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BE IT REMEMBERED, that the White County Commissioners held a regular meeting on Tuesday, January 2, 2018, 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. Commissioner Heimlich announced that the agenda items would be moved around so they can wait for all members of the Council to arrive.

ARCHITECTURAL PROPOSAL FOR ANNEX BUILDING

Commissioner Diener presented a proposal for Cornerstone Design for Architectural and Engineering services for the new Annex Building.

· Commissioner Burton made a motion to enter into an agreement with Cornerstone Design as presented, seconded by Commissioner Diener. Vote: Unanimous

HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT

White County Attorney George Loy announced that the time has expired for bids to be submitted for the following new equipment for the Highway Department:

3 - New production model heavy duty, long wheel base dump trucks

1 - New production model front wheel drive assist tractor.

Bids were received from the following:

New Production Model Heavy Duty, Long Wheel Base Dump Trucks

1. Peterbilt 348 Tandem Axle Chassis $ 96,630/ea

Great Lakes Peterbilt, Portage, IN

2. 2019 International 7400 Tandem Axle Cab & Chassis $ 86,360/ea

Wiers International Trucks, Plymouth, IN

3. T470 Kenworth Snow Plow Truck $ 99,001/ea

Whiteford Kenworth, South Bend, IN

New Production Model Front Wheel Drive Assist Tractor

1. 2018 CaseIH Puma 150 CVX Tractor $114,000

Bane-Welker Equipment, Remington, IN

2. 2018 Challenger MT535E MFWD Tractor $128,992

MacAllister Machinery Company, Rensselaer, IN

3. 2014 Challenger MT575D MFWD Tractor $143,544

MacAllister Machinery Company, Rensselaer, IN

4. New Holland T7.190 Tractor w/Cab $118,300

New Holland, Logansport, IN

MINUTES

· Commissioner Diener made a motion to approve the minutes of the special meeting held on December 28, 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

At this time, Council President Butch Kramer called the council members to order for a special meeting in joint session with the commissioners. Council members present:

President Butch Kramer Bruce Clear Jim Davis

Art Anderson Jim Anis Casey Crabb

Councilman Denny Carter was absent.

 

PUBLIC HEARING - SHR FARMS & WHITE COUNTY EXCHANGE REAL ESTATE

Commissioner Heimlich announced that the public hearing is now open to consider an offer between SHR Farms and White County to exchange real estate.

White County Attorney George Loy said that the county had received notice from a prospect on a potential project located within the Mid-America Commerce Park TIF District. The proposed project will be the construction of a 150k sq. ft. building, estimated to cost $7.5 million. This project could potentially provide 30-50 fulltime jobs, with an investment of $10 million in equipment.

The property for the project is currently owned by two different entities. Approximately 5.3 acres is owned by SHR Farms, and the remaining 9.7 acres is owned by TP&W Railroad. The 5.3 acres that are owned by SHR Farms is part of larger parcel of 47.5 acres. North of the SHR Farms property is two parcels (equaling 48.5 acres) owned by the county. SHR Farms has proposed to swap the county the 47.5 acres of land that they own for the two parcels, equaling 48.5 acres, the county owns.

County Attorney Loy said that two appraisals were done on both properties. The average of the two appraisals on the SHR Farms 47.5 acres appraised for $755,150, and the average of the two for the county’s parcels appraised for $732,000. Due to the value of the two properties, it is necessary for the commissioners and council to approve the proposed contract.

Commissioner Heimlich asked if there were any comments or questions from the public at this time. No response.

At this time, Commissioner Heimlich announced that the public hearing is closed.

· Commissioner Diener made a motion to approve the exchange of real estate under Resolution No. 18-01-02-01 as presented, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

· Councilman Crabb made a motion to approve the exchange of real estate under Resolution No. 2018-01-02-01 as presented, seconded by Councilman Annis. Vote: Unanimous

WHITE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS’ RESOLUTION NO. 18-01-02-01

WHITE COUNTY COUNCIL RESOLUTION NO. 2018-01-02-01

JOINT WHITE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS’ AND COUNCIL RESOLUTION APPROVING S.H.R. FARMS – WHITE COUNTY OFFER FOR

EXCHANGE OF REAL ESTATE

WHEREAS, on June 30, 2015, the White County Redevelopment Commission (the “Commission”) adopted its confirmatory resolution creating the “Mid-America Commerce Park Economic Development Area” (the “Area”) pursuant to I.C. §36-7-14; and

WHEREAS, the Area consists of approximately 2,580 acres located west of the Town of Wolcott bordered to the north by CR 200 North, on the south by Division Road, on the east by CR 1000 West, and on the east by CR 1200 West; and

WHEREAS, the Economic Development Plan (the “Plan”) approved by the Commission for economic development of the Area is designed to (i) promote significant opportunities for the gainful employment of citizens of the County, (ii) assist in the attraction of major new business enterprises to the County, (iii) provide for local public improvements in the Area, (iv) attract permanent jobs, (v) increase the property tax base, and (vi) improve the diversity of the economic base of the County; and

WHEREAS, the White County Commissioners and White County Council have received a proposal from a real estate development business for locating a manufacturing, warehousing, and logistics company (the “Project”) within the Area; and

WHEREAS, the Project proposes construction of a 150,000 square foot facility with an estimated cost of $7.5 million, equipment investment in excess of $10 million, and projected 30 to 50 full-time employees; and

WHEREAS, the Project requires acquisition by the County of approximately 15 acres of specifically located real estate, a portion of which is currently owned by S.H.R. Farms, Inc. (“S.H.R.”) as a part of a 47.590 acre tract owned by S.H.R. (the “S.H.R. Property”); and

WHEREAS, situated north and adjacent to the S.H.R. Property is 48.511 acres of like kind real estate owned by the County (the “County Property”), which was not acquired through eminent domain procedures; and

WHEREAS, the Commissioners and Council have received from S.H.R. an Offer for Exchange of Real Estate (the “Offer”), wherein S.H.R. offers the County to exchange its S.H.R. Property for the County Property without additional monetary compensation from either S.H.R. or the County to the other, subject to the terms and conditions set forth in the Offer; and

WHEREAS, in consideration of the Offer the Council approved its Resolution No. 2017-12-18-01 authorizing appointment of real estate appraisers, pursuant to I.C. §36-1-11-4.2, to appraise the S.H.R. Property and the County Property; and

WHEREAS, the average of two (2) appraisals of the S.H.R. Property is $755,150.00, and $732,000.00 of the County Property; and

WHEREAS, notice of the public hearing held this date was duly given under I.C. 5-3-1; and

WHEREAS, the Commissioners and Council, after having reviewed the foregoing documents and evidence, having heard and considered all public comment, and being duly advised in the premises, now finds that:

(a) The proposed Offer to transfer the County Property to S.H.R. in exchange for the S.H.R. Property is for the purpose of promoting an economic development project and to facilitate compatible land use planning.

(b) The Project and the Offer is consistent with the purposes and design of the Commission’s Plan, and will be of benefit to the Area and to the County.

(c) The S.H.R. Property and the County Property are of a similar nature.

(d) The average appraised value of the S.H.R. Property is greater than the average appraised value of the County Property.

(e) It is in the best interests of the County that the Offer be accepted by the County.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT HEREBY RESOLVED, by the White County Commissioners and White County Council, as follows:

1. That the White County Commissioners and White County Council approve of the exchange of the County Property for the S.H.R. Property, as defined by and pursuant to the S.H.R. Farms – White County Offer for Exchange of Real Estate.

2. That the White County Commissioners are authorized and directed to execute acceptance of the Offer on behalf of the County, and to take all other action required to complete the exchange of real estate under the accepted Offer.

AIRPORT FUNDING FOR ENVIRONMENTAL STUDY

Commissioner Heimlich reminded the council that to start the process of getting Luse Road replaced, an Environmental Study must be done.

Councilman Anderson said that he didn’t have a problem giving the Airport $290k to do the study, but he does have a problem giving the job to CHA Engineering since they didn’t do a very good job the first time.

Attorney Loy said that it’s not a requirement to request for proposals for engineering work; but they could collect them if they desired.

Commissioner Diener suggested that they ask the Aviation Board to collect proposals for the Environmental Study.

· Councilman Anderson made a motion to approve the appropriation of funds with the proviso that the Aviation Board advertises request for proposals for the Environmental Study, seconded by Councilman Annis. Vote: Unanimous

AVIATION BOARD MEMBER RETIRES

Commissioner Heimlich announced that Phil Gutwein had submitted a letter asking not to be reappointed to the White County Aviation Board. The commissioners and council thanked Mr. Gutwein for serving the White County Aviation Board for the past 32 years.

LIABILITY & WORKERS’ COMP. FOR 2018

Commissioner Heimlich said that the recommendation from Heiny Insurance is to change our carrier from Travelers Insurance to Brit Insurance Group for 2018. By switching, the county will save over $65k on the liability and workman’s comp. coverage.

· Commissioner Burton made a motion to enter into an agreement with Brit Insurance Group for the comprehensive insurance coverage for 2018, seconded by Commissioner Diener. Vote: Unanimous

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

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