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BE IT REMEMBERED, that the White County Commissioners held a regular meeting on June 24, 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 Heimlich called the meeting to order.

 

 

MINUTES

 

Commissioner Burton made a motion to approve the minutes as presented for the regular meeting on June 7, 2010, seconded by Commissioner Schmierer.

Vote: Unanimous

PAYROLL

 

Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to approve the payroll as presented for June 24, 2010, seconded by Commissioner Burton.

Vote: Unanimous

CLAIMS

 

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

Vote: Unanimous

White County Auditor Jill Guingrich said that she would like to transfer the remaining balances out of certain funds into the General Fund since they have not been active the last couple of years. She presented the following ordinance requesting to transfer the balances into the General Fund.

ORDINANCE NO.

Be it ordained by the Board of County Commissioners of White County, Indiana:

These funds are dormant and have been for several years and the board of Commissioners of White County, Indiana, Desire to transfer the balances of these funds to the General Fund.

Fund

Title Amount

12 Anti Drug Abuse 6, 692.47

22 TL Regional Sewer District -13,930.99

24 Addt’l excise tax judgement 261.50

55 Marijuana Eradication 134.66

125 Workshop Divorce Parents 10,667.50

126 Civil Defense Terrorism 909.03

129 Airport Land Acquisition 1,123.22

139 New Jail Construction 51,633.45

143 New Jail Construction Contractor 11,577.54

144 Atlas Collection 466.02

151 Cops More Grant 369.82

154 Civil Def. Cert. Grant 139.93

158 Idaville Sewer Plan 150.00

159 Emergency Response 11.76

160 Build Indiana Fund 7.11

189 Community Service Fee 150.00

Total 70,363.02Commissioner Schmierer suggested putting the funds from the New Jail Construction and the New Jail Construction Contractor into the Cumulative Building Maintenance Fund rather than the General Fund. The Commissioners asked the Auditor to present the ordinance to the Council and get their opinion on where they feel the funds should go.

 

 

APPOINTMENTS - HOSPITAL BOARD

 

Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to reappoint Janet Faker and Gary Cooley to the White County Memorial Hospital Board for a four year term beginning July 1, 2010 and terminating June 30, 2014, seconded by Commissioner Burton.

Vote: Unanimous

 

 

APPOINTMENT – MONTICELLO-UNION TOWNSHIP PUBLIC LIBRARY

 

Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to reappoint Brad Moore to the Monticello-Union Township Public Library for a four year term ending March 6, 2014, seconded by Commissioner Burton.

Vote: Unanimous

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT – DISTRICT 4 MUTUAL AID AGREEMENT

EMA Director, Rose Brady, presented a District 4 Mutual Aid Inter-Local Government Agreement requesting the Commissioners approval.

The agreement states that the county will provide emergency response manpower, equipment, and resources to another jurisdiction that has requested assistance to confront an emergency. White County agrees to assist the following:

County of Benton City of Lafayette

City of Fowler County of Warren

County of Carroll City of Williamsport

City of Delphi

County of Cass

City of Logansport

County of Clinton

City of Frankfort

County of Fountain

City of Attica

County of Montgomery

City of Crawfordsville

County of Tippecanoe

Commissioner Burton made a motion to approve the District 4 Mutual Aid Inter-Local Government Agreement for White County, seconded by Commissioner Schmierer.

Vote: Unanimous

WHITE COUNTY HIGHWAY GARAGE ENERGY EFFICIENCY RETRO FIT PROJECT BID OPENING

White County Attorney George Loy announced that advertisements were made for three retro fitting projects as follows:

 

Electrical Retrofitting –

Retrofit or replacement of fifty-three existing lighting units. Bids must separate labor from materials and include separate line item cost to properly dispose of bulbs and ballasts with supporting documentation of disposal.

HVAC Equipment

– Heating System – Replacement of current boiler system with new Dunkirk D248-1000 boiler.

Air Conditioning System – Replacement of existing window air conditioning units with new Heil mini-split systems.

Windows and Doors

– Removal of four existing wood frame casement window units and replacement with energy efficient Tempco vinyl units. Additionally, removal of front door and replacement with new insulated/half glass metal door, and removal of two (2) steel doors and replacement with insulated 3-4 lb. density foam wrapped steel/insulated doors.

Attorney Loy announced that the time has expired for the submission of bids. Bids were received from the following:

Electrical Retrofitting

Electric and More, Chalmers $ 8,963.00

HVAC Equipment

Young & Sons, Monon $45,107.00

 

 

 

Windows and Doors

Mitch Jones Construction, Monon $10,379.59

Commissioner Heimlich asked if there were any bids that were submitted that were not read. No response.

The Commissioners said that they will take the bids under advisement and award them at the next meeting. County Highway Superintendent Steve Brooke expressed an urgency to approve the bids because of the time frame of the grant.

Commissioner Burton made a motion to accept the bids for the Highway project contingent on the review of the bids from Attorney Loy and Highway Superintendent Steve Brooke, seconded by Commissioner Schmierer.

Vote: Unanimous

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

ENVIRONMENTAL OFFICER

White County Environmental Officer John Raines presented the Violation & Complaint Report for May 2010. Mr. Raines did report that the landfill is putting in a new cell.

BUILDING INSPECTOR

White County Building Inspector, Dave Anderson, said that sixty-two permits were issued last month; six of those were for new homes.

RECYCLE

White County Recycling Director, Dawn Girard, presented a mid-year report for the department. A copy of this report is on file in the Commissioners office.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

White County Economic Development Director, Connie Neininger, presented her Director’s Report for May’s activities.

Connie said that she continues to work with Monticello Farm Service & CSX regarding CSX wanting to close their spur coming from Monon. Monticello Farm Service said that they would like to be somewhere with rail access.

Connie presented a sheet showing the industrial leads that came in from the Economic Development Corporation. As you can see in the report, industries continue to look for large existing buildings and they are very particular.

On Wednesday, July 14th, a "Start Your Own Business Workshop" will be held at the Ivy Tech Community College in Monticello.

Connie said that she has been invited to the Governor’s Mansion on Thursday, July 1, at 1:30 p.m. because we have received our Hometown Competitiveness Award. She would love to have Commissioners and Council join her.

HOSPITAL

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

Mrs. Long reported that the Gross Patient Revenue for the month of May was $4.4 million which brings the year-to-date total to $20.8 million. After their contractual allowances and other operating revenue they had a net revenue of $2.4 million and a year-to-date revenue of $12.6 million. Total operating expenses were $2.4 million, year-to-date $12.5 million.

 

 

The hospital continues to have a growth in bad debt. Total year-to-date of write off for bad debt is $1.8 million. They have received a report from their auditor stating that they do not project and end to the bad debt growth within the next 12 months.

The hospital did have an operating loss for the month at $8,942.00 but a year-to-date gain of $100,047. Their total cash position is $6.8 million.

Mrs. Long introduced Walter Soptlen as their new CFO Officer effective June 24th. He has been the CFO at Blackford Memorial Hospital the past ten years.

ABANDONMENT OF OLD HOSPITAL TO THE COUNTY

White County Memorial Hospital CEO Stephanie Long appeared before the Commissioners requesting the county to consider a proposal where the White County Memorial Hospital would abandon the old hospital and the county would take it over. Last year it cost the hospital $200,000 to keep up the maintenance on the old hospital. She said that their goal would be to move quickly, to find another use for it.

White County Attorney George Loy explained that there have been negotiations between the hospital and potential buyers for the sale of the old hospital. Representatives from the hospital have contacted the county because they have found out that if the sale went through the county; the hospital would be allotted over $1 million more in medicaid reimbursement over the next 20 years.

Attorney Loy said that it is up to the County Commissioners to accept the abandonment of the old hospital. If they do accept the abandonment then it would be up to the county to sell the old hospital according to the state statutes.

Councilman Clear questioned if it was worth the benefits for the county to take on such a big responsibility. He said that if the sale doesn’t go through then the county will be stuck with it. He asked what the benefits would be to the citizens of White County.

Commissioner Schmierer said that the county could end up spending a lot more money then they think. He argued that it took three years just to get Lakeview Home appraised with two appraisals and this could also turn out to be the same. He said that the county will also have to pay the expenses to advertise the sale and the auction.

Dow Dellinger, Attorney, said that he represents the investment group that is interested in the old hospital property. The investors have considered some uses for that property which could be a rehabilitation center or a low-security juvenile facility but added that the property is still zoned residential. They would like to have this property rezoned before purchasing it.

The Commissioners discussed a portion of the parking lot that would be retained for Ivy Tech. It was confirmed that there was about 10 acres at the old hospital that would be abandoned.

With a recommendation from Attorney Loy, Commissioner Burton suggested a letter of memorandum from the hospital while the Commissioners consider the proposal.

Attorney Loy said that the Commissioners would either need to do an acceptance today, or two weeks from today, conditioned on a letter of memorandum stating the responsibilities of the hospital and county representatives.

The Commissioners agreed to continue the process over the next two weeks and schedule it on the Commissioners agenda on July 6, 2010.

PUBLIC HEARING ON THE COUNTYWIDE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY

White County Economic Development Director Connie Neininger said that the White County Economic Development Board would like to do an Economic Development Strategy for White County.

Mrs. Neininger explained that they would like to apply for a $50,000 grant through the Office of Community and Rural Development to pay for the study. The grant funds will enable them to hire a firm to come in and evaluate the whole county and determine how we can compare to other communities our size. This will tell us which kind of

 

 

business projects would work best in our county based on the local infrastructure and workforce. They will also tell us what we need to do to help the existing businesses.

The grant does require a $5,400 local match and she is requesting the Commissioners to approve these funds from their budget under Strategic Planning.

Don Koleszar, President of the White County Economic Development Board, was present to support the efforts. He stated that an outside firm will come in and assess the county and give us direction on where we need to go and what we need to do to support businesses in our county.

Randy Mitchell, K-IRPC, said that they will administer the grant which the fee is included in the $5,400. He said that there are two other counties (Pulaski and Starke) that just finished their development strategies. He said that the study should be good for 10 to 15 years.

At this time Commissioner Heimlich asked if there was anyone present that would like to speak about this request. No response.

Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to approve Resolution 10-06-21-02, authorizing the submission of a planning grant application to the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs and also approve a local match not to exceed $5,400 from the Commissioners’ budget under Strategic Planning, seconded by Commissioner Burton.

Vote: Unanimous

Resolution 10-06-21-02

RESOLUTION OF WHITE COUNTY, INDIANA, AUTHORIZING THE SUBMISSION OF A PLANNING GRANT APPLICATION TO THE INDIANA OFFICE OF COMMUNITY AND RURAL AFFAIRS AND ADDRESSING RELATED MATTERS

WHEREAS, the White County, Indiana recognizes the need to stimulate growth and to maintain a sound economy within its corporate limits; and

WHEREAS, the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended, authorizes the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs to provide grants to local units of government to meet the housing and community development needs of low-and moderate-income persons; and

WHEREAS, the White County, Indiana has conducted or will conduct public hearings prior to the submission of an application to the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs, said public hearings to assess the housing, public facilities and economic needs of its low-and moderate-income residents:

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED by White County, Indiana that:

1. The President of the Board of Commissioners is authorized to prepare and submit an application for grant funding to address the completion of an Economic Development Strategy study and to execute and administer a resultant grant including requisite general administration and project management, contracts and agreements pursuant to regulations of the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs and the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development.

2. White County, Indiana, hereby commits the requisite local funds in an amount up to but not exceeding $5,400 from the Commissioner’s Strategic Planning account, as matching funds for said program, and such commitment to be contingent upon receipt of funding from the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs.

SFLECC – LETTER OF REQUEST FOR LAKE DRAWDAWN

Mike Triplett, Vice President of the SFLECC Board, and Darryl Johns, Executive Director, appeared before the Commissioners requesting their support on the next Lake Shafer draw down.

Mr. Triplett said that representatives of the SFLECC attended a meeting with NIPSCO on February 1, stating that they are going to do a draw down on Lake Shafer the day after Labor Day in 2014 and 2015. He said that during this meeting SFLECC did voice their concerns, objected the date, and requested a later date for the draw down.

Mr. Triplett requested the County Commissioners and County Council’s support to write a letter to NIPSCO letting them know how you feel about this and request them to have a different draw down date (October 1 or later) or offer another option of how this could be done without affecting the tourism.

Mr. Johns said that NIPSCO usually waits until October but because of the amount of work needed to modify the dams for greater flow, the company hopes to start earlier.

Councilman Crabb recommended a letter be sent to Mr. Jerry Weeden, Vice President Electric Generation, in Merrillville, to try and see if anything can be done.

ORDINANCE TO TRANSFER DORMANT FUNDS

Auditor Guingrich explained to the Council the meeting that was held with SBOA requesting her to clean up the dormant funds. The SBOA recommended that if these accounts are no longer used to get rid of them and put the extra money into the general fund. She said that there were about 15 accounts and there’s about $70,000 to transfer over.

Commissioner Schmierer questioned if the money from the Jail should go into the bonds for the Jail or into the Cumulative Building Maintenance fund. He also mentioned the balance of a negative $13,000 with the TLRSB.

The Council said that they would like to explore the list and discuss it at the next joint meeting.At this time, the Council adjourned their meeting with the Commissioners.

TIOGA BRIDGE

Don Ward, Don Ward Engineering, said that a couple of things were missed on the Tioga Bridge project plans.

Mr. Ward reported that the top plates on the wind bracing are all bad and need to be replaced and the roller nest on each end of the bridge is in bad shape and needing repaired. He believes that Mr. Barker has applied for additional funds from the State and has received $24,800. The money must be matched with $6,200 which will cover the expenses and anything else that might arise.

Mr. Ward asked the Commissioners if they would pay the $6,200 so they can pick up the $24,800, which will give them $31,000 to finish the project. He feels that it is in the best interest of White County to do this. He said if anything ever goes wrong and they come back and look at the bridge and realize that the county didn’t fix the problem, they might make the county pay all of the money back.

Commissioner Burton made a motion to grudgingly contribute to a loss cause of $6,200 for the Tioga Bridge project, seconded by Commissioner Heimlich.

Vote: 2 Yes and 1 No (Schmierer)

 

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