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BE IT REMEMBERED, that the White County Commissioners held a regular meeting on Monday, April 19, 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.

 

 

MINUTES

 

Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to approve the minutes as presented for the regular meeting on April 19, 2010, seconded by Commissioner Burton.

Vote: Unanimous

PAYROLL

 

Commissioner Burton made a motion to approve and pay the payroll as presented for April 19, 2010, seconded by Commissioner Schmierer.

Vote: Unanimous

CLAIMS

 

Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to approve and pay the claims as presented except for the claim paid to Clawson Appliances from the Recycling Department for $698.00, seconded by Commissioner Burton.

Vote: Unanimous

Don Ward, Engineer, asked the Commissioners what color they would like to paint the Tioga Bridge. The engineer, Mr. Barker, recommended a light gray but the Commissioners are considering on going with what Carroll County wanted, John Deer Green!

Commissioner Heimlich discussed a letter that was submitted to the Commissioners from SFLECC requesting signs to be put up, low water clearance, idle speed, etc., during the renovation project. He asked Mr. Ward if some lighting was going to be put in as part of the renovation contract. Mr. Ward said that the engineer didn’t have time to get the lighting put into the plans so there will not be any.

Mr. Ward said that any signage or lighting would have to be paid by the county or SFLECC. Highway Superintendent Steve Brooke wondered if NIPSCO could put a couple of streetlights on each end of the bridge.

Mr Ward said that the bridge has to be done by October of this fall.

COUNTY BRIDGE 229 – MOOTS CREEK

Mr. Don Ward, Engineer, reported that the delineation reconnaissance is completed. A report was given to the Commissioners. Mr. Ward said that the report verifies that almost everything in this bridge project is a wetland.

Mr. Ward was told that in order to do the project we would have to go out to the same drainage basin and buy a 1-acre area to build a new wetland. Mr. Ward has talked this over with Steve Brooke, Hwy Superintendent, and they concluded to design a bridge that would match the existing one. The plan is to move the substructure, widen it out, put a new deck on it, and stay out of the wetland area. The cost to make another wetland could cost the county $50,000 to $75,000 and then you must maintain it for 10 years before you can turn it over.

Mr. Ward said that he has $97,000 worth of work already done, which only $80,000 has been collected to date. He suggested that he would write up a new contract that will cancel out the old one and charge an hourly rate for the new one.

The Commissioners agreed to go with the recommendation from Mr. Ward to design a bridge that would match the existing one. Mr. Ward said that he would come to the next meeting with a new contract.

 

 

 

AREA PLAN

Area Plan Director Joe Rogers presented a petition to the Commissioners requesting to amend the Zoning Ordinance. The petition was presented to the Area Plan Commission at a public hearing on March 8, 2010.

The APC voted to recommend this amendment to the Commissioners by a vote of 8 Yes and 1 No.

The amendment attempts to addresses decks on lake properties. Mr. Rogers explained that throughout the lake perimeters, people have built decks that go out to their property line and even on SFLECC’s property.

After doing a survey of similar sites the APC is proposing to make the following changes.

 

 

AMENDING CHAPTER 4: Use Classifications and Provisions 

Nonconforming decks – Lake Properties

Any deck constructed prior to March 8, 2010, shall be permitted "as built" with regards to front, side and rear yard setbacks. Nothing in this Ordinance shall conflict with this stipulation.

 

 

AMENDING APPENDIX B: Bulk Use Standards

 

Any deck built on a lake property shall have no front setback requirement.

It is the owner’s responsibility to determine the front property line location.

 

This will take care of grandfathering any decks currently on the lake and clear up any decks for the future.

 

Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to approve the amendments to Chapter 4: Use Classifications and Provisions and Appendix B: Bulk Use Standards as presented for the Zoning Ordinance, seconded by Commissioner Burton.

Vote: Unanimous

AMENDMENT

TO THE ZONING ORDINANCE OF

WHITE COUNTY

STATE OF INDIANA

 

ORDINANCE NO. 10-04-19-01

WHEREAS, the White County Area Plan Commission has initiated and prepared this ordinance to amend the White County Zoning Ordinance pursuant to IC 36-7-4-602(c) and IC 36-7-4-607;

WHEREAS, the White County Area Plan Commission has reported that it held a public hearing concerning this ordinance on March 8, 2010, after timely notification of the hearing was given by publication in the Herald Journal, Monticello, Indiana on or before the 26th day of February, 2010 as required by IC 36-7-4-604;

WHEREAS, the White County Area Plan Commission has reported that it paid reasonable regard to the factors enumerated in IC 36-7-4-603 in consideration of the ordinance and determination or a recommendation to be made to the legislative body of White County;

WHEREAS, the White County Area Plan Commission has certified this ordinance to the legislative body with a recommendation by a majority vote in favor of adoption pursuant to IC 36-7-4-603 before acting on this ordinance;

WHEREAS, the legislative body recognizes that certain land uses, by their very nature, require restricted size of signage. Because the restrictions are a necessary aspect of zoning use to the public, it is deemed that such restrictions on signage are not detrimental to the public safety and welfare.

WHEREAS, the legislative body has determined that this ordinance should be adopted without amendment as certified by the White County Area Plan Commission pursuant to IC 36-7-4-607; therefore,

BE IT ORDAINED AND ADOPTED BY THE LEGISLATIVE BODY OF WHITE COUNTY, INDIANA:

AMENDING CHAPTER 4: Use Classifications and Provisions

4.5.9 Nonconforming decks – Lake Properties

Any deck constructed prior to March 8, 2010, shall be permitted "as built" with regards to front, side and rear yard setbacks. Nothing in this Ordinance shall conflict with this stipulation.

 

 

AMENDING APPENDIX B: Bulk Use Standards

 

******* Any deck built on a lake property shall have no front setback requirement.

it is the owner’s responsibility to determine the front property line location.

VOGEL AUCTIONS

Phil Vogel, Vogel Real Estate and Auctions, presented a contract to the Commissioners for the auction and/ or real estate of Lakeview home.

Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to sign an auction-real estate contract and list with Vogel Real Estate and Auctions for the Lakeview County Home, seconded by Commissioner Burton.

Vote: Unanimous

On May 8, all of the personal property left inside Lakeview Home will be auctioned off and on July 24, Phil Vogel will auction off the home and the property. The real estate will be auctioned off for not less than $1.25 million. If the property does not sell at the auction, Vogel will list the property the day after.

Commissioner Schmierer said that Vogel will make a 4% commission and the rest of the money will go into county funds.At this time, White County Council President Richard "Buzz" Horton called the Council members to order in joint session with the Commissioners. Council members present were:

President Richard "Buzz" Horton Raymond "Butch" Kramer Bruce Clear

Gary Hendryx Denny Carter Denny Cain

Kevin "Casey" Crabb

HOSPITAL

White County Memorial Hospital CEO, Stephanie Long, presented the Financial Analysis for March 2010.

Mrs. Long reported that March was a more typical month for the hospital since January and February were slow. Their gross patient revenue last month was $4.2 million, net patient revenue was $2.7 million, operating gain was $166,829, and a net gain for the month was $275,109. Their cash position is slightly over $7 million.

They are having a Fall Prevention Clinic tomorrow from 9:00 a.m to 12:00 p.m.

COUNCIL & AGING

Council and Aging director Gale Spry presented a copy of the quarterly billing submitted to the State for reimbursement. She said that they have billed for the Federal share for 26%, which is normal for the first quarter. For the State reimbursement, she has requested 50% . She is expecting the shortfall to be picked up with the county’s second contribution in the fall.

They are still waiting on the three new vehicles from the stimulus money.

BUILDING INSPECTOR

White County Building Inspector Dave Anderson reported that there were 46 permits issued last month, four of them were for new homes. For the past ten years, the number of homes being built in March is usually around fifteen.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Economic Development Director Connie Neininger presented her Director’s Report for March 2010’s activity.

The Bio Town Ag project will appear before the Council today for a tax abatement and an ERA Destination.

Connie has been working with Horizon Wind Energy for a "lookout point" location. This will be a small visitor’s stop not a manned visitor’s center. They are currently looking at the interchange of 231 and I65. Benton County is talking about putting in a full visitor’s/community center located in Fowler.

Connie said that she is hosting a breakfast for all of the businesses and industries on May 14. This will be done in conjunction with Ivy Tech.

Connie also said that the Economic Development board has decided to do an Economic Development Strategy to help guide them in the next few years. They do plan to bring someone in from the outside to help them put this together. To have this done, Connie said that they would like to apply for a $50, 000 grant through the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs. The grant will require a 10% local match, $5,000, and they will be required to do a countywide income survey. The cost to have the income survey done is $2,500.

Connie explained that the first step to apply for the grant is for the Commissioners to write a "letter of intent." Connie also requested that the $7,500 for the grant be paid out of the Commissioner’s budget from the strategic planning funds.

Commissioner Burton made a motion to submit the "notice of intent" letter to the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs for the Economic Development planning grant, seconded by Commissioner Schmierer.

Vote: Unanimous

 

WHITE COUNTY LEARNING LAB

Suzy Karberg, Director of the White County Learning Lab, WCLL, appeared before the Commissioners and Council asking for their support.

Mrs. Karberg explained that the WCLL is currently located at 322 N. Market Street, Monon, and their building is about to fall down. The building is the former State Bank of Monon and is owned by the North White School Corporation. Nick Eccles, North White Superintendent, said that with the current strained school budgets in White County, there are no way that they could afford to upkeep the building. They are currently paying for the custodial fees and supplies for the learning lab, which estimates to $19,425 a year.

Mrs. Karberg said that they would like to find a new location before July 1, and they would like to have it in Monticello. She has met with Mike Cruz, Director of CDC, and they do have adequate room where they could relocate out there. If this was done, the WCLL would ask the Commissioners and Council to pay for their rent.

Commissioner Heimlich suggested to Mrs. Karberg and her board members to take a look at the White County Annex Building on Illinois Street. The Commissioners explained that there is a large conference room, which could be partitioned off into two classrooms, and restrooms.

Commissioner Heimlich said that if this facility does seem to work for the WCLL they would discuss it further at their May meeting.

COUNCIL BUDGETS

Council President Horton asked everyone to bring their calendars to the next joint meeting to set things up for the upcoming budget hearings. He also stated that the Council might include Umbaugh to look at their figures.

 

 

 

Councilman Horton asked Auditor Guingrich if there is a date set up yet for pay 2010. Auditor Guingrich said that they do need to get their balances done so they can do settlement. She said that they are hoping for late summer so they can be back on track in November.

 

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 board, their meeting was adjourned.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

________________________ ______________________ ________________________

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

ATTEST: _________________________

Jill Guingrich, Auditor