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BE IT REMEMBERED, that the White County Commissioners held a regular meeting on Monday, June 17, 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.

Commissioner Heimlich called the meeting to order.

MINUTES

· Commissioner Burton made a motion to approve the minutes as presented for the regular meeting on May 20, 2019, the Executive Session on May 20, 2019, the regular meeting on June 3, 2019, and the Special meeting on June 7, 2019, seconded by Commissioner Diener. Vote: Unanimous

PAYROLL

· Commissioner Diener made a motion to approve payroll for June 3, 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 – COMMUNITY CROSSING PAVING PROGRAM

Brian Pohlar, Project Manager/HWC, announced that three bids were taken under advisement for review at the Special meeting held on June 7, 2019.

Total with

Contractor Base Bid Alternates

1. Rieth-Riley Construction Co., Inc., Lafayette, IN $1,577,556.68 $1,476,801.18

2. Milestone Contractors, L.P., Lafayette, IN $1,669,763.10 $1,572,850.14

3. Central Paving, Inc., Logansport, IN $1,503,240.06 $1,393,015.66

Mr. Pohlar recommends that the Commissioners accept and award the Community Crossing Paving Project to the lowest bidder, Central Paving for $1,503,240.06. He said White County was awarded $1 million for the project from INDOT’s Community Crossing matching grant. White County’s matching portion will be $503,240.06.

Mr. Pohlar requested the Commissioners to sign off on the Agreement Form between White County and Central Paving, Inc. so that it can be submitted to INDOT before July 1.

· Commissioner Burton made a motion to accept the lowest bid from Central Paving for $1,503,240.06 and to approve the Agreement Form contingent on County Attorney Loy’s approval, seconded by Commissioner Diener. Vote: Unanimous

AREA PLAN – FENCES

Director Joe Rogers said that the Town of Brookston had filed a complaint that fences are being placed in the right-of-way. They are requesting the County to start requiring Improvement Relocation permits for all fence installations.

Director Rogers recommends that fence permits be required if you live within a municipality or within the defined borders of Idaville and Buffalo.  For fencing purposes, Idaville and Buffalo would be treated as municipalities.

Director Rogers said that he would write-up an amendment that adopts the requirement that you have to get a permit for fences in all the municipalities, including Idaville and Buffalo.

The Commissioners agreed to have something written up and presented to the APC Board.

AREA PLAN

Director Rogers presented Rezoning Petition #1109, #1110, and #1111.

Joe Rogers, representing White County Commissioners, requested to rezone the following three parcels located in the Mid-American Commerce Park to an I-3.

Parcel #1: Parcel Identification #: 91-76-27-000-001.300-017; currently zoned I-2

Parcel #2: Parcel Identification #: 91-76-27-000-000.500-017; currently zoned A-1

Parcel #3: Parcel Identification #: 91-76-27-000-001.405-017; currently zoned I-2

Rezoning Petition #1109

Parcel #1: Parcel Identification #: 91-76-27-000-001.300-017; currently zoned I-2 (Heavy Industrial District) and requesting to be rezoned to an I-3 (Industrial Park District).

The APC held a public hearing on June 10, 2019, on this request. At that time, the APC voted 7 yes and 0 no to recommend this amendment to the Commissioners. There were a variety of citizens that attended the public hearing, and two of them requested clarification on drainage and traffic.

Commissioner Heimlich said that the idea is to use CR 1100 as the egress and ingress for the park.

Commissioner Heimlich asked if anyone wished to speak about this rezoning request.

Ed Federer lives North of the MACP, appeared to express his concern with the traffic. He asked the Commissioners to consider using the existing lane that they have now for the Hoosier Lift Station as the main drive and then build a road going east instead of west. He would like them to use CR1100 for personal traffic for people going to and from work.

Brian Pohlar, HWC Project Engineer, said that the road back to the Hoosier Lift Station is a private road and not owned by the County. A traffic study was done to see how the whole industrial park will develop with Sweetener Supply/SpyGlass. There will be improvements with turning lanes and deceleration lanes on Hwy 24, as it comes off of CR 1100. INDOT will require a traffic light if there is a lot of traffic and accidents.

Andy Federer lives North of the MACP, said that since the County is spending money to widen CR 1100, he asked if they would consider putting in a road on the west side of Pilotte’s property. He would like to see the truck traffic kept inside the industrial park and off of the county roads.

Brian Pohlar said that as traffic volume increases, there may be potential for a road on the west side of Pilotte’s property, or even farther down.

· Commissioner Diener made a motion to approve Rezoning Petition #1109 rezoning Parcel #1: Parcel Identification #: 91-76-27-000-001.300-017; from an I-2 to an I-3, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

Rezoning Petition #1110

Parcel #2: Parcel Identification #: 91-76-27-000-000.500-017; currently zoned A-1 (General Agriculture District) and requesting to be rezoned to an I-3 (Industrial Park District). This is the Pilotte’s property.

The APC held a public hearing on June 10, 2019, on this request. At that time, the APC voted 7 yes and 0 no to recommend this amendment to the Commissioners.

Commissioner Heimlich asked if anyone wished to speak about this rezoning request. No response.

· Commissioner Burton made a motion to approve Rezoning Petition #1110, rezoning Parcel #2: Parcel Identification #: 91-76-27-000-000.500-017; from an A-1 to an I-3, seconded by Commissioner Diener. Vote: Unanimous

Rezoning Petition #1111

Parcel #3: Parcel Identification #: 91-76-27-000-001.405-017; currently zoned I-2 (Heavy Industrial District) and requesting to be rezoned to an I-3 (Industrial Park District).

The APC held a public hearing on June 10, 2019, on this request. At that time, the APC voted 7 yes and 0 no to recommend this amendment to the Commissioners.

Commissioner Heimlich asked if anyone wished to speak about this rezoning request. No response. He said this would be the SpyGlass property.

· Commissioner Diener made a motion to approve Rezoning Petition #1111, rezoning Parcel #3: Parcel Identification #: 91-76-27-000-001.405-017; from an I-2 to an I-3, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

NEW HIGHWAY GARAGE – OFFSITE UTILITY EXTENSIONS AGREEMENT

American Structurepoint, Inc., submitted a proposal (between Garmong as the Project Manager and American Structurepoint) to provide full-time construction inspection services to the new White County Highway Department Garage offsite utility extensions project. The County will be billed an hourly rate, not to exceed $66,500.

· Commissioner Diener made a motion to accept the contract between Garmong and American Structurepoint as presented for the offsite utility construction inspection project for the new Highway Garage, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

CONSIDERATION OF TOWN OF WOLCOTT WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT EXPANSION PROJECT MOU

This discussion was moved to the end of the Commissioners’ meeting.

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS FOR BANKING SERVICES

Commissioner Diener said that a formal request for proposals for banking services for the County had been submitted to all banks within our community.

MID-AMERICA COMMERCE PARK

Ed Federer asked if the County is using the funds from the Wind Farm and Landfill to purchase ground for the Mid-America Commerce Park.

Commissioner Heimlich said that the funds are borrowed from the Landfill Reserve fund and will be paid back with the TIF money as the new businesses start paying taxes.

At this time, Council President Butch Kramer called the Council members to order in joint session with the Commissioners. Council members present:

Butch Kramer, President Denny Carter Jim Annis

Jim Davis Janet Faker

Council members Art Anderson and Casey Crabb were absent.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Economic Development President Randy Mitchell presented the Business Summary report for May.

Wendy’s in Monticello will soon be getting a new look! Owners Doug and Sonya Schwartz are making a significant investment to upgrade and improve this location.

New businesses for Monticello are Creative Comics 2, Gutwein-Risner Insurance, El Tapatio Restaurant, The Metal Show, and Amplified RPM.

Mr. Mitchell mentioned that he’s applying for grants to supplement the cost of the road improvements and water at the MACP. He’s also working on a grant application for the Wolcott Wastewater Treatment Plant.

ENVIRONMENTAL DEPARTMENT

Environmental Officer Jim Reynolds presented the Environmental Report for May.

· Issued 109 calls/complaints on various issues.

· Made 8 Landfill Inspections.

· Reviewing Pool Samples & Inspections on community pools.

AIRPORT

Maury Waymouth, Board Member, said that the State of Indiana was appropriated $18 million for airport improvements, but unfortunately, we didn’t make the list. We have the south runway extension project and the Luse Road project that are shovel read; we just need the cash.

AREA PLAN/BUILDING DEPARTMENT

Director Joe Rogers reported that residential dwelling permits are down. They are hoping to start using the new permit software July 1. He also updated everyone on the amendments that he will be bringing to the Commissioners in the future.

TOURISM WEBSITE PRESENTATION

Commissioner Heimlich, Tourism Board member, said that for several years the Tourism Board had been taxed with promoting tourism. To help them in this process, the board hired Kaylee LaOrange as the Digital Marketing Director for White County Tourism.

Ms. LaOrange showcased the new Enjoy White County website that launched on Memorial Day weekend. The website highlights restaurants, businesses, parks, and the history of White County. She is listing current festivals and other fun activities on Facebook marketing tourism in White County. Ms. LaOrange talked about the development of the web page and the analytics that we will get back.

Everyone was very impressed with Ms. LaOrange’s presentation and enthusiasm to promote White County.

ENERGY SERVICES AGREEMENT – WC SHERIFF’S BUILDING

Mark Heirbrandt, Ameresco, discussed the energy savings renovation that they would like to perform at the White County Sheriff’s Building. They would also like to have the opportunity to do a Space Study for the extra room that Sheriff Brooks is needing.

Commissioner Diener said that he wants this project to stay on track at this time because a lot of research has been put into this building for several months. The space requirements that Sheriff Brooks is talking about haven’t even been reviewed by the Community Corrections Board. When they decide to move forward with the idea, then a request for proposals will be advertised, and contractors that do this type of work will bid on the job.

Councilman Davis said that he doesn’t want to see the county redoing the renovations with the HVAC, water, and lighting if they decide to renovate the rooms for space in the future.

The energy renovations at the Sheriff’s Department will be $1,390,187.00. The annual guaranteed energy savings will be $176,277.

Commissioner Heimlich agreed that when they move forward with this project, they will also take into account renovations that might be happening in the future.

· Commissioner Diener made a motion to continue the energy savings renovation and to accept the First Amendment with Ameresco to include the WC Sheriff’s Building, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

INTERLOCAL AGREEMENT WITH TOWN OF REMINGTON FOR WATER

County Attorney Loy presented a joint resolution between the White County Commissioners and White County Council that approves an Interlocal Agreement between the Town of Remington and White County for supplying water services to the Mid-America Commerce Park. This agreement memorializes the negotiations and puts it into a contractual capacity.

Commissioner Diener said that the Town of Wolcott is currently providing water to the elevated tank on site, but they can’t provide the water that’s needed for the food manufacture facilities that are coming in.

In the agreement, White County is responsible for the cost of construction and non-construction costs not-to-exceed $1,705,000, which includes the engineering costs of $305,000.

· Commissioner Diener made a motion to approve Resolution No. 19-06-17-01 approving the Interlocal Agreement between the Town of Remington and White County for the supplying of water service to the White County Mid-America Commerce Park, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

· Councilman Davis made a motion to approve Resolution No. 2019-06-17-01, approving the Interlocal Agreement between the Town of Remington and White County for the supplying of water service to the White County Mid-America Commerce Park, seconded by Councilman Annis. Vote: Unanimous

COUNTY COUNCIL RESOLUTION NO. 2019-06-17-01

COUNTY COMMISSIONERS’ RESOLUTION NO. 19-06-17-01

JOINT WHITE COUNTY COUNCIL AND COMMISSIONERS’ RESOLUTION APPROVING INTERLOCAL AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE TOWN OF REMINGTON AND WHITE COUNTY FOR THE SUPPLYING OF WATER SERVICE TO THE WHITE COUNTY MID-0AMERICA COMMERCE PARK

WHEREAS, the County has established the Economic Development Area pursuant to I.C.§36-6-7-14, known as the “Mid-America Commerce Park” (the “Park”), consisting of approximately 2, 580 acres situated west of the Town of Wolcott and adjacent to the White-Jasper County line; and

WHEREAS, the County desires that the Town of Remington (the “Town”) serve as the water utility for the Park, in order to serve the Park’s present and future water utility users; and

WHEREAS, the Town has agreed to serve as the water utility for the Park, and has entered into negotiations with the County for doing so, upon the terms and conditions set forth in the Interlocal Agreement presented to the Commissioners and Council for approval this date; and

WHEREAS, the Commissioners and Council desire to enter into this Agreement, pursuant to I.C. § 36-1-7 et seq., for the purpose of defining their respective responsibilities and covenants with respect thereto.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT HEREBY RESOLVED, that the White County Commissioners and White County Council are authorized and directed to execute the Interlocal Agreement and to perform all other action required to implement its terms as set forth therein.

TRI-COUNTY SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICER

Tri-County School Superintendent Patrick Culp appeared before the Commissioners and Council explaining that he is trying to get a full-time School Resource Officer (SRO) for nine months during the school year. He’s been working with Jasper County Sheriff Williamson and White County Sheriff Brooks and they are both in agreement to support this project. Jasper County Sheriff’s Dept. provides SRO’s to Rensselaer High School and Kankakee Valley School.

The salary for the Tri-County SRO will be $53,231and with benefits the cost will be $85,645.01. Tri-County has agreed to pay 75% ($64,233.75) of the salary, and Jasper County will pay 25%, $21,411.26. He said Jasper County is asking White County to help with the 25%. They are requesting White County to pay 65% of the 25%, which would be $13,917.31 since they are picking up the cost for equipment, vehicle, training, and uniform. That will leave Jasper County paying $7,493.94.

Commissioner Diener said that all of the other White County schools have SRO’s and the County does not offer any financial assistance to them. He asked why Tri-County is requesting money.

Superintendent Culp said that he felt that it was a good PR move for White County and Sheriff Brooks.

Councilman Carter said that he definitely wants to see an SRO at Tri-County. He said that there are different revenue streams for the children; it’s not fair to the children to try to treat them all equally from the County’s resources.

Councilman Carter made a motion to approve the expenditure for the SRO for Tri-County. The motion died for lack of a second.

The Commissioners and Council felt reluctant to move forward with a motion because White County Sheriff Brooks wasn’t present. They would like to get his input before a decision was made.

Councilman Davis asked to see what the other White County SRO’s are being paid. He felt that the County should be fair to all White County school corporations.

This was taken under advisement until Sheriff Brooks was available.

E911 GIS/MAPPING SOFTWARE

Auditor Rogers presented a contract from WTH Technology to provide mapping software to the E911 Dept. This will provide mapping information on all Sheriff vehicles so they can dispatch the closest vehicle out as quickly as possible. Director Brooks has the money available in her budget to cover the $6,935.

· Commissioner Burton made a motion to approve the proposal from WTH Technology, Inc., for $6,935, seconded by Commissioner Diener. Vote: Unanimous

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

CONSIDERATION OF TOWN OF WOLCOTT WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT EXPANSION PROJECT – MOU

County Attorney Loy presented a Memorandum of Understanding that pertains to the Wolcott Wastewater Treatment Plant that will be servicing the Mid-America Commerce Park. The MOU states that the Town of Wolcott will contribute 37% ($202,000) of the costs, and the County will contribute 63% ($351,700) of the costs.

· Commissioner Diener made a motion to approve Resolution No. 19-06-17-02, approving Memorandum of Understanding between the Town of Wolcott and White County pertaining to financing the Town of Wolcott’s Wastewater Treatment Plant Improvement Project, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

COUNTY COMMISSIONERS’ RESOLUTION NO. 19-06-17-02

WHITE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS’ RESOLUTION APPROVING MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING BETWEEN THE TOWN OF WOLCOTT AND WHITE COUNTY PERTAINING TO FINANCING THE TOWN OF WOLCOTT’S WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT IMPROVEMENT PROJECT

WHEREAS, the County has established the Economic Development Area pursuant to I.C.§36-6-7-14, known as the “Mid-America Commerce Park” (“the Park”), consisting of approximately 2,580 acres situated west of the Town of Wolcott and adjacent to the White-Jasper County Line; and

WHEREAS, Town’s existing Wastewater Treatment Plant (“WWTP”) serves mostly the Town’s residential customers as well as the MACP industrial customers; and

WHEREAS, a Preliminary Engineering Report (“PER”) has been presented to the Parties containing a plan to accommodate the projected growth within the MACP as well as update and increase the efficiency of the Town’s wastewater treatment system to establish a 400,000 gallon per day (GPD) of dedicated WWTP capacity, construct new 630,000 GDP treatment facility at the existing Wolcott WWTP site as well as perceptivity save the Town approximately $2,000,000 over the next twenty (20) years (“the Project”). The estimated cost of the Project is to be $8,485,000; and

WHEREAS, the Town and the County agree that each governmental entity should contribute to the funding of said Project and that the Town shall provide funding by applying for and utilizing a USDA Rural Development grant and loan program, with additional local cost share; and

WHEREAS, the Town and County have entered into negotiations for the sharing of the total design costs which have been memorialized by a Memorandum of Understanding (“MOU”) presented to the Commissioners this date for approval.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT HEREBY RESOLVED, that the White County Commissioners are authorized and directed to execute the MOU and to perform all other action required to implement its terms as set forth therein.

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

___________________________ _____________________________ __________________________

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

ATTEST: _________________________

Gayle Rogers, Auditor