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BE IT REMEMBERED, that the White County Commissioners held a regular meeting on Monday, March 15, 2010, at the White County Building, Commissioners conference room, 2nd floor, 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.


  • Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to approve the minutes from the regular meeting on March 1, 2010, as presented, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous


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


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


Don Ward, Engineer, submitted Addendum No. 1 for additional work requested by IDEM to perform a Wetland Reconnaissance/Delineation with report. The cost of the additional work is not to exceed $7,500 without written approval by the County.

  • Commissioner Burton made a motion to approve and sign Addendum No. 1 to allow Donald W. Ward, to perform a Wetland Reconnaissance/Delineation as requested by IDEM with a cost not to exceed $7,500, seconded by Commissioner Schmierer. Vote: Unanimous


Don Ward said that the pre-construction meeting for Tioga Bridge was three weeks ago and the renovation of the bridge should start very soon.

At this time, White County Council President Richard “Buzz” Horton called the council members to order in joint session with the Commissioners. County Council members present were:

President Richard “Buzz” Horton Raymond “Butch” Kramer Bruce Clear

Gary Hendryx Denny Carter Denny Cain

Kevin “Casey” Crabb


Stephanie Long, WC Hospital CEO, presented the Financial Analysis for February 2010.

Mrs. Long said that on the financials end for February they had $3.7 million in gross revenue, $2.3 million in net patient revenue, and a loss of $191,347 for the bottom line. The cash position is now $6.8 million for the month.

Mrs. Long said that they did have their accreditation survey done and they did receive an above average survey. The annual financial audit was also just performed and they are looking forward to those results in April.


White County Building Inspector, Dave Anderson, said that the number of permits issued year-to-date is the same as last years. Not too many houses are currently being built. For the month of February, only eight permits were issued.


Terri Conwell, Director, said that she continues to work with Ra-Comm on getting the 800 equipment installed into the center. She is also working with Competitive Edge to get some type of new call/cad system. The current one is 12-15 years old and has recently crashed a couple of times now. Eric has been able to get it working again.

Terri reminded everyone that this week is National Weather Awareness week and her department will be participating in the statewide tornado drill on Wednesday, April 17.


Economic Development Director, Connie Neininger, said that White County REMC and Fairnet are looking into applying for a broadband grant from stimulus money, which will help make sure that all of the areas in White County have high-speed internet.

Several of the internet leads are still looking for large facilities with rail access. Wind Farm companies are showing an interest for the area North of Hwy 24.

The Economic Development Board are still going around to the Town meetings to stay well informed of what is going on in the other communities.

Wabash Valley Power is working on an Entrepreneur Workshop on Wednesday, April 7, 2010. Connie is also working with Ivy Tech setting up regular discovery sessions. She will be working with all of the employers making them aware of all of the opportunities that are offered at Ivy Tech.

Connie reported that the “Leadership program” has 24 participants this time and they will be graduating April 7.

The Wolcott Corridor grant is still being worked on very heavily. She is currently working with Rail American on the property agreement.

Connie said that she has been hearing great news from the companies in White County. Dwyer Instruments, Wolcott, are up to their pre-recession employment rate number. True Flight Arrow, Monticello, had their best year ever last year. Vanguard, Monon, has a new line that they are hoping to put in. Emerson, Monticello, is bringing in new machinery. Ball Corp., Monticello, is expanding again and Adkev, Monticello, is still holding on very well.


White County Environmental Officer John Raines presented his Violation & Complaint Report for February 2010.


Commissioner Heimlich discussed a wellness program that was presented to the county a while back by Amy Carpenter, Apex. The program will screen and identify any medical problems on a person before they become serious problems.

They are planning to institute the screenings on April 21st and April 22nd.

To get as many people as possible to sign up, Apex is recommending an incentive program for everyone that participates. Apex suggested the county pay everyone that participates, a $5.00 paycheck incentive on next year’s health plan. Apex and Sculptures also plan to put in some door prizes to encourage employees.

Commissioner Heimlich asked the Council for their approval to the $5.00 incentive on next year’s paycheck. He did point out that by doing this for our employees; the county will not receive any discount or benefit from the insurance company.

The Council agreed that this is something that needs to be done.


Commissioner Heimlich informed the Council of an expenditure that had to be made last week because of an emergency. New panic alarms had to be purchased because the old ones have failed. The cost of the control box is going to cost $16,900 and a new 800 MHz radio will have to be purchased as well. He suggested that the expenditure could be paid out of the Cumulative Building Maintenance account.

Councilman Clear suggested that a policy be put in place to have these things tested on a regular basis rather then find out when its too late that their not working.

There being no further business to come before the council, they adjourned to their own meeting room.

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