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BE IT REMEMBERED, that the White County Commissioners held a regular meeting on Monday, June 24, 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.

Commissioner Heimlich announced that the purpose of the Special Meeting is to act on Rezone Petition #1097, #1098, #1104, and #1105.

Liberty Landfill, Waste Management, and MJM Lawson Farms are requesting to rezone four parcels from an A-1 (General Agriculture District) to an I-2 (Heavy Industrial District) to expand Liberty Landfill.

1. Rezone Petition #1097, parcel # 91-82-12-000-003.701-010, is located in Liberty Township, off of 1000 N., Monticello, consisting of 108.4 acres.

2. Rezone Petition #1098, parcel # 91-82-07-000-000.303-003, is located in Cass Township, off of State Road 16 E., Monticello, consisting of 64.785 acres.

3. Rezone Petition #1104, parcel # 91-83-12-000-003.700-010, is located in Liberty Township, at 8632 E. 1000 N., Monticello, consisting of 13.77 aces.

4. Rezone Petition #1105, #91-83-12-000-003.400-010, is located in Liberty Township, at 900 East & 1000 North, Monticello, consisting of 38.65 acres.

Commissioner Heimlich said that the first public hearing was held on April 1, 2019. At the hearing, there were several issues raised by the public, and the Commissioners agreed to take all the information under advisement and make a decision at a later date. The Commissioners are required by law to make a decision by 90 days from the certification, which was March 26, 2019. Tomorrow is the last day to act on their decision.

Since negotiations are still not completed, Commissioner Heimlich said that their next option would be to approve the rezoning with a written commitment. The written commitment would be that within 90 days from today, the Commissioners and Waste Management/Liberty Landfill will agree on a list of conditions which will go into a written commitment with the rezoning. If an agreement hasn’t been reached within 90 days, then the rezoning’s will be null and void.

Commissioner Heimlich said that when they do reach an agreement on the list of conditions, there will be a public hearing and the list of conditions will be presented and shared.

County Attorney George Loy said that Waste Management/Liberty Landfill has agreed to this.

Commissioner Heimlich asked if there were any questions from the public.

Tom Pasquale, White County resident, asked if they were going to address increase tipping fees on the new agreement, correct?

Commissioner Heimlich said that every issue that was raised at the hearing on April 1 is being discussed with Waste Management/Liberty Landfill.

Dan Schmicker, 9798 N. Rock Ridge Road, asked the Commissioners if they were going to be open to any more views or opinions or any other issues within the 90 days.

Commissioner Heimlich said yes, people could call the office.

Commissioner Diener said that a lot of progress had been made within the past 90 days. Waste Management has made a lot of effort to address these issues.

· Commissioner Diener made a motion to approve Rezoning Petitions #1097, #1098, #1104, and #1105 for Waste Management and MJM Lawson Farms to rezone the property to an I-2 contingent that an agreement has to be reached between Waste Management and the County Commissioners on the commitments within 90 days, September 23, 2019, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

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

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

ATTEST: _________________________

Gayle Rogers, Auditor