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BE IT REMEMBERED, that the White County Commissioners held a regular meeting on 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 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 as presented for the regular meeting on May 3, 2010, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous



  • Commissioner Burton made a motion to approve and pay payroll for May 17, 2010, as presented, seconded by Commissioner Schmierer. Vote: Unanimous



  • Commissioner Burton made a motion to approve and pay the claims as presented for May 17, 2010, seconded by Commissioner. Vote: Unanimous



Don Ward, Engineer, discussed the renovation progress on Tioga Bridge. He wanted to make the commissioners aware that the contractors did find that the roller nest (expansion system) is in bad condition and the top plate that connects the wind bracing to the top core is also bad.  The cost to repair this would be approximately $22,000.  He said that Mr. Barker seems to think that they could get some federal funding for this, but he doesn’t think so. He understands that the county made a motion not to put any county funds in to the renovation, but he wanted them to be aware.


The Commissioners agreed painting the bridge gray.



Don Ward, Engineer, presented Addendum No. 2 for Bridge #229, over Moots Creek.


The addendum will simply switch the basic agreement for construction of a new bridge to rehabilitating the existing bridge. In the addendum, the county will still need to pay Mr. Ward $12,000 for work that was performed on the plans for the new bridge that has not been collected. The maximum fee to be paid to Don Ward under this addendum shall not exceed $50,000.


  • Commissioner Burton made a motion to approve Addendum No. 2 with Don Ward for Bridge #229, Moots Creek, as presented, second by Commissioner Schmierer. Vote: Unanimous



Ralph Sloan, Parses Road, appeared before the Commissioner saying that there is a tremendous need for painting stripes on East and Shafer Drive and on CR 300. He did call the county Highway department but they said that their machine was broke.


Commissioner Heimlich said that they will look into it.



White County Auditor Jill Guingrich requested the Commissioners approval on a Tax Sale Support Services Addendum.


The last addendum was signed by the Commissioners on June 18, 2007, where the rate for each property owner was $65.00. The new addendum raises that rate to $70.00 per property owner. This fee is not paid by the county but paid by the property owner for each parcel listed on the Certified List as a “cost of sale”. Auditor Guingrich explained that DLGF is requesting each county to approve the addendum so every county has the same contract for tax sales throughout the state.


  • Commission Burton made a motion to approve the addendum to contract with SRI, Incorporated, for our tax sales, seconded by Commissioner Schmierer. Vote: Unanimous


At this time, White County Council President Richard “Buzz” Horton called the Council member 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



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


Mrs. Long reported that they had a strong April with the gross revenue being a little over $4.4 million. After their contractual allowances they had a net patient revenue of $2.78 million, total operating expenses were $2.45 million, leaving a net gain for the month at $351,156.


The bad debt is a little lower this month, but as a whole they are at the same level as 2009. Things are starting to pick up more in the ER because more people are coming to the community for the summer months.


Their total in cash position currently is $6.6 million.



White County Environmental Officer, John Raines, presented the Violation & Complaint Report for April 2010.



White County Building Inspector, Dave Anderson, reported that they issued 62 permits in April; eight of those were for new houses.



E-911 Director, Terri Conwell, discussed a new CAD (Computer-Aided Dispatch and Records Management System) system that she is currently looking at for her department. Most CAD systems cost $100,000 and this one is priced at $25,000. She is currently talking with other counties (Wabash, Fulton, and Cass) that already have the system or are in the process of purchasing one.


If she feels that this CAD is the right fit for her department, she asked what she would need to do for their approval to make the purchase. She does the funds in her budget to purchase the system.


Commissioner Schmierer said that if she has the money in her budget then she can go ahead and make the purchase but make sure it’s right for the department.



Economic Development Director, Connie Neininger, presented her Director’s Report for April’s activity.


There is a new plant manager at Ball Corporation, Chris Czajkowski, who will be taking over June 4.  Monticello Farm Service, Thom Timmons, is very concerned about loosing the railroad behind them. Connie has given him some options.


Connie said that the Economic Development Board is requesting to see all of the leads that are coming into the office; so she will be providing a spreadsheet each month for industrial leads.


Connie is receiving a lot of phone calls from people wanting to tour the wind farms; 15 scheduled from now until August. She’s going to look further into having a student at Ivy Tech do some intern work and possibly give tours.


A “Start Your Own Business Workshop” will be held on Wed., July 14th at the Ivy Tech building. This is put on by the Indiana Small Business Development Center.


The Networking breakfast was held and there were 48 representatives from White County. She plans on holding two more, which will be in August and November.


Connie’s board has formed a “Shovel-Ready Committee”, which will help develop shovel-ready sites.


Positive feedback is coming in on the Wolcott Corridor grant. The only thing that they were waiting on was a letter from the railroad for the property agreement. That has been turned in and sent and that has been received.



Suzy Karberg, Director, reported that she and Ellen Bartlett, White County United Way Director, walked through the annex building to see if the space would fill their needs as a new location for the White County Learning lab. She said that the space would definitely fill their needs and they are very thankful for the support from the county.


Commissioner Heimlich said that it is fine with the Commissioners to move in but mentioned that some type of contract should be written up by the County Attorney.


White County Attorney George Loy agreed to draw up a contract.



Julie Gutwein, Historical Society President, requested the county to donate one of the two cells located at Lakeview Home to the White County Museum. PERMISSION GRANTED
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Mrs. Gutwein also reminded the Commissioners that they (Historical Society) have filed an application to have the Lakeview Home placed on the National Registry of Historical Places. She said that they feel pretty guaranteed it’s going to happen but she is concerned that the home will sell before it hits the National Registry.


Mrs. Gutwein and other representatives of the Friends of Lakeview asked the Commissioners if they would support placing the home on some sort of restrictive covenant before the sale. She said that they don’t want to see someone buying it and tearing it down immediately after the purchase.


She explained in detail that if the home is put on the National Registry it will offer tax credits and abatements for remodeling (as long as the façade is preserved) to the buyer. The buyer could also donate the façade to Landmarks Indiana which will maintain and market it.


The Commissioners agreed to pay for the expense to advertise Lakeview Home in the National Historical magazines.



White County Treasurer, Dixie Geisler, reported that for the most recent collection, 2008-pay-2009 taxes, $49,519,469.73 was due to the county and $44,162,253.69 was collected. The difference was $5,357,216.04.


Commissioner Schmierer asked when the county was going to have a tax sale. Treasurer Geisler said that with current manpower, taking away staff from billing and collections for a tax sale would be arduous. She felt that it is wiser to get collections back on track for next year and then do a tax sale.


Treasurer Geisler is hoping for the 2009-pay-2010 tax bills to go out this year in August and November.


Bill Heiny, 1st Deputy in Auditor’s office, explained that it is taking them a lot longer to prepare tax bills because of the new Indiana House Bill 1001. He agreed that a tax sale would definitely complicate things more right now because they are so time consuming and he recommended not doing one until the 2009-pay-2010 tax bills are out.



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