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BE IT REMEMBERED, that the White County Commissioners held a regular meeting on Monday, October 1, 2018, in the White County Building 2nd -floor Commissioners’ Conference Room, beginning at 8 a.m.

Commissioners present were:  President John C. Heimlich, Commissioner Steve Burton, and Commissioner David Diener.  Also present was White County Auditor Gayle Rogers, White County Attorney George Loy, and Commissioners’ Assistant Donya Tirpak.

Commissioner Heimlich called the meeting to order.

MINUTES
• Commissioner Burton made a motion to approve the minutes from the regular meeting on September 17, 2018, seconded by Commissioner Diener.  Vote:  Unanimous

PAYROLL
• Commissioner Diener made a motion to approve payroll for September 24, 2018, 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

BOND RELEASE
EC Source Services submitted a request to release their bond on the Road Use Agreement for the Pioneer Transmission/NIPSCO Greentown to Reynolds 765V Transmission Line project.

Highway Superintendent Mike Kyburz said that the work is complete and he is satisfied with all of the road repairs.  He feels confident that nothing else should arise where they will need the bond.  He complimented that the company was great to work with and the project ran very smoothly.

• Commissioner Diener made a motion to release the bond with EC Source for the Road Use Agreement, seconded by Commissioner Burton.  Vote:  Unanimous

GODLOVE ENTERPRISE
• Commissioner Diener made a motion to approve the waiver for setback requirements for a Septage Treatment and Storage Facility for Godlove Enterprise as presented, seconded by Commissioner Burton.  Vote:  Unanimous

UTAH COURT
Sherman Noble, 6643 Utah Court, appeared before the commissioners saying that his neighbor that lives at 6633 Utah Court has placed a boat, vehicles and a golf cart on Utah Court blocking access to the water.  All of these vehicles are unregistered and belongs to his neighbor at 6633 Utah Court.  He’s contacted the Sheriff’s Dept., but they won’t tag the boat/vehicles because they said it’s a civil matter and a private road.

Mr. Sherman is asking the commissioners to have the Sheriff’s Department issue tickets or have the vehicles moved.

Commissioner Heimlich said that if there are abandoned vehicles, Environmental Officer Jim Reynolds can tag them and have them removed.

Attorney Loy said that this is a civil matter and the commissioners can’t tell the police what to do, but the county can look into it.

Highway Superintendent Kyburz said that he receives a lot of calls asking who has the powers to govern on what happens on roads that are dedicated for public use.


Interim Area Plan Director Joe Rogers said that Utah Court is a platted road and it is a private road.  If the vehicles are not properly registered, his department does have the authority, just as the Environmental Officer does, to have the vehicles towed away.  His department did receive the complaint, and the information that he has on file from the previous director was that all of the vehicles are properly tagged.

Commissioner Heimlich said that they will talk to Environmental Officer Reynolds and if they are not properly tagged, then they can have them removed.  If they are properly tagged, then it becomes a civil matter.

VETERAN’S DEPT. – NEW VAN
White County Auditor Gayle Rogers said that Veteran’s Director Tom Hildebrand discussed his current van not being reliable on long-distance trips to the council during budget hearings.  The council suggested using funds from the Riverboat Fund to purchase a new vehicle now, before 2019.

Director Hildebrand presented a quote from Gutwein Motor in Monon for the following:
2015 Ford Transit Titanium Van          $25,260.

• Commissioner Burton made a motion to approve the purchase of a new van from Gutwein Motor for $25,260 for the Veteran’s Department, seconded by Commissioner Diener.  Vote:  Unanimous

AWARD SERVICE WEAPON TO RETIRING SHERIFF PAT SHAFER & CANINE OFFICER
White County Sheriff Pat Shafer requested ownership of his service weapon after he retires from his elected position as Sheriff of White County on or about January 1, 2019.   Request of the weapon falls under White County Ordinance 12-09-17-1.

The weapon to be transferred is described as a Glock G4 Model 22 Pistol, Serial Number BDNH823 Calibur: .40 S&W.

Sheriff Shafer also mentioned that canine “Bacon” has retired from law enforcement service as of October 1, 2018.  He requested permission to allow White County Deputy David Rozzi to have ownership of canine Bacon effective October 1, 2018.  Deputy Rozzi agrees to accept ownership, liability, care, and maintenance of canine Bacon.

Commissioner Diener mentioned that there should be some amount of stipend for the retired canine police officer.  He suggested asking the council if they would set aside some appropriation to help out with the financial burden on an officer who’s willing to take the retired canine.

Auditor Rogers said that the Canine Fund is a donation fund.  She asked if it would make sense to have the money come out of that fund since it’s already appropriated.  Then it would be more of a department head’s decision rather than going to the council.

Commissioner Diener would like to discuss this with the council as well.

Sheriff Shafer said that he is open for discussion with the council if needed.

• Commissioner Diener made a motion to allow Sheriff Shafer to maintain the Glock G4 Model 22 Pistol, Serial Number BDNH823 Calibur under Ordinance 12-09-17-1, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote:  Unanimous

• Commissioner Burton made a motion to transfer ownership, liability, and care and maintenance of Canine Bacon to Deputy David C. Rozzi, seconded by Commissioner Diener.  Vote:  Unanimous

WHITE COUNTY ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS
Carol Hendress, Executive, and Tiffany Sparks, Board Member, discussed grants that the Association of Realtors receives to clean-up vacant properties. 



Ms. Hendress said that they could apply for a $3,000 grant to clean-up the old post office property in Reynolds, which is owned by the county.   She presented a draft of what they would like to do and requested permission to allow the White County Association of Realtors to access the property.  

County Attorney Loy said that he would write up a document stating that the county will not be held liable for any damages or injuries.

• Commissioner Burton made a motion to allow the White County Association of Realtors to clean-up the old post office property in Reynolds, seconded by Commissioner Diener.  Vote:  Unanimous

NATIONWIDE 457b RETIREMENT PLAN
HR Director Leah Hull said that Nationwide had made some changes to the Nationwide 457 (b) Deferred Compensation Program plan regarding the guaranteed minimum interest rate on fixed accounts.  Three options were presented and discussed at length.  

• Commissioner Diener made a motion to go with Option 3A, which allows the employees to make their own choices on their fixed account, seconded by Commissioner Burton.  Vote:  Unanimous


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




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





ATTEST:  _________________________
Gayle Rogers, Auditor