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BE IT REMEMBERED, that the White County Commissioners held a regular meeting on Monday, March 5, 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 Attorney George Loy, White County Auditor Gayle Rogers, and the Commissioners’ Assistant Donya Tirpak.

Commissioner Heimlich called the meeting to order.


· Commissioner Burton made a motion to approve the minutes from the regular meeting held on February 20, 2018, and the minutes from the Executive Session held on February 20, 2018, seconded by Commissioner Diener. Vote: Unanimous


· Commissioner Diener made a motion to approve payroll as presented for February 26, 2018, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous


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


Commissioner Heimlich announced that Megan Morrow, representative for Indiana Beach, has recently taken a new job and she can no longer serve on the White County Tourism Board.

Robert “Boo” Birk, Director of Marketing at Indiana Beach, has agreed to fill the unexpired term of Megan Morrow’s appointment.

· Commissioner Diener made a motion to accept Megan Morrow’s resignation to the Tourism Board and to appoint Robert Birk to fill the unexpired term till December 31, 2019, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous


White County Auditor Gayle Rogers said that they (Prosecutor, Clerk, and Auditor) would like to cancel the contract with Maximus Consulting Services and sign a new contract with Dossett Consulting. She said the Clerk prefers Dossett Consulting and their services are cheaper. The services assist White County to maintain our cost allocation plan that identifies the various costs incurred by the county to support and administer federal programs like Title IV-D.

White County Attorney George Loy said that there is a 60-day termination clause with Maximus for the contract that expires in 2020.

Auditor Rogers said that they sent a cancel notice in January 2018 to Maximus.

The commissioners took the contract under advisement and will discuss at the next meeting.


Mike Johnson, 306 E. Terrace Bay Court, reminded the commissioners that he’d appeared before them in August 2017, discussing the drainage issue that he was having on his property.

Mr. Johnson discussed a situation where his wife was almost swept away into the lake because of the water that is coming from the high farm ground that sits west of his property. He was told in August that a new culvert would be put in under the road, and he is concerned because it hasn’t been done yet.

Commissioner Burton pointed out that the water naturally flows in that direction, and Mr. Johnson chose to build his house at this location.

Commissioner Diener said that there are two projects in this area that have been in the process for the past three years. He explained that projects do take time and this project is taking longer than expected.

Highway Superintendent Mike Kyburz said that he underestimated the pipe. It’s a lot deeper and bigger than what he remembered. The project should only take a couple of days, but everything will have to be hauled away. He has started obtaining easements from neighbors. Since this project is an upgrade, and nothing is broke, he will get to it when he can. He is hoping that the Gordon Road project will start soon so he will have an opportunity to take his equipment over to get this project started.

Commissioner Burton voiced his irritability of Mr. Johnson coming to the commissioners’ meeting demanding that his project is taken care of before everything else in the county, especially before other drainage projects that have been on a waiting list longer than his.


Roberta Yerk, EMA Director, presented pictures showing flooded areas from all the rain that was received on February 20. She declared a Flood Emergency on February 21, because she had to start evacuating people from Bluewater Drive, Diamond Point, and Maple Bend. An Emergency Disaster Declaration was signed by the governor, and she is now working on getting the Presidential Disaster Declaration for White County. She has completed a flood assessment for White County with the State Fire Marshall as well. Since Carroll County doesn’t have an EMA Director right now, EMA Deputy Director Chris Sprunger is assisting them with their flood assessment.

Commissioner Heimlich asked Highway Superintendent Kyburz what the status was on the road conditions. Superintendent Kyburz said that he has a couple of roads that have a tile or culvert hole in the center of the road. Those are being repaired today. The only road that is still closed is 300 E, north of Monon Road.


White County Attorney George Loy announced that the time has expired for bids to be submitted for the Community Crossing Resurfacing Projects for 2018.

Bids were received from the following:

1. Rieth-Riley Construction Co., Inc., Lafayette, IN $642,800.00

2. Milestone Contractors, Lafayette, IN $677,875.00

3. Central Paving, Inc., Logansport, IN $663,427.00

Highway Superintendent Kyburz said that the state awarded $718,131.00, but this includes the cost of paint and drainage as well.

The bids were taken under advisement and will be awarded at the next meeting.


White County Attorney George Loy said that he reviewed HWC’s contract and everything looks to be in order.

· Commissioner Burton made a motion to approve the contract from HWC for replacing Bridge #227 for $378,750, seconded by Commissioner Diener. Vote: Unanimous


Area Plan Director Colin Betts said that he is working with EMA and the Red Cross on damage assessment and he hopes to get damage determination letters out this week.

Director Betts said that he had received a letter from DNR and residents will have an opportunity to collect up to $30,000 in restitution to help with repairs from the flood damage. He asked the commissioners if they would consider waiving all fees, or certain fees, for repairs or substantial repairs to damaged properties affected by the flood.

· Commissioner Burton made a motion to waive the permit fees to homeowners affected by the recent flood, seconded by Commissioner Diener. Vote: Unanimous

___________________________ _____________________________ __________________________

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

ATTEST: _________________________

Gayle Rogers, Auditor