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BE IT REMEMBERED, that the White County Commissioners held a regular meeting on Monday, February 1, 2010, at the White County Building, 2nd floor, Commissioners conference room, beginning at 8:00 a.m.

Commissioners present were: President John C. Heimlich, Vice President Steve Burton, and Commissioner Ron Schmierer. Also present was the White County Auditor Jill Guingrich, County Attorney George Loy, and the Commissioners Secretary Donya Tirpak.

MINUTES

  • Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to approve the minutes as presented for the special meeting held on December 28, 2009, and the regular meeting held on January 18, 2010, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

PAYROLL

  • Commissioner Burton made a motion to approve two payrolls as presented, seconded by Commissioner Schmierer. Vote: Unanimous

CLAIMS

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

AIRPORT BOARD

  • Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to accept BJ Mursener’s letter of resignation for the White County Board of Aviation effective February 28, 2010, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

APPOINTMENT

  • Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to appoint Danni Paluchniak, Wabash Valley Farms, to the Region 4 Workforce Board, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

FORKLIFT – RECYCLE

Commissioner Burton asked for some direction from the other commissioners on how they would like to handle the forklift situation from Recycle. He asked if they wanted to leave the forklift at Wiese, Lafayette, since they’ve already torn it apart or move it to Lowry Brothers, Reynolds, to give the business to someone local.

Commissioner Schmierer said that the new quotes only show a five-dollar difference. Wiese’s quote was $4,000 and Lowry Brothers came in at $3,995.

Recycling Director Girard said that Wiese’s original quote was lowered because they removed the $200-$400 fee for delivery and if you leave the machine there, they would take off the $600 for the labor of tearing it apart. If you decide to take the forklift to Lowry Brothers, Reynolds, then Wiese’s will charge the $600 labor fee.

The commissioners expressed to the Director they were very disappointed in the way she handled the bids.

  • Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to accept the bid from Wiese for a rebuilt engine for the forklift at the Recycling Department, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

At this time, White County Council President Richard “Buzz” Horton called the Council members to order in joint session for a special meeting to discuss a couple of issues that needed attention. Council members present were:

President Richard “Buzz” Horton Gary Hendryx Denny Carter

Denny Cain Kevin “Casey” Crabb

CELL PHONE POLICY

Commissioner Heimlich discussed the cell phone policy that was put into place by the county a couple years ago because the IRS had issued a regulation saying that any government-owned property, cell phones, are not allowed for personal use. This meant that county employees that had county cell phones, had to carry two, one for the county and one for personal use.

Commissioner Heimlich said that last fall, Prosecutor Bob Guy had brought it to his attention that this regulation had been changed and asked if the Commissioners would consider amending their ordinance to match the federal regulation. The amended regulation now allows personal use on government-owned cell phones. Mr. Guy had said that this is an inconvenience for his employees to carry two cell phones.

The Commissioners and Council had a short discussion on whether or not to allow personal phone calls, monitoring the phone bills, mobile phone service plans, and how to address the problem if the personal phone calls get out of control.

Both boards decided to table this discussion until their next meeting so they could gather more information.

ALLOCATION OF WIND FARM FUNDS – PHASE II

Commissioner Heimlich presented a breakdown of wind farm funds that will be distributed for Phase II.

WHITE COUNTY REDEVELOPMENT COMMISSION

Wind Energy Project – Phase II

ESTIMATED ALLOCATION OF HORIZON PAYMENT (1)

Based on Phase I allocation ratios

Taxing Unit Allocation

White County $290,500

Round Grove Twp. $ 4,000

Prairie Twp. $ 1,000

West Point Twp. $ 4,000

Frontier School Corp. $ 35,000

Tri-County School Corp. $255,000

Library $ 500

Subtotal $590,000

County set aside for contingencies $ 50,000

Total $640,000

Commissioner Heimlich said that the distribution is pretty much based on the blueprint that was used in Phase I.

  • Commissioner Burton made a motion to approve the allocation of the Wind Farm payments for Phase II as presented, seconded by Commissioner Schmierer. Vote: Unanimous

  • Councilman Carter made a motion to approve the allocation of the Wind Farm payments for Phase II as presented, seconded by Councilman Hendryx. Vote: Unanimous

NEW COUNTY ROAD

Commissioner Heimlich said that he would like to begin discussions on putting in a new county road between White County Fairgrounds and the new CR 50 E. This was first discussed when CR 50 E was beginning with VeraSun. At that time, the Commissioners felt that they should wait until all of the improvements were completed and to see what funds were left over.

Auditor Jill Guingrich said that there was about $2.3 million left in the fund.

Commissioner Heimlich said that the distance of the road would be about ¼ mile. When he talked to the White County Fairground Board, he felt that they might donate the ground on their portion. This would leave about 600 ft. of land that would have to be purchased.

White County Highway Superintendent Steve Brooke said that the new road would cost $300,000 to $400,000 to build.

Commissioner Burton explained that the road would be built along the railroad tracks and not down the middle of any property.

Commissioner Heimlich pointed out that the Fairground board felt that this would alleviate a lot of traffic around the fairgrounds and it benefits the Highway department.

Commissioner Heimlich said that he would like to get some direction from the Council on how they feel about this.

Councilman Horton said that since there are two council members that are absent (Kramer and Clear) he would prefer to discuss this at the next joint meeting. This is all new information to them because they were not on the board when VeraSun was here.

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

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

__________________________ _____________________________ _______________________

John C. Heimlich, President Steve Burton, Vice President Ronald Schmierer, Member

ATTEST: _________________________

Jill Guingrich, Auditor