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BE IT REMEMBERED, that the White County Commissioners held a regular meeting on Monday, May 4, 2009, at 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 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 minutes as presented for the regular meeting held on April 20, 2009, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous


  • Commissioner Burton made a motion to approve the payroll as presented for April 20, 2009, seconded by Commissioner Schmierer. Vote: Unanimous


  • Commissioner Burton made a motion to approve and pay the claims as advertised for May 4, 2009, seconded by Commissioner Schmierer. Vote: Unanimous


White County Recycling Director Dawn Girard appeared before the commissioners’ discussing an issue addressed from Mayor Thompson regarding the recycling trailer at the North lot (Arni’s).

Director Girard explained that Mayor Thompson has complained that the recycling trailer is always full and recyclables are always blowing everywhere because of the overflow. She said that the trailer is emptied on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday’s and the only solution for this would be to place another trailer at this location.

The options Director Girard provided to the commissioners’ were to purchase a new trailer, which would cost $15,000, or take the trailer that is located at Ball Corporation and place it at the North location.

Director Girard said that the trailer at Ball Corporation was purchased with part of a grant, $7,184.58, from the Northwest Indiana Solid Waste District and the remainder balance, $2,483.83, was paid for by the County. Director Girard did point out that the grant was applied for by the City of Monticello and the County but it was the County that put forth all of the funds. She also noted that the trailer is titled to the White County Commissioners and the County has always covered the cost of the insurance.

Girard said that the intentions of putting a trailer at Ball Corporation were to help raise funds for a skate park. That project is now completed and the funds being raised now are going towards the Twin Lakes High School Band.

The Director recommended putting something else at Ball Corporation that would be more economical like a hopper or a roll-off container.

Commissioner Burton suggested talking with Ball Corporation prior to any changes being made so they are aware of what’s going on. He said that we don’t want to assume that they have another way to collect cans for the community.

Mayor Thompson was at the meeting and the commissioners’ updated him on what their options were to correct the overflow problem at the North end.

Director Girard said that she would talk with Ball Corporation and try to get something else put at this location so we can get better use out of the trailer.


  • Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to appoint Steve Burton to the Common Construction Wage Board for the Frontier School project, seconded by Commissioner Heimlich. Vote: Unanimous


Commissioner Heimlich presented a grant agreement for Community Corrections.

This is an annual grant agreement awarding $210,443 for the operations of the White County Community Corrections Department effective July 1, 2009 thru June 30, 2010.

  • Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to approve the $210,443, grant agreement for Community Corrections effective July 1, 2009, thru June 30, 2010, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous


White County Highway Superintendent Steve Brooke presented the year-end-report for the Highway Dept. to the commissioners requesting their signatures.


White County Attorney George Loy asked the commissioners’ to adopt an ordinance, which allows the auditor to pay the City of Monticello’s water and sewer bills before claims are approved.

  • Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to approve Ordinance No. 09-05-04-01, authorizing payment of county water and sewage utility bills in advance of commissioners’ allowance, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

ORDINANCE NO. 09-05-04-01



WHEREAS, water and sewage utility bills owed by White County to the City of Monticello may become due and payable prior to the allowance of claims by the White County Board of Commissioners in the manner prescribed by I.C. 36-2-6-4; and,

WHEREAS, I.C. 36-2-6-4.5 permits a county auditor to make claim payments in advance of commissioners’ allowance for certain kinds of expenses, including utility payments or utility connection charges, if the county commissioners have adopted an ordinance pursuant to said statute; and

WHEREAS, the White County Commissioners desire to adopt an ordinance allowing the White County Auditor to pay water and sewage bills owed by White County to the City of Monticello in advance, pursuant to said statute.

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

SECTION 1: The White County Auditor is hereby authorized to make claim payments for water and sewer utility bills owed the City of Monticello in advance of the White County Commissioners’ allowance for the same.

SECTION 2: Each such bill shall be paid and certified by the County Auditor upon receipt of the same.

SECTION 3: The White County Commissioners shall review and allow each such claim at its next regular meeting following the preapproved payment of such expense.

SECTION 4: All such payments of said expenses shall be published in the manor provided by I.C. 36-2-6-3.


Commissioner Schmierer said that he will be opening the Information Booth on Memorial Day weekend and asked permission to have Norway Gardens come out and clean up the landscaping. PERMISSION GRANTED


Commissioner Heimlich said that the county council did expand the Airport Board from four members to five members. The commissioners did advertise the open position and they did receive several applications.

  • Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to appoint Maury Waymouth, Monticello, to the Airport Board for a four-year term beginning May 4, 2009, and expiring December 31, 2012, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous


The Commissioners asked the White County Attorney to hire someone else to appraise the county home. Attorney Loy requested permission to contact Larry Culp.

  • Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to hire Larry Culp to do the appraisal on Lakeview Home, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

There being no further business to come before the commissioners, their meeting was adjourned.

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

ATTEST: _________________________

Jill Guingrich, Auditor