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BE IT REMEMBERED, that the White County Commissioners held a regular meeting on Monday, April 15, 2019, in the White County Building, 2nd -floor Commissioners’ Conference Room, beginning at 8:15 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.

MINUTES

· Commissioner Burton made a motion to approve the minutes from the regular meeting held on April 1, 2019, seconded by Commissioner Diener. Vote: Unanimous

PAYROLL

· Commissioner Diener made a motion to approve payroll for April 8, 2019, 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

HIGHWAY DEPT.

· Commissioner Burton made a motion to approve the 2019 White County Annual Operational Report for Local Roads and Streets and Bridges, as presented, seconded by Commissioner Diener. Vote: Unanimous

AREA PLAN – AMENDMENT ODOR ORDINANCE

Director Joe Rogers presented Amendment to Zoning Ordinance #A57: Odor Control Plan: CH3 Section 3.18 (new section) and CH14 Definitions.

The Area Plan Commission (APC) held a public hearing on April 8, 2019, on the proposed amendment. The purpose of the amendment is to provide regulations and standards related to odor emissions for specific industries and industrial sectors. The ordinance was put together with the assistance of the White County Economic Development Director, Purdue University and Cornerstone Environmental Health & Safety. The amendment will be a new section in the Zoning Ordinance if approved. The APC voted 7 yes and 1 no to recommend this amendment to the Commissioners.

Commissioner Heimlich asked if anyone was wishing to speak on the proposed amendment. No response.

· Commissioner Diener made a motion to approve Amendment #A57, Ordinance No. 19-04-15-01, Odor Control Plan: CH3 Section 3.18 and CH14 Definitions to the Zoning Ordinance, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

ORDINANCE NO. 19-04-15-01

AMENDMENT TO THE ZONING

ORDINANCE OF WHITE COUNTY, STATE OF INDIANA

WHEREAS the White County Area Plan Commission has initiated and prepared this ordinance to amend the White County Zoning Ordinance pursuant to IC 36-7-4-602(c) and IC 36-7-4-607;

WHEREAS, the White County Area Plan Commission has reported that it held a public hearing concerning this ordinance on April 8, 2019, after timely notification of the hearing was given by two White County publications as least 10 days prior to the hearing as required by IC 36-7-4-604;

WHEREAS, the White County Area Plan Commission has reported that it paid reasonable regard to the factors enumerated in IC 36-7-4-603 in consideration of the ordinance and determination or recommendation to be made to the legislative body of White County;

WHEREAS, the White County Area Plan Commission has certified this ordinance to the legislative body with a recommendation by a majority vote in favor of adoption pursuant to IC 36-7-4-603 before acting on this ordinance amendment;

WHEREAS, the legislative body recognizes that the ordinance is required for the purposes summarized below;

WHEREAS, the legislative body has determined that this ordinance should be adopted without amendment as certified by the White County Area Plan Commission pursuant to IC 36-7-4-607; therefore,

BE IT ORDAINED AND ADOPTED BY THE BOARDOF COMMISSIONERS, WHITE COUNTY, INDIANA:

THIS AMENDMENT, IDENTIFIED AS AMENDMENT #A57, WHICH INCLUDES AMENDING:

CHAPTER 3 – Specific Use Requirements & Performance Standards: 3:18 Odor Control Systems and Standards (New Section); AND

CHAPTER 14 – Definitions

The purpose of this amendment is to take a proactive approach to those specific industries or industrial sectors which are most likely to create an odor nuisance for the communities of White County.

 

AREA PLAN – JUSTIN M. CRICHFIELD REZONE PETITION #1101

Justin Crichfield is requesting to rezone 10 acres from an A-1 (General Agriculture District) to an A-2 (Agricultural Industry District). The property is located at 12578 E. & 12580 E. Stringtown Road, Idaville.

The APC held a public hearing on this request on April 8, 2019. At that time, the APC voted 8 yes and 0 no to recommend this petition to the Commissioners. The APC requested the following commitment be attached if approved:

 

Within 90 days from the date of ordinance approval by the legislative body, the applicant must execute a proper subdivide of the approximate 10.0-acre area of land identified in the rezone request and as shown on the attached Exhibit A.1. The new tract of ground is to be cut out of the parent tract identified by PIN #:91-72-34-000-000-201-012. The subdivision of land must be executed in compliance with all requirements of the White County Indiana Subdivision Control Ordinance. The said subdivision of land must be fully executed prior to the issuance of any Improvement Location Permit or Building Permit for the confined feeding operation proposed for this location.

Failure to properly execute this subdivision of land in compliance with the White County Indiana Subdivision Control Ordinance within the 90-day time period provided shall result in the rezone approved under this petition being considered null and void.

Director Rogers said that there really weren’t any comments from the public on this rezoning. The Area Plan staff does not like the idea that the trucks will be traveling through a residential area, through Idaville, on Stringtown Road. A couple of the APC members had concerns on the alternative route, CR1300 E, because of the railroad tracks. There were pros and cons with both routes, so the APC decided to leave it up to the applicant and the Highway Department on which route was chosen. He also pointed out that this parcel does border Carroll County. They performed the same setback analysis as White County and sent a notification to the Carroll County Area Plan Director.

Commissioner Heimlich asked if anyone was present to speak about this request.

Mike Veenhuizen, Livestock Engineering Solutions, said that Justin Crichfield wants to build two CAFOs. They own a 35-acre tract where they are requesting to rezone 10 acres from an A-1 to an A-2. The IDEM permit has already been issued for 4,800 head per building. They have worked out a traffic route with the White County Highway Department. Feed supply for the pigs will come south out of Idaville on Stringtown Road to the property. Delivery of pigs will be coming from the west, down through Idaville on Stringtown Road or taking them all the way over to CR1300, coming down and back on Stringtown Road.

They have 631 acres where a majority of the manure will be draglined. There will not be manure trucks going through Idaville.

· Commissioner Diener made a motion to approve Rezoning Petition #1101 (Ordinance No. 610-19), rezoning 10 acres from an A-1 to an A-2 located at 12578 E. & 12580 E. Stringtown Road, Idaville, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

AREA PLAN – DENNIS SPARKS REZONE PETITION #1102

Dennis Sparks is requesting to rezone property located at 3704 N. West Shafer Drive, Monticello from a B-2 (General Business District) to an R-2 (Single- & Two-Family Residential District). The purpose of the rezoning is to bring the property into compliance with the current and historical use of the site.

The APC held a public hearing on this request on April 8, 2019. At that time, the APC voted 8 yes and 0 no to recommend this rezoning to the Commissioners. There was no response from the public on this request.

Commissioner Heimlich asked if there was anyone wishing to speak to this request. No response.

· Commissioner Burton made a motion to approve Rezone Petition #1102 (Ordinance No. 611-19) rezoning 3704 N. West Shafer Drive, Monticello from a B-2 to an R-2, seconded by Commissioner Diener. Vote: Unanimous

AREA PLAN – HAYES REZONE PETITION #1103

Jimmy & Marsha Hayes is requesting to rezone 1934 Roundabout Road, Monticello from an R-3 (Multi-Family Residential District) to an R-2 (Single & Two-Family Residential District). The purpose of the rezoning is to bring the property into compliance with the current use and for a potential sale.

The APC held a public hearing on this request on April 8, 2019. At that time, the APC voted 8 yes and 0 no to recommend this rezoning to the Commissioners. There was no response from the public on this request.

Commissioner Heimlich asked if there was anyone wishing to speak to this request. No response.

· Commissioner Diener made a motion to approve Rezone Petition #1103 (Ordinance No. 612-19) rezoning 1934 Roundabout Road, Monticello from an R-3 to an R-2, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

RETIRED OFFICER LANTZ – POSSESSION OF WEAPON

Prosecuting Attorney Bob Guy requested that Tony Lantz be granted ownership of his service weapon since he is retiring as Investigator for the Prosecutor’s Office. He has been an employee with the county for more than 20 years.

The firearm is a Glock pistol, model 22, .40 caliber, serial #GGE947, with a mounted flashlight and three magazines.

· Commissioner Diener made a motion that Tony Lantz is awarded his service weapon as requested, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

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 Art Anderson Jim Annis

Jim Davis Casey Crabb Denny Carter

Janet Faker

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

President Randy Mitchell presented the Business Summary report for March 2019.

Three new businesses opened up in White County:

1. Kyburz Kleaning Service, Wolcott

2. Braden’s Truck/Trailer Repair, Reynolds

3. Blue Sky Window Wash, Monticello

Mr. Mitchell continues to respond to leads for the Mid-America Commerce Park. The Economic Development office is working with Ivy Tech to provide eight scholarships to students enrolling at the Monticello campus.

COUNCIL ON AGING

Director Gale Spry presented the first quarter Indiana Department of Transportation Contract Invoice – Voucher. She said that they had 3,083 trips for the first quarter. They are now picking up fewer people, but they live farther away.

Director Spry requested approval for submitting the 2020 grant for next year’s funding, which is due May 31.

· Commissioner Burton made a motion to adopt Resolution No. 19-04-15-02 authorizing the filing of an application for a grant under Section 5311 of the Federal Transit Act, seconded by Commissioner Diener. Vote: Unanimous

RESOLUTION #19-04-15-02

RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE FILING OF AN APPLICATION FOR A GRANT

UNDER SECTION 5311 OF THE FEDERAL TRANSIT ACT, AS AMENDED

WHEREAS, the U.S. Department of Transportation is authorized to make grants to states through the Federal Administration (FTA) to support capital, operating and feasibility study assistance projects for non-urbanized public transportation systems under Section 5311 of the FTA Act of 1964, as amended;

WHEREAS, the Office of Transit, Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) has been designated by the Governor to make Section 5311 grants for public transportation projects;

WHEREAS, the contract for financial assistance will impose certain obligations upon the applicant, including the provision by it of the local share of project costs;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY WHITE COUNTY:

1. That John C. Heimlich, County Commissioner, on behalf of White County is authorized to make the necessary assurances and certifications and be empowered to enter into an agreement with INDOT for the provision of rural public transportation services.

2. That White County Council on Aging is authorized to execute and file an application on behalf of White County Commissioners with the INDOT to aid in the financing of transit assistance projects pursuant to Section 5311 of the Federal Transit Act, as amended.

3. That White County Council on Aging is authorized to furnish such additional information as INDOT may require in connection with the application.

4. That White County Council on Aging is authorized to execute grant contract agreements on behalf of White County.

ENVIRONMENTAL

Environmental Officer Jim Reynolds presented the County Environmental Report for March.

· Received 61 calls/complaints on various issues.

· Issued two septic permits.

· Made six landfill inspections

AIRPORT

Airport Board member Chad Baumgartner said that they’re waiting to hear back from the FAA on the Environmental Report for Luse Road before they proceed with the design. Mr. Baumgartner discussed the public’s input on the tree obstructions.

E911

E-911 Director Terri Brooks submitted the White County Communications/E-911 Report for March. The Statewide 911 Board earmarked $1.5 M to provide certified basic training and recertifications for Indiana telecommunicators. She is taking advantage of this and sending all of her dispatchers off for training and recertification.

Director Brooks asked the Commissioners and Council’s opinion on signing up for natural gas instead of diesel at the new tower site for the generator. This will alleviate having to fill the tanks.

Commissioner Diener said that there is natural gas available in the area and it would be more convenient.

AREA PLAN

Area Plan Director Joe Rogers reported that they'd issued 53 permits for the year. He continues to work with SBS, SDR, and 39 Degrees North on the permit software.

CASA PROGRAM

Abigail Diener, Director of Carroll County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) Program, appeared with White Circuit Court Judge Jason Thompson to discuss the possibility of creating a dual-county CASA program. Court-appointed special advocates are trained community volunteers who advocate for the needs of children in Child In Need of Services (CHINS) cases. These are children who have been removed from their parents due to abuse or neglect and placed into foster or relative care while their parents receive services to create a safe and permanent home. She has been doing the program with Carroll County since 2011. Currently, White County is operating under the Guardian ad Litem model when serving children in foster care or CHINS cases when going through Circuit Court.

Mrs. Diener is working on a “start-up” grant for $5,000 from the state to get the program initiated in White County. She asked permission for White County to create a new line item so they can receive the funds.

Judge Thompson said that White County is one of the last five counties in the state that does not have a CASA program. Last year they paid $36,000 to Guardian ad Litem. He wants to keep the Guardian ad Litem in place on the current CHIN cases, but he would like to turn the new cases over to a new volunteer advocate. The first volunteer advocate training class will begin in June, and they could start appointing volunteers in July.

Councilman Davis said that he didn’t see anything negative with this at all. He said it’s an awesome program in every aspect that’s beneficial to the kids, the parents and the county.

Mrs. Diener said that the state would give you funding every year to build more volunteers, and the county will have to match that amount. She said Carroll County would continue to be the “operating” county for the dual-county program. A proposed budget was submitted showing White County’s match for 2019 will be $11,498. Grant funds must be non-reverting and can carry over to the following year if unused. County match funds are reverting and must be held separately from grant funds. The grant funds would be deposited into each county, and she would submit quarterly invoices to White County for funds to be deposited into Carroll County for individual claim submissions.

Commissioner Diener expressed his support in the program but had concerns about transferring funds to another county and letting them take care of the program.

Mrs. Diener said that Benton, Newton and Jasper county all work together with the program, so she will call the Director to see how she does the billing. She requested that the Commissioners to just authorize the grant funds today because she is waiting for approval from the state for the dual-county program.

· Commissioner Diener made a motion to direct Auditor Rogers to create a non-reverting fund to receive the state CASA grant money, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

OPIOIDS IN WHITE COUNTY

Lynn Saylor, Coordinator for United Against Opioid Abuse for White County, gave a presentation on what is considered opioids and how it is affecting White County. In 2015, we had two people die from a drug overdose, and in 2018 we had eleven people die. In the 1st quarter of 2019, we had 32 drug arrests for marijuana and drug paraphernalia (meth) in White County. More children are being removed from homes and placed in care because of drug abuse.

After talking with people within our county, the priorities that people feel we have in dealing with the substance abuse problem are: mental health – lack of services in our county is a big concern, prevention – how to keep people from being involved, to begin with, and treatment – what to do with those who are already involved.

Our obstacles in White County are resistance to change, denial to the problem, lack of awareness, lack of services for mental treatment, poverty, lack of funds, lack of parenting, etc.

Mrs. Saylor discussed solutions that they are taking to make the public more aware by putting up billboards, weekly articles in the newspapers, developed resource cards and created the United Council on Opioids.

The Commissioners and Council thanked Mrs. Saylor for her services to the community and for coming in and making them more aware of the problem.

E-911 – LICENSE AGREEMENT

White County Attorney George Loy submitted a license agreement from Verizon for the new tower on CR400. The tower is owned by KGI Wireless/Verizon, and this is the lease/license to use the tower. The term of the agreement is five years with the first-year payment being $10,200, monthly installments of $850. This amount will increase by 3% per year, and there is a 90-day termination clause if needed.

Director Brooks said that Verizon would write up a new agreement if we decide to go with natural gas on the generator.

· Commissioner Diener made a motion to approve the license agreement with Verizon for the E-911 Communications new tower site at CR400, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

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

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

___________________________ _____________________________ __________________________

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

ATTEST: _________________________

Gayle Rogers, Auditor