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BE IT REMEMBERED, that the White County Commissioners held a regular meeting on Monday, January 5, 2009, at the White County Building, 2nd floor in the Commissioners’ Conference room.

Commissioners present were President John C. Heimlich, Vice President Steve Burton, and Commissioner Ron Schmierer. Also present was the White County Attorney George Loy, White County Auditor Jill Guingrich, and the Commissioners’ Secretary Donya Tirpak.

Commissioner Heimlich called the meeting to order.


  • Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to approve the appointment list for 2009 as presented, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

Alcoholic Beverage Board, 1 Year

Kenneth George

Animal Disease Emergency, 1 Year

Dr. Carl Hites

Arrowhead RC&D, 1 Year

Attorney, White County, 1 Year

George Loy

Aviation Board, 4 Years

B.J. Mursener 12/31/12

Board of Finance 1 Year

John Heimlich

Board of Zoning Appeals 4 Years

Building Inspector 1 Year

Child Protection Team 1 Year

Steve Burton

Community Corrections Board 1 Year

Ron Schmierer

John Heimlich, Alternate

Steve Burton, Alternate

E-911 Director 1 Year

Terri Conwell

E-911 Board 1 Year

Ron Schmierer

Economic Development Board 1 Year

John Heimlich, Member

Steve Burton, Member

Economic Development Director 1 Year

Connie Neininger

Emergency Management Director 1 Year

Rose Brady

Emergency Management Advisory Council 4 Years

Anthony Deibel, Burnettsville 12/31/12

Charles Bossung, Chalmers 12/31/12

Kenneth Burns, Wolcott 12/31/12

Environmental Officer 1 Year

John Raines

GIS Data Manager (Computer Coordinator) 1 Year

Eric Storm

Health Department 4 Years

James Kinnard 12/31/12

Highway Department 1 Year

Steve Brooke, Superintendent

Beth Brown, Office Administrator

BJ Propes, Assistant Superintendent

Kankakee-Iroquois Regional Planning 1 Year

Ron Schmierer

Lakeview Home Director 1 Year

Kae Fuller

Maintenance Supervisor 1 Year

Ed Ward

Monon Town & Township Public Library 4 Years

Rev. Steve Sparks 11/22/12

Northwest Indiana Solid Waste Board 1 Year

Ron Schmierer, Member

Steve Burton, Member

John Heimlich, Alternate

Recycling Director 1 Year

Dawn Girard

Redevelopment Commission 1 Year

Connie Stimmel

Gary Hendryx

Graig LeBeau

Larry Klink

Mark Howard

Barry Haskins, Advisor (Tri-County School Board Member)

Solid Waste Citizens Advisory Council 1 Year

Dawn Girard

Veterans Service 1 Year

Tom Carter, Officer

White County Memorial Hospital Association 4 Years

Jeff Milligan 12/31/12

Chris Dold 12/31/12

White County Commissioners 1 Year

John Heimlich, President

Steve Burton, Vice President

Ron Schmierer, Member


Commissioner Heimlich announced that this has been taken off the agenda for today and will be put back on at a later date.


Commissioner Heimlich presented the “Local Elected Officials Agreement” from Regional 4 Workforce Development for 2009. He said this agreement is approved every year.

The elected official selected to represent the county is responsible for:

  • Providing guidance to the Regional Workforce Board as a member of the Executive Council;
  • Communicating updates and changes to the Local Elected Officials of the county;
  • Selecting a Regional CEO;

Other responsibilities: As their schedules permit, all local elected officials are encouraged to attend Regional Workforce Board meetings, and meet with their board representatives and board chairperson for updates on progress and actions in improving workforce development for the employers and citizens for the region.

  • Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to approve the Local Elected Officials Agreement for Regional 4 Workforce Development for 2009, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous


Tommy Bartlett, President, presented a letter of resignation from White County Emergency Management Advisory board member James Rickey due to declining health.

Mr. Bartlett said that the board would like to make the recommendation to the Commissioners to appoint Gordon Cochran as Mr. Rickey’s replacement.

  • Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to accept the resignation letter from James Rickey, board member on the Emergency Management Advisory board, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

  • Commissioner Burton made a motion to appoint Gordon Cochran to fill the unexpired term of James Rickey on the Emergency Management Advisory Council, seconded by Commissioner Schmierer. Vote: Unanimous


Rose Brady, Director, said that her board has gone through the interviewing process for a new Deputy/Secretary and they have made a verbal recommendation to hire Gary “Dean” Mullins of Monticello.

The Commissioners said that they will make this appointment at the next meeting because they would like to have the recommendation from her board in writing.


Commissioner Heimlich discussed the last Commissioners’ meeting where they made a motion to move the county’s liability insurance from Travelers to Argonaut contingent upon the tail coverage numbers.

Commissioner Heimlich said that the tail coverage amounts did come in and they totaled about $37,000.

  • Commissioner Schmierer made a motion that the County continue to stay with Travelers Insurance for the county’s liability insurance for 2009, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous


White County Area Plan Director Diann Weaver presented the proposed fee schedule for the Area Plan office.

A short discussion was held with the Commissioners about the Building Department also charging fees. Commissioner Schmierer was disappointed to see that the county would be double charging a person when they come in to apply for a permit.

Director Weaver confirmed that people will be getting double charged but currently her department is not charging the fees and the customers are very appreciative of that.

The Commissioners decided to look over the fees that are currently being charged by the Building Department before any action is made with the proposed Area Plan Fee Schedule. The Commissioner said that they would discuss this at their next meeting on January 19, 2008.

There being no further business to come before the Commissioners, they adjourned their meeting.

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

ATTEST: _________________________

Jill Guingrich, Auditor