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BE IT REMEMBERED, that the White County Commissioners held a regular meeting on Monday, October 15, 2018, in the White County Building 2nd -floor Commissioners’ Conference Room, beginning at 8:00 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 Monday, October 1, 2018, seconded by Commissioner Diener. Vote: Unanimous

PAYROLL

· Commissioner Diener made a motion to approve payroll for October 8, 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

Highway Superintendent Mike Kyburz submitted a letter from NIPSCO requesting White County to release the $1M bond for the Reynolds-Topeka Electric System Improvement project. He said that he’s pleased with the outcome of the project and he’s fine with releasing the bond.

County Attorney Loy said that he had talked this over with Superintendent Kyburz and he is fine with releasing the bond as well.

· Commissioner Burton made a motion to release the $1M bond on the NIPSCO Reynolds – Topeka project, seconded by Commissioner Diener. Vote: Unanimous

DRAINAGE ISSUE

Kevin Hart, 2926 Lakeshore Drive, Monticello, appeared before the commissioners discussing a ditch drainage issue on a ditch adjacent to his property. The ditch used to be a free-flowing ditch that flowed down to the lake, taking care of itself. He said the previous owner of 4880 E. Hairpin Court filled in the ditch and put in a tile. Now the ditch continues to fill up with water. He has installed a catch basin on his property because all of the water flows in his direction.

Commissioner Heimlich said that this is a highway drainage issue, and not a drainage board because all the water drains from West Shafer Drive.

Highway Superintendent Kyburz said that he felt the problem started when the previous owner of 4880 E. Hairpin Court built an addition onto the house, which affected the drains.

Mr. Hart said that the previous owner of 4880 E. Hairpin Court, had tile installed all around the house and he believes that their tile empties into the ditch.

Highway Superintendent Kyburz said that he would try to clean out the ditch this fall.

ACCEPT BIDS FOR COUNTY FARM LEASE

County Attorney Loy announced that the time has expired for the submission of bids to lease 21.147 acres and 27.364 acres of farm ground owned by the county located in Wolcott. They both are one-year leases.

Only one bid was received from the following:

· 21.147 Acres in Wolcott Andy Federer $251.00 per acre

· 27.364 Acres in Wolcott Andy Federer $251.00 per acre

Commissioner Diener said that they would take this under advisement to make sure that this property is not being used in an upcoming development project in 2019.

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 Denny Carter Art Anderson

Jim Annis Jim Davis Casey Crabb

RETIRING EMPLOYEE

Commissioner Heimlich took a moment to recognize and thank Stewart Krintz for dedicating 30+ years to the White County Highway Department. Mr. Krintz started as a laborer and quickly became a heavy equipment operator. He was appointed Foreman under Steve Brooke and Drainage Foreman under Mr. Propes. Mr. Krintz is a very talented heavy equipment operator, and he will be greatly missed by the Highway Department.

AREA PLAN

Interim Director Joe Rogers reported that the Building Department had issued 253 permits to date for 2018, compared to 300 in 2017.

Mr. Rogers discussed the difficulties that he’s having with the new permitting software from Sidwell that former Director Colin Betts purchased for the department. He described in length the issues with financial challenges, practice challenges, and timing to fix the problems. He asked the commissioners and council for guidance on what he should do.

Councilman Jim Annis said that he would discuss this further in the council meeting to share what the Area Plan Commission recommends since he sits on that board.

IVY TECH

Patty Plantenga, Site Director, said that as an effort to keep more classes open at the Monticello Ivy Tech campus, she asked the commissioners and council if they would consider waving the rent on the 1-credit courses when they have less than six students; and prorate the rent when they have six to ten students. She said that she is required to have ten students to run the 1-credit courses to cover their cost (rent, instructor fees, etc.). If the county is willing to waive the rent for those courses, then she has the opportunity to increase the enrollment in the future with those three or four new students. Currently, the rent is $1,575 per course.

Commissioner Diener said that if Ivy Tech doesn’t have the students, then the county will not receive the rent. To help with the enrollment, he suggested the county subsidize county employees to further their education at the Monticello Ivy Tech campus. An amount hasn’t been set in writing, but the commissioners are working on something. The cost of the Microsoft course that is currently being offered to county employees is $769.57. Employees aren’t willing to pay the full amount, but they will sign up for the course if the county pays a large portion of the costs.

Ms. Plantenga recommended the county apply for an Employer Grant through the state. This grant will pay an employer up to $5,000 per employee, or new hire, with a cap of $50,000 for certain areas of continued education.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

President Randy Mitchell presented the Business Summary for September.

New businesses in White County:

1. Good Fellows Lawn Services, Wolcott

2. Julia’s Photography, Monticello

3. Carson Carpet Cleaning/Cleaning Service, Monticello

4. Stinnett Service & Repair, Monticello

The MACP is very busy right now with two to three new businesses that are looking very solid!

ENVIRONMENTAL DEPARTMENT

Environmental Officer Jim Reynolds submitted the Environmental Report.

· Received 78 calls/complaints on various issues.

· Issued four septic permits.

· Made seven landfill inspections.

· Took lake samples; results are on file.

E-911 DEPARTMENT

Director Brooks submitted the statistics for 2018 for the 911 Department. The E911 State Board sends White County $35,000+ a month for personnel costs, and they also cover the costs for the following services:

· Provide four MEVO Phones. These phones provide a back- up to the 911 call delivery system.

· Provide Text to 911 Service

· Provide Language Line Services: provides telecommunicators 100 different languages for emergency calls.

· Provide Certified Training.

· Provide Statewide 911 Network for wireless calls.

The State of Indiana received a $2.2M grant from the Federal 911 Grant Program and are accepting sub-grant applications from counties for hardware, software, and training for 911 projects. The grant is a 60/40 matching grant, and Director Brooks requested permission to apply for the grant.

· Commissioner Diener made a motion that the E911 Director be allowed to apply for the Indiana Statewide 911 Board sub-grant application, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

AIRPORT

Chad Baumgartner, board member, said that they’re still waiting on the Environmental Study for Luse Road to be finalized and reviewed by the FAA. He said that they did not receive funding for the taxiway from the FAA’s first round of grant disbursements, but they still have a chance in the second round.

Mr. Baumgartner said that Congress approved another $1B supplemental discretionary funding. The White County Airport will receive $150k of “entitlement money” for the next 3 – 5 years.

2019 HEALTH INSURANCE RENEWAL

Amy Carpenter, VP of Huntington Insurance, said that they went to several stop-loss markets and they did not receive any outside competitive offers. They looked at a lot of other networks to make sure that we are receiving the right pricing, and they looked at ways to improve the HRA program, but at this time nothing is ready to be changed.

Ms. Carpenter said the overall costs to our medical plan decreased by .67%.

Delta Dental decreased their renewal rates, and they are offering a two-year guaranteed rate.

Our vision plan was taken out to market and EYEMED came back with lower rates and a better plan. With the lower rates, they also are offering a four-year rate guarantee.

Life Insurance and voluntary additional life insurance with One America provided the same rate as this year.

HR Director Leah Hull asked the commissioners to decide on the aggregate rate for 2019; which is the rate per employer and employee. She recommends the commissioners leave the rates the same as they are this year.

Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield

Without Wellness

Monthly        County Portion   Employee Portion/mo    Employer Portion PP   Employee Portion PP

Single     612.13           550.92                     61.21                                     254.27                                     28.25

Family   1622.13         1297.70                  324.43                      598.94                                   149.74

With Wellness

Monthly        County Portion   Employee Portion/mo    Employer Portion PP   Employee Portion PP

Single    612.13             569.28                    42.85                                        262.74                                  19.78

Family   1622.13          1346.37                    275.76                                 621.40                                127.27

· Commissioner Diener made a motion to approve the medical renewal with Anthem BC/BS, the dental renewal with Delta Dental, the vision renewal with EYEMED, the aggregate rates as 2018, and the wellness incentive as 2018, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

STIPEND FOR RETIRED CANINE OFFICER

Commissioner Diener felt that it was unfair to the deputy that takes in a retired canine officer to accept all of the financial cost (medical, boarding, and food) associated with the dog. He proposed the idea to the other commissioners that the county provide a stipend for the retired canine officer to cover the cost of food every year.

Sheriff Pat Shafer said that he agrees with Commissioner Diener. He appreciates the handler accepting the responsibility of the dog, and this is a small token of appreciation from the county.

Commissioner Diener said that they do have the funds in the commissioners’ budget to pay for dog food every year.

There were no objections from the council.

CR 1100 W – 15 ACRE ECONOMIC REVITALIZATION AREA

County Attorney Loy presented resolutions to the commissioners and council for the Mid America Commerce Park. The development of a 15-acre tract on the west side of CR 1100 W. is currently owned partially by TP&W Railroad and SHR Farms. It is necessary to designate the 15-acre tract as an economic revitalization area for tax abatement purposes to attract potential new businesses.

Commissioner Heimlich said that after they pass their resolution, they are asking the council to designate the 15-acre tract as a revitalization area so the tax abatement process can begin.

The council had no further questions.

· Commissioner Diener made a motion to approve Resolution No. 18-10-15-01 requesting the County Council’s designation of a 15-acre tract situated adjacent to CR 1100 West as an economic revitalization area, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

 

RESOLUTION NO. 18-10-15-01

WHITE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS’ RESOLUTION REQUESTING

THE COUNTY COUNCIL’S DESIGNATION OF A FIFTEEN ACRE

TRACT SITUATED ADJACENT TO COUNTY ROAD 1100 WEST AS

AN ECONOMIC REVITALIZATION AREA

WHEREAS, the White County Board of Commissioners (the “Commissioners”) recognize the need to stimulate growth and to maintain a sound economy within White County; and, WHEREAS, the

Commissioners have identified a certain fifteen (15) acre tract of real estate depicted on Exhibit “A” and described as follows:

Part of the tract conveyed to S.H.R. Farms, Inc. in Instrument Number 010904984, being part of the Northeast Quarter of Section 27, Township 27 North, Range 6 West, Princeton Township, White County, Indiana, more particularly described as follows:

Commencing at the Northeast corner of the Northeast Quarter of said Section 27 being marked by an iron pin; Thence South 00°34’03” East, along the East line of the Northeast Quarter and centerline of County Road 1100 West, a distance of 1409.73 feet to a point 60.00 feet South of the Northeast corner of the tract conveyed to S.H.R. Farms, Inc. cited above and being the Point of Beginning of this description; Thence continuing South 00°34’03” East, along the East line of the Northeast Quarter and centerline of County Road 1100 West and being the East line of S.H.R. Farms, Inc., a distance of 302.19 feet to the Southeast corner of S.H.R. Farms, Inc.; Thence North 88°00’20” West, along the South line of S.H.R. Farms, Inc., a distance of 776.32 feet; Thence North 00°34’03” West, parallel with the East line of the Northeast Quarter, a distance of 293.78 feet; Thence South 88°37’34” East, parallel with and 60 feet South of the North line of the tract conveyed to S.H.R. Farms, Inc., a distance of 775.99 feet to the Point of Beginning, said exception containing 5.305 Acres, more or less.

Bearings in the above description are based on the East line of the Northeast Quarter being South 00°34’03” East,

AND

Commencing at the Northeast corner of the Northeast Quarter of said Section 27 being marked by an iron pin; Thence South 00°34’03” East, along the East line of the Northeast Quarter and centerline of County Road 1100 West, a distance of 1711.92 feet to the Southeast corner of a tract conveyed to S.H.R. Farms, Inc. in Instrument Number 010904984 and being the Point of Beginning of this description; Thence continuing South 00°34’03” East, along the East line of the Northeast Quarter and centerline of County Road 1100 West and being the East line of TP& W Acquisition Corporation, a distance of 500.20 feet to a point being 50.00 feet North of the Southeast corner of TP& W Acquisition Corporation and the Northeast corner of a Utility Easement as conveyed in Instrument Number 120402311; Thence North 88°00’25” West, along the North line of said easement and parallel with the South line of TP& W Acquisition Corporation, a distance of 87.91 feet; Thence South 01°59’11” West, along the West line of said easement, a distance of 50.00 feet to the South line of TP& W Acquisition Corporation; Thence North 88°00’25” West, along the South line of TP& W Acquisition Corporation, a distance of 686.18 feet; Thence North 00°34’03” West, parallel with the East line of the Northeast Quarter, a distance of 550.26 feet to the North line of TP& W Acquisition Corporation; Thence South 88°00’20” East, a distance of 776.32 feet to the Point of Beginning, said exception containing 9.695 Acres, more or less.

Bearings in the above description are based on the East line of the Northeast Quarter being South 00°34’03” East (“the Real Estate”),

as beneficial to be designated as an “Economic Revitalization Area” (the “Area”), under I.C. §6-1.1-12.1, et seq., (the “Act”) for tax abatement purposes, in order to encourage and facilitate economic development of the Real Estate which is situated within the White County Mid-America Commerce Park Economic Development Area.

THEREFORE, IT IS HEREBY RESOLVED, by the White County Board of Commissioners that the White County Council, as the fiscal body of White County designate the Real Estate described herein as an Economic Revitalization Area under the Act, for tax abatement purposes for rehabilitation or redevelopment of real property and/or installation of new manufacturing equipment and/or new logistical distribution equipment in the Area, and that the deductions, therefore, be allowed for five (5) years.

· Councilman Anderson made a motion to approve Resolution No. 2018-10-15-01, the Declaratory Resolution for the designating of a 15-acre tract situated adjacent to CR 1100 W. as an economic revitalization area, seconded by Councilman Clear. Vote: Unanimous

RESOLUTION NO. 2018-10-15-01

WHITE COUNTY COUNCIL DECLARATORY RESOLUTION FOR THE

DESIGNATING OF A FIFTEEN ACRE TRACT SITUATED ADJACENT TO

COUNTY ROAD 1100 WEST AS AN ECONOMIC REVITALIZATION AREA

WHEREAS, the County Council of White County, Indiana (the “Council”) recognizes the need to stimulate growth and to maintain a sound economy within White County; and,

WHEREAS, the Council, as the fiscal body of White County (the “County”), further recognizes that it would be beneficial to designate certain areas within the County as an “Economic Revitalization Area” under I.C. §6-1.1-12.1, et seq., as amended (the “Act”) for tax abatement purposes; and,

WHEREAS, the Act provides for tax abatement for rehabilitation or redevelopment of real property and/or installation of new manufacturing equipment and/or new logistical distribution equipment in Economic Revitalization Areas; and,

WHEREAS, the White County Commissioners have requested the Council to find pursuant to Section 2 of the Act that the fifteen (15) acres of real estate depicted on Exhibit “A” and described as follows:

Part of the tract conveyed to S.H.R. Farms, Inc. in Instrument Number 010904984, being part of the Northeast Quarter of Section 27, Township 27 North, Range 6 West, Princeton Township, White County, Indiana, more particularly described as follows:

Commencing at the Northeast corner of the Northeast Quarter of said Section 27 being marked by an iron pin; Thence South 00°34’03” East, along the East line of the Northeast Quarter and centerline of County Road 1100 West, a distance of 1409.73 feet to a point 60.00 feet South of the Northeast corner of the tract conveyed to S.H.R. Farms, Inc. cited above and being the Point of Beginning of this description; Thence continuing South 00°34’03” East, along the East line of the Northeast Quarter and centerline of County Road 1100 West and being the East line of S.H.R. Farms, Inc., a distance of 302.19 feet to the Southeast corner of S.H.R. Farms, Inc.; Thence North 88°00’20” West, along the South line of S.H.R. Farms, Inc., a distance of 776.32 feet; Thence North 00°34’03” West, parallel with the East line of the Northeast Quarter, a distance of 293.78 feet; Thence South 88°37’34” East, parallel with and 60 feet South of the North line of the tract conveyed to S.H.R. Farms, Inc., a distance of 775.99 feet to the Point of Beginning, containing 5.305 Acres, more or less.

Bearings in the above description are based on the East line of the Northeast Quarter being South 00°34’03” East,

AND

Commencing at the Northeast corner of the Northeast Quarter of said Section 27 being marked by an iron pin; Thence South 00°34’03” East, along the East line of the Northeast Quarter and centerline of County Road 1100 West, a distance of 1711.92 feet to the Southeast corner of a tract conveyed to S.H.R. Farms, Inc. in Instrument Number 010904984 and being the Point of Beginning of this description; Thence continuing South 00°34’03” East, along the East line of the Northeast Quarter and centerline of County Road 1100 West and being the East line of TP& W Acquisition Corporation, a distance of 500.20 feet to a point being 50.00 feet North of the Southeast corner of TP& W Acquisition Corporation and the Northeast corner of a Utility Easement as conveyed in Instrument Number 120402311; Thence North 88°00’25” West, along the North line of said easement and parallel with the South line of TP& W Acquisition Corporation, a distance of 87.91 feet; Thence South 01°59’11” West, along the West line of said easement, a distance of 50.00 feet to the South line of TP& W Acquisition Corporation; Thence North 88°00’25” West, along the South line of TP& W Acquisition Corporation, a distance of 686.18 feet; Thence North 00°34’03” West, parallel with the East line of the Northeast Quarter, a distance of 550.26 feet to the North line of TP& W Acquisition Corporation; Thence South 88°00’20” East, a distance of 776.32 feet to the Point of Beginning, containing 9.695 Acres, more or less.

Bearings in the above description are based on the East line of the Northeast Quarter being South 00°34’03” East (“the Real Estate”)

is an Economic Revitalization Area(the “Area”); and,

WHEREAS, said Real Estate is located within the jurisdiction of the Council for purposes set forth in the Act; and,

WHEREAS, this Council has determined, based upon the information provided that the Area has become undesirable for, or impossible of, normal development and occupancy because of a lack of development, cessation of growth, deterioration of improvements or character of occupancy, age, obsolescence,

substandard buildings, or other factors which have impaired values to prevent a normal development of property or use of the property; and,

WHEREAS, the Real Estate complies with the general standard established by the Council for determining an “Economic Revitalization Area” within the jurisdiction of the Council; and,

WHEREAS, the improvement of the Real Estate and installation of new manufacturing equipment used in the direct production, manufacture, fabrication, assembly, extraction, mining, processing, refining, or finishing of other tangible personal property, including, but not limited to, use to dispose of solid or hazardous waste by converting the solid waste or hazardous waste into energy or other useful products; or installation of new logistical distribution equipment consisting of racking equipment, scanning or coding equipment, separators, conveyors, forklifts or lifting equipment (including “walk behinds”), transitional moving equipment, packaging equipment, sorting and picking equipment, or software for technology use in logistical distribution, would be a public utility and would be the benefit and welfare of all citizens and taxpayers of the County;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the County Council of White County, Indiana, that the Real Estate herein described and depicted on Exhibit “A” should be and is hereby declared to be an “Economic Revitalization Area” as that term is defined and intended in the Act.

BE IT ALSO RESOLVED, that the deduction allowed under the Act pertaining to redevelopment or rehabilitation of real estate shall be for five (5) years.

BE IT ALSO RESOLVED, that the deduction allowed under the Act pertaining to new manufacturing equipment and/or new logistical distribution equipment shall be for five (5) years.

BE IT ALSO RESOLVED, that the Council reserves the right to condition the granting of the deductions allowed herein, to any new business locating within the Area, upon any contractually agreed upon “claw back” conditions under any development agreement between the County and the new business.

BE IT ALSO RESOLVED, that there shall be published notice of the adoption and substance of this Resolution in accordance with I.C. §5-3-1, which notice shall name a date for the public hearing on this matter and that at the conclusion of said public hearing the Council may take final action on the proposed designation.

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that if any part, parts, clause or portion of this Resolution shall be adjudged invalid or unconstitutional, such invalidity or unconstitutionality shall not affect the validity or constitutionally of this Resolution as a whole or in any part, clause or portion of this Resolution.

 

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

 

 

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