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BE IT REMEMBERED, that the White County Commissioners held a regular meeting on Monday, March 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 Jill Guingrich, White 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, with the exception of a correction to a misspelled word, for the regular meeting held on February 16, 2009, seconded by Commissioner Schmierer. Vote: Unanimous

PAYROLL

  • Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to approve payroll as presented for February 23, 2009, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

CLAIMS

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

AREA PLAN – WAIVER OF FEES

Area Plan Director, Joe Rogers, discussed confusion for the zoning of lake properties that are zoned R5, R6, L1, and A-1. Lake property owners are frustrated because the lots are not coming close to meeting the R5 requirements, which are treated with developmental standards of RR, which prevents them from doing anything with their lots. These lake property owners are now forced to come in apply for a variance or forced to request a rezoning.

Mr. Rogers said that he interpreted the new ordinance as leaving the lake properties as an L1 zoning. Mr. Rogers proposed that for a period of time, maybe until the end of this year, lake properties can come in and file for a rezone without a charge. He felt that this would be a great way to get property owners an opportunity to come into compliance and they won’t be as frustrated.

Commissioner Heimlich said that when the ordinance was being written discussion was made that it was their intentions to get the changes made and not charge people for the rezoning.

Commissioner Schmierer felt that this was necessary to get everyone in compliance but it’s not going to be that easy getting the word out. Many of the people that live her part time don’t even get the newspaper. He felt that the end of the year wasn’t long enough and thought that it could take over four years.

Commissioner Burton said that we need to be specific on the conversion of the update. We don’t want people coming in and applying for additions and thinking there’s no fee.

Commissioner Heimlich mentioned that there are also to agriculture divisions that fall this way in the ordinance as well.

  • Commissioner Burton made a motion to grant the Area Plan Department to waive the fees on those rezonings that come about due to the change in the new ordinance; not any change in the property, seconded by Commissioner Schmierer. Vote: Unanimous

AREA PLAN – FINE SCHEDULE

  • Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to approve Ordinance No. 09-03-02-01, Ordinance inacting the Fee and Fine Schedule, which was adopted at the Commissioners’ meeting on February 2, 2009, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

ORDINANCE ADOPTING WHITE COUNTY AREA PLAN FEE SCHEDULE

AND

FINES FOR ZONING VIOLATIONS

ORDINANCE NO. 09-03-02-01

WHEREAS, it is the duty of the White County Commissioners to adopt certain fees and costs associated with the submission of applications and requests for permits to the White County Area Plan Commission and Board of Zoning Appeals; and

WHEREAS, it is also the duty of the White County Commissioners to adopt fines for violation of the White County Zoning and Subdivision Ordinance;

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT HEREBY ORDAINED, by the Board of County Commissioners of White County, Indiana, as follows:

1. That the fees and costs pertaining to White County Area Plan Commission and Board of Zoning Appeals applications and permits shall be assessed pursuant to Exhibit “A” attached hereto and made a part hereof.

2. Any person, firm, or corporation who violates, disobeys, omits, neglects or refuses to comply with any of the provisions of the ordinance may be fined no less than Ten Dollars ($10.00) no more than Three Hundred Dollars ($300.00) for each violation. Each day that a violation exists shall constitute a separate violation.

LIFE INSURANCE

  • Commissioner Burton made a motion to send a letter to One America Group for our life insurance policies amending our policy to create a class for elected officials as of November 1, 2008, seconded by Commissioner Schmierer. Vote: Unanimous

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