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BE IT REMEMBERED, that the White County Commissioners held a regular meeting on Monday, March 17, 2008, 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 Attorney George Loy, White County Auditor Jill Guingrich, and the Commissioners’ Assistant Donya Tirpak.

Commissioner Heimlich called the meeting to order.


  • Commissioner Burton made a motion to approve the minutes as presented for the regular meeting on March 3, 2008, seconded by Commissioner Schmierer. Vote: Unanimous


  • Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to approve payroll as presented for March 24, 2008, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous


Emergency Management Director Gordy Cochran appeared and said that White County is now under another flood watch.

Gordy said that he was informed last week at a meeting that the State hasn’t met their percapita for the public assistance. Gordy said that he contacted people in our county trying to get some of the federal funded roads discussed. Right now they are looking at a 80/20 or 90/10 match. Gordy said that for our county we will be well over 1 million. He’ll continue to work on this.

FEMA’s last day at the Annex building is March 28th.


Commissioner Schmierer asked Gordy if he has heard anything about his grant application for radios.

Gordy said that he has been in contact with Monticello Fire Chief Shane Swaim, field coordinator and field representative from the State and he has been told that the grant is still coming for the 800 MHz radios. He was told that this is the only grant that he will get for the year for communication equipment.

Gordy reminded the Commissioners that his grant does not require a match and Chief Swaim’s does.

Commissioner Schmierer asked if he was going to receive enough radios for everybody. Gordy said that he will not receive enough radios for every fireman but he will receive and distribute enough for every department to have ten portables and every fire truck will have mobiles. Gordy said that he will provide the City Police, Town Marshals, and Sheriff’s department with mobiles and portables as well.


Commissioner Burton reminded everyone that a while back an estimate was received to replace the elevators in the courthouse. Steve asked if the other Commissioners want to pursue this as a normal upgrade maintenance issue with the courthouse.

Commissioner Schmierer felt that there was no choice because we can’t get parts for them anymore. He asked if there were other elevator companies out there besides Amco Elevators.

White County Attorney George Loy said that they will have to go through the bid process even if there is only one company out there.

Specifications have already been given to the Commissioners for the new elevators.

  • Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to advertise for bids for two electric traction passenger elevators for the Courthouse, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous


White County Area Plan Director Diann Weaver presented the following to the Commissioners:

Rezoning Petition #950

Donald Jr. and Tabitha Fritz are requesting to rezone their property from an A-1 (Agriculture) to an R-2 (One and Two Family Residential). The property is located east of Monticello off of Woodhaven Court at 417 N. Magnolia Drive.

Diann said that they want to add an addition on to their home and with an A-1 zoning they can’t meet the setbacks. They had a choice of getting a variance or rezoning to an R-2 because of the size of their lot. It is a residential area with homes around it.

The Area Plan Commission held a public hearing on this request on March 10, 2008. The APC voted to recommend this rezoning petition to the Commissioners by a vote of 8 yes and 0 no.

Commissioner Heimlich asked if there was anyone present wishing to speak about this request. There was no response.

  • Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to approve Rezoning Petition #950 (Ordinance No. 527-08) rezoning from an A-1 to an R-2 for property located at 417 N. Magnolia Drive for Donald and Tabitha Fritz, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

Planned Unit Development Petition #07-10

MiMar Development, LLC, is requesting to rezone 1.385 acres from an L-1 (Lake Residential) to a P.U.D. (Planned Unit Development). The property is located north of Indiana Beach Road off of West Shafer Drive on Pony Lane. They are proposing to have ten units on this property.

The Area Plan Commission held a public hearing on March 10, 2008, in regards to this request and there were no objections from the public.

The APC made a motion to recommend this rezoning request to the Commissioners by a vote of 7 yes and 0 no and 1 abstention.

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

Mr. Mike Scheurich was present to answer any questions.

  • Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to approve Planned Unit Development Petition #07-10 (Ordinance No. 528-08) for MiMar Development, LLC, rezoning 1.385 acres from an L-1 to a P.U.D. for property located north of Indiana Beach Road off of West Shafer Drive on Pony Lane, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous


Three applications requesting admittance into Lakeview Home were submitted to the Commissioners from Donna Jean Feliszak, Betty M. Dunn, and Alicia S. Fletcher.

  • Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to allow Donna J. Feliszak, Betty M. Dunn, and Alicia S. Fletcher to live at Lakeview Home as directed, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous


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

President Richard “Buzz” Horton Raymond “Butch” Kramer Denny Cain

Kevin “Casey” Crabb Bruce Clear Gary Hendryx

Dennis Carter


White County Building Inspector Dave Anderson reported that there were 32 permits issued last month and three of them were for new houses.


E-911 Director Terri Conwell presented her Director’s report for March.

Terri will be meeting with a representative from Computer Information Systems to learn what a CAD system has to offer the E-911 center.

Terri discussed the open positions that she continues to deal with and hiring additional part-time employees to fill the vacancy.


White County Memorial Hospital CEO Paul Cardwell presented the Financial Analysis report for February 2008.

Mr. Cardwell expressed how hectic the Influenza Flu was to the hospital and they are happy to see that it is calming down.

The gross revenue for February came in very well with $3.2 million with the bottom line at $67,000. This puts the hospital at $400,000 for the first two months which Mr. Cardwell felt that this was a significant improvement from last year.

Construction of the new hospital continues to go very well being on time and budget. The medical arts’ building is now completed and the opening date for the new hospital is still set for October of this year.

They currently have $1.125 million that funds the bond reserve which is the money that will be used to make the first payment of $1.8 million for the new hospital. Last year at this time they only had $225,000 in the bond reserve account.


White County Environmental Officer John Raines presented his Complaints and Violations report for February 2008.


Lakeview Home Director Kae Fuller presented a monthly report to the Commissioners and Council. She asked about purchasing a water softener for the home. The Commissioners asked her to hold off on this for now. They will get with her at a later date about this.

Kae reported that there are now eleven people living at the home.


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

Connie said that Council President and also Economic Development Board member Richard Horton and herself went to Vanguard National Trail last month and visited with Eric Wertz.

Connie said that she received five Internet leads last month requesting existing buildings. One internet lead was looking for five acres of paved ground, old airport, which is something that we don’t have.

Connie said that people are meeting every other Wednesday on the Ivy Tech project at 9:00 a.m. at the site to see how the project is going. They will always first meet at the hospital (basement) and then walk over to the site. Anyone is welcome to attend.

A pre-bid meeting is set for this afternoon at 2:00 p.m. to set out proposals for all of the technology equipment. Bids will be due April 2, 2008.

Wind Farms are still going strong and they are still signing on more people. They are still waiting on a Wind Ordinance. She is still working with them on an Economic Development agreement and also a road view agreement.

The Indiana Hometown Competitiveness program committee will be meeting every other Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. in the basement of the county building working on assessments.

Councilman Horton asked what the status was on the land options with the Wolcott Corridor. Connie said that all of the landowners have the final agreement/offer in hand and the next step is to sit with each homeowner one on one to schedule signing times.

Councilman Horton said that at one time there was an issue with one landowner and asked if this was still a problem. County Attorney George Loy said that issue was resolved three weeks ago.


Amy Carpenter, Apex Benefits Group, Inc., asked the Commissioners and Council members how things are going with all of the transitions that took place January 1.

Amy said that she was also here today to hold meetings with all of the employees to give them a chance to ask questions or hear concerns about the transition.

Amy reviewed how the county went from Arnett HMO to United Healthcare with a health reimbursement account on 1-1-08. Amy explained that if the county has 40% utilization of the health reimbursement account, the county will save 4.4% from what they spent in 2007. If the county has 100% of utilization on the HRA, the cost will be 8.46% over what we spent in 2007. She said that if every employee spent all of the HRA money that the county put into it, the county is still under a 10% increase from 2007.

Amy said that there were issues with the CAC card and the Rx plan and that is now being taken care of.

Besides the CAC card and the Rx plan things are going pretty smoothly with the employees.

Amy would like to see the next step for the county employees is a wellness program. She discussed full blown wellness programs that the county could offer.

Councilman Crabb asked if there were any discounts to the county if they did offer a wellness program to their employees. Amy explained that the insurance company does not offer any discount rates but having healthier employees will bring your claims cost down. The cost to the county to initiate a full blown wellness program to their employees would be about $20,000.

Amy explained that United Healthcare has a wellness program called HRA (health risk assessment) where 50 or more employees will go online and complete a survey. United Healthcare will then give the county a report from the survey giving the county an idea how healthy our employees are. This is a lot cheaper then paying the cost of having them tested.

Amy recommended that the county start with the health risk assessment effective on July 1, 2008. She even recommended paying, giving incentives, to employees who participate in the survey.

Commissioner Heimlich agreed that this is something that the county should look into. Amy said that she will put something together for the health risk assessment. A memo that could be sent out during the summertime should be available.


White County Highway Superintendent Steve Brooke gave a comparison to the Commissioners and Council of how much stone prices have gone up.

The cost in 2004 for #11 stone, which is what he uses for chip and seal, was $4.45 ton and the cost in 2007 was $7.70 a ton. The cost of asphalt in 2004 was $.65 a gallon and in 2007 it was $1.43. He also said that for income for MVH and LRNS in 2004 to 2007 he was shorted $135,000.

At this time, the County Council members adjourned the Commissioners meeting and met in the Council room.

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

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

ATTEST: __________________________________

White County Auditor Jill Guingrich