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BE IT REMEMBERED, that the White County Commissioners held a regular meeting on Monday, December 2, 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’ Secretary Donya Tirpak.

Commissioner Heimlich called the meeting to order.


· Commissioner Diener made a motion to approve the minutes for the regular meeting held on November 18, 2019, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous


· Commissioner Burton made a motion to approve payroll for December 2, 2019, seconded by Commissioner Diener. Vote: Unanimous


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


Commissioner Heimlich said that there were people on the committee that are no longer here, so new appointments are needed. After discussing this with Judge Mrzlack, he recommends that the committee be the two Judges, Sheriff, Prosecutor, a Commissioner and Council member.

Commissioner Heimlich said that he recommends that those members be on the committee as voting members. Voting members will make a recommendation, and the Commissioners will make the final decision on any changes made to the policy. He also feels that the Security Officers, Maintenance Supervisor, IT and HR also need to be involved.

· Commissioner Burton made a motion to appoint the two Judges, Sheriff, Prosecutor, a Commissioner, and Councilmember as voting members, seconded by Commissioner Diener. Vote: Unanimous


Executive Director Steve Eberly gave an introduction about how the organization is dedicated to educating the public on renewable energy in Indiana.


Director Joe Rogers wanted the Commissioners to be aware that he is currently working with the Assessor and the Auditor to work out a problem that he has when the Assessor combines parcels. He explained how they use tax parcel ID numbers on the GIS for parcel development numbers. The Assessor has the authority to combine parcels for tax purposes and when this is done, it shows up in his system that the parcels have been combined for developmental purposes. He has found that it is very difficult to try to distinguish the two. He’s currently sitting with the Assessor and the Auditor discussing this issue because it is creating illegal parcels from a zoning standpoint. He would like to restrict combining parcels, so it’s not done for tax purposes unless it comes through his office for review and approval. He has learned that certain counties have gone to a double parcel numbering system, so right now, they are trying to find a solution.


Sheriff Bill Brooks presented a Sex & Violent Offender ordinance that was adopted by the County Council on July 15, 2019. He has since learned that the ordinance must be adopted by the County Commissioners and not the Council. He requested the Commissioners to adopt the proposed ordinance.

Sheriff Brooks said that the ordinance states that all sex and violent offenders must pay $50.00 annually and $5.00 every time they come in and change their address.

Commissioner Diener said that he was confused about how this proposed ordinance found its way to the County Council. He heard that they did something with it and then did something to get rid of it.

County Attorney George Loy said that the statute requires that the County Commissioners adopt the proposed ordinance. It was outside the jurisdiction of the Council to pass this ordinance.

Commissioner Diener asked if fees were collected during that time, and if so, were the fees returned? After reading over the statute, he noticed that there were a lot of things that aren’t addressed in the ordinance. He asked, who wrote the ordinance.

Sheriff Brooks said that the ordinance was drafted off a neighboring county where their County Council adopted their ordinance.

Commissioner Diener said that the ordinance does not indicate how the funds will be used, other than returning 10% to the state twice a year. He asked who will have access to these funds.

Attorney Loy said that under IC 36-2-13-5.6, the funds are only to be used to defray the expenses of administration or assuring compliance.

Attorney Loy said that he would like to tweak some language in the proposed ordinance if they are going to adopt it.

Commissioner Diener was not in favor of penalizing someone in order to get them to do something. He didn’t feel that the ordinance was an initiative that’s helpful to our community to identify these people. He felt that charging them will prevent them from following the rules.

Commissioner Heimlich said that he understands Commissioner Diener, but we are required by law to charge them for what we do for them.

Sheriff Brooks said that other Sheriff Departments throughout the state feel that this is becoming cumbersome work because of the constant changes. Instead of charging for everything, they’re charging for the address changes to recoup the cost. So far, they’ve collected $549.00.

White County Prosecutor Bob Guy complimented the wonderful job that Shirley does at the Sheriff’s Department getting people registered. He said the Sex and Violent Offender registry is one of his most important pieces of legislation that’s been passed in the last 25 years for protecting the public. He feels that if the Sheriff has administrative costs that aren’t being met, then he encourages the Commissioners and Council to give him the funds to defray the costs. His main concern is public safety and he doesn’t see how this ordinance promotes public safety. If this ordinance of collecting fees discourages one sex or violent predator to register, then it’s bad public policy and it shouldn’t be passed. We must encourage people to follow the law, not discourage them.

Sheriff Brooks said that the Council gave him more money to hire four more Correction Officers. He said this was mentioned at the Sheriff’s conference to help set off costs, and that’s why he proposed the ordinance. It’s such a small amount that will be brought in in a year, $1,000 to $2,000, that it isn’t a big deal to him if it’s passed or not.

Commissioner Heimlich said that they would take the ordinance under advisement and discuss this with the Council and County Attorney.


Patty Plantenga, Site Director, presented a Memorandum of Understanding between Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana, White County Council, and White County Commissioners establishing the White County Promise program.

· Commissioner Diener made a motion to adopt Resolution No. 19-12-02-01 approving Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana Memorandum of Understanding establishing the White County Promise program, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous




WHEREAS, there has been presented to the White County Commissioners a proposed Memorandum of Understanding (“MOU”) establishing the “White County Promise” as a financial aid program offering White County high school graduates two years of tuition scholarship and fee assistance at Ivy Tech Community College beginning with the most recent graduates and continuing through the class of 2022. The program provides eligible students with a last-dollar scholarship after exhaustion of gift aid (Pell, Indiana state grant awards, and any other scholarships received). While removing students' financial burden is key, a critical component of the White County Promise program is the “wrap-around” services the students will receive from College advisors and community mentors who will guide the students as they enter higher education and continue the path over the two years; and

WHEREAS, the MOU provides for the administration of program funds, terms of financial support, student eligibility and continuing requirements, and includes components for community service, mentoring, and an internship program; and

WHEREAS, it is the desire of the White County Commissioners to approve the MOU as presented to continue through the Ivy Tech Community College graduating class of 2022.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT HEREBY RESOLVED, by the White County Commissioners that the White County Promise scholarship program is approved pursuant to the Memorandum of Understanding between Ivy Community College of Indiana-Lafayette and the White County Commissioners, and that the Presidents of the White County Commissioners is authorized and directed to execute the same.

IT IS FURTHER HEREBY RESOLVED, that the sum of Fifty Thousand Dollars ($50,000.00) is initially pledged to fund White County Promise Scholarships and Fee Assistance.

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

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

ATTEST: _________________________

Gayle Rogers, Auditor