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BE IT REMEMBERED, that the White County Commissioners held a regular meeting on Monday, May 3, 2010, at the White County Building, Commissioners conference room, 2nd floor, beginning at 8:00 a.m.

 

 

Commissioners present were John C. Heimlich, Vice President Steve Burton, and Commissioner Ron Scmierer. 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 Schmierer made a motion to approve and pay payroll for May 3, 2010, seconded by Commissioner Burton.

Vote: Unanimous

CLAIMS

 

Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to approve and pay the claims as presented for May 3, 2010, seconded by Commissioner Burton.

Vote: Unanimous

Commissioner Heimlich discussed an additional appropriation from the Economic Development fund allocating $1.28 million to the local taxing units. This will be for the second payment of Phase 1 from Horizon Wind.

The Commissioners agreed to advertise for the additional appropriations as approved at their June 15, 2009, meeting.

Horizon Wind Economic Development Fund 221-1000-9-99County $678,200

Township – Big Creek $ 2,000

Township – Prairie $ 6,000

Township – West Point $ 2,000

Frontier School $580,000

Brookston Library $ 11,800

TOTAL $1,280,000

AUDITOR

White County Auditor, Jill Guingrich, requested the Commissioners to sign off on the Congressional Township Fund, which is a report on condition of school funds. This is part of her annual report submitted to the state.

 

Commissioner Burton made a motion to approve the report of the Congressional School Fund for the Auditor, seconded by Commissioner Schmierer.

Vote: Unanimous

REGION IV WORKFORCE BOARD

Roger Feldhaus, CEO, Tecumseh Area Partnership, and Cindy Hicks, Team Leader, with WorkOne, gave a presentation on the number of White County residents that are using the Workforce Development services in White County.

WorkOne Express Services provides the following to White County residents:

Job Search Assistance and Job Referral

Indiana Career Connect/Resume Assistance

Career Planning/Counseling

Training for growth occupations

Workshops and MindLeaders on-line courses

Youth Services

According to the data, there were 576 more White County residents enrolled as customers this year compared to the same period last year.

RECYCLE

Dawn Girard, Director, discussed electrical issues that she was having at the Recycling Department because of the old refrigerator and microwave. Since she had money in her miscellaneous line item, she purchased a new refrigerator and microwave for her department.

Dawn explained that she didn’t realize that this would be an issue with the Commissioners. She said that if they don’t agree with taking the money out of the miscellaneous account that she could pay for it out of the Solid Waste District grant account.

The Commissioners explained that she should’ve came to them and made a request before she made the purchase because there were refrigerators and microwaves available from Lakeview Home.

Commissioner Schmierer made motion to approve and pay the claim for Clawson Appliances for $698.00, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

White County Highway Superintendent, Steve Brooke, submitted a contract to the Commissioners for the Energy Efficiency and Conservation block grant.

The grant agreement will be between the Indiana Office of the Lieutenant Governor, Office of Energy Development, and White County. The amount of the grant is for $75,585.00, which will be used for upgrading the lights and heating system for the highway garage.

Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to approve the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant agreement between the Indiana Office of the Lieutenant Governor, Office of Energy Development, and White County for the Highway Department, seconded by Commissioner Burton.

Vote: Unanimous

Mr. Brooke also submitted his 2009 Annual report for approval and signatures by the Commissioners.

Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to accept the Annual Operation Report for Local Roads and Streets, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

White County Highway Superintendent, Steve Brooke, submitted the LPA-Consulting Contract between White County and USI Consultants, Inc., for the White County Bridge Inspection program 2010 – 2014. The total cost of the contract is $183,062.88, for 160 bridges. The state will pay 80% and the county is responsible for 20% of the cost.

Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to approve the LPA-Consulting Contract with USI Consultants, Inc., for the White County Bridge Inspections, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

Franci Michael, 5920 E. Redwood Court, complained of a neighbor playing very loud music 24 hours a day 7 days a week. She has contacted the police and they have told her that there isn’t any type of a county noise ordinance in

effect and the only thing that they could do is ask him to turn it off. She asked the Commissioners if they could adopt an ordinance for excessive noise or disturbing the peace.

The Commissioners took Ms. Michael’s information and they said that they would look into it.

RELOCATE POLLING SITE – MONON 3 - FOR PRIMARY ELECTION

White County Clerk, Bruce Lambert, submitted an amendment amending the list of polling sites for the 2010 Primary. Mr. Lambert explained that originally, they did have the authorization to use the Church of God (former Lion’s Club) on Linden Street, but now they are having difficulty determining who has authorization over the building. They have now found a new site and approval to move the polling site to the First Baptist Church, 408 Arch Street.

The Election board did put the amendment together and it has already been advertised locally to make the public aware of the change.

Commissioner Burton made a motion to change the destination of Monon 3 polling site from the former Lion’s Club on Linden Street, to the First Baptist Church at 408 Arch Street, seconded by Commissioner Schmierer. Vote: Unanimous

A yearly grant was submitted to the Commissioners requesting their approval for funds paid back to the county reimbursing the salary of the emergency management employees from the state.

Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to approve the 2009 Emergency Management Performance Grant Agreement for $25,192.87, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

Commissioner Heimlich announced Petition #9-81 for Northgate-Thayer Aggregates, LLC, was originally brought before the Commissioners on March 1, 2010. At that time, the petition was tabled by the Commissioners to sort things out.

White County Attorney George Loy explained that the petitioner was requesting to rezone 100-acre parcel tract from an A-1 to an I-2 for the purpose of qualifying for a special exception use permit to operate a stone quarry. The APC submitted the petition to the Commissioners with "no recommendation" and a vote of 5 yes and 5 no. The Commissioners do have 90 days to act on this, if they decide not to then the rezoning is turned down.

Attorney Loy also explained that the Northgate-Thayer Aggregates has withdrawn their petition for rezoning, contending that due to a law commonly known as the "right to mine" act, no zoning change is needed. He said that if this is the law, the county does not want to end up with a quarry without any input as far as the operation, landscaping, wells, and other issues.

Commissioner Heimlich said that they do want to handle this in a way where they will have some control and they can put some commitments in writing on the proposed quarry. There has been threatening litigation to allow the

quarry to move forward and this will go through the court. He said that it is their intent that some of the commitments and some of the concerns the area landowners have are addressed.

At this time, Commissioner Heimlich opened the discussion up for public comment.

Holly Franscoviak, 1782 E. 900 N., Monon, said that she is concerned with the drainage and the ditch that runs directly through her property. White County Attorney George Loy explained that a drainage plan would be necessary if this project moves forward.

Janene Crawford, wondered if the county could collect taxes on a portable pit. She complained about the drainage issues that they are already having and voiced concerns to the blasting regulations.

Other neighbors that was present and opposed the quarry voiced concerns about their property wells and other environmental issues that could arise.

Commissioner Heimlich said that all of these concerns would be taken further. They will try to put these concerns into an agreement, which would put commitments on the quarry. Another public meeting will be held to address what will be in the agreement.

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AREA PLAN

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT GRANT APPLICATION

NOISE COMPLAINT

BRIDGE INSPECTIONS

HIGHWAY DEPT.