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BE IT REMEMBERED, that the White County Commissioners held a regular meeting on Monday, April 21, 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.

MINUTES

  • Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to approve the minutes as presented for the regular meeting on April 7, 2008, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

PAYROLL

  • Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to approve the payroll as presented for April 21, 2008, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

PLANS FOR CR 50 EAST

Don Ward, representing H. Stewart Kline, appeared before the commissioners presenting plans for the intersection of U.S. 24 and CR 50 East. Mr. Ward also presented the cost estimate to be $218,828.97.

Mr. Ward said that if the commissioners approved this today then the work will go out for bid. Bids will be accepted at the commissioners’ meeting on May 19, 2008. He said that the work should take about 60 days.

Highway Superintendent Steve Brooke discussed a letter requesting a legal description for a drainage easement from 100 North to the Frasier Ditch. Don Ward said that the drainage easement is for the pipe that will be draining the road. Mr. Steve Brooke said that he thinks that there is already an easement there because there is a tile there that goes in that direction (east of the intersection). Just across the line on the county’s road right-of-way, Mr. Brooke thinks that there is an 8” tile already there. Mr. Ward said that he will check with the County Surveyor Dennis Sterrett.

  • Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to approve the engineering plans for the intersection of U.S. 24 and CR 50 East in Reynolds, and also allow advertising for bids, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

VETERAN’S MEMORIAL

Tom Herman, Rotary Club member and also owner of Norway Gardens, appeared before the commissioners asking for their approval to put in a 12’ x 16’ water feature on the courthouse lawn. This area will be dedicated to the White County fallen heroes serving in the War in Iraq. The only cost to the county will be the cost of electricity from the water pump. The Rotary Club will maintain the area on a regular basis.

  • Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to allow the Rotary Club to proceed with their plans for a memorial for the Iraq war veterans on the area east of the Gazebo, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

AREA PLAN

Diann Weaver, Director, appeared before the commissioners presenting the following rezoning request.

Rezoning Petition #951

Thomas & Amy Herman are requesting to rezone Lots 51 & 52 in the original plat of Norway from an R-2 (Residential One and Two Family) to a B-2 (General Business). The property is located north of Monticello at 1902 and 1910 N. Buckeye Street.

The Area Plan Commission held a public hearing on April 14, 2008, on this request and there was no one present opposing. The APC voted to recommend this rezoning petition to the commissioners by a vote of 6 yes and 0 no.

Diann said that this is newly acquired property and they would like to use it for office and storage space.

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

  • Commissioner Burton made a motion to approve Rezoning Petition #951 (Ordinance No. 529-08) rezoning Lots 51 and 52 in Norway from an R-2 to a B-2 for Thomas & Amy Herman, seconded by Commissioner Schmierer. Vote: Unanimous

Rezoning Petition #952

Gregory & Sandra Johnson are requesting to rezone 1.012 acres from an A-1 (Agricultural) to an R-1 (Residential One Family). The property is located west of East Shafer Drive at 5638 E. 400 N.

The APC held a public hearing on April 14, 2008, on this request and there was one neighbor opposing. The original request to the APC board was for an R-2 but it was amended in their meeting because of the neighbor. The applicant was willing to change the request to an R-1.

The APC voted to recommend this rezoning request to the commissioners by a vote of 7 yes and 0 no.

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

  • Commissioner Burton made a motion to approve Rezoning Petition # 952 (Ordinance No. 530-08) rezoning 1.012 acres from an A-1 to an R-1 for property located at 5638 E. 400 N. owned by Gregory and Sandra Johnson, seconded by Commissioner Schmierer. Vote: Unanimous

Diann announced that they are having a Public Open House on Wednesday, April 23, 2008, for the new Zoning and Sub Division Ordinance. The open house will be located at the Extension Office from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

RESOLUTION CONCERNING CURB-CUTS AND FRONTAGE ROADS ADJACENT TO SIXTH STREET

White County Attorney George Loy said that last Tuesday he attended a meeting with Commissioner John Heimlich, City of Monticello Mayor Jason Thompson, Dave Jordan, BJ Mursener and Joe Grinstead, American Structurepoint, concerning their five land acquisition properties adjoining the 6th Street expansion project. All of the properties have been appraised and three of them are located within the city limits. Parcels 81 and 6 are within the county limits.

From that meeting, a memorandum of understanding signed off by B.J. Mursener, David Jordan, Commissioner Heimlich and Mayor Jason Thompson was presented by County Attorney George Loy. Attorney Loy explained that Mr. Mursener and Mr. Jordan are willing to accept the offers presented but they would like to have some understanding of future development of curb-cuts and so forth.

Mr. Mursener and Mr. Jordan wanted confirmation of the following:

  1. Any future curb-cuts shall be constructed in accordance with IDOT specifications. It is further the intent of the parties to keep the number of curb-cuts on Sixth Street to a minimum.

  2. At the time of construction, driveways will be constructed as a part of the project adjacent to the Hadley parcel west of Sixth Street off of the new Ohio Street extension, and directly west of South Street, and two additional driveways.

  3. No parallel frontage road adjacent to Sixth Street shall be required to be constructed by Owners.

  4. Owners shall accept the appraisals for each of their above respective parcels as just compensation for such acquisitions by the City and County.

To do all of this, Attorney George Loy presented a Resolution to the commissioners:

RESOLUTION OF THE WHITE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

WHEREAS, White County and the City of Monticello are currently in the process of widening and otherwise improving Sixth Street; and,

WHEREAS, all construction require for such widening improvement is subject to construction standards and specifications of the Indiana Department of Transportation (“INDOT”); and,

WHEREAS, the White County Commissioners desire to insure that future driveways and curb-cuts are constructed pursuant to INDOT specifications; and,

WHEREAS, the White County Commissioners also desire to otherwise establish certain construction criteria and requirements as required during the course of construction, in order to apprise affected landowners of such future construction requirements.

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

  1. That any future driveways or curb-cuts onto Sixth Street shall be constructed in accordance with Indiana Department of Transportation specifications.

  2. It is the intent of the White County Commissioners to keep the number driveways and curb-cuts on Sixth Street to a minimum.

  3. At the time of construction, driveways will be constructed as a part of the project adjacent to the parcel currently owned by Thomas L. Hadley and Michelle Hadley west of Sixth Street off of the proposed new Ohio Street extension, a driveway directly west of South Street, and two additional driveways, all as shown on attached Exhibit “A”.

  4. No parallel frontage road adjacent to Sixth Street shall be required to be constructed by the owners of property adjacent to Sixth Street.

  • Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to adopt Resolution No. 08-04-21-01 concerning Curb-Cuts on Sixth Street, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

HIGHWAY DEPT.

Commissioner Burton mentioned to the Highway Superintendent Steve Brooke that the Indiana Homeland Security is asking for more evidence on the devastation of the floods in White County by 1:00 p.m. today. They want to financially know how much we have spent and intend to spend on repairs. Commissioner Burton told him to get with Gordy Cochran.

ZONING ORDINANCE

Commissioner Heimlich said that he is hoping that the zoning ordinance will go to the Area Plan meeting in May and then come to the commissioners for adoption. He said that when the commissioners do adopt this, he would like to see in the agriculture section a “Right to Farm” ordinance.

Commissioner Heimlich explained that this ordinance would simply say that if someone wants to move out into the country, they must be aware that there are activities out in the country that take place during late hours of the night. Activities could consist of farming, smells, odors and etc. Unless this is being done in a negligent way, a person will not have a right to recourse.

Commissioner Heimlich said that he does want to make this a part of the new ordinance and he would like to have it ready when the commissioners do adopt the new one. He presented samples from other counties to the Attorney George Loy.

Attorney George Loy said that he will take a look at it.

REPORTS

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 Cain

HOSPITAL

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

Mr. Cardwell reported that the construction is going very well with the hospital. The medical arts building is now completed and fully occupied. They are still shooting for the October opening date for the hospital, which looks very positive. A lot of the internal work is now being done.

The funds for the bond reserve at this time last year was $300,000 and now they are up to $1.2 million. Each month they continue to put $75,000 out of the operating income into in this fund. Their goal when they first started this in January 2007 was to have $1.8 million for the first payment that is due in October. The funded depreciation operations account currently has $1.016 million which is left over from paying off the hospital that they are currently in now. They have been advised to move this money to the bond reserve fund. That now puts them at $2.2 million.

Cash position for the hospital remains to come in strong at $7.2 million

Just recently, the hospital did receive a clean audit from the 2007 financials performed by Blue & Company.

BUILDING INSPECTOR

White County Building Inspector Dave Anderson reported that 63 building permits were issued last month; five of them were for stick built new homes.

LAKEVIEW HOME

Laieview Home Director Kae Fuller said that they have been participating with Systems of Care handing out formal gowns for local girls for prom. Evelyn’s closet donated 55 gowns for young people.

Kae mentioned to the commissioners that she does have some furniture stored in the garage that she would like to get rid of it sometime soon if they are having an auction this summer. Commissioner Burton informed her about a company that we have signed an agreement with that will now put our auctions over the Internet. The company is called SRI, Inc.

COUNCIL ON AGING

Gale Spry, Director, appeared before the commissioners presenting the First Quarter Billing and Static’s report for 2008.

For the 1st quarter the White County Public Transit has drawn $28,502 from the Federal share which is approximately 30% of their 2008 funds.

For the 1st quarter the White County Public Transit has drawn $16,045 from the State share which is approximately 37% of their 2008 funds.

Compared to 2007, Gale reported that they have done 438 more trips and 6,168 more miles. This is good for their services but the cost of money to operate has increased because of the cost of fuel and other expenses to provide these services.

Gale said that the price of fuel is hurting them but they have received donations from churches and other organizations to help out.

Gale discussed how it is against the law to refuse to load a person’s scooter according to the Americans Disability Act. In the past, they’ve asked the passenger to just use a wheelchair that they provided. Now they have to transport the scooter and Gale is concerned about putting the scooters on a lift and rolling off.

ENVIRONMENTAL OFFICER

White County Environmental Officer John Raines presented the Complaints and Violations report for March 2008.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Connie Neininger, Director, presented the Director’s Report for March 2008 activities.

Connie said that she has spent some time with Butch Huber, Jessup Paper Box in Brookston, discussing a lot of options and he has a lot of ideas which will help the community.

Connie reported that she has had eight Internet leads, which most of them are looking for larger buildings. She has shown the Monticello Spring building, as well as, the White County REMC building to some prospects.

Connie said that she has been working with the State on two prospects for our county. One prospect is a consultant from Indianapolis working on a project in California and she is still waiting on a response from them.

The Ivy Tech renovation project is going very well. She said that there were a couple of change orders submitted but the total cost does not exceed $10,000. Connie presented an Ivy Tech booklet listing all of their locations and courses offered this fall. White County was listed with their schedule.

On Tuesday, April 29, 2008, at 6:30 p.m. the Steering Committee will be meeting at the Ivy Tech Building to take a tour of the site.

The White County Economic Development office will be having a Spring Career Fair on Wednesday, May 14, 2008, from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the Brandywine Convention Center.

HOMETOWN COMPETITIVENESS PROGRAM

White County Economic Development Director Connie Neininger gave a presentation on the progress made by the Hometown Competitiveness program in Nebraska and hoping to bring the same results to White County. The approach focuses on one heart, one mind and one person at a time.

To kick off this new program and introduce it to the community, there will be a “Season Opener” on Thursday, May 8, 2008, from 11:30 to 1:00 p.m. at the Indiana Beach Skyroom. The key note speaker will be Lt. Governor Skillman

At this time, the County Council members adjourned to their own Council room.

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

__________________________ _________________________ _______________________

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

ATTEST: __________________________________

Jill Guingrich, White County Auditor