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BE IT REMEMBERED, that the White County Commissioners held a regular meeting on Monday, February 2, 2009, at 8:00 a.m. in the White County Building, 2nd floor, Commissioners’ conference room.

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

Commissioner Heimlich called the meeting to order.


  • Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to approve the minutes as presented for the regular meeting on January 19, 2009, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous


  • Commissioner Burton made a motion to approve the payroll as presented, seconded by Commissioner Schmierer. Vote: Unanimous


  • Commissioner Burton made a motion to approve and pay the claims as advertised, seconded by Commissioner Schmierer. Vote: Unanimous


White County Clerk Bruce Lambert presented a yearly agreement from CSI, Computer Systems, Inc., for the maintenance of the software system used for the courts record system. Mr. Lambert said that the cost of the contract for one year is $13,000.00 and he does have the money in his budget.

  • Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to approve the contract renewal from CSI for the 2009 software maintenance agreement for $13,000, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous


Commissioner Heimlich discussed the money that was stolen from a resident at Lakeview Home.

Commissioner Schmierer asked the County Attorney George Loy what the county’s responsibility was.

Attorney Loy said that the county is not responsible for paying the money back.

Commissioner Heimlich said that he has talked to the Probation officer and they did say that if the county pays Merilinda Novak back then the county will be listed as the victim. Any money that is collected from the person who stole the money would be given to the county. Commissioner Heimlich said that the court determined the amount of money that was stolen was $3,400.

Attorney Loy said that the commissioners may pay the money back but they are not obligated to.

The Commissioners agreed that the county will pay the $3,400 back to Merilinda Novak and the money needs to come out of the Lakeview Home’s budget.


Attorney John Million, representing Richard F. Kohns, appeared before the commissioners with a petition for a vacation of a public roadway request. The property is located at 5477 E. Bass Center Road, Monticello, Liberty Township.

Commissioner Heimlich said that the commissioners received a letter from Genevieve J. Rumple opposing the vacated road request.

Commissioner Heimlich said that they have looked at the road/property and they do have concerns on the two lots (lots 1 & 2) west of Mr. Kohns property.

White County Highway Superintendent Steve Brooke said that lots 1 and 2 owned by Genevieve J. Rumple wouldn’t have access to her property.

Attorney Million said that since there is opposition from an adjoining neighbor, Genevieve J. Rumple, he suggested that this request be tabled until the Rumple’s and Kohn’s can work out an agreement.

Commissioner Heimlich said that the commissioners would table the vacated road request until the two adjoining property owners reach an agreement.


Commissioner Heimlich said North White School Corporation is having a small building project and they have requested the commissioners to make an appointment to the Wage Board. He said that he has agreed to serve as the representative on that board.

  • Commissioner Schmierer made a motion that John Heimlich be appointed to the Wage Board hearing for the North White School project, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous


Commissioner Heimlich discussed that at the last commissioners’ meeting the Area Plan’s fee schedule was approved.

In the past, the fine schedule for Area Plan had been approved by the commissioners, but the fines enforced by the BZA had not been approved by the commissioners. He said that the new ordinance states that the commissioners are to set all of the fines for the fine schedule.

Joe Rogers, Area Plan director, said that his only experience that he has had so far with the fine schedule is a letter that is handed out to people at the beginning of the permit process stating that the violation fines are set at $500.00. He said that the public is aware of the $500.00 fine because they are required to sign off on the notice.

Commissioner Schmierer complained that the fines that have been issued in the past have been a “thorn in his side.” He said that a person should have the opportunity to rectify the problem.

Commissioner Heimlich said that the new ordinance states that any person in violation may be issued a warning ticket or a citation. Heimlich said that the commissioners would like to see the warning ticket issued first and if they do not resolve the problem then a fine could be issued. The goal that they want to see is compliance, not to raise money!

  • Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to set the fine schedule for the Area Plan and the BZA at no less than $10.00, nor more than $300.00 for each violation. Each day that a violation exists shall constitute a separate violation, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

Commissioner Heimlich reinstated that in the ordinance it does give the director the option of issuing a warning ticket first and then following with a fine.


Commissioner Heimlich said that the current fee schedule for the Building Department was amended in 2006. He said that the commissioners have informally discussed the current fees and at this time they feel that under the current economic conditions it is not a good time to be raising any fees.

Building Inspector Dave Anderson said that he will go through the fee schedule and see if there is anything in particular that he would like to have amended.

Commissioner Schmierer said that if the county can live with these fees for one more year, he felt that the county would be better off rather than applying a fee increase.


Eric Storm, County IT/GIS Coordinator, said that he is looking to do a new batch of aerial photography for the county’s GIS hopefully before this spring. He said that Williams Aerial & Mapping, Inc., is currently offering the best price because they are going around to the surrounding counties (Warren, Newton, Jasper) and taking all of the shots as a group.

The updated photos will help tremendously the E-911 department and the Assessor with the reassessment.

Eric presented an agreement from Williams Aerial & Mapping, Inc., with the cost being $50,740.00 and the money will be paid out of the reassessment fund. He said that our price is a little bit more than other counties because he added some control points and triangulation to the service.

Eric said that he did receive two other quotes but they were around $60,000, which did not include the extra services that he put in.

  • Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to enter into a contract with Williams Aerial & Mapping, Inc., to do the digital orthophotography for White County for $50,740.00, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous


Commissioner Heimlich asked the White County Attorney George Loy if he has heard anything on the appraisals for the county farm ground and Lakeview Home.

Attorney Loy said that he hasn’t heard anything but he will give them a call and look into it this week.

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