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BE IT REMEMBERED, that the White County Commissioners held a regular meeting on Monday, July 20, 2009, in the White County Building, 2nd floor, Commissioners’ Conference room 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 Attorney George Loy, White County Auditor Jill Guingrich, and Commissioners’ Secretary Donya Tirpak.

 

Commissioner Heimlich called the meeting to order.

 

MINUTES

· Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to approve the minutes from the regular meeting on July 6, 2009, as presented, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

PAYROLL

· Commissioner Burton made a motion to approve the payroll for July 13, 2009, as presented, seconded by Commissioner Schmierer. Vote: Unanimous

CLAIMS

· Commissioner Burton made a motion to approve and pay the claims as presented for July 20, 2009, seconded by Commissioner Schmierer. Vote: Unanimous

 

AREA PLAN

Area Plan Director Joe Rogers presented the following to the commissioners.

 

Changes to Fee Schedule

Mr. Rogers added five new line items to the fee schedule:

$300 – Meteorological Towers

$ 50 – Amateur Radio Antenna

$100 – Satellite Dish Antenna

$300 – Wireless Communication Facilities

$ 5 – CD of Recorded Minutes

 

Mr. Rogers deleted the following line items from the fee schedule:

$ 50 – Sign Deposit

$1.00/page – Copy of Transcribed Minutes

$ 25 - Certificate of Zoning Compliance

 

· Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to approve the changes made to the fee schedule as presented, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

Rezoning Petition #978

Chalmers Farm LLC is requesting to rezone 4.0 acres from and A-1 (General Agriculture District) to a B-2 (General Business District). The property is located on the West Side of State Road 43 just south of Chalmers.

 

The APC held a public hearing about this request on July 13, 2009. The APC voted to recommend this rezoning request to the commissioners by a vote of 7 yes and 0 no.

 

Mr. Rogers said that the Town of Chalmers would be annexing this property tomorrow night at their meeting.

 

Commissioner Heimlich asked if there was anyone present to speak about this request. No response.

 

  • Commissioner Burton made a motion to approve Rezoning Petition #978 (Ordinance No. 550-09) rezoning property located on the West side of State Road 43 from an A-1 to a B-2 for Chalmers Farm LLC, seconded by Commissioner Schmierer. Vote: Unanimous

Proposed Amendment to the White County Zoning Ordinance as follows:

  1. Chapter 7/Wind Energy Conversion Systems Siting Regulations
  2. Chapter 14/Definitions
  3. Appendix B/ Bulk Use Standards (as affected by Chapter 7)

 

Area Plan Director Joe Rogers presented an amendment revising Chapter 7 covering the Wind Energy Conversion Systems Siting Regulations.

 

The Area Plan Commission held a public hearing on July 13, 2009, where Connie Neininger, Economic Development Director, attended the hearing and detailed all of the specific changes that needed amended.

 

The APC voted to recommend the revision to Chapter 7, Chapter 14, and Appendix B to the commissioners by a vote of 8 yes and 0 no.

 

Mr. Rogers pointed out that the two major changes in Chapter 7 were the minimum setback distance for commercial WECS Towers in section 7.5.1 and the permit requirements in section 7.11.7. In Chapter14, they added some definitions because a lot of them were unclear and in Appendix B the wording, “Meteorological Towers” was added.

 

Mr. Rogers said that when the APC held their meeting there was no objections but since then they have received one filed complaint against the setback requirements.

 

Misty Romack, White County resident, said that she has filed a complaint because she has issues with the fact that the farmer that is adjacent from her property has made agreements to allow wind towers to be put up. She feels that her property will now be “sandwiched” and she is very concerned about the health and safety issues that she has for her family. As a property owner, she wants to know what her rights are.

 

Commissioner Burton said that he would direct her complaints to the correct person and try to help her out but at this time these complaints do not have any affects on the proposed changes today.

 

Commissioner Heimlich asked if there was any one else wishing to speak about this request. No response.

 

  • Commissioner Burton made a motion to accept the changes to Chapter 7, Chapter 14, and Appendix B, as presented for the White County Zoning Ordinance, seconded by Commissioner Schmierer. Vote: Unanimous

 

AMENDMENT

TO THE ZONING ORDINANCE OF

WHITE COUNTY

STATE OF INDIANA

 

ORDINANCE NO. 09-07-20-01

WHEREAS, the White County Area Plan Commission has initiated and prepared this ordinance to amend the White County Zoning Ordinance pursuant to IC 36-7-4-602 (c) and IC 36-7-4-607;

 

WHEREAS, the White County Area Plan Commission has reported that it held a public hearing concerning this ordinance on July 13, 2009, after timely notification of the hearing was given by publication in the Herald Journal, Monticello, Indiana on or before the 3rd day of July, 2009 as required by IC 36-7-4-604;

 

WHEREAS, the White County Area Plan Commission has reported that it paid reasonable regard to the factors enumerated in IC 36-7-4-603 in consideration of the ordinance and determination or a recommendation to be made to the legislative body of White County;

 

WHEREAS, the White County Area Plan Commission has certified this ordinance to the legislative body with a recommendation by a majority vote in favor of adoption pursuant to IC 36-7-4-603 before acting on this ordinance;

 

WHEREAS, the legislative body recognizes that certain land uses, by their very nature, require restricted size of signage. Because the restrictions are a necessary aspect of zoning use to the public, it is deemed that such restrictions on signage are not detrimental to the public safety and welfare.

 

WHEREAS, the legislative body has determined that this ordinance should be adopted without amendment as certified by the White County Area Plan Commission pursuant to IC 36-7-4-607; therefore,

 

BE IT ORDAINED AND ADOPTED BY THE LEGISLATIVE BODY OF WHITE COUNTY, INDIANA;

 

AMENDING CHAPTER 7: Wind Energy Conversion Systems Sitting Regulations

CHAPTER 14: Definitions (as affected by Chapter 7)

Appendix B: Bulk Use Standrds (as affected by Chapter 7)

 

See Attached

 

THIS ORDINANCE TAKES EFFECT UPON PASSAGE.

 

RENEWAL OF MONTICELLO EMERGENCY AMBULANCE SERVICE CONTRACT

White County Attorney George Loy, also Attorney for the City of Monticello, presented a copy of the new Monticello-White County Emergency Ambulance Service Contract for 2010 – 2014 to the commissioners.

 

The contract states that the county will pay the City of Monticello;

2010 $575,000.00

2011 $585,000.00

2012 $595,000.00

2013 $605,000.00

2014 $615,000.00

 

  • Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to approve the Monticello-White County Emergency Ambulance Service Contract for a five-year agreement commencing on January 1, 2010 and terminating on January 1, 2015, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

 

At this time, the White County Council President, Richard “Buzz” Horton, called the council members to order in joint session with the commissioners. County council members present were:

 

President Richard “Buzz” Horton Raymond “Butch” Kramer Bruce Clear

Gary Hendryx Denny Carter

 

Absent: Kevin “Casey” Crabb and Denny Cain

 

HOSPITAL

White County Memorial Hospital CEO Paul Cardwell presented the Financial Analysis for June 2009.

 

Mr. Cardwell reported that they have the possibility to reach $50 million in gross revenue for the year. Looking back at 2001 the gross revenue was only at $18 million so he is very happy with the growth. This is definitely needed with the depreciation of the old hospital and all of the bad debt.

 

The hospital continues to be above budget by $500,000 on the net side. Business has been very busy and Mr. Cardwell is very excited about the new Oncologist that will be at the hospital four times a month now.

 

 

Mr. Cardwell reported that he has been working with Connie Neininger, Economic Development Director, regarding interest in the old hospital building. He said that he would love to keep the building for storage but they could add on to the new Medical Arts Building if needed. At this time, they don’t have anything out there but they are not ready to vacate the building.

 

COUNCIL ON AGING

Council on Aging Director Gale Spry presented a copy of the “Quarterly Operating Data Report” for the second quarter of 2009.

 

Gale reported that the number of passenger’s boarding last year compared to this year is down by 39 people. She couldn’t explain why. The annual audit for their financial records went very well.

 

Gale said that her board is currently working on a plan to charge people under the age of 60 for transportation. The total amount billed to the Federal share was $21,796 and the amount billed to the State share was $13,443.

 

E911

E911 Director Terri Conwell said that on Tuesday, her new consoles are going to be installed and she requested permission to rent a dumpster to get rid of the old ones. PERMISSION GRANTED

BUILDING INSPECTOR

White County Building Inspector Dave Anderson reported that there were 61 permits issued last month; 2 of them were for new houses.

 

ENVIRONMENTAL OFFICER

White County Environmental Officer John Raines presented his Complaints & Violations report for June 2009.

 

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

White County Economic Development Director Connie Neininger presented the Director’s Report for June 2009.

 

Mrs. Neininger reported that she had a good month for June. Some leads did come in from the state looking for existing buildings to locate call centers.

 

A developer is showing interest in the Wolcott Corridor area and Mrs. Neininger wants to set up a meeting with the Commissioners, Council, and Economic Development board for August 17, 2009.

 

Horizon Wind continues to give tours for the wind towers.

 

Mrs. Neininger asked that everyone join her at the Region 4 State of the Workforce Forum on Wednesday, July 29, 2009, in Delphi. The 2009 Hoosier Job Fair will be held on Tuesday, August 4, 2009, at the Twin Lakes High School.

 

The Home Town Competitiveness Initiative held by the State will be using White County and Alexandria as examples this year.

 

Mrs. Neininger presented a letter to the Commissioners and Council requesting signatures that will support the White County Economic Development Organization’s participation in the MidWest Indiana Economic Development. As discussed before, the Regional Economic Development group currently has eight counties committed to the initiative.

 

Commissioner Heimlich said that the Economic Development Board does support this request and at this time, she is only asking for a letter of support from the commissioners and council.

 

  • Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to write a letter of support from the commissioners to the White County Economic Development Organization for participation in the MidWest Indiana Economic Development, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

  • Councilman Kramer made a motion to write a letter of support from the council to the White County Economic Development Organization for participation in the MidWest Indiana Economic Development, seconded by Councilman Carter. Vote: Unanimous

 

APEX – HEALTH INSURANCE UPDATE

Amy Carpenter appeared before the commissioners and council reviewing the claims premium ratio reports detailing January 1 thru June 2009’s activity.

 

Amy said that last year she marketed this to a couple of companies and for this year she would like to market it very aggressively. She said that the markets are quickly changing and the negotiations between carriers are changing daily.

 

Amy also made the recommendation of putting the employees on a Healthcare Wellness Program. Permission was granted.

 

Amy said that she would get some numbers put together and present them in the near future.

 

LOCAL OPTION HIGHWAY USER TAX DISCUSSION

Purdue University’s LTAP program manager John Habermann appeared before the commissioners and council discussing a local option highway user tax (LOHUT).

 

Councilman Horton said that the State’s MVH (highway fund) is declining rapidly to the counties and we need to see what our options are.

 

A LOHUT would be a fee paid at the time vehicle owners register any vehicles not owned by local or state government or non-profit agencies. The average fee charged among the 47 Indiana counties with a LOHUT is $20 per vehicle. If the county does enact this before July 1, 2009, collections will be collected January 1, 2010 thru January 1, 2011.

 

SOIL & WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT UPDATE

Sharon Watson, Office Manager/Education Coordinator, and other representatives from the Soil & Water Conservation District appeared before the commissioners and council presenting their annual report and asked the county to continue their financial support for 2010.

 

TOWN OF CHALMERS

Commissioner Heimlich discussed a request for $19,420.42 from the Town of Chalmers to run the three phase line from the Town of Chalmers out to the Horizon Wind Energy maintenance building. A quote from White County REMC was submitted with a letter request from the town.

 

  • Commissioner Burton made a motion to recommend to the council that they honor this request from the Town of Chalmers for funds from the Wind Farm account to run the three-phase line to the maintenance building, seconded by Commissioner Schmierer. Vote: Unanimous

 

There being no further business to come before the council for the joint meeting, the council adjourned to their own meeting.

 

RECYCLE

White County Recycling Director Dawn Girard presented the recycling activity report for June 2009.

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

_________________________ __________________________ _______________________

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

ATTEST: _________________________

Jill Guingrich, Auditor