial interest or value of any gratuity is not substantial, or the gift is an unsolicited item of nominal value.

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT THEREFORE ORDAINED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF WHITE COUNTY, INDIANA THAT:

 

  • The dollar value of five hundred fifty-five dollars below which any financial interest or value of any gratuity is not substantial and may be accepted per this policy.

 

  • The Board of Commissioners of White County, Indiana, establishes and adopts the Conflict of Interest Policy, which is attached to and made part of this Ordinance.

 

  • This policy shall be effective upon signing by the Board of Commissioners.

 

White County, Indiana

CONFLICT OF INTEREST POLICY

The following paragraphs apply to all public officials and employees of White County, Indiana.

 

No officers or employees of the county shall neither solicit nor accept gratuities, favors, or anything of monetary value from Consultants, potential Consultants, or parties to sub-agreements, unless in accordance with this Conflict of Interest Policy. The aforementioned prohibition does not include gratuities, favors, or anything of monetary value under $555.00. Any financial interest under $555.00 shall be considered not substantial in accordance with the Code of Federal Regulations.

 

This policy conforms to the standards set forth in the Code of Federal Regulations and by the Indiana Department of Transportation. A “Consultant” is defined as an individual or firm providing engineering and design related services as a party to a contract with a recipient or sub-recipient of federal assistance.

 

PROPOSED ORDINANCE – ESTABLISHING AND ADOPTING A PROPERTY TRANSFER FEE

County Auditor Rogers proposed an ordinance that establishes and adopts a property transfer fee for anyone who transfers property ownership/parcels. The $5.00 fee will be applied per deed and not take effect until January 1, 2018.

 

  • Commissioner Diener made a motion to move the proposed ordinance, establishing and adopting a property transfer fee, to the second reading as presented, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

ORDINANCE

AN ORDINANCE OF THE BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS OF WHITE COUNTY, INDIANA ESTABLISHING AND ADOPTING A PROPERTY TRANSFER FEE

 

WHEREAS, White County, Indiana, determines to adopt an Ordinance establishing a document transfer fee pursuant to IC §36-2-9-18(d);

 

WHEREAS, the Board of Commissioners of White County, Indiana authorizes the White County Auditor to collect a fee of five dollars ($5.00) for each deed or other legal document transferring property for which the auditor makes an endorsement;

 

WHEREAS, said fee is in addition to any other fee provided by law; and

 

WHEREAS, the auditor shall place revenue received under this Ordinance in the county general fund dedicated for use in maintaining plat books.

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT THEREFORE ORDAINED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF WHITE COUNTY, INDIANA

 

APPROVED THIS ____ day of October 2017.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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