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BE IT REMEMBERED, that the White County Commissioners held a regular meeting on Monday, July 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 and Commissioner David Diener. Also present was White County Auditor Gayle Rogers, White County Attorney George Loy, and Commissioners’ Drainage Board Assistant Jennifer Hill. Commissioner Steve Burton was absent.

Commissioner Heimlich called the meeting to order.


· Commissioner Diener made a motion to approve the minutes of the regular meeting held on June 18, 2018, seconded by Commissioner Heimlich. Vote: Unanimous


· Commissioner Diener made a motion to approve payroll for July 2, 2018, seconded by Commissioner Heimlich. Vote: Unanimous


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


A landowner appeared asking if the county was going to do anything with the tubes on the Bedford Bay Bridge. He said the culverts are caving in and the guardrails are all loose. The county just replaced culverts on CR300, and he asked if they could put the same size in at the Bedford Bay Bridge. This would allow the property owners to move their bigger boats through the waterway.

Commissioner Diener said that they had engineering work done and the cost to add 2 feet of height is going to cost taxpayers a lot of money. He agrees that there is a problem with the traffic and guardrails. Right now, they are trying to determine if the cost is going to be worth the benefit/gain not only to the county but also to the property owners.

Commissioner Heimlich said that the largest expense wasn’t going to be the tubes but will be on the elevation to the bridge and the road work on both sides.

Highway Superintendent Kyburz said that the estimate was $1 million for an additional two feet of clearance. His personal opinion was that it wasn’t worth the money. He said that the study determined that putting something in the channel wasn’t going to gain anything. He feels that they need to look at different options. To get clearance, the road to Bedford Bay and Apple Knob would have to be raised 10 – 15 feet.

Commissioner Heimlich said that the tubes were inspected last year, and the engineer said that they were still good.

The commissioners explained to the landowners that were present, that they haven’t ignored the concerns that were addressed last year. They hired an engineer and had it inspected. It will continue to

be inspected, and when the inspections come back with the complaints that are brought forth, then they will address the issues.

The landowner continued to complain about the guardrails being in poor condition. Superintendent Kyburz agreed that the guardrail had been hit several times, and it’s pretty dated but replacing it will cost $75k. The county has 165 bridges that they take care of out of cumulative bridge funds. He does the best that he can with the funds that he has to work with.


Director Colin Betts presented the following rezone petition request, which was continued from the May 21, 2018, and the June 4, 2018, meeting.

Rezone Petition #1079

YMCA Camp Tecumseh, Inc., Applicant, is requesting to rezone 6.99 acres from an A-2 (Agricultural Industry District) to an A-1 (General Agriculture District). The property is located at 4257 E. 1000 S., Brookston. The property is owned by Smith Erickson Farms, Inc.

The Area Plan Commission held a public hearing on May 14, 2018, for this request. The APC made the recommendation by a vote of 8 yes and 0 no that the commissioners approve this petition.

This property was rezoned on July 1, 2013, to an A-1 for a confined feeding operation business. The building was never constructed. The 2012 IDEM permit for the proposed hog facility expired in 2017, without renewal.

Director Betts said that there wasn’t anything to add to this rezone request, which hasn’t already been discussed.

Commissioner Heimlich asked if there was any additional information to come before the board at this time.

Attorney Donald W. Shelmon, representing Camp Tecumseh, was present.

Commissioner Heimlich said that their major concern with the rezone request is the idea of someone else asking to rezone someone else’s property.

Attorney Shelmon pointed out that a notarized letter from the property owner, Smith Erickson Farms, was submitted with the application authorizing the rezoning request. He also noted that no individuals spoke against this request, nor did anyone speak against it at the APC Hearing.

Commissioner Diener said that the petition for rezoning must be denied because of its failure to be signed by at least 50% of the owners of the land sought to be rezoned.

· Commissioner Diener made a motion to deny rezoning petition #1079, for property located at 4257 E. 1000 S, Brookston, seconded by Commissioner Heimlich. Vote: Unanimous


Auditor Rogers presented the proposed salary & hourly wages for all departments for 2019 for the commissioners to review.

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

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

ATTEST: _________________________

Gayle Rogers, Auditor