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BE IT REMEMBERED, that the White County Commissioners held a regular meeting on Monday, October 16, 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 October 16, 2017, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

 

PAYROLL

  • Commissioner Burton made a motion to approve payroll for October 9, 2017, 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

INDIANA BEACH – PROPOSED ORDINANCE TO VACATE ROADWAY

White County Attorney George Loy said that the proposed ordinance requesting to vacate a portion of Indiana Beach Road looks acceptable to him.

 

Commissioner Heimlich asked if anyone wished to speak about the proposed ordinance. No response.

 

  • Commissioner Burton made a motion to adopt Ordinance No. 17-10-16-02, vacating a portion of Indiana Beach Road in Union Township, seconded by Commissioner Diener. Vote: Unanimous

ORDINANCE NO. 17-10-16-02

AN ORDINANCE VACATING A PORTION OF INDIANA BEACH ROAD (ORIGINALLY PLATTED AND IDENTIFIED AS CATAWABA AVENUE) A STREET AND PUBLIC RIGHTS-OF-WAY IN UNTALULTI SUBDIVISION, UNION TOWNSHIP, WHITE COUNTY INDIANA

 

Whereas, it is in the best interest of the citizens of Union Township, White County, Indiana, to vacate a portion of a Platted Public Rights-of-Way, commonly known as Indiana Beach Road, which is not necessary for the growth of any City or Town and where such vacation will not cut the public’s access to any public building, church or school; and,

 

Whereas, a petition and associated addendum, hereinafter referred to in whole as “Petition,” has been filed with this legislative body of White County, Indiana, seeking vacation of a portion of a platted public rights-of-way in Untalulti Subdivision, Union Township, White County, Indiana; and,

 

Whereas, the Board of Commissioners of White County, Indiana has examined the Petition and has conducted public hearings upon said Petition and has given public notice thereof by publishing said notice in a newspaper of general circulation serving White County, Indiana, said publication being more than (10) days prior to the date of said final hearing, all pursuant to statute; and,

 

Whereas, the Board of Commissioners of White County, Indiana, having heard evidence on said Petition and being sufficiently advised in the premises, finds that said Petition should be approved and granted and that the portion of platted public rights-of-way, as specifically described in said Petition, should be vacated.

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED, that the designated portion of platted public rights-of-way located in Untalulti Subdivision, Union Township, White County, Indiana, be and the same is hereby vacated and the portion of said rights-of-way being more fully described as follows, to-wit:

 

The subject 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 west line of a previously vacated section of roadway and which is now already a part of the Parcel identified with the Parcel identified with the Parcel No. 91-73-16-000-012.000-020 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 00º 00” 00” East 50.00 feet; thence North 90º 00’ 00” West along the South rights-of-way of Indiana Beach Road 435 feet; thence North 00º 00’ 00” East 50.00 feet to the North rights-of-way of Indiana Beach Road, (the south property line of Lot 70 in Untalulti Subdivision); thence North 90º 00’ 00” East along the North rights-of-way of Indiana Beach Road 435 feet to the point of beginning, containing 0.499 Acres, more or less.

 

Bearings and dimensions in the above description are based on a survey dated December 24, 2015, executed by Robert L. Haworth, a registered land surveyor.

 

Said real estate to be vacated being a portion of the rights-of-way for a road commonly known as Indiana Beach Road, located in Untalulti Subdivision, Union Township, White County, Indiana.

 

The secretary of this legislative body shall furnish copies of this Ordinance to the County Recorder for recording and to the County Auditor and Area Plan Executive Director.

 

The vacated rights-of-way shall become the property of Store Master Funding VIII, LLC.

 

The auditor of White County, Indiana shall enter the vacated Rights-of-Way, described above, on the tax rolls of White County, Indiana, in the name set forth above.

 

Any public utility easement shall be unaffected by this vacation.

 

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

Jim Annis

 

HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT

Highway Superintendent Mike Kyburz reported that he is currently working on trimming trees. For the trees that are too high for his employees, he has hired an outside company to take care of them.

 

The power line projects are coming to an end soon, and Superintendent Kyburz said that he would begin assessing the damages to the county roads. He estimates that there are $1.2M in repairs needed.

 

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

President Randy Mitchell presented his Business Summary for October.

 

Mr. Mitchell reported that Brand Electrical from Lafayette is looking to open a new site in Monticello. Crasian Brewing Company in Brookston and Pelos Barber Shop in Monticello, are two new businesses that recently opened up.

 

Three significant leads have come in so far this month, and Mr. Mitchell will continue to work diligently to showcase the possibilities and everything we have available in White County!

 

Mr. Mitchell reported that the Educator & Employer Meeting held at Twin Lakes was a success. The schools are being very responsive to the needs of the manufacturers by teaching students the skills that are needed. These meetings are held quarterly.

 

BUILDING DEPARTMENT

Area Plan Director Colin Betts reported that the Building Inspector made 103 inspections in September. Year-to-date, 300 building permits have been issued; 43 permits issued in September.

 

ENVIRONMENTAL DEPARTMENT

Environmental Officer Jim Reynolds presented the Environmental Report for October.

 

  • Received 82 calls/complaints on various issues.
  • Issued four septic permits.
  • Made eight landfill inspections.
  • Took lake samples and transported to ISDH Lab, results are on file.
  • Attended Emergency Vehicle Driver Training course.

 

E-911 DEPARTMENT

Director Terri Brooks said that there are a lot of issues in the Monon and Buffalo area because of the lack of cell tower service. The discussions have been made about putting in a new tower for this area, but she felt that this would not solve the problem because there’s a tower in Jasper County (5 miles) that never seemed to help. Motorola has recently found the problem with the tower and the radio service is working much better now in Monon. The Buffalo area still has no service, so she will continue to work with Motorola on where the best location would be for a new tower.

 

AIRPORT

Chad Baumgartner, Board Member, said that the Airport Board is not giving up on trying to get Luse Road replaced. He said CHA Consulting is the one that told them that if they close Luse Road, the FAA will pay to put it back in. Since this hasn’t happened, the board has told CHA Consulting that they need to work with the FAA to fix this problem. Until this is resolved, the board told CHA Consulting that they are not paying any of their bills. The FAA has told the board that putting in Luse Road is not a dead issue yet.

 

Mr. Baumgartner stressed that the board is trying to do what’s best for the community. An automated airport weather system was recently installed to help lifeline get in and out of the hospital.

 

The board also added a new storage building, which is anticipated to be completed this fall.

 

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS – A GUARANTEED ENERGY SAVINGS AND IMPROVEMENT PLAN

Commissioner Heimlich announced that the commissioners advertised for the request of proposals for the Guaranteed Energy Savings and Improvement Plan project. A copy of the only proposal submitted, from Ameresco, was presented to the council. Commissioner Heimlich said that this would be discussed further at the next joint meeting.

 

SKILL UP GRANT

Jim Stradling, Director of Indiana Trails, reminded the commissioners and council that he would like to apply for the Skill UP grant, which is due November 15. He explained that the grant is an opportunity to receive 3 for 1 in matching funds. His goal is to collect $250k, so he can have $750k for the Innovation Networks project. He requested White County to put in $100k for seed money.

 

Councilman Davis asked what the commitment was from the businesses. Mr. Stradling explained that the businesses would offer the students part-time jobs, which is called work-base-learning. This in-kind commitment will provide a salary and training, which can be counted towards the grant.

 

Councilman Anderson said that he thought this was another cutesy idea; he’s not 100% against it, just 75%.

 

Commissioner Burton said that he’s an optimist, and he doesn’t want to give up. He will continue to listen to any ideas and efforts.

 

Councilman Davis asked if they will be given a report saying where the money will be spent. Out of respect, he would like to know where exactly the money is going. Mr. Stradling said that he could provide them with percentages of where the money will be spent.

 

Commissioner Heimlich said that the commissioners have another meeting before the November 15 due date to approve the grant, but the council does not.

 

Councilman Anderson made a motion to approve $33,000 to the Skill UP grant. A second motion was not made.

 

Commissioner Heimlich suggested that the council adjourn and discuss the funding further in their meeting.

 

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

 

PROPOSED ORDINANCE – ESTABLISHING AND ADOPTING A PROPERTY TRANSFER FEE – 2nd READING

Attorney Loy discussed the proposed ordinance establishing a real estate document transfer fee that was presented at the last meeting. He said the statute that is referenced authorizes the commissioners to adopt an ordinance that approves a property transfer fee up to $5.00 for every deed, or legal description of each parcel contained in the deed. The fee will be put into a fund to be used to maintain the county plat books.

 

Auditor Rogers said that most counties have a transfer fee, but it’s all over the place on how they do it. Some counties charge per deed and some charge by legal description.

 

Attorney Loy said that he prefers the ordinance to say exactly what the Auditor intends to charge.

 

Auditor Rogers said that she is attending a conference soon and she can talk to other counties to see what they are charging.

 

The commissioners decided to table this discussion until the Auditor gathers more information.

 

COUNTY FARM LEASE

  • Commissioner Burton made a motion to approve the quote from Andy Federer to lease the 21.147 acres and 27.364 acres in Wolcott for $306 per acre, and the quote from Chase Lowry to lease the 75.6 acres in Monticello for $281 per acre, 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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