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BE IT REMEMBERED, that the White County Commissioners held a regular meeting on Monday, October 21, 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 Commissioner’s Secretary Donya Tirpak.

Commissioner Heimlich called the meeting to order.

MINUTES

· Commissioner Diener made a motion to approve the minutes for the Executive Session on September 16, 2019, and the minutes for the regular meeting on October 7, 2019, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

PAYROLL

· Commissioner Burton made a motion to approve payroll for October 21, 2019, seconded by Commissioner Diener. Vote: Unanimous

CLAIMS

· Commissioner Diener made a motion to approve and pay the claims as presented, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

HIGHWAY BID – MAINTENANCE OF BRIDGES 94, 114, 120 & 145

White County Highway Superintendent Mike Kyburz announced that the two bids that were submitted at the last meeting did meet the standards. He made the recommendation to accept the low bid from Milestone Contractors for $298,971.00.

· Commissioner Burton made a motion to accept the low bid from Milestone Contractors for $298,971.00 for the maintenance of Bridges 94, 114, 120 & 145, seconded by Commissioner Diener. Vote: Unanimous

BRIDGE 95 (CR 300 E) - RIGHT-OF-WAY CONTRACT

Highway Superintendent Kyburz requested approval on the LPA – Consulting Contract between White County and HWC Engineering for the right-of-way services for Bridge 95, CR 300 East over Little Monon Creek. The amount of the contract is for $23,805.

· Commissioner Burton made a motion to approve the LPA-Consulting Contract between White County and HWC Engineering for right-of-way services for Bridge 95, seconded by Commissioner Diener. Vote: Unanimous

BRIDGE 315 (LOWES BRIDGE) AGREEMENT

Highway Superintendent Kyburz requested approval of the Indiana Department of Transportation – Local Public Agency Project Coordination Contract for the Lowes Bridge project. INDOT will provide 80% of Federal-aid funds not to exceed $227,280.00.

· Commissioner Burton approved the agreement with INDOT for the Lowes Bridge Contract, seconded by Commissioner Diener. Vote: Unanimous

AREA PLAN

Area Plan Director Joe Rogers presented the following rezoning petitions:

Rezoning Petition 1117

Colleen Batt is requesting to rezone 17.271 acres from an R-2 (Single & Two-Family Residential) to an RR (Rural Residential). The property is located off CR of 100 E, Brookston.

The Area Plan Commission (APC) held a public hearing on October 15, 2019, on this request. During that time, the APC voted 9 yes and 0 no to recommend the petition to the Commissioners. One neighbor was present at the hearing and expressed concerns about the livestock being placed on the property and creating an odor.

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

Colleen Batt, the applicant, said that they would like to do hobby farming, particularly on the back 10 acres because their son has a pet pig. They are considering goats, but they are not considering any livestock operations.

There were no further questions from the public or Commissioners.

· Commissioner Diener made a motion to approve Rezoning Petition 1117, rezoning 17.271 acres from an R-2 to an RR as presented, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

Rezoning Petition 1118

Gregory and Paula Westerhouse are requesting to rezone 6.707 acres from an A-1 (General Agricultural) to an A-2 (Agricultural Industry). The purpose of the rezoning is to develop a confined feeding operation. The property is located off of CR 900 E., in Monticello.

The APC held a public hearing on October 15, 2019, on this request. During that time, the APC voted 9 yes and 0 no to recommend this petition to the Commissioners. This petition comes with a commitment letter requiring that the 6.707 acres be divided according to the sub-division regulations of White County; they have 90 days to do so. Nobody was present at the hearing opposing the request.

Commissioner Heimlich asked if anyone was wishing to speak about the rezoning request. Mr. Westerhouse was present to answer any questions.

· Commissioner Diener made a motion to approve Rezoning Petition 1118, rezoning 6.707 acres from an A-1 to an A-2 as presented, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

NUISANCE PROPERTY

Rhonda Stangle, 1843 Roundabout Road, Monticello, appeared and presented pictures showing that the property across from her is being unkempt. She said that David Cox bought the property, 1836 Roundabout Road, off of a Sheriff’s Sale several years ago, along with several other properties located in the county and city limits. She complained that there are vehicles that are parked on the property that never move, and she is always calling the Environmental Officer to have the yard mowed.

Ms. Stangle asked the Commissioners if they could do something to help get this property cleaned up.

White County Attorney George Loy said that he would talk to Environmental Officer Jim Reynolds about this issue.

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 Janet Faker Denny Carter

HIGHWAY DEPT.

Highway Superintendent Mike Kyburz said that they are preparing for the winter.

BUILDING DEPT.

Director Rogers discussed the activity of permits, fee schedules, and new permit software for the department.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

President Randy Mitchell presented the monthly Business Summary report for September.

La Fiesta and Simply Sugar are two new businesses that opened in Monticello. After many years in Monticello, Kelley Interiors is closing.

AIRPORT

George Green, a Board member, said that the FAA has reported that they will, more than likely, approve a grant for a “T” road replacement for Luse Road, but they will not fund the additional cost of a round-a-bout. They did approve funds for the design work. A conference call with the FAA, engineers, a county commissioner, and airport board members was held last week, pushing the safety issues with a “T” road. The difference in cost between a “T” road and having a round-a-bout will be around $600,000.

ENVIRONMENTAL REPORT

Environmental Officer Jim Reynolds presented the Environmental Report for September.

· Received Calls/Complaints on Various Issues

· Issued Septic Permits

· Performed Landfill Inspections

· Performed Lake Samples

· Continuing Education

TOURISM MARKETING

Tourism Marketing Director Kaylee LaOrange said that they had doubled their exposure on Facebook in the last six months. The State Department of Tourism is rebranding to The Indiana Destination Development Corporation.

COUNCIL ON AGING

Director Gale Spry presented the quarterly Operating Data report. The 3rd quarter passenger boarding’s were down 350 passengers from the 2nd quarter. A new parking lot is going in thanks to the help of White County and the City of Monticello.

IVY TECH – PROMISE PROPOSAL

Patty Plantenga, Monticello Site Director, summarized the White County Promise program, which was proposed on August 19.

The White County Promise Proposal will take the financial burden off of the students of White County who want to attend Ivy Tech. It’s a financial aid program offering White County High School graduates two years of tuition of scholarship and fee assistance at Ivy Tech beginning with the Class of 2019/2020 and continuing through the class of 2025. The program will provide eligible students with a last-dollar scholarship after exhaustion of gift aid (Pell, Indiana state grant awards, and any other scholarships received). Another benefit of the program is the “wrap-around” services the students will receive from a local community college.

The Last Dollar Scholarship is where White County will provide financial assistance to offset tuition and mandatory fees. The cost to the county is an estimated $1,100 per student per year. Mrs. Plantenga recommended that the county budget a flat amount, and she will divide it up and break it down per student.

The students that apply and are awarded this program must maintain satisfactory academic progress, maintain full-time enrollment, participate in an internship program, no criminal records, White County residence, and participate in one community service project per year.

Ms. Plantenga is hoping that the local employers will consider a paid internship for these students, and she would like to see the program run for five years.

The Mayor of Frankfort has committed to invest an initial $50,000, and the City of Jeffersonville is investing $140,000.

Councilman Kramer said that he is inclined not to go five years because the last program where they tried to help local students fell apart within three years.

Councilman Anderson said that he doesn’t agree that the county uses tax payer’s dollars to put people through school when there are Federal grants available. People have opportunities to better their lives by joining the service.

· Councilwoman Faker made a motion to enter into the White County Promise Program with Ivy Tech appropriating $50,000 for three years, seconded by Councilman Carter. Vote: 6 Yes and 1 No (Councilman Anderson)

· Commissioner Diener made a motion to enter into the White County Promise Program with Ivy Tech for three years, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

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

FIRE PROTECTION SERVICES

George Taulia, Fire Protection Consultant with Nelbud, gave a presentation on the services that they offer nationwide. Mr. Taulia requested permission to inspect all the county buildings (sprinkler systems, fire alarms, suppression systems, fire extinguishers, and emergency lights) to put together a proposal for White County.

· Commissioner Diener made a motion to allow Mr. Taulia from Nelbud to inspect the county buildings to provide a quote for fire protection service, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

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